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Transfer of Associate Degrees for the RN to BS, Nursing Program

Associate of Arts and Associate of Science Degrees from states in the NNU Educational Zone (Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming) will be accepted by Northwest Nazarene University for the Registered Nurse (RN) applying for admission to the RN to BS nursing program.  Any RN student who enrolls at Northwest Nazarene University with an Associate of Arts or an Associate of Science Degree in Nursing completed prior to admission to NNU and from a regionally accredited institution in states listed above will receive:

  • Junior Sanding
  • Transfer credit up to a maximum of 62 semester credits
  • Waiver of all general education requirements, with the following exceptions:
    • THEO2125 Introduction to Christian Theology (3 credits)
    • BIBL Elective (3 credits) (NURS4111 fulfills this requirement)
    • HUMN4010 Capstone (1 credit) (NURS4120 fulfills this requirement)
    • Cross Cultural requirement: One Tier 2 (NURS 4115 and NURS4115CL Intercultural Lab Tier 2 fulfills this requirement)
    • Math Proficiency - (An equivalent transfer course may be substituted for this requirement - a statistics course will fulfill this requirement)
  • Up to forty (40) credits of nursing electives (nine (9) upper division and thirty-one (31) lower division) for successful completion of the National Council Licensing Exam-Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN) exam.  

Students with an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree from a regionally accredited institution other than those listed above may file a petition with the Registrar for consideration of acceptance of the degree.


Transfer Credit for Upper Division Nursing Courses

Students accepted into the RN to BS, Nursing Program may transfer credits up to 25% (9 credits) of previously completed upper division, baccalaureate level nursing coursework from a regionally accredited institution while still meeting NNU's residency requirement of 30 credits at NNU.  All transfer of baccalaureate level nursing courses, as well as transfer of non-nursing courses required for the RN to BS, must be approved by the RN to BS, Program Director for determination of equivalency. All baccalaureate level nursing credits must have been earned within four years of admission to the RN to BS, Nursing Program.  There is no time limit on prerequisite or non-nursing courses accepted for transfer.

Non-nursing transfer credits for approved Associate Degrees will be determined by the NNU Registrar's Office up to the 62 credits from a community college or 2 year institution per NNU Policy.