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Evaluating Master's Student Previous Courses for UW Course Equivalency

A matriculated student in any School of Nursing master's program (MN, MS) may pursue the process below whereby previous graduate level course work may be deemed equivalent to required course work at the UW School of Nursing.

If a previous course is deemed equivalent to a core course, the total number of required credits is not automatically diminished. Rather, the student's program of study, including course equivalency, must be approved by student's academic advisor and his/her Master's Supervisory Committee.

A previous course cannot fulfill a requirement for two degree programs. However, previous course credits may be used to fulfill an undergraduate degree requirement AND a requirement for a graduate degree may be waived based on the same previous course.

NOTE: Some courses are prerequisites to later courses. A course instructor has the right to deny enrollment in a course for which the student has not taken a prerequisite. Additionally, the student's Master's  Supervisory Committee has authority to decide at any time that the student must take a required course, regardless of an earlier recommendation for course equivalency. In addition, credentialing requirements for advanced practice in some states and/or eligibility to take certain specialty certification exams may require that certain courses appear on the student transcript as part of the master's program.

If No Master's Supervisory Committee Has Been Established

  1. Student submits information (formal description, number of credits, syllabus) to the faculty member scheduled to next teach the course the student has identified as being equivalent to his/her previous graduate course work.
  2. The instructor assesses the previous course information and submits a written justification for equivalency/lack of equivalency to the Master's Coordinating Committee (MCC).
  3. MCC will:
    1. Notify the student of the decision, including reference to the risks incurred by the student seeking core course equivalency outlined in the NOTE above after consultation with the student's academic advisor, and
    2. File the instructor's written justification in the student file to record either i) the course is considered equivalent to a required course, or ii) the course is not considered equivalent to a required course.

If a Master's Supervisory Committee Has Already Been Established

  1. Student submits information (formal description, number of credits, syllabus) to the faculty member scheduled to next teach the course the student has identified as being equivalent to his/her previous graduate course work.
  2. The instructor assesses the previous course information and submits a written justification for equivalency/lack of equivalency to the chair of the student's supervisory committee.
  3. The student's supervisory committee will:
    1. Decide if the instructor's justification is consistent with the chair's assessment of student learning needs,
    2. Notify the student of the decision, including reference to the risks incurred by the student seeking core course equivalency outlined in the NOTE above after consultation with the student's academic advisor, and
    3. File the instructor's written justification in the student file to record either i) the course is considered equivalent to a required course, or ii) the course is not considered equivalent to a required course.

A student may appeal the decision by requesting a meeting of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Chair of the MCC, and course instructor to review the potential for course equivalency again. The Associate Dean will make the final decision as to acceptance or denial of the instructors' justification.

Revised September 2012
Academic Services Memo No. 40