Nursing Student

Credit for Work Experience

Beginning in Summer 2021, newly admitted students who have completed one year of full-time employment (or equivalent) as a registered nurse can apply for up to 12 credits as "electives," meeting the general education elective requirements or lower division program electives in the following categories: Social Sciences (3 credits), Humanities (3 credits), Math (3 credits), and Natural Sciences (3 credits). Prior to completing the application for “Credit for Work Experience,” students must have approval from their advisor to ensure that students meet the program requirements. If students have been cleared to apply for “Credit for Work Experience,” students will then complete the application. Please note, the application must be submitted by the last day of the first course in the program.

Essays will be evaluated by the Dean of the School of Nursing and Assistant Dean of the online BSN/MSN programs and other Deans as appropriate. If essays meet the course outcomes based on the Grading Rubric, the Dean/Assistant Dean will notify the Student Financial Services Office and the student. All decisions are final. Students will be billed at $60.00 per credit ($180.00 per 3-credit course). Once payment has been made, the Registrar, the student’s advisor, and the student will be notified. Credit will be recorded as “CR” in DegreeWorks and on the student’s official transcript.

You will need to submit:

  1. A letter from your employer on the institution’s letterhead stating that you have met the employment requirement of one year of full-time employment or equivalent.
  2. Students will provide a 250-500 word essay for each category in which they are applying, explaining how they met the course objectives through their work experiences, providing examples, descriptions, seminars/professional development programs attended, and/or tables/graphs/charts. The essay must clearly demonstrate evidence of mastery of majority of the learning outcomes.
Courses & Learning Outcomes
Course Learning Outcomes
 Ethics (HUMN)
  1. Students will describe the ethical principles/virtues of autonomy, justice, trust, caring beneficence, and nonmaleficence.
  2. Students will apply an ethical decision-making process to contemporary and complex issues.
  3. Students will explain how they have supported ethical decisions.
  4. Students will explain the HIPAA privacy standards and rules with regard to health information use and disclosure.
Nutrition (Natural Science)
  1. Students will explain the nutrition standards and guidelines utilizing the Dietary Reference Intakes, Daily Values for Food Labels, and in food planning.
  2. Students will describe carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, vitamins, and minerals with respect to their function and food sources.
  3. Students will explain the relationship between diet, health, and disease.
  4. Students will explain the principles of food safety in the home and in the environment.
Sociology (SOCI)
  1. Students will be familiar with basic concepts associated with group social structure.
  2. Students will be able to articulate the distinctions in the primary macro- and micro-level theories in sociology.
  3. Students will identify and distinguish the basic social institutions in societies.
  4. Students will be able to identify and distinguish among the primary methodologies used by sociologists.
Quantitative Reasoning (MATH)
  1. Students will demonstrate the ability to interpret and draw inferences from mathematical models such as formulas, graphs, tables, and schematics.
  2. Students will demonstrate the ability to represent mathematical information symbolically, visually, numerically and verbally.
  3. Students will demonstrate the ability to employ quantitative methods such as, arithmetic, algebra, geometry, or statistics to solve problems.
  4. Students will demonstrate the ability to estimate and check mathematical results for reasonableness.

Credit for Work Experience Form

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