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Transfer & Second Degree Nursing Students

Transfer and Second Degree Students in Nursing

Commonly asked questions and their answers:

Q. How long will it take me to complete the program?
A. The nursing program at Alverno requires a minimum of 3 1/2 years to complete.  Students who are missing sciences or who have not met the math requirement may be looking at a longer time span.

Q. Why won’t my math coursework transfer to Alverno?
A. Math is a general education requirement and must be completed at Alverno.  To determine a student’s skill level in math and algebra (as well as reading, writing and computer literacy), all students complete the communication placement assessment.  In some cases, a student may assess out of the required math course.  

Q. Will my clinicals transfer?
A. No, clinicals from another institution will not transfer to Alverno.

Q. Is there a time limit on science?
A. Yes.  Sciences over 7 years old must be retaken.  Exceptions may be made if a student uses that knowledge in their current work situation.

Q. Can I transfer directly into clinicals?
A. No.  Students must first complete Alverno’s general education requirements and meet all pre-requisite coursework for the nursing program.

Q. What is the required grade point average for the nursing program?
A. Alverno requires a cumulative GPA of 2.5.  Students who do not meet that requirement may be considered for admission to the college and entrance into the program at a later date.

Q. Does Alverno offer an accelerated nursing program?
A. No, Alverno does not offer an accelerated program in nursing.

Q. Does Alverno offer online courses?
A. Alverno does not offer online courses.

Q. Can I complete the program in the evening or weekend?
A. No, the nursing program must be completed in the weekday timeframe.

Q. Does Alverno require a foreign language?
A. No, Alverno does not require a foreign language.

Q. Why do I need a minor or support area?
A. The support or minor is a requirement for all majors.  The support enhances skills learned through the major area of study.  Students pursuing a second degree in nursing are not required to declare a minor.