Military Personnel Challenge/Advanced Placement Policy

Individuals who have held Military Health Care Occupations, like Navy Hospital Corpsman, Air Force Medical Technician Corpsman, Army 68 series specialist, or Air Force Enlisted Medical careers may achieve advance placement into the nursing program with documentation of education and experience qualifying them for the Military Health Care Occupation and upon successful completion of the credit by examination(s), skills competency exam.

The veteran must have been discharged under “honorable” condition. Please review and follow the policies below:

1. Individuals who have documented military education and experience in a health care occupation may be eligible for advanced placement into the RN Program.

2. Documentation of education and clinical experience for a military health care occupation must demonstrate satisfactory completion of education and experience. Official transcript(s) and documentation of experience (on official letterhead) must be submitted.

3. Applicants must meet all general entrance requirements of the Associate Degree Nursing Program, including completion of prerequisite courses for the Nursing Major; general education courses must be taken prior to the expected date of graduation with a grade of ‘C’ or better; the completion of the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) with a passing score within the last two years of the RN application opening date using the most current version of TEAS.

4. Acceptance of Military Challenge students into the Associate Degree Nursing Program is contingent upon space availability, and achievement of 70% or above on the credit by examination(s) and successful passing of the skills competency exam.

5. Military Challenge students who have earned a grade C or lower, or W in a previous nursing program will not be eligible for admission to the Associate Degree Nursing Program.


Interested candidates must request an appointment with the Veteran Counselor and Nursing Counselor at least eight to 10 weeks prior to the start of the ADN application period to discuss eligibility requirements for the Associate Degree Nursing Program.

1. Applicants who may be eligible for advanced placement will include those individuals who have satisfactorily completed, within the last two years, education, and experience for the following:

Individuals who have held Military Health Care Occupations, like Navy Hospital Corpsman, Air Force Medical Technician Corpsman, Army 68 series specialist, or Air Force Enlisted Medical careers

2. Applicants applying for transfer credit must submit the following materials verifying education and experience:

a. transcripts from appropriate education program(s), demonstrating satisfactory completion of coursework and clinical experience

3. Documentation of experience.

4. After a review of the applicant’s documentation and upon determination that the applicant has met the educational and experience requirements as well as the additional nursing program admission requirements, the student will be required to take the credit by examination(s), and a skills competency exam.

5. The following materials will be available to the applicant once challenge confirmation is made:

a. A link to National League for Nursing (NLN) so student can purchase the practice exam provided by the NLN.

b. A study guides for the skills competency exams.

6. Clearance for the written and skills competency examinations for advanced placement or challenge must be completed eight to 10 weeks prior to the first written competency examination.

7. The ‘written’ exams are online computer exams and are completed in the Fall of each year. The skills competency exams are hands on exam that occur in the Spring of each year. After the skills competency exams have been passed, the student completes an application and is given clearance to register for the Summer NURS 90 course.

8. Advanced Placement will be granted if applicant meets minimum requirements equivalent to those required of students enrolled in the actual course.