Those students interested in credit by examination for specific college courses can find the college policy of the Fresno City College Catalog. The challenge procedure as it applies to Registered Nursing is available for review in the Nursing Education Office. To be considered for challenging nursing courses the student must have first gone through a recognized program of nursing study within the last year, completed the program prerequisites, and be eligible to be considered and successfully go through the required transfer process for required nursing courses. Taking the examination constitutes one time for taking the class. Only two opportunities to take a nursing class are allowed. Clinical performance must also be part of the challenge process for clinical courses and would be done on a prearranged basis. There is a cost to arranging and taking such an examination depending on the course you are requesting for credit. Those students contemplating challenge will have the procedure explained by the Director of Nursing, must meet the requirements for transfer, and will completed at least 12 units at the college.
Challenge/Advanced Placement for Military-Trained Healthcare Personnel Policy
Individuals who have held Military Health Care Occupations, specifically: Basic Medical Technician Corpsman (Navy HM or Air Force BMTCP), Army Health Care Specialist (68W Army Medic) or Air Force Independent Duty Medical Technician (IDMT 4N0X1C) may achieve advanced placement into the second semester of the nursing program with documentation of education and experience qualifying them for the specific Military Health Care Occupation and upon successful completion of the theory challenge exams, medication math proficiency exam, and skills competency evaluation.
Applicants must meet all general entrance requirements of the Associate Degree Nursing Program, including completion of designated prerequisites and the Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS).
Interested candidates must request an appointment with the Director of Nursing at least eight weeks prior to the application period to discuss eligibility requirements for the Associate Degree Nursing Program.
Applicants who may be eligible for advanced placement include those individuals who have satisfactorily completed, within the last five years, education and experience for the following:
- Basic Medical Technician Corpsman (Navy HM or Air Force BMTCP)
- Army Health Care Specialist (68W Army Medic)
- Air Force Independent Duty Medical Technician (IDMT 4N0X1C)
Applicants applying for transfer credit must submit the following materials verifying education and experience:
- Transcripts from appropriate education program(s), demonstrating satisfactory completion of coursework and clinical
- Documentation of
After a review of the applicant’s documentation, and upon determination that the applicant has met the educational and experience requirements, as well as the additional nursing program admission requirements, the student will be required to take written challenge examinations for courses being challenged (for example, foundations, intro to pharmacology, and transcultural healthcare), a competency skills evaluation, and a medication math proficiency exam. After successfully passing the challenge requirements, students must complete the transition courses, RN101 and RN102, prior to enrollment into other nursing courses.
The following materials will be available to the applicant, once challenge confirmation is made:
- Course syllabi, including course objectives;
- Content outlines;
- Bibliography and textbook lists; and
- Examples of style and format of examinations.
Written and skills competency examinations for advanced placement or challenge must be completed a minimum of eight weeks prior to admission to the program.
Advanced Placement will be granted, if applicant meets minimum requirements equivalent to those required of students enrolled in the actual course.