Credit for Nursing Certifications and Licenses

LPN and RN licenses and certain nursing certifications can qualify for awarding of credit in designated nursing programs.

Contact our admissions office to see if your training/certifications qualify to receive credit.

Current admission applicants and enrolled students—submit a student copy of your credential to itcertifications@excelsior.edu

Licenses

  • AS in Health Sciences: 21 credits
  • BS in Health Sciences: 26 credits
  • BS in Health Care Management: 20 credits
  • BS in Health Sciences/MS in Health Sciences: 26 credits
  • BS in Health Care Management/MBA: 20 credits

Documentation required: State License


  • AS in Health Sciences: 21 credits
  • BS in Health Sciences: 30 credits
  • BS in Health Care Management: 20 credits
  • BS in Health Sciences/MS in Health Sciences: 26 credits
  • BS in Health Care Management/MBA: 20 credits

Documentation required: State License

Certifications

You may receive nursing elective credits for one of the following certifications toward certain bachelor’s programs at Excelsior College.

Group/CorporationCertificationElective Credits
Awarded
AACN Certification CorporationCertification for Adult Critical Care Nurses (CCRN Adult)

Certification for Neonatal Critical Care Nurse (CCRN Neonatal)

Certification for Pediatric Critical Care Nurses (CCRN Pediatric)

Certification for Progressive Care Nurses (PCCN)

4*

4*

4*

3

American Board of Neuroscience Nursing (ABNN)*Certified Neuroscience Registered Nurse (CNRN®)3
American Board of Perianesthesia Nursing Certification, Inc. ABPANCCertified Post Anesthesia Nurse (CPAN)
Certified Ambulatory Perianesthesia Nurse (CAPA)
4‡
4‡
American Nurses Credentialing CenterCertified Gerontological (ADN) Nurse
Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing
3
3
Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing*Certified Emergency Nurse (CEN)
Certified Flight Registered Nurse (CRFN)
3
3
Competency and Credentialing InstituteCertified Perioperative Nurse (CNOR)3
Medical-Surgical Nursing Certification BoardCertified Medical-Surgical Registered Nurse (CMSRN)4
National Board for Certification of Hospice and Palliative NursesCertified Hospice and Palliative Nurse (CHPN)3
Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation (ONCC)Certified Breast Care Nurse (CBNC®)3
Pediatric Nursing Certification BoardCertified Pediatric Nurse (CPN)3

* Two additional nursing elective credits will be awarded to students holding more than one CCRN certification (adult, pediatric, neonatal). For example, a student may be awarded 4 credits for the first certification and 2 credits for each subsequent certification.
‡ Five nursing elective credits will be awarded to students holding both CPAN and CAPA certifications.

How to Receive Credit for Your Nursing Certifications

The Board of Certification for Emergency Nursing (BCEN)

NOTE: Your email address with BCEN must match the email address with Excelsior College. This provides verification in order to award credit.

All other certifications:

To receive credit, Excelsior College must receive a written letter that verifies your certification on the certification board’s official letterhead.

This letter must include the signature of an appropriate official at the certification board and clearly state:

  • Your full name
  • Your birth day and month, or the last four digits of your Social Security number
  • The test you took to earn your certification
  • The length of time your certification remains valid

The certification board must send the letter in a sealed envelope directly to:

Excelsior College
Office of the Registrar
7 Columbia Circle
Albany, NY 12203

The Office of the Registrar will verify the authenticity of the documentation and, once approved, submit the letter to your academic advisor to update your records. You can expect to receive an updated status report within 4 to 6 weeks after the receipt of the letter.

Current admission applicants and enrolled students—submit a student copy of your credential to ITcertifications@excelsior.edu.

If you have any questions, contact your academic advisor at 888-647-2388.

Talk to an admissions counselor about your goals and transfer credits.

888.647.2388

Beverly St. Louis, BS in Health Sciences – 2014
Started with 30 Credits
“I was able to transfer in 30 credits from my nursing degree and that made it easier for me and the task to be less daunting.”