All Idaho nursing schools operate under the Idaho Statewide Nursing Articulation Agreement, which is designed to facilitate the progression of nurses from one educational level to the next.
This agreement provides for escrow credits, which are a means for nurses to be granted academic credits for previous nursing knowledge without having to take tests. At LCSC, these credits are held in “escrow” until the RN successfully completes the BSN program. At that time, the student’s Academic Advisor calculates how many escrow credits are needed to fulfill institutional policies for graduation.
These institutional policies include total number of credits needed for the BSN, which is usually 120, as well as number of credits earned at LCSC, or “Institutional Credits,” which is 32. For example, if a student transfers in 90 credits from a prior degree and completes 30 credits in pursuit of his or her BSN, that student will have earned 120 total credits. Since the student has earned just 30 institutional credits, rather than the required minimum of 32, he or she will be granted two escrow credits to accommodate the difference.
There is an administrative fee of $10.00 per escrow credit to have these credits appear on the student’s transcript. In the example used above, this student would pay $10.00 each for two escrow credits, or $20.00.
A maximum of 40 semester nursing credits are held in escrow until the required graduation check (semester before graduation). Students may also receive credit through direct transfer and challenge processes.
Additional information may be found in our student handbooks. The BSN Program endorses the guidelines for educational mobility from the Idaho Statewide Nursing Articulation Plan.