Pre-Licensure Nursing Education

Prior Learning Assessments

Credit by Transfer

Students desiring to transfer to MidAmerica Nazarene University from other regionally accredited institutions of higher education should follow the MidAmerica Nazarene University admission procedures. Nursing advisors are available to discuss requirements related to transfer credit. Typically, upper division nursing courses are not accepted in transfer from other colleges or universities.

Credit by Examination 

Credit by examination is limited to 34 hours.

CLEP and Proficiency Examinations:

The CLEP exam allows MNU students to earn credit in many General Education and elective courses for their respective degrees by simply passing the appropriate test. Our Academic Success Center, located in the Mabee Learning Commons, can help you find out more about this credit by examination option.

Nursing Challenge Exams:

For the Traditional BSN program, LPNs with three or more years of current, full-time nursing experience may be allowed to obtain credit by validation for Pathophysiology and Pharmacotherapy courses by passing challenge exams. LPNs with less work experience may petition to take one or both of these tests.

All challenges to the Pharmacotherapy and/or Pathophysiology courses should be completed prior to the semester where the course(s) would normally be taken so that the student may enroll for the course(s), if necessary.  Students should contact the school of nursing advisor for information about fees and arrangements for taking challenge exams.

Credit by Validation

Licensed Practical Nurses

Licensed practical nurses with three or more years of current, full-time nursing experience enrolled in the Traditional BSN program may be awarded credit for the following nursing course:


A study of evidence-based nursing practice regarding fundamental nursing interventions and the professional nursing role. The knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to perform procedures and assess healthcare outcomes related to therapeutic interventions are presented, and students demonstrate their understanding through testing and graded return demonstrations. Special emphasis is given to the delivery of relationship-centered care within a holistic framework as it applies to proficient psychomotor skills and nursing practice. Clinical experiences expose students to a range of technologies that facilitate health – promotion, -maintenance, and –restoration, including patient monitoring systems, medication administration systems, and other technologies to support patient care. Competency with drug calculation and safe medication administration are also required proficiencies. The over-arching goal for this course is the delivery of safe and effective “relationship-centered care” to a diverse patient population. Learning experiences occur through lecture/discussion, assignments (including online learning), and the simulated laboratory setting as well as clinical health care facilities.

  1. LPNs will take the drug calculation competency exam that is taken by all upper-division nursing students. If the drug calculations test is not passed successfully, the student must enroll in NURS 2184 Fundamentals of Nursing Care.
  2. A review of the LPN student’s skills will be made by the appropriate nursing faculty. A determination of whether or not credit will be given for the non-drug calculations part of NURS 2184 Fundamentals of Nursing Care will be made after that review.
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