Advanced Standing Transfer Credit
For All Applicants
Official transcripts must be received from all educational programs previously attended. Official course descriptions and/or course outlines may be needed in order to properly evaluate previous learning.
All students are required to complete a minimum of three terms at Joseph F. McCloskey School of Nursing at Lehigh Valley Health Network in order to be eligible to graduate from the school. Nursing 200 (one term), Nursing 201 (one term), and Nursing 300 and 301 (one term) are required. Determination of the additional specific nursing course(s) will be on an individual basis.
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 Joseph F. McCloskey School of Nursing. Those credits accepted for transfer will be recorded and kept in the student's permanent record.
Professional nursing applicants who have completed one or more courses in nursing at the professional level with a grade of "C" or better from an NLNAC-, ACEN-, or CCNE-accredited school 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 the Joseph F. McCloskey School of Nursing. Applicants who were previously students at the Joseph F. McCloskey School of Nursing will receive credit for courses taken here within the last three years providing they achieved a "C" grade or better.
Licensed Practical Nurse
Proof of Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) licensure is required to seek 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 seven credits of Nursing 100 by taking the ATI Fundamentals for Nursing Exam. A proficiency score of Level II must be achieved. The ATI Fundamentals for Nursing Exam can be taken only once.
Applicants who have completed an NLNAC- or ACEN-accredited licensed practical nurse program more than five years ago, have successfully passed the licensing examination and are actively employed in nursing will be evaluated on an individual basis.
An LPN Advanced Placement Request 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 is not limited to:
- 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.
- A grade of 80 percent or higher on a math competency examination must be achieved before clinical competency is scheduled.
- Satisfactory completion of a written assignment.
The instructor will use clinical evaluation forms in evaluating the student's competency level.