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Nursing General Education Courses & Transfer Credit Information

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Nursing Programs General Education Courses Information

General Education Course Credits:

  • General education courses must be taken at an institution accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the Secretary of Education of the US Department of Education. 
  • General education/prerequisite courses will be evaluated and will be accepted only on evidence that the course content and instruction meets the requirements for the Program of interest.
  • Course descriptions, and/or syllabi may be requested by the College to evaluate general education/prerequisite course requirements.
  • You do not have to submit an application to have your transcripts reviewed.  There is no obligation or charge for this service.
  • Before registering for general education courses consult with recruitment at the College to ensure you are registering for the appropriate general education courses.  
  • The College does not expire general education/prerequisite courses.
  • DSST test scoring is configured for grades of "B" and "C" only per DSST guidelines.
  • Dual Enrollment courses are acceptable. Dual enrollment courses are taken in high school and official college transcripts must be produced for review and acceptance.
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology I & II:  TNCC's BIO 145, 5 credit course is not acceptable for the College's A&P I & II w/lab requirement for our Traditional BSN applicants.  For RN-BSN Applicants ONLY, BIO 145 from TNCC will cover both A&P I & II.
  • Science General Education Courses:  Each science course must reflect a minimum of 4 credits.  A review by Nursing Admissions will occur if the science course does not reflect the credit minimum.
  • Courses are considered on a course-by-course basis instead of an hour by hour basis with regard to the content of the course.  For courses taken in quarter hours, the credits will be converted to semester hours with one quarter hour being equal to two thirds of one semester hour.
  • Applicants requesting approval for general education/prerequisite credits from institutions outside of the United States must obtain a foreign transcript evaluation by an approved NACES agency and submit the NACES review to the College along with the foreign transcript.

Nursing Program: General Education Local College Equivalents

  • IMPORTANT NOTE:  These lists contain courses currently offered at local and online colleges and are intended as a quick reference guide only.  This is not necessarily a complete list at the referenced college and does not take the place of a transcript review from our College.  Other courses at the referenced colleges below may satisfy our general education course requirements.  Sentara College of Health Sciences will assist you with approval of general education courses not on the below list.
  • All coursework must be completed with a "C-" or higher.

Please click the college/university name below to retrieve a PDF file of approved courses.

More courses and colleges will be added as they become available.  Please contact our Recruitment Office (757-388-2862 or if your course and/or college/university is not listed and would like to check on the transferability of a course.


Nursing General Education AP, CLEP and DANTES Equivalents

  • Some courses may also be taken via Advanced Placement (AP), CLEP and DANTES exams.  Please contact us to find out which tests are acceptable.
  • Advanced Placement (AP) courses with a score of 3 or better will be accepted.
  • CLEP scores:  50-59 = C; 60-69 = B; 70+ = A
  • Our code for CLEP scores is 5504.

Please click the link below to view the transferability of CLEP, AP, DANTES, and IB tests.