Transferability of Credits

Transfer Credit Approval

To assure credit for a course(s) accepted in general education or as a general elective taken at another institution, prior approval from the Registrar's Office must be obtained. For a course(s) in a student's major, written approval must be obtained from the director of nursing and the Registrar's Office. Upon completion of the course(s), an official transcript must be submitted to the Registrar's Office. Transfer credit is accepted only from two- and four-year colleges and universities with U.S. Department of Education recognized institutional accreditation and is accepted only for coursework equivalent to Lindsey Wilson College degree program courses. Credits earned at Lindsey Wilson College are transferable to another institution at the discretion of the receiving institution.

General Education Full and Category Certification

Lindsey Wilson College recognizes completion of its general education requirement for those students transferring from Kentucky Community & Technical College System (KCTCS) institutions who have completed requirements for General Education Full Certification* provided grades of C or higher have been earned in all relevant mathematics and English composition courses. If mathematics or English composition courses have been taken and grades below C have been earned, those courses (or equivalent courses) must be repeated until a grade of at least C is earned. Transfer credit is accepted from regionally-accredited two- and four-year colleges only and is accepted only for coursework equivalent to Lindsey Wilson College degree program courses.

    General Education Full Certification from KCTCS institutions requires 60 semester hours of coursework in writing, communication, humanities, social interaction, science and mathematics.

    Note: Students who enter under this policy will be required to complete three credit hours in religion.

In addition, KCTCS students who have not completed all general education requirements at their home institution may be General Education Category Certified. Students who have not been General Education Category Certified may be category certified or general education core certified by their home institutions. Lindsey Wilson College will recognize these designations as fulfilling the corresponding Lindsey Wilson Essential Student Learning Outcomes General Education requirements.

Lindsey Wilson College also has general education articulation agreements with community colleges in Virginia and Ohio and with some private institutions. Students should contact the Registrar's Office for the details of these agreements.

All general education transfer arrangements are reviewed to insure ongoing compliance with accreditation requirements and are evaluated to insure consistency with institutional requirements. The review is conducted annually by the Academic Affairs Office (Vice President of Academic Affairs and Associate Academic Dean) and the Registrar's Office. Lindsey Wilson College is authorized for operation as a postsecondary educational institution by the following state agencies. These authorizations must be renewed each year and are based on an evaluation by minimum standards concerning quality of education, ethical business practices, health and safety, and fiscal responsibility.

  • Kentucky: Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, 1024 Capital Center Drive, Ste. 320, Frankfort, KY 40601-8204; (502) 573-1555.
  • Ohio: Ohio Department of Higher Education, 25 South Front Street, Columbus, OH 43215; (614) 466-6000.
  • Tennessee: Tennessee Higher Education Commission, 404 James Robertson Parkway, Suite 1900, Nashville, TN 37243; (615) 741-3605.
  • Virginia: Commonwealth of Virginia, P.O. Box 1475, Richmond, VA 23212; (804) 786- 3586.
  • West Virginia: West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, 1018 Kanawha Blvd, East-Ste. 700, Charleston, WV 25301; (304) 558-2101.

Advanced Placement and Credit by Examination

Students who have completed College Board Advanced Placement courses (AP) and earned scores of 3 or higher will receive credit in the appropriate discipline. Because the AP proficiency examination follows the completion of a college-level course taken while the student is in high school, details may be obtained from the high school counselor. The AP score should be sent to the Admissions Office at the time of application or as soon as possible thereafter.

Placement in writing courses is determined through the studentÕs score on the English section of the ACT (American College Test) or through a writing sample administered to new students. An ACT English sub-score of 25 or above waives the ENGL 1013 requirement, allowing the student an additional three hours of elective credit.

Placement in mathematics courses is determined through the student's score on the mathematics section of the ACT. An ACT mathematics sub-score of 26 or above waives the mathematics general education requirement, allowing the student an additional three hours of elective credit. Credit for Completion of International Baccalaureate Certificate or Diploma Programs Placement and/or credit is available for Higher-Level Exams with scores of 5, 6 or 7 (on either the certificate or the diploma). Students must obtain course equivalency recommendations from the relevant programs or academic units. Coursework from the classes taken in preparation for the exams may be helpful in demonstrating what was covered.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP) Examinations

A maximum of 15 credit hours may be awarded on the basis of College Level Examination Program (CLEP) examinations for associate's degree programs, and a maximum of 30 hours of CLEP credit may be applied to bachelor's degree programs. Lindsey Wilson College is a limited CLEP testing center, which means CLEP tests may be taken on campus and results may be submitted to other institutions as well. A score of 500 or 50, depending on how the scores are reported, is required for passing, except for the general examination for English composition, for which the minimum score is 610. To count for Lindsey Wilson College coursework, CLEP credit must be pre-approved by the Registrar's Office.

