Individuals who have held Military Healthcare Occupations may achieve advanced placement (AP) into the 1st semester of the Entry Level Master’s (ELM) Nursing program, and be exempt from Nursing NUR 511-Fundamentals, with documentation of education and experience qualifying them for the specific for a Registered Nurse occupation and upon successful completion of the AP challenge exam, AP skills competency assessment, and dosage calculation exam.


  • Applicants must meet all the application requirements of the ELM program, including completion of the designated prerequisites and hold a Bachelor degree from a regionally accredited college/university.
  • Applicants must pass TEAS Exam with a Minimum of 75% overall cumulative and individual module score (includes module, submodule and subsection scores 75% minimum requirement)
  • Acceptance of military challenge students into the ELM program is contingent upon space availability.
  • Military challenge students who are unable to meet the above AP criteria for entry into the First Semester of the program and be exempt from Nursing NUR 511-Fundamentals, may remediate and repeat the AP exam and/or skill competency assessment, and/or the dosage calculation exam. If the student is unsuccessful after the second attempt on any of these challenge exams, the student needs to take the NLN, Fundamentals Challenge Exam. Upon successfully passing the NLN, Fundamentals Challenge Exam, the student gains priority enrollment into NUR 500-Nursing Concepts, UR 516-Pathophysiology and NUR 520-Physical Assessment based on space availability. The candidate’s experience will be evaluated so that credit for skills and/or experience can be awarded.


Interested candidates must request an appointment with the  Director of Student affairs at Mervyn M. Dymally School of Nursing at least one semester prior to the application period to discuss eligibility requirements for the ELM program.

  • Applicants who may be eligible for advanced placement include those individuals who have satisfactory completed 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 (IMDT 4N0X1C)
  • Applicants applying for transfer credit must submit, the following materials verifying education and experience to the Director of Student Affairs at School of Nursing:
    • CDU Transfer Credit Evaluation Petition
    • Transcripts from appropriate education program(s), demonstrating satisfactory completion of coursework and clinical experience
    • Documentation of experience
  • After a review of the applicant’s documentation, and upon determination that the applicant has met the educational and experiential requirements, as well as the additional nursing program admission requirements, the student will be invited to take an AP challenge exam, a skills competency assessment, and a dosage calculation exam.
  • Advanced placement will be granted if the applicant meets minimum requirements and is based on space availability.   

Applicants may use the following resource to evaluate the equivalency for transferable units:

American Council on Education. The Military Guide: About the Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services. https://www.acenet.edu/Programs-Services/Pages/Credit-Transcripts/military-guide-online.aspx