Challenging Academic Courses

Challenge mechanisms are available for many academic courses at the discretion of the student’s Program Director. Students must have had similar content in a prior academic graduate program. Courses that are challenged require tuition payment equal to that of taking the entire course. Intent to challenge a course must be declared at the time of enrollment in the FNU and will be included as a part of the student’s program of study. Students may challenge a maximum of six (6) credits total, including both academic and clinical courses.

The challenge option includes an assessment of theory and content contained within the most currently revised didactic course. This may include examinations and/or other required assignments as defined by the Course Coordinator responsible for that content area. Students should review the course being challenged to guide their study prior to the challenge examinations. A passing score of 80% on these examinations and/or assignments enables the student to receive credit for a didactic course. A score of less than 80% on the challenge examinations requires the student to take the course and submit all required Graded Assignments and examinations.

Courses not available for challenge before January 1, 2014

  • N400 Physical Assessment
  • PC700 Introduction to Scholarly Writing
  • N404 Statistics
  • N406 Leadership
  • N408 Community Health
  • N409 Community Health Practicum
  • NM617 Antepartum Care
  • NM618 Intrapartum Care
  • NM619 Postpartum and Newborn Care
  • NM621 Advanced Antepartum Care
  • NM622 Advanced Intrapartum Care
  • NM623 Advanced Postpartum and Newborn Care
  • NM629 Skills for Nurse-Midwifery Care
  • PC628 Skills for Primary Care
  • NP629 Advanced Skills for Primary Care
  • WH629 Skills for Women’s Health Care
  • PC702 Applied Biostatistics and Epidemiology (3-0)
  • N702 Evidence Based Practice I (3-0)
  • N703 Evidence Based Practice II (3-0)
  • N704 Leadership and Organizational Theory (3-0)
  • N705 Ethics and Health Care Policy (3-0)
  • N706 Evidence Based Practice and Information Technology (3-0)
  • N711 DNP Practicum I (0-4)
  • PC711 The Nurse as Educator (3-0)
  • N712 DNP Practicum II (0-4)
  • N720A/B/C Capstone Project (4-0)

Courses not available for challenge After January 1, 2014

  • All bridge Courses
  • PC707 Advanced Pharmacology Across the life span
  • PC714 Clinical Bound: Skills for Advanced Practice
  • NM711 Skills for Nurse-Midwifery Care
  • NP711 Advanced Skills for Nurse Practitioner Care
  • WH711 Skills for Women’s Health Care
  • NM702 Midwifery Care during Pregnancy
  • NM704 Midwifery Care during Labor and Birth
  • NM705 Midwifery Care During Postpartum
  • NM706 Advanced Midwifery Care of the Childbearing Woman
  • WH705 Postpartum Care
  • PC707 Advanced Pharmacology Across the Lifespan
  • PC713 Principles of Independent Practice
  • PC710 Leadership and Health policy
  • PC704 Translating the evidence to advanced practice
  • PC711 Nurse as Educator NP 720 DNP clinical residency
  • NP721 DNP clinical residency