Course Audit

Special arrangements may be made at the time of registration to audit courses without receiving credit. An auditor is defined as a student who attends a course regularly without being required to take part in recitation, written work, or final examination.

Dual Credit Courses

A dual credit course is one high school seniors nominated by their high school may take at or through Lindsey Wilson College. Any earned credits will count for College credit and may also count for high school credit, depending upon the high schoolÕs guidelines. In order for Lindsey Wilson to assume full responsibility for the academic quality of the dual credit courses it offers, the following conditions must be met:
  • The course is one that has been approved by Lindsey Wilson faculty in the normal manner for all recognized course offerings at the College
  • The course is instructed by a person who meets normally applied College standards with regard to credentials, experience, etc.
  • The number of credits is appropriate to the normally applied College standards for the number of contact hours and other work expectations
  • In those cases where the course is taught at the high school rather than in a College facility and where that facility must support laboratories or other special needs, the College will examine the facility and determine if it is adequate for the course in question prior to the semester in which the course is offered
  • If the instructor is not a member of the College faculty, that person will meet all criteria normally applied for appointment at the rank of instructor. The syllabus for the course and all quizzes, tests, and other graded material will be reviewed by the program coordinator and approved by the relevant Academic Unit/Division Chair/Director sponsoring the course prior to the semester in which the course is offered. The Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) for the course are required to be the same as those for the course as taught at the College. The instructor will be required to follow College guidelines as stated in the adjunct section of The Faculty Handbook
  • Students enrolled in a dual credit course will have all rights of access to academic materials normally afforded students at the College
  • Students enrolled in such a course will have all rights of appeal normally afforded Lindsey Wilson College students in the event of any differences with regard to grades or other academic matters; and
  • The course follows the syllabus, including SLOs and assessment normally used in the course. SLOs are determined by the academic program.

Financial assistance will not be extended to students enrolled in dual credit courses. Applicable fees will be applied by the Business Office and must be paid prior to the beginning of the course in question. See Tuition and Fees for dual credit tuition charges.

Credit for Military Training

Upon presentation of an authenticated DD 214 form, Lindsey Wilson College will examine, validate, and may award credit for military training according to American Council on Education (ACE) guidelines. Such credit will not exceed 30 credits or 25% of the credit hours applied toward a degree and will be applied to general education, elective, or major requirements, according to College policy.

Veterans are eligible for financial assistance. Lindsey Wilson College participates in the Yellow Ribbon Programs for veterans. Its academic and financial aid policies have been deemed militaryfriendly (see ).

Prior Learning Assessment Policy

Lindsey Wilson College recognizes that college-level learning may occur from a variety of life and work experiences. Students who have earned a minimum of 12 credits of college-level work and who are currently in good academic standing at Lindsey Wilson College are eligible to participate in prior learning assessment.

Students may earn up to 25% of the requirements for their degree program through prior learning assessment. Students must meet residency requirements for the College and must earn at least half of the credit hours required for their major from the College. Prior learning must match existing courses using the course descriptions and student learning outcomes for guidance. The following guidelines and methods are acceptable for validating prior learning for the purpose of awarding credit:

  1. Credit demonstrated by successfully passing national for-credit examination programs, specifically CLEP (the College Board College Level Examination) and Advanced Placement (AP) exams. The scores that constitute a passing score are available elsewhere in the College catalog
  2. Credit recommendations made by the American Council on Education (ACE), if approved by the appropriate program
  3. Individual portfolios evaluated by Council for Adult and Experiential Learning's (CAEL) national prior learning assessment service,, or by College faculty who have been trained in portfolio assessment
  4. Challenge exams developed and/or approved by faculty and approved by the program offering the course that is challenged; and/or
  5. Performance-based assessments developed and evaluated by faculty trained in performance assessment and approved by the program that offers credit for the assessment.

