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Lynette Kingsmore

Lynette KingsmoreSenior Admissions Counselor for MBA, MSN, MSN FNP, and RN–BSN


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Transfer of Associate Degrees for the RN to BSN Program

An RN student who enrolls at Northwest Nazarene University with an Associate of Arts (AA) or an Associate of Science (AS) degree in Nursing from a regionally accredited institution will receive:
  • Transfer credit up at a maximum of 62 credits from a two-year institution
  • Forty (40) credits of nursing electives for successful completion of the National Council Licensing Exam-Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN), of which nine credits will be upper-division
  • Waiver of all general education requirements, with the following exceptions:
    • THEO2100 or THEO2125 (3) Introduction to Christian Theology
    • Math Proficiency (An equivalent transfer course may be substituted for this requirement)
An RN student who enrolls at Northwest Nazarene University with an Associate Degree in Nursing from a regionally accredited institution other than an AA or AS will receive:
  • Transfer credit up at a maximum of 62 credits from a two-year institution
  • Forty (40) credits of nursing electives for successful completion of the National Council Licensing Exam-Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN), of which nine credits will be upper-division
  • Waiver of all general education requirements, with the following exceptions: (An equivalent transfer course may be substituted for the following requirements with the exception of Introduction to Christian Theology, which must be taken at NNU.)
    • THEO2100 or THEO2125 (3) Introduction to Christian Theology
    • ENGL1030 or ENGL1035 (3) University Writing and Research
    • MATH2250 (3) Elementary Statistics
    • PSYC1550 or PSYC1555 (3) Introduction to Psychology
    • SOGY1550 (3) Introduction to Sociology

Transfer Credit

Non-Nursing Transfer Credits
Non-nursing transfer credits for approved Associate Degrees will be determined by the NNU Registrar's Office up to the maximum of 62 credits from a community college or two year institution per NNU Policy.  There is no time limit on prerequisites or non-nursing courses accepted for transfer.

Upper Division Nursing Courses*
Students accepted into the RN to BSN may transfer credits up to 25% (6 credits) of previously completed upper division baccalaureate level nursing course work from a regionally accredited institution.  All transfer of baccalaureate level nursing courses, as well as transfer of non-nursing required courses for the RN to BS, must be approved by the RN to BSN Program Director for determination of equivalency.
*All baccalaureate level nursing credits must have been earned within four years of admission to the RN to BSN Program and approved by the Program Director.