A student who passes a proficiency examination at Rush University will earn academic credit toward the degree. Credit awarded will equal the credit value of the course as listed in the current Rush University Catalog. Information that is posted on the transcript is the course prefix and number, title, and a grade of “K.” A transcript guide that accompanies all transcripts issued by the Office of the Registrar explains that the K grade means credit was earned through proficiency examination. Credit for the course will appear in the student's quarterly and cumulative totals as credit earned. Credit earned by this mechanism will not be used in calculating the student's grade point average (GPA).
The Graduate College: Proficiency Exams
Students can proficiency out of any subject or course the division deems necessary. Such a proficiency exam must establish objective criteria and provide a proficiency exam that is suitable for the level of the course. The division will keep a copy of the exam in the student's file. There will be no tuition charged for proficiency credit.
College of Health Sciences: Credit by Examination
Some programs within the College may offer credit by examination for certain courses. A student who passes a department proficiency examination at Rush University may earn academic credit towards the degree offered by that department.
College of Nursing: Credit by Examination
A student who passes a proficiency examination at Rush will earn academic credit toward the degree. A fee for the examination is assessed at one-third of what the tuition would be for the course. The credit by examination process is initiated through the Office of the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Nursing.