Non-Collegiate Sources of Credit
Excelsior accepts credit for non-collegiate learning experiences that have been evaluated and recommended for college credit by the National College Credit Recommendation Service (NCCRS) or the American Council on Education Learning Evaluations (ACE).
These non-collegiate learning experience must have been successfully completed during the period for which credit was recommended by the NCCRS or ACE. An exception to this occurs in the case of documented course/exam approvals, which will be honored for 6 months from the date of the approval.
Students receiving credit for courses completed through an approved NCCRS or ACE organization will be awarded a grade of "PASS" for each course/exam accepted. Letter grades for courses/exams which appear on the transcripts of NCCRS or ACE organizations will not be included on the degree audit or transcript. NCCRS or ACE courses/exams carrying "D" grades and scores below the defined C threshold will not be accepted.
Exception: As of January 1, 2009, students presenting scores from the following Excelsior-approved exam programs will receive the equivalent letter grades presented on the transcript: Torah Accreditation Liaison (TAL), the Jewish Bible Association (JBA), the Association for Hebraic Studies (AHS) Institute, the Rechtschaffen Institute, and Yeshiva Learning Experience (YLE).
A. Nursing Degree Programs: Credit from these sources will be accepted in a limited amount for students with an academic policy date on or after October 1, 2012. Excelsior nursing graduates who were awarded credit toward the degree from these sources will be able to apply those credits to another nursing degree provided they meet degree requirements. Acceptance of credit earned from military training, CLEP, and DSST examinations will not be limited.
- Associate in Applied Science in nursing and Associate in Science in nursing: non-collegiate sources of credit will not apply to the nursing component, Lifespan Developmental Psychology, Sociology Core, Anatomy and Physiology, or Microbiology. Up to 25% of the general education component can be comprised of non-collegiate source of credit.
- Bachelor of Science in nursing and RN to MS in nursing (all programs): non-collegiate sources of credit will not apply to the nursing component, Ethics, Psychology Core, Sociology Core, Statistics, Anatomy and Physiology, and Microbiology. Up to 25% of the general education component can be comprised of non-collegiate source of credit.
- LPN to Bachelor of Science in nursing: non-collegiate sources of credit will not apply to the nursing component, Ethics, Lifespan Developmental Psychology, Sociology Core, Statistics, Anatomy and Physiology, and Microbiology. Up to 25% of the general education component can be comprised of non-collegiate source of credit.
- Master of Science in Nursing (all programs): non-collegiate sources of credit will not apply.
B. Technology Degree Programs: ACE and NCCRS evaluated credit will not apply to the following requirements.
Excelsior reserves the right to choose to not accept or transcript credit for select organizations.
Students seeking credit for NCCRS- or ACE-evaluated learning experiences must have official transcripts submitted to receive credit. Students need to request that an official transcript of the experiences they have successfully completed be sent to:
Office of the Registrar
7 Columbia Circle
Albany, NY 12203-5159
The official transcript will enable Excelsior to verify successful completion and the dates of attendance. The transcript must have an original signature and a date not more than one year old. Photocopies of training records or transcripts are not acceptable.
NCCRS - To request a NCCRS transcript, contact the office within the organization responsible for administering the NCCRS-evaluated non-collegiate learning experiences.
ACE - To request an ACE transcript (preferred documentation) visit the American Council on Education National Guide web page. Transcripts submitted in a sealed envelope mailed directly from the company, on company letterhead or in an approved transcript format are also acceptable.