Credit for Prior Course Work
Bachelor of Science Degree Completion Option Nursing Coursework
Transfer of RN-BSN Completion option nursing coursework is subject to approval from the Department Chair and Academic Administration. All courses must satisfy the math and science transfer policies of Adventist University of Health Sciences (ADU). The BSN core coursework includes service learning hours and must be completed at ADU to meet the service learning requirements. The RN-BSN completion option includes service learning hours that must be completed while enrolled at ADU.
Associate Degree Nursing Coursework
Graduates of regionally-accredited Associate degree programs may have a maximum of 32 trimester hours of nursing credit transferred as Associate degree credit and applied toward the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.
Students admitted to the RN to BSN, Pre-BSN, and Bridge path will be granted 32 college credits by validation for having successfully passed the NCLEX-RN exam and holding an active RN license. These credits will be transferred as Associate degree credits and applied toward the Bachelor of Science Completion Degree (see the College-level Credit by Examination).
Graduates of international nursing programs will be evaluated on an individual basis. International transcripts must be accompanied by official copies of translations and a course-by-course evaluation. Foreign transcripts must be evaluated (course-by-course evaluation) and/or translated by an evaluation organization approved by Enrollment Services. Information regarding the approved organizations may be obtained from the Office of Enrollment Services.
General Education and Cognate Courses
Once enrolled in the RN-BSN Completion option, students must seek prior approval from the Department Chair and the Office of Academic Administration (see the Transient Policy ) before taking any general education or cognate course at another regionally-accredited institution. Failure to have prior approval may result in earned credit not being accepted for transfer to ADU.
Associate Degree Graduates
Graduates of regionally-accredited Associate degree programs will be considered to have met the Associate degree general education and cognate requirements. Twenty-four (24) lower division credits will be transferred in from the AS degree into the RN to BSN Completion Option to ensure that students graduate with 127 credits. If 24 college-level credits cannot be found, additional elective courses will be required to make up the missing credits.
If the following courses or the equivalent were not included in the Associate degree, they must be completed prior to admission to the Bachelor of Science Completion degree option (see Pre-BSN section): a general computer course, CPTR 105 ; English Composition I, DENG 101 ; English Composition II, DENG 102 ; Survey of Inorganic Chemistry, DCHE 111 and Survey of Organic and Biochemistry, DCHE 112 .
For more information, please see the Bridge Requirements for the RN to BSN Completion Option section.
Community Clinical Activities
The RN-BSN Completion option includes clinical projects that are completed in community settings, as well as service learning projects. Students are responsible for investigating and meeting the clinical agency requirements to complete Service Learning and/or clinical projects in the community.
Students may progress in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Completion option when they:
- Maintain current licensure to practice as a registered nurse in their state of residence or practice. New or international graduates must be eligible to sit for the NCLEX-RN and must successfully take the NCLEX-RN by the end of the third trimester of enrollment or prior to registering for DNRS 499 .
- Earn a minimum grade of “C” (2.00) in each RN-BSN Completion option course and maintain a minimum RN-BSN Completion option nursing GPA of 2.50. Evaluation of the nursing GPA occurs when 20 RN-BSN Completion option nursing credits have been satisfied.
- Earn a minimum grade of “C” (2.00) in each cognate and general education course.
- Successfully repeat all courses in which the minimum grade of “C” (2.00) was not achieved. No more than two courses may be repeated, only one of which may be a nursing course. Courses may be repeated in the following combinations: one nursing course and one cognate course, one nursing course and one general education course, two cognate courses, or two general education courses.
Students who have been accepted to the University and choose not to enroll for the specific trimester for which they were admitted have one year from the date of acceptance before all new documents will be required. Additionally, students who attended Adventist University of Health Sciences (ADU) and left the University in good standing with an enrollment interruption of less than three trimesters are also required to submit an ADU Program Change and Reactivation Form, any updated transcript(s) for additional college work completed during the enrollment interruption, and an updated copy of licensure or professional registration. Students may submit this information in the third trimester of their enrollment interruption as long as all documentation is received by the admission deadline for the following trimester. Students providing this documentation during the third trimester, but after the admission deadline, will be required to reapply and should contact the Office of Enrollment Services.
Adventist University of Health Sciences (ADU) will consider students for graduation and conferral of a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing when they have met the general requirements for graduation (see Graduation in Academic Information section) and when they:
- Complete a minimum of 127 trimester hours of credit.1
- Complete the prescribed course of study for the degree with a minimum nursing GPA of 2.50 and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 (see Curriculum in the RN-BSN Completion Option in the Nursing section).
- Achieve a minimum grade of “C” (2.00) in each nursing, cognate, and general education course.
- Successfully complete a minimum of 36 college-level credits at ADU to satisfy the ADU Residency Policy.
- Complete the service-learning requirement. Please refer to the RN-BSN Completion Option Student Handbook Supplement for more information.
1 This includes a maximum of 72 Associate degree nursing and general education credits.
The Bachelor of Science in Nursing Completion Option requires students to complete specific cognate and general education requirements to be considered for graduation and conferral of a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. Graduates of regionally-accredited Associate degree nursing programs will be considered to have met the Associate degree general education and cognate requirements. If Survey of Inorganic Chemistry, DCHE 111 ; Survey of Organic and Biochemistry, DCHE 112 ; English Composition I, DENG 101 ; English Composition II, DENG 102 ; or a computer course were not part of the Associate degree, they must be completed prior to registering for the first nursing course (DNRS prefix) in the RN-BSN Completion Option. Graduates of diploma or international programs will be evaluated individually.
Introduction to Microcomputers, DCPT 105 , is required for all incoming RN-BSN nursing students as a prerequisite to DNRS 324 . For students who completed an equivalent course, the five-year time limit will apply with regards to transfer of credit (please refer to the Transfer of Credit policy for math, science, and computer courses).