Transfer Credit Guidelines for Undergraduate Programs

General Undergraduate Guidelines

  • Liberal arts and sciences courses will be reviewed for transferability if the courses meet specific course requirements in the Chamberlain curriculum, and are similar in content, credit hours and level.
  • A grade of “C” or higher is required for all transfer credits.
  • Transfer of a nursing course from another accredited nursing program is considered on an individual basis.
  • Qualifying transfer credits are accepted at the beginning of the student’s program of study or upon prior permission from the campus president or the online dean.

Additional Transfer Guidelines: Pre-licensure Only

  • Courses transferring in for microbiology, chemistry or anatomy and physiology credit must have been completed within the past 10 years in order to be considered for transfer credit.
  • Nursing coursework must have been completed within the past five years to be considered for transfer.
  • Transfer credit will not be awarded for any clinical nursing course at the 300 level or above.
  • Students transferring in nursing course credit for pharmacology, health assessment and/or fundamentals will be required to take the standardized subject matter exam for that course and will be offered individual remediation as needed.

Approved Tests & Proficiency Options

Through approved nationally recognized tests (e.g., AP, CLEP and DSST), an appropriate credit recommendation may be recognized for proficiency credit. A student’s military educational history may also be recognized for proficiency credit via an appropriate credit recommendation from the American Council on Education (ACE). Incoming students requesting transfer credit from approved tests must submit official transcripts prior to initial registration.


Students who believe course material has been mastered, either through coursework completed outside Chamberlain for which transfer credit cannot be given or through self-study, may request a proficiency examination for the course, provided they have never been enrolled  in the course at Chamberlain and have not previously attempted the proficiency exam.

Credit for approved tests requested after the initial registration must be approved by the campus president or online dean prior to registering for the test. Testing must be completed within the first semester of enrollment. All proficiency credit from approved tests must conform to residency and curriculum requirements, and meet the minimum score required by Chamberlain.

Proficiency credit may affect eligibility for financial assistance. Contact a student services advisor for more information. Proficiency credit that satisfies graduation requirements is considered when determining a student’s academic level and progress; however, this credit is not used when computing GPA or residency requirements.

Advanced Standing Option for LPNs Entering the BSN Program Option

Chamberlain provides students with an LPN or LVN license the opportunity to earn advanced standing in the BSN program option through proficiency testing.


To be eligible to apply for this advanced standing option, students must be admitted to the BSN program and must hold an unrestricted, active or inactive license as a practical/vocational nurse from the U.S. or a jurisdiction that is an associate member of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing with no active discipline or restrictions on the license.

Students interested in this option should contact their student services advisor immediately upon admission for more details.

RN Proficiency Process for RN to BSN & RN-BSN to MSN Program Options

The following courses are eligible for proficiency credit:

  • NR-443: RN Community Health Nursing
  • NR-447: RN Collaborative Healthcare

RNs who believe they have the knowledge and experience to meet individual outcomes for these courses should contact their student services advisor.

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