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Transfer Credit

Policies

Accelerated BSN Students

Transfer credit for accelerated pre-requisite courses is reviewed and approved by the Office of Enrollment Management during the admissions process.  All pre-requisite course work must be completed at an accredited institution with a grade of C or higher, and a final transcript must be sent to the School of Nursing Office of Student Information by May 31.

In addition to the required pre-requisites, accelerated students are eligible to seek transfer credit for the health care ethics and/or health policy requirement if they have previously completed course work in these areas.  See Procedures for the timeline and instructions for submitting course work for review.

 

BSN Students

Pre-College and Dual Enrollment Credit

Students entering Penn Fall 2016 or later:

Transfer credit will not be granted for college-level course work taken while enrolled at the secondary level or in the summer prior to matriculation at the University.  The only exception is students who enroll in courses at Penn during the summer prior to their matriculation into an undergraduate degree program at the University.  Such course work and credit will be recorded as Penn course work on the undergraduate transcript.

Students Entering Penn before Fall 2016:

Students who have taken courses at another college or university prior to enrollment at Penn may seek up to 4 cus of transfer credit for those courses for fulfillment of sector or free elective requirements, where applicable.  Pre-college courses will be evaluated for Penn credit if the student earned a grade of C or higher and the course was:

  • Taught at a fully accredited four-year college or university
  • Taught on the college’s campus by a member of the regular faculty
  • Open to enrollment by, and graded in direct competition with, regularly matriculated undergraduates at the college
  • Part of the normal curriculum published in the college’s catalog
  • Taken for a grade (not pass/fail or audit)
  • Not used to fulfill any high school graduation requirement

Students seeking credit for pre-college courses must:

  • Have the college or university where the course was taken send an official transcript, along with a letter verifying the above criteria were met, to the Transfer Credit Coordinator in Penn’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions (215-898-7507).
  • Log in to the External Course Approval Tool (XCAT) and follow the instructions to receive approval from the appropriate academic department at Penn.  Be sure to check “pre-college course” when submitting the request.  See Procedures for more information on XCAT.

Acceptance of pre-college credit is at the discretion of the individual Penn department or program.

Credit Away

With pre-approval, currently enrolled Penn Nursing students may take up to four sector or free elective courses at another college or university over the summer.   Students are generally not permitted to complete required nursing courses outside of Penn, with the exception of statistics.   This exception counts toward the four course limit.

Eligible courses must meet the following criteria:

  • Taken at an accredited, four-year institution
  • Final grade of C or higher (no pass/fail or audit)
  • Approved in advance by the appropriate department at Penn (see Procedures

External Transfer Students

Upon admission, external transfer students receive a preliminary plan of study with an estimation of potential transfer credit.  This estimation does not constitute approval.  All course work must undergo a formal review process through Penn’s External Course Approval Tool (XCAT) to determine which credits will transfer.  Click on the guide below for more information.

XCAT Guide for External Transfer Students

Semester Study Abroad Credit

Oxford Brookes University: England

Students do not need to submit NURS 245/255 or their independent study through XCAT.  Once the school receives final transcripts from Oxford Brookes, we will work with the Registrar to have grades posted for these courses.  All other courses taken abroad must be submitted through XCAT in advance for pre-approval.

The University of Queensland: Australia

Students do not need to submit NURS 245/255 through XCAT.  Once the school receives final transcripts from the University of Queensland, we will work with the Registrar to have grades posted for these courses.  

Hebrew University: Israel

Students do not need to submit NURS 380 through XCAT.  Once the school receives final transcripts from Hebrew University, we will work with the Registrar to have the grade posted for this course.  All other courses taken abroad must be submitted through XCAT in advance for pre-approval.

See Procedures for more information on XCAT.

 

MSN and DNP Students

 A maximum of two course units (or their equivalents) may be approved for transfer credit for the MSN and DNP programs.

Eligible courses must meet the following criteria:

  • Taken at the graduate level
  • Taken at an accredited, four-year institution
  • Final grade of B or higher (no pass/fail or audit)
  • Taken prior to admission to the University of Pennsylvania MSN or DNP program

Additionally:

  • Courses with a clinical component in which the clinical hours are counted for purposes of the regulatory and credentialing bodies are not acceptable for transfer.
  • Advanced pathophysiology and advanced physical assessment courses will be considered for transfer credit only if completed within five years of matriculation.
  • Advanced pharmacology courses will be considered for transfer credit only if completed within two years of the expected date of completion of the MSN or DNP program.

All transfer credit decisions are at the discretion of the course faculty.  See Procedures for the timeline and instructions on submitting course work for review. 

Procedures

Timeline

The transfer credit request and approval process must be completed post-admission but before the start of classes.  On average, the transfer credit review process can take four weeks or longer from the time of submission, depending on faculty availability for review.  Undergraduate students who are seeking summer credit away must have their requests reviewed and approved prior to enrollment in the summer course(s).

Steps

  • Log in to Penn’s External Course Approval Tool (XCAT) and submit a course syllabus and other supporting materials from the external institution.
  • Select the appropriate subject area for review of the course.
    • BSN students: for sector and free elective courses, choose the subject area or department that most closely matches the subject of the course taken.
    • ABSN, MSN and DNP students: choose Nursing as the subject area.
  • Once the department reviewer has submitted a decision (approved or not approved), this will be noted in XCAT. Students are responsible for monitoring XCAT for this information, as the system does not send notifications once decisions are rendered.
  • Ensure an official transcript has been sent to the School of Nursing Office of Student Services verifying completion of the course work and achievement of the minimum grade requirement or higher.
    • Via email (preferred) to: advisor@nursing.upenn.edu
    • Via mail to: 418 Curie Boulevard, Suite M-18
                           Philadelphia, PA 19104-4217

The School of Nursing cannot post credit away until the official transcript is received and XCAT approval has been granted.  If approved, the School of Nursing Registrar will post the credit to the student’s transcript.  The grade earned in a course approved for transfer credit will not appear on the Penn transcript and will not be factored into the Penn GPA.

No fee is charged for the transfer of credit.