Guidelines aligned with California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN) Director Handbook: 8.0C Military Policy Suggestions 2020

Subject to University of California policies, students may request transfer credit or credit by examination for experience and/or course work taken elsewhere, provided the student can demonstrate to the program the equivalence of content and experience and if applicable, successfully complete the course challenge exam.

Students must meet the minimum requirements to advance to candidacy and graduate from the Master’s Entry Program in Nursing (MEPN) (under Plan II)

  • 3.0 UC GPA 
  • 36 units completed at UC Davis
  • 3 quarters in residence

According to degree requirements, the MEPN requires a minimum of 92 units.

Note: Due to cohort-based fees, a student does not receive any financial benefit from transferring or challenge courses unless the student successfully earns transfer and/or credit by examination for all courses within a quarter.

Course transfer policies

The School of Nursing follows the UC Davis Graduate Studies course transfer policies (PDF).

Petition to Transfer Coursework form (PDF)

The School of Nursing only considers transfer courses completed in the last seven years.

Course transfer process
To request transfer credit for courses previously taken, follow these steps.

  1. Review policies
    A student should review the relevant policies. 
  2. Request for consideration
    The student should complete the header and Part I of the Petition to Transfer form and attach relevant transcripts and course syllabi. The student should send the form and attachments to hs-sonstudentservices@ucdavis.edu along with a clear explanation of which required MEPN courses are equivalent to the courses listed on the transfer form.
  3. Review and recommendation
    Student services will forward the request to the MEPN program director and graduate advisor. These faculty will review the recommendation to determine the equivalency of courses. If courses are deemed equivalent, the request will be forwarded to the dean of Graduate Studies for review and final approval.

Credit by examination policies

The School of Nursing follows the UC Davis policy for credit by examination.  

Petition to Credit by Examination (PDF)

Credit by examination process
To request credit by examination, follow these steps.

  1. Review policies
    A student should review the relevant policies. Be aware that, according to UC policies, a letter grade will be assigned based on the challenge examination result.   
  2. Request for School of Nursing consideration
    The MEPN courses eligible for credit by examination are listed below. If a student wishes to request credit by examination for one or more courses, the student should compile a clear description of experiences (work, military, etc.) and formal courses that describe in detail the ways all course objectives were met, as well as written documentation of knowledge, skills, and competencies that validate prior experience (e.g., military credits, badges, course evaluations, written work). The student should send the packet to hs-sonstudentservices@ucdavis.edu.
  3. Review and recommendation
    Student services will forward the request to the MEPN program director and course instructors of record. These faculty will review the recommendation to determine the equivalency of experiences and courses. If experiences and courses are deemed equivalent, the instructor of record will approve the petition. The petition is then forwarded to the dean of Graduate Studies for final approval and then to the Office of the University Registrar for a Permit for Exam to be issued.
  4. Challenge exam
    The petition must be approved by the dean of Graduate Studies and a Permit for Exam must be issued by the Office of the University Registrar before the examination takes place. Challenge exam details are outlined below for each eligible MEPN course.
  5. Grade
    Once the exam results are available, the instructor of record will assign a grade. The student transcript is updated according to policies of the Office of the University Registrar.

Challenge exam details by course

Course Challenge exam expectations
NRS 422 For clinical courses, complete the associated Kaplan exam at the 50th percentile or better and participate in a simulated clinical experience for validation of clinical competency.
NRS 423
NRS 424
NRS 425
NRS 426 UC Policy requires the final three quarters minimum of residency prior to graduation.
This means students would not be able to waive out of any courses within quarters 4, 5 or 6.
NRS 427
NRS 428

Note: NRS 420 and 421 are ineligible for credit by examination due to University of California at Davis regulations.

Note: NRS 420, 421, 422, 423, 424, 425, 426, 427, 428, and 429A-F have prerequisite requirements where students must successfully pass each course in succession before progressing to the next course in the series.

Compliance

This policy provides a pathway for individuals who present with relevant military education and experience equal to but not limited to Basic Medical Technician Corpsman (Navy HM or Air Force BMTCP), Army Health Care Specialist (68W Army Medic) or Air Force Independent Duty Medical Technician (IMDT 4N0X1C) to pursue advanced placement in a prelicensure nursing program, if that individual has prior relevant education and experience that meet the specific requirements of each course [CCR 1418, 1424, 1426, 1430].

LVN option

For licensed vocational nurses (LVNs) who seek to complete coursework required for the registered nurse licensure examination (NCLEX), the School of Nursing offers a 45-quarter-unit LVN option. The LVN option is offered in compliance with California law on a space-available basis.

The MEPN program is highly competitive and the school is unable to admit applicants through the LVN option unless space is determined to be available. Interested applicants should contact the School of Nursing in April to determine if there is space-available.

Once students complete the 45-unit LVN option, their names are placed on the Roster of NCLEX Eligibility and their transcripts forwarded to the California Board of Registered Nursing.