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    Saint Joseph's College: Online Programs
   
 
  Oct 19, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Saint Joseph’s College Online

Admissions


 

 

 

 

Admissions Undergraduate Programs

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Associate & Bachelors Programs:

Applicants who seek admission into a Saint Joseph’s College Online undergraduate degree program, with the exception of the RN-Bachelor of Science in nursing program, who have not obtained college credit at a regionally or nationally accredited post-secondary institution, must submit one of the following:

  • Official transcript from an accredited high school with a minimum grade point average of C.
  • Official GED examination record with a minimum grade point average of 2.0.
  • Official record of completion from a state-approved high school diploma home schooling program

Applicants who have completed college coursework at regionally or nationally accredited, post-secondary institutions must submit the following documentation:

  • Official transcripts from all regionally or nationally accredited institutions previously attended.
  • Cumulative minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.
    • RN-Bachelor of Science in Nursing applicants must have completed a Diploma or Associate Degree in Nursing from an ACEN or CCNE accredited program at the time of graduation, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.

Undergraduate Certificate Programs:

  • Applicants who seek admission into an undergraduate certificate, are not required to submit official transcripts, unless seeking transfer credit.

*Please see additional program specific admission requirements for the RN-Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Bachelor of Science in Health Information Management programs.

Transfer Credit:

In determining accreditation, Saint Joseph’s College uses the publication Accredited Institutions of Postsecondary Education by the American Council on Education (ACE) published in consultation with the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).  Applicants who have graduated with a foreign bachelor’s degree equivalent must have their transcripts evaluated by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluator Services (NACES), and the degree must be deemed equivalent to a degree at an accredited institution.  

Saint Joseph’s College Online values prior formal learning and career-based experiences. The College follows the American Council on Education guidelines in granting transfer credit. Transfer credits may include:

  • ACE/PONSI approved credit;
  • ACE-approved military training and experience credit 
  • CLEP, ACT/PEP and DANTES DSST programs (the maximum number of semester-hour credits which may be challenged and transferred is 30);
  • Undergraduate students may submit a portfolio demonstrating experiential learning to challenge a specific course. Guidelines are available from Saint Joseph’s College Online, Enrollment Services, at 800-343-5498 or 207-893-7800. The maximum number of credits that may be awarded by portfolio process is: Baccalaureate Degree: 18 credits Associate Degree: 9 credits Certificate 6 credits

At the undergraduate level, transfer credit is awarded for appropriate coursework taken at hospital-based Schools of Nursing and hospital-based Schools of Radiologic Technology. Transfer credit is not awarded for pre-collegiate level or remedial coursework.

Saint Joseph’s College is a member of the Servicemembers Opportunity College (SOC) Degree Network System (DNS), a subset of SOC Consortium member institutions selected by the military services to deliver specific associate and bachelor’s degree programs to servicemembers and their families. As a member of the DNS, we have agreed to adhere to academic policies intended to support military students in their academic endeavors towards degree completion. Saint Joseph’s College is currently approved for membership in SOCAD and SOCNAV at the bachelor’s degree level. See Military and Veterans

Undergraduate Associate Degrees

  • 66 semester-hour credits are required for successful completion of an Associate of Science degree at Saint Joseph’s College.
  • Students must earn a minimum of 25% of the course requirements within their degree, at Saint Joseph’s College. Students may transfer up to 48 semester-hour credits from regionally or nationally accredited institutions, as recognized by the U.S. Department of Education
  • Students must earn a minimum of 15 semester-hour credits within the major/specialization, at Saint Joseph’s College.

Undergraduate Bachelor Degrees

  • 128 semester-hour credits are required for successful completion of a Baccalaureate degree at Saint Joseph’s College.
  • Transfer credit is awarded from regionally or nationally accredited institutions, as recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, at the time of graduation.
  • Students must earn a minimum of 25% of the course requirements within their degree, at Saint Joseph’s College. Students may transfer up to 95 semester-hour credits from regionally or nationally accredited institutions, as recognized by the U.S. Department of Education
  • Students must earn a minimum of 18 semester-hour credits within the major, at Saint Joseph’s College.
    • Students are allowed to transfer a maximum of 6.00 semester credits within each minor for a total of 12.00 semester credits of minor requirements as listed in the catalog.
    • Students enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, are allowed to transfer a maximum of 12.00 semester credits within the Nursing major.
  • Undergraduate courses must be completed with a minimum grade of C, to be eligible in transfer.
    • Transfer credit for 300-level nursing courses, must be completed with a minimum grade of C+, from a CCNE or ACEN accredited institution, at the time of graduation.
  • Course descriptions/syllabi may be requested on an individual basis
    • Students who seek transfer credit for 300-level or higher Nursing courses, must provide course descriptions and syllabi for review

Undergraduate Certificate Programs:

  • Transfer credit is awarded from regionally or nationally accredited institutions, as recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, at the time of attendance.
  • 18-Credit Certificates: Students are eligible to transfer up to 6 semester-hour credits of curriculum related undergraduate-level work, from a regionally or nationally accredited post-secondary institution, as recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
  • 15-Credit Certificates: Students are eligible to transfer up to 3 semester-hour credits of curriculum related undergraduate-level work, from a regionally or nationally accredited post-secondary institution, as recognized by the U.S. Department of Education

Official transcripts must be sent directly from the transmitting institution(s).  Transcripts and any additional supporting documentation must be received in order to implement the evaluation process.  Once all official transcripts and supporting materials have been received, a decision regarding acceptance will be made, appropriate courses will be determined and the applicant will be notified immediately of admissions decision.  

