Time Limitations on Applicability of Transfer and Excelsior Credit

Generally, there is no time limit on the use of credit from proficiency examinations, college courses or other approved sources of credit to satisfy the requirements of the general education component of Excelsior College degree programs.   The only exception is the Information Literacy requirement, which must have been taken within ten years of the date the student becomes admitted into Excelsior College. There are time restrictions on the acceptability of courses or examinations used to satisfy some of the professional component or core requirements of the College’s degree programs listed below.  

Description of Degree Programs

The following degree programs have established a time-related restriction on the application of certain subject areas meeting degree requirements.

Degree Program Subject Area Time Limit Restriction
Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity Cybersecurity Component 5 years
Bachelor of Science in
Electrical Engineering Technology
Computer, Electrical (not AC/DC), Electronics 10 years
Bachelor of Science in Information Technology Information Technology Component 5 years
Bachelor of Science in
Nuclear Engineering Technology
Calculus I, Calculus II,
Natural Science, Computers,
Nuclear Engineering Technology, Electrical (not AC/DC), Electronics
10 years
Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Technical and Professional Writing Concentration courses 10 years
Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Logistics Operations Management Concentration courses 15 years
Bachelor of Science in Natural Sciences Natural Science component,
Science courses
10 years
Associate in Science in Nursing and Associate in Applied Science in Nursing Human Anatomy and Physiology core, Microbiology 5 years
Associate in Science in Nursing and Associate in Applied Science in Nursing All Nursing requirements Eligible Credit: Excelsior College courses completed since 2020 AND no more than 5 years prior to the academic policy date, C graded or higher, are eligible.

Ineligible Credit: Previously completed Excelsior College Exams, Nursing Theory Conference Exams (NTCX), awarded waivers and pre-2020 Excelsior College courses and courses completed more than 5 years prior to the academic policy date are not eligible.

LPN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing Human Anatomy and Physiology core
Microbiology
5 years
LPN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing All Nursing requirements Eligible Credit: Excelsior College courses completed since 2020 AND no more than 5 years prior to the academic policy date, C graded or higher, are eligible.

Ineligible Credit: Previously completed Excelsior College Exams, Nursing Theory Conference Exams (NTCX), awarded waivers and pre-2020 Excelsior College courses and courses completed more than 5 years prior to the academic policy date are not eligible.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing All nursing requirements 5 years
Master of Science in Nursing Education All nursing requirements 5 years
Master of Science in Nursing Leadership
and Administration of Health Care Systems
All nursing requirements 5 years
Master of Science in Nursing Informatics All nursing requirements 5 years
All dual-degree programs in nursing All nursing requirements 5 years
Bachelor of Science in Business
(including Dual degree)
Business component courses
Graduate level courses for Dual Degree
15 years
10 years
Bachelor of Science in Health Care Management
(including Dual degree)
Professional business core
Graduate component
20 years
10 years
 All non-nursing graduate level degrees All credits applied toward the degree 5 years

Request for an exception to this policy
Students may request an exception to policy on any of the time restrictions outlined in the table above. Requests for exception to policy must include proof of currency in the subject area and are granted at the discretion of the Faculty Program Director overseeing the program.