Prior Learning Assessment in Nursing

Prior learning assessment (PLA) is a process designed for learners who seek college-level credit for what they have learned from experience and who can demonstrate that learning. PLA may be used to demonstrate some but not all program outcomes.

You may be eligible for prior learning assessment if you:

  • Have significant work experience in health care or in a field relevant to professional nursing
  • Used theory and frameworks to understand professional experiences in health care
  • Took college-level coursework that is relevant to health care

Assessment for Prior Learning
Prior learning assessment credit may be awarded for college-level Nursing courses in the first through third year. Courses and learning experiences that address the advanced outcomes of the senior year are not eligible to be considered for credit by prior learning assessment. In addition to senior year courses at least one nursing-related independent course will be required for students who transfer in courses that meet intermediate level outcomes.

To determine your eligibility for assessment for prior learning, you will meet with a member of the Admissions Department who will bring your request to the Undergraduate Nursing Admission and Advancement Committee. This Committee will determine your eligibility for transfer credit or prior learning assessment.

If you have taken an introductory nursing course or a nutrition course, your Advisor may recommend that you enroll in AC 250 as a prior learning assessment course for N 250 Health and Healthcare Systems or in AC 265 as a prior learning assessment for N 265 Nutrition and Wellness.

For more information, or to arrange an appointment with an admissions counselor to further review your individual situation, call the Admissions Office at 414-382-6100, toll-free at 1-800-933-3401 or e-mail Admissions.

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