Note:

STATE AUTHORIZATIONS

States have long had the authority to regulate institutions offering education within each state’s boundaries, regardless of the educational modality (face-to-face, distance, other) being used. Maine is now the 36th state to join the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA), an initiative that will make distance-education courses more accessible to students across state lines and make it easier for institutions to participate in interstate distance education.  Participation in SARA was approved in the statute by the 127th Maine Legislature, allowing the State Board of Education to enter into the New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) regional compact, designating Maine DOE as the portal agency for SARA.

 

What is SARA?

The State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement is an agreement among member states, districts and territories that establishes comparable national standards for interstate offering of postsecondary distance education courses and programs. It is intended to make it easier for students to take online courses offered by postsecondary institutions based in another state. SARA is overseen by a National Council and administered by four regional education compacts.  For further information, please visit the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements website at http://nc-sara.org/content/basic-questions-about-sara.  Maine’s Acting Education Commissioner, Bill Beardsley says, “SARA facilitates Maine’s interface with education opportunities across the country while bypassing the old case-by-case burdensome course approval system. Maine students benefit and state red tape is minimized with no loss of accountability. It is a state consortium approach we value.”

Saint Joseph’s College is authorized or exempted from authorization in all 50 states.  Please read state-specific disclosure language below.
 

Consumer Grievance Information

The following are links to consumer information notices and disclosures provided in accordance with the Higher Education Opportunity Act with the reauthorized Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended.

Consumer Grievance Contact Information

Consumer Grievance Form and Release

 

 

Individual State Disclosure Statements
Non-SARA Participating State Specific Language

 

 

California  Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF)    You must pay the state-imposed assessment for the Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) if all of the following applies to you:

  1. You are a student in an educational program, who is a California resident, or are enrolled in a residency program and prepay all or part of your tuition either by cash, guaranteed student loans, or personal loans, and
  2. Your total charges are not paid by any third-party payer such as an employer, government program or other payer unless you have a separate agreement to repay the third party.
  3. You are not eligible for protection from the STRF and you are not required to pay the STRF assessment, if either of the following applies:
    • You are not a California resident, or are not enrolled in a residency program, or
    • Your total charges are paid by a third party, such as an employer, government program or other payer, and you have no separate agreement to repay the third party.

The State of California created the Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) to relieve or mitigate economic losses suffered by students in educational programs who are California residents, or are enrolled in a residency programs attending certain schools regulated by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education.

You may be eligible for STRF if you are a California resident or are enrolled in a residency program, prepaid tuition, paid the STRF assessment, and suffered an economic loss as a result of the following:

  1. The school closed before the course of instruction was completed.
  2. The school’s failure to pay refunds or charges on behalf of a student to a third party for license feesor any other purposes, or to provide equipment or materials for which a charge was collected within 180 days before the closure of the school.
  3. The school’s failure to pay or reimburse loan proceeds under a federally guaranteed student loan program as required by law or to pay or reimburse proceeds received by the school prior to closure in excess of tuition and other costs.
  4. There was a materials failure to comply with the Act or this Division within 30 days before the school closed or, if the material failure began earlier than 30 days prior to closure, the period determined by the Bureau.
  5. An inability after diligent efforts to prosecute, prove, and collect on a judgement against the institution for a violation of the Act.

However, no claim can be paid to any student without a social security number or a taxpayer identification number. For further information, contact the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education at www.bppe.ca.gov or (916) 431-6959.

Kentucky Applicants: The Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board does not approve the Master of Science in Education programs for K-12 licensure for students in their state in the following concentrations: Educator, School Leadership, and Catholic School Leadership. Students from Kentucky should not enroll in these programs if they are seeking licensure.

Massachusetts Applicants: Massachusetts students in the MSED Program seeking initial certification should contact the Massachusetts Department of Education here or here for possible additional requirements beyond those fulfilled with the completion of the master’s degree from Saint Joseph’s College.

New York pre-licensure and NP educational tracks Nursing Students need to be approved by the Board of Nursing. Nursing education and administration tracks do NOT need approval.

North Carolina Applicants:  Completion of the MSEd School Educator degree program does not guarantee advanced teacher licensure for North Carolina public schools.  Candidates should contact their local school administrative offices and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction regarding specific advanced licensure requirements in their program areas.

Completion of the Master of Science in Education in School Leadership degree program does not guarantee school administrator licensure in North Carolina.  Students should check with local school administrative offices and the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction regarding specific licensure requirements.

North Carolina students have access to NCLIVE, www.nclive.org, which is available through public libraries in North Carolina for resources to support their education, both during their study and after graduation.

