Advanced Placement Transfer Credit
For all Applicants
1. Official transcripts must be received from all educational programs previously attended. Official course descriptions and/or course out-lines may be needed in order to properly evaluate previous learning.
2. All students are required to complete a minimum of three terms at the Joseph F. McCloskey School of Nursing to be eligible to graduate from the school. Nursing 200 (One Term), Nursing 201 (One Term), and Nursing 300 & 301 (One Term) are required. Determination of additional specific courses required will be made on an individual basis.
Applicants who have previously attended a post-secondary educational institution and who apply for admission to this School of Nursing, may, under certain circumstances, receive credit for work previously undertaken as follows:
Applicants who have completed one or more non-nursing college level courses with a grade of "C" or better, at an accredited institution of higher education, will receive transfer credit if these courses are similar in nature, length, and content with those courses currently required by this School of Nursing. Those credits accepted for transfer will be recorded and kept in the student's permanent record.
Applicants who have completed one or more courses in nursing at the professional level with a grade of "C" or better from a NLNAC or ACEN accredited school of nursing within the last three years, will receive transfer credit if those courses are similar in nature, length, and content with those courses provided by this School of Nursing. Applicants who were previously students at this School of Nursing will receive credit for courses taken here if within the last three years, providing they achieved a "C" grade or better.
Licensed Practical Nurse
Proof of licensure is required of all LPN applicants seeking advanced standing.
Applicants who have completed an approved Licensed Practical Nursing program within the last five years, have successfully passed the licensing examination, and are actively employed in nursing will be given the opportunity to challenge all 7 credits of Nursing 100 by taking the ATI Fundamentals for Nursing Exam and achieving a proficiency score of Level II. The ATI Fundamentals for Nursing Exam can be taken only once.
Applicants who have completed an NLNAC or ACEN accredited LPN program more than five years ago, have successfully passed the licensure examination, and are actively employed in nursing will be evaluated on an individual basis.
An LPN Competency Form is to be completed by the applicant on interview.
Applicants requesting advanced standing in the nursing courses will have their clinical competence determined by nursing faculty. A fee will be charged for the clinical competency evaluation.
Criteria used to evaluate clinical competence will include, but not limited to:
1. A minimum of one day clinical experience on a one-to-one basis as arranged between student and instructor. The student will be asked to demonstrate competencies that would be expected of any student for the courses they have completed.
2. A grade of 80% or higher on a Math Competency Examination must be achieved before clinical competency is scheduled.
3. The student must satisfactorily complete a written assignment.
4. The instructor will use clinical evaluation forms in evaluating the student’s competency level.
Transfer of Credit
It is the policy of the Joseph F. McCloskey School of Nursing to accept credits earned at other colleges or universities or NLNAC or ACEN or CCNE accredited schools of nursing.
All credits earned at the previous institution(s) will be evaluated by the Admissions, Promotions, and Graduation Committee.
Courses to be considered for transfer MUST have a grade of "C" or better. A pass/fail grade will only be considered if the grade can be identified as a “C” or higher through the code description.
Courses taken more than three years before the student enrolls in the School of Nursing will be evaluated on an individual basis.
Only those credits earned at Joseph F. McCloskey School of Nursing will be used to compute the student's grade point average.
In order for transfer credit to be considered, a student must provide the following materials from the previous institution(s):
- An official transcript including grade code from all previously attended schools
- A copy of the institutions course catalog with the course description and credit hours. (Photocopies and electronic printouts will be accepted).
- Course descriptions from foreign school must have an English translation for both course description and grade codes by World Education Services (WES) or another approved translation service.
All materials should be mailed to:
The Joseph F. McCloskey School of Nursing
420 S. Jackson St
Pottsville, PA 17901