Transfer Credit Policy

Transfer credit may be awarded for college courses that were completed prior to enrollment at St. Joseph’s College of Nursing (SJCON). The following criteria are used for evaluation of transfer credits:

  • Course was successfully completed with a grade of “C” (2.0) or higher.
  • Course is similar in content, rigor, and expected learning outcomes to those in the St. Joseph’s curriculum.
  • Science courses (Anatomy & Physiology; Microbiology) completed within seven (7) years of acceptance to St. Joseph’s. Science courses completed outside of the seven year time frame must be repeated.
Secondary school and/or college transcripts from countries outside of the U.S. must be translated into English with U.S. grading system by an approved international credential evaluator if the transcripts are to be considered as part of meeting the admission requirements or are to be considered for college transfer credit.  Applicants whose translated secondary school transcripts do not specifically list algebra, biology and chemistry will be required to complete these courses prior to being considered for admission.Final determination of transfer credit is made by the College’s Registrar in conjunction with the Dean for Academic Affairs.  Official transcripts for all completed coursework must be submitted before a final determination can be made regarding transfer credit eligibility.

Transfer credits are not included in the computation of the cumulative GPA. A student must complete a minimum number of nursing credits at St. Joseph’s to receive their degree.  Nursing transfer credits are determined on an individual basis.

Related Documents  
Credit Transfer Worksheet: Credit Transfer Worksheet

Advanced Placement Examinations:

The College will grant Advanced Placement credit in English Composition and Psychology if the student has achieved a score of 4 or 5 on the Advanced Placement Examination of the College Entrance Examination Board. An official AP Score Report must be requested from the College Board and forwarded to SJCON for transfer credit to be granted.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP):

The College will grant academic credit for the following CLEP examinations: College Composition, Introductory Psychology, or Introductory Sociology. Credit for the examination is determined in accordance with the recommendations of the American Council on Education (ACE). A score of 50 or higher is required for transfer credit to be granted.  An official score report must be requested from the College Board and forwarded to SJCON for transfer credit to be granted. Information regarding these examinations may be found at

Excelsior College Subject Examinations:

The College will grant academic credit for Anatomy & Physiology and/or Microbiology courses taken more than seven (7) years prior to acceptance through Excelsior College Subject Examinations (UExcel Credit by Exam). Credit will only be granted for subject examinations if the student earned a grade of “C” (2.0) or higher in the initial course. A grade of “C” or better must be achieved on the subject exam.  An official transcript must be requested from Excelsior College and forwarded to SJCON for transfer credit to be granted. Information regarding these examination may be found at Questions regarding any aspect of this policy may be directed to the Office of the Registrar.