High Desert Medical College will consider awarding credit for previous education and training that a student received, as it relates to the course(s) of a program in which the student is enrolled. A student must notify the Admissions Department at time of registration if requesting such credit. The Director of Nursing will review course descriptions and any transcripts provided by the student to arrive at a final decision. General education courses taken at another institution must have been passed with a “C” (2.0) or better and the former institution must be accredited by an agency recognized by either the U.S. Department of Education, Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE), or Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Science courses taken at another institution must have been passed with a “B: (3.0) or better and the former institution must be accredited by an agency recognized by either the U.S. Department of Education, Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE), or Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). If credit is awarded, the program length will be adjusted for that student, and a pro-rated tuition reduction will be made. Credits awarded for previous education will be limited by program.
A maximum of 75% of the required credits can be transferred. Transfer of Credit is not guaranteed and will be granted at the sole discretion of the Director of Education, appropriate Program Director or Director of Nursing of the college and dependent upon the type, length and correlation of content to the course being evaluated.
Student’s requesting Transfer Credit must:
- Complete a Transfer of Credit Request Form.
- Provide an official transcript from the granting College or University.
- Provide a detailed Course Description, Syllabus or Catalog describing the course(s).
Transfer Credit must be requested at the time of enrollment. If Transfer Credit is granted, the applicable course credit hour charges will be deducted from the student’s total tuition cost and the corresponding course will be listed on the student’s transcript with a grade of “TC”. Transfer credit courses are not counted in the CGPA. Transfer Credit will affect a student’s scheduled completion date. Students may appeal the decision of acceptance of transfer credit by written request to the Campus Director for review by a committee. A review and determination will be completed within 15 days and the student will be informed in writing.
This policy outlines the procedures and criteria for evaluating and transferring credit for military experience and experiential learning at High Desert Medical College ADN program. The policy aims to recognize the valuable skills and knowledge gained through military service and practical experiences, allowing eligible students to accelerate their academic progress.
- Military Experience: Students who have served in the military, including active duty, reserves, or National Guard, and have completed training or assignments relevant to their academic program may be eligible for credit transfer.
Individuals who have held Military Health Care Occupations, specifically:
- Basic Medical Technician Corpsman (Navy HM or Air Force BMTCP),
- Army Health Care Specialist (68W Army Medic) or
- Air Force Independent Duty Medical Technician (IMDT 4N0X1C)
- Experiential Learning: Students who have engaged in substantial experiential learning, such as internships, co-op programs, or professional certifications, may also be eligible for credit transfer.
Applicants may seek advanced placement into the nursing program with documentation of education and experience qualifying them for the specific Military Health Care Occupation and upon successful completion of the challenge exam, dosage calculation exam and skills competency evaluation.
The veteran needs to have an “honorable discharge.”
Applicants must meet all general entrance requirements of the associate degree Nursing Program, including:
- An active application to the nursing program on file at the nursing office.
- completion of designated prerequisites including:
- A passing score (85%) on the HESI entrance exam.
The following pathways have been established to assist with obtaining nursing credit for previous education and experience:
Pathway I- Including but not limited to Basic Medical Technician (Navy Hospital Corpsman) or USAF Basic Medical Service Technician or Army Medical Specialist.
- Challenge exam per college policy for the first semester of the ADN program.
- High Desert Medical College allows a maximum of Nine courses that can be challenged