Nursing & Health Sciences

Escrow Credits RN-BSN

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.

Escrow Advising Procedure

  1. Advisor calculates the number of escrow credits needed.
  2. Advisor completes Parts I and II of the “RN Student Escrow Form,” noting the courses for which escrow credit is being requested as well as the total fee due.
  3. Advisor emails the Escrow Form to the student, advising them of the nature of escrow credits and the total fee due. Student is advised that they cannot apply for graduation until escrow credits are awarded; a due date is provided.
  4. Student is advised to sign and date the Escrow Form, then do one of the following:
    • Mail the Escrow Form back to the Advisor with check or money order attached.
    • Scan the Escrow Form and email back to the Advisor, then wait for confirmation of signatures by Advisor before calling in payment by credit card to LCSC Cashier.
  5. Upon receipt of the student’s signed Escrow Form, the Advisor signs and dates the form and procures the Chair’s signature and Division stamp.
  6. Once all signatures have been procured, the completed Escrow Form is taken to the Front Office staff. If a check was attached, it is given to the Front Office Staff. If the Student will be calling in payment to the Cashier, the Front Office staff is advised of this.
  7. Advisor notifies the student that he/she may contact the Cashier with credit card payment.
  8. Following student payment and receipt from the Cashier, the Front Office Staff will put the original escrow form in the student’s file and send a copy of the student’s escrow form to the Registrar’s office.
  9. Once escrow credits have been added by the Registrar, the Advisor will initiate and approve application for graduation. The Student may then complete the "Application for Graduation" on Warrior Web.