RN-BSN Transfer Credit for General Education Coursework
Transfer credit may be granted for coursework completed at another college or university under the following conditions:

  • The student must have earned a minimum grade of C (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) for the course to be transferred. 

  • The college or university from which the course was transferred must be accredited by agencies recognized by Saint Luke’s College. 

  • In order to receive a degree from Saint Luke’s College, transfer students must earn a minimum of 30 credits from Saint Luke’s College (residency requirement). 

  • A maximum of six semester hours of “Pass” or “Credit” will be accepted for general education coursework completed at an accredited college. 

  • Credit for courses completed for “Pass” will be granted for any general education requirement if verification that the grade would have been C or better is provided. 

  • Credit for courses completed for “Pass” without verification of C or better grade will be granted for the following courses: history, government or economics; social/behavioral science or mathematics electives; humanities electives. 

  • General education coursework is taken for “Credit” will be accepted under the same provisions as “Pass". 

Advanced Placement (AP) Credit
Saint Luke’s will grant credit for College Board Advanced Placement Examinations that are applicable to certain general education courses required for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. Examinations must not be older than 10 years. 

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
CLEP credit will be granted only in the areas of selected subject examinations and applicable to certain general education courses required for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. Examinations must not be older than 10 years. 

Transfer Policies for Nursing Coursework
Transfer credit may be granted for nursing coursework completed at another college or university under the following conditions: 

  • The transfer course must meet a requirement in the post-licensure track of the Saint Luke’s college nursing curriculum. Transfer credit will be determined after the applicant has been accepted into Saint Luke’s College. 

  • Transfer credit cannot be awarded during the final 30 hours of nursing coursework at Saint Luke’s College. 

  • The student must have earned a minimum grade of C (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) for the course to be transferred. The college or university from which the course was transferred must be accredited by agencies recognized by Saint Luke’s College. Transfer credit is generally granted only for courses, not more than two years old. Courses older than two years may be evaluated on an individual basis. 

  • Graduates of accredited degree programs and diploma graduates can expect to receive transfer credit for up to 36 hours for previous nursing education and work experience upon successful completion of courses No. 401, N411, N457, and N485. 

Transferring Credit
Transferability of credits from SLCHS to other institutions would be at the discretion of the receiving institution.

Mail all documents to:
Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences
Admissions Office
624 Westport Road
Kansas City, Mo. 64111

Saint Luke's College Policy Number AP-059

Credit by Validation
Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences values and respects the fundamental education, training, and experience of students on the RN-BSN track. The college also recognizes the unique challenges RN-BSN students face when returning to school. These challenges include, but are not limited to, the length of time passed since basic nursing education, transfer of credits from basic nursing education, fulfilling general education requirements, and validating continuing education, training and work experience for academic credit. Saint Luke’s College seeks to provide students with multiple options to meet all requirements while maintaining academic rigor and integrity. Credit by validation is one option. Because of the variation in education, training, and experience among candidates, credit by validation will be considered on a case by case basis. 

1. Credit by validation will be considered when the transferability of a course cannot be determined by established means and for the following: continuing education credits, education and training programs in non-collegiate organizations, military training and experience, specialty certifications and others on a case by case basis. 

2. Students may request credit by validation for a specific course(s). 

3. The method for validation is a portfolio assessment against established course objectives. 

4. Students must provide all documentation that they wish to be considered for credit for the specific course they select. 

5. Students should allow an eight week turn-around time when planning to challenge a course by validation. 

6. A committee of faculty members will consider the documentation and render a decision as to whether the documentation supports the achievement of objectives of the course for which validation is requested. 

7. The faculty committee decides if and/or how much credit will be awarded. 

8. Decisions of the committee are final. 

9. On approval, the student will be billed for tuition at the appropriate rate per credit hour. 

10. Credit will be awarded upon receipt of payment. 

11. Credit by validation does not carry a letter grade and is not calculated in the grade point average. 

12. No more than a total of 9 hours of credit may be earned by validation and/or credit by examination for the nursing courses.

Saint Luke's College Policy Number AP-051

Credit by Examination
Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences values and respects the fundamental education, training, and experience of students on the RN-BSN track. The college also recognizes the unique challenges RN-BSN students face when returning to school. These challenges include, but are not limited to, the length of time passed since basic nursing education, transfer of credits from basic nursing education, fulfilling general education requirements, and validating continuing education, training and work experience for academic credit. Saint Luke’s College seeks to provide students with multiple options to meet all requirements while maintaining academic rigor and integrity. Credit by examination is one option. Credit by examination is accepted for general education prerequisites and RN-BSN core courses. Please also see the CLEP Examination policy for prerequisites. 

Core Nursing Courses and General Education Credit by the College 

1. Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences utilizes ATI and other vendors as appropriate to provide computer-based education and testing in the RN-BSN nursing track.

2. Credit by examination for some RN-BSN nursing core courses and general education prerequisites is available. Because of the variance in education, training, and experience among candidates eligibility for exams will be considered on a case by case basis. 

3. Student exams are proctored in the Computer Testing Center by college staff. 

4. Students must earn an ATI test score of Level 2/Proficient or equivalent to earn college credit towards degree completion. 

5. Upon successful completion, the RN-BSN student will be billed for tuition at the appropriate rate per credit hour and any applicable fees. 

6. Credit will be awarded upon receipt of payment. 

7. Credit by examination does not carry a letter grade and is not calculated in the grade point average. 

8. Courses eligible for credit by examination are subject to change. 

9. No more than a total of 9 hours of credit may be earned by examination and/or credit by validation for the nursing courses. 

Saint Luke's College Policy Number AP-050