BSN Transfer Credit Policies

Students who have completed coursework at a university or college that is regionally or nationally accredited by an agency recognized by the United States Department of Education may request an evaluation for transfer credit prior to program enrollment.

Transfer credit may be awarded under the following conditions:

  • Required prerequisite science courses must have been completed within five (5) years of the start date of program with a grade of B or higher.
  • All transfer credit policies of the institution have been met.

Awarding of Credit for Previous Education or Competency-Based Credit, Including Military Education and Experience

Prior to enrollment, students may apply for competency-based credit, which will be granted on the basis of a written examination for nursing theory courses and a demonstration of the mastery of clinical objectives and a written examination for clinical courses. The Program Director, or designee, will administer this process.

Stanbridge University will conduct an evaluation of previous education and training for all veterans and will grant appropriate credit, shorten the training period proportionately, and notify the VA and student accordingly.

Stanbridge University complies with California Board of Registered Nursing regulations SB 466 as follows:

  1. The University Student Catalog shall include a section referring to Awarding of Credit for Previous Education or Competency-Based Credit, Including Military Education and Experience for all students, including those who have served or are serving in the United States Armed Forces.
  2. The University’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing webpage shall provide a link identified as “Transfer Credit for Military Experience” that directs to the policy.
  3. A form outlining the procedures will be provided and kept as a record in the student’s file.
  4. The student’s file will reflect the awarding of credit on the student transcript.

Awarding of Credit for Challenge Examination

Prior to enrollment, a student may elect to challenge a nursing theory course, Anatomy and Anatomy Lab, Physiology and Physiology Lab, or Microbiology and Microbiology Lab courses to earn academic credit by examination must successfully complete the culminating examination appropriate to the course. A course may be challenged only one (1) time. Any challenge attempt must be completed prior to enrollment. Nursing theory courses with associated lab and/or clinical course must be challenged simultaneously.

In nursing theory or non-clinical courses, the terminal measures are often a final examination. In the case of the challenge examination, the student must receive a passing grade of 80% or higher to receive credit. In the nursing clinical laboratory classes, students must demonstrate competent clinical practice by way of a return demonstration for all skills listed in the course syllabus being challenged. In the clinical courses where critical or life-threatening maneuvers are required, the student must perform the demonstration with 100% skill and accuracy.

Prior to taking written examinations or demonstrating mastery of clinical objectives to determine whether competency-based credit can be granted, students will be charged a one-time, non-refundable fee of $150 for each written examination and a one-time, nonrefundable fee of $500 for each demonstration of skills mastery in lab and/or clinical course objectives.  All fees must be paid prior to taking the exam(s) and are not included in the student’s financial aid.