University of Southern Indiana

Credit for Prior Learning

The University of Southern Indiana provides opportunities for RN students progressing toward a BSN degree to receive credit for previous professional experience.  Students may receive credit for professional certification, previous clinical experiences, and/or expertise. 

Option 1: Validation with a nationally recognized certification.

  • Students who are currently certified in an area which correlates to the course content may receive credit for the entire course. 
  • Students should submit a copy of their current certification to the course coordinator for approval.
  • Students must request third party verification of certification be submitted directly to administrative assistance for the RN-BSN program.

Option 2: Course validation through Portfolio.

Students who have advanced clinical experience may validate a course with a portfolio

  • Students must have at least 3 years full time RN experience in the specialty area which the student is attempting to validate.
  • The portfolio must include a curriculum vitae or resume and demonstration of attainment of course objectives.
  • Students must submit a Curriculum vitae /resume with detailed description of clinical experience and other clinical, community, or educational experiences that contribute to application of course content in a practice setting.
  • The student must address each of the course objectives and provide evidence that demonstrates attainment of the course objectives.
  • Specific course portfolio requirements will be provided by the course coordinator.
  • The portfolio must be submitted along with the Portfolio fee for evaluation of the portfolio.
  • The course coordinator will evaluate the portfolio. If all requirements are met, the student will be sent forms to complete and return along the posting fee to get the credit to their official transcript.
  • Students should not register for the class if they are seeking validation. 

Validation of Clinical hours 

  • Students with clinical experience in a field of study who do not qualify to validate the course, may receive credit for all or some of the clinical hours required in clinical courses. 
  • Students must submit a Curriculum vitae /resume with detailed description of clinical experience and other clinical, community, or educational experiences that contribute to application of course content in a practice setting.
  • Third party verification of clinical experience must be provided by a nurse manager or immediate supervisor.
  • The course coordinator will evaluate clinical experience and determine the number of clinical hours which may be validated.

Students must complete all course and clinical requirements for at least one of the three clinical courses in the RN-BSN Program.

Clinical nursing courses

          NURS 457: Population Focused Care for Registered Nurses

          NURS 487: Leadership in Nursing and Healthcare Organizations

          NURS 492: Clinical Synthesis

Validation Timelines

The portfolio and all material for validation must be submitted at least 8 weeks prior to the term in which the student is scheduled to take the class.

Specific Course Validation Guidelines

NURS 457: Population Focused Care for Registered Nurses

Course Coordinator: Julie St Clair - jstclair@usi.edu, (812) 465-1169

Option 1: National nursing certification specific to population focused care

Option 2: Work settings that may qualify include health departments, schools, correctional facilities, home health agencies, and other community health settings.

N487 Leadership in Nursing and Healthcare Organizations

Course Coordinator: Dr. Charlotte Connerton- cconnerton@usi.edu, 812-461-5339

Option 1: Certification in the following areas: American Nurses Credentialing Center: Nursing Executive (NE-BC) or Nursing Executive Advanced (NEA-BC), American Organization of Nurse Executives: Certified Nurse Manager and Leader (CNML) or Certified in Executive Nursing Practice (CENP).  Students who have completed a Baccalaureate or Masters in Health Administration, Business Administration, or Public Administration are also eligible for this option.

Option 2

The portfolio must reflect your work experience as a nurse manager (Assistant Nurse Manager, Nurse Manager, or Nursing Administration). Students must clearly describe how they have completed a change project and budget in their work settings (see syllabus for details). 

NURS 492: Clinical Synthesis

Credentials review: Dr. Jeri Burger – jlburger2@usi.edu 812-461-5340

Option 1: National nursing certification in a general or specialized clinical nursing practice. ANCC certification or national nursing certification through professional organizations will be accepted upon review by the Chair of the RN-BSN Program

Option 2: The portfolio must reflect extensive work with an evidence based practice project or development of evidence based clinical protocols. The portfolio must clearly describe the student’s role and responsibility in the project with supporting documentation.

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