Prior learning credits shall be applied to meeting degree or program requirements by the same manner as credits earned at the awarding institutions. Prior learning credit is transcripted with course title and number for the credit awarded. Grades of Credit/No Credit (CR/NC) are awarded; letter grades are not awarded.

The receiving institution's policies will determine whether credits earned through prior learning assessment will be transferable.

Policy on Continuing Education Programs and Units

The Continuing Education Unit (CEU) measures individual participation in noncredit continuing education. The CEU serves as the College's format for reporting institutional compliance with SACS COC comprehensive standard 3.4.2, which requires that all outreach activities are aligned with the College's mission. All significant postsecondary level learning experiences for which degree credit is not earned will be recognized through the use of the CEU. The term "credit" is reserved for those learning activities which typically lead to a degree or diploma. CEUs are issued in whole and half hour increments and are quantified as the number of instructional hours divided by ten. Partial increments are rounded down to the next nearest half hour. Approved CEU programs should normally be offered for no less than five contact hours (.5 CEU credits).

Transfer Student Admission

Transfer students seeking admission to the pre-licensure BSN program must meet all Lindsey Wilson College transfer requirements and pre-licensure BSN program entrance requirements. Students desiring to transfer from another accredited nursing program should complete the following:

  1. All entrance criteria admission steps as outlined above.
  2. Prior nursing coursework will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis. NURS 2013 and NURS 2024 are the only courses in the College's pre-licensure BSN curriculum considered for transfer. If a student wishes to have previous coursework, nursing (NURS) courses, or program required courses evaluated for transfer acceptance, then the student must initiate completion of the Division of Nursing Course Substitution form with the application process. The Division of Nursing Course Substitution form can be obtained from the Division of Nursing Office ( The Division of Nursing Course Substitution form MUST be completed in full in order for any course to be considered as a transfer substitution. This includes but is not limited to: course name, course number, catalog description, syllabi, outline of content and skills, electronic link to institution catalog, and other documentation as requested. Acceptance of coursework is contingent upon theoretical and clinical congruence with the courses offered by the CollegeÕs prelicensure BSN program and the time frame since coursework completion. Note: If one year has elapsed since any nursing coursework was completed, the student must start the pre-licensure BSN program course of study with NURS 2013 and NURS 2024.
  3. A letter of good standing from the chair of the nursing program from which the student is transferring. The letter must be included with the application. Admission to the College's pre-licensure BSN program will be contingent upon the availability of seats in the courses at the time of transfer.
  4. Demonstration of clinical competence and skills competence by established deadline. 170 Note: All students wishing to earn the Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing must earn at least 50 percent of degree requirements at Lindsey Wilson College.

    Academic Criteria for Progression

    Pre-licensure BSN students are subject to the College's policies pertaining to academic standing. These College policies can be found in the College catalog. In addition, students admitted to the pre-licensure BSN program are expected to attain the following minimum progression standards during the course of study:

    • Pre-licensure BSN program suspension: Student does not meet progression criteria in the course of study for the major to progress in the program.
    • Pre-licensure BSN program reenrollment: Student does not meet progression criteria in the course of study for the major to progress in the program and petitions the Nursing Admission Progression Graduation (APG) committee for reenrollment to repeat the course in which a grade of less than C was attained. The repeated course must be taken at the next available course offering, or the suspension from the program will convert to a dismissal from the program.
    • Pre-licensure BSN program dismissal: Student does not meet progression criteria at a level that constitutes dismissal from the program. Students dismissed from the prelicensure BSN program may progress at Lindsey Wilson College, but they can no longer be a nursing major.
    • Pre-licensure BSN program readmission: Student has withdrawn or has been dismissed from the pre-licensure BSN program. Student must petition the APG committee for readmission by completing the following:
      • a. Complete the application for readmission to the pre-licensure BSN program one week after grades are posted for the semester of withdrawal or dismissal (all pre-licensure BSN entrance criteria apply)
        b. Submit letter explaining rationale for petition for readmission; and
        c. Complete interview with the APG committee.

        Note: Students readmitted to the pre-licensure BSN program must comply with changes in courses and/or degree requirements as well as with policy and procedures at the time of readmission.