 

SARA States & Institutions

To view updated SARA States and Institutions:  http://www.nc-sara.org/

Admission Graduate Programs

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Applicants who seek admission into a Saint Joseph’s College Online graduate degree program, with the exception of the Master of Science in Nursing program, must provide the college with the following:

  • Official undergraduate transcript indicating successful completion of an undergraduate degree from a regionally or nationally accredited institution, at the time of graduation, with a minimum cumulative degree GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
    • Master of Science in Nursing applicants are required to have completed a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from a CCNE or ACEN accredited institution at the time of graduation, with a minimum cumulative degree GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.  Please see program specific admission criteria for the Master of Science in Nursing.
    • Master of Accountancy applicants are also required to submit undergraduate transcripts from previously attended regionally or nationally accredited institutions, where undergraduate pre-requisites have been completed with a minimum grade of B-/2.7. Please see program specific admission criteria for the Master of Accountancy program.
  • Official transcripts from all regionally or nationally accredited institutions previously attended for any graduate curriculum related coursework.   

Graduate Certificate Program: Applicants who seek admission into a graduate certificate program, are required to submit an official undergraduate transcript, indicating successful completion of an undergraduate degree from a regionally or nationally accredited institution, at the time of graduation, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. 

Post-Graduate Certificate Program Applicants who seek admission into the CAGS post- graduate certificate program, are required to submit an official graduate transcript indicating successful completion of a graduate degree from a regionally or nationally accredited institution, at the time of graduation, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. 

Post-Graduate- Nursing Certificate Programs: Applicants who seek admission into the post-graduate Nursing certificate programs, including the Family Nurse Practitioner program, are required to submit an official graduate transcript indicating successful completion of a Master of Science in Nursing degree, from a CCNE or ACEN accredited institution, at the time of graduation, with a minimum GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.

*Please see additional program specific admission requirements for the Master of Science in Nursing  , Master of Accountancy  , Master of Business Administration  and Master of Health Administration  programs:

Transfer Credit

In determining accreditation, Saint Joseph’s College uses the publication Accredited Institutions of Postsecondary Education by the American Council on Education (ACE) published in consultation with the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).  Applicants who have graduated with a foreign bachelor’s degree equivalent must have their transcripts evaluated by a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluator Services (NACES), and the degree must be deemed equivalent to a degree at an accredited institution.  Graduate transfer credit will not be awarded for undergraduate coursework or graduate courses that had been used previously to fulfill undergraduate degree requirements.

Graduate Programs:

  • Transfer credit is awarded from regionally or nationally accredited institutions, as recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, at the time of graduation.
  • Graduate courses must be completed with a minimum grade of B, to be eligible in transfer.
    • Nursing courses must be completed with a minimum grade of B, from a CCNE or ACEN accredited institution at the time of graduation
  • Course descriptions are required.  Syllabi may be requested on an individual basis.
    • Students who seek graduate nursing courses in transfer, must provide course descriptions and syllabi for review.
  • Students are eligible to transfer up to 6 semester-hour credits of curriculum related graduate-level work, from a regionally or nationally accredited post-secondary institution, as recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Graduate Certificate Programs:

  • Transfer credit is awarded from regionally or nationally accredited institutions, as recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, at the time of attendance.
  • Graduate courses must be completed with a minimum grade of B, to be eligible in transfer.
    • Nursing courses must be completed with a minimum grade of B, from a CCNE or ACEN accredited institution at the time of graduation
  • Course descriptions are required.  Syllabi may be requested on an individual basis.
    • Students who seek graduate Nursing courses in transfer, must provide course descriptions and syllabi for review.
  • Students are eligible to transfer up to 6 semester-hour credits of curriculum related graduate-level work from a regionally or nationally accredited post-secondary institution, as recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Official transcripts must be sent directly from the transmitting institution(s).  Transcripts and any additional supporting documentation must be received in order to implement the evaluation process.  Once all official transcripts and supporting materials have been received, a decision regarding acceptance will be made, appropriate courses will be determined and the applicant will be notified immediately of admissions decision.  

International Students

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Transcripts:

International applicants must submit, in English, certified copies of their secondary school transcript from their home country or certified copies of their post-secondary course work, in addition to the requirements for regular admission.  They must also submit an external transcript evaluation from an authorized National Association of Credential Evaluator Services (NACES) agency: http://www.naces.org/members.htm

Applicants who seek admission into the Bachelor of Science in Nursing or Master of Science in Nursing & Post-Master of Science in Nursing graduate certificate programs, must submit an external evaluation from the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) http://www.cgfns.org/

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Scores:

Submit original Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores, if English is not your primary language.  A TOEFL score at or above the 50th percentile on the internet-based, computer-based or paper-based exam is preferred.  An International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score may be accepted in lieu of the TOEFL.


For more information on TOEFL, contact your local U.S. Consulate or Embassy or contact:
Phone: 1-609-771-7100
Fax: 1-609-771-7500
Mail: TOEFL Services, Educational Testing Services, PO Box 6151, Princeton, NJ 08541-6151
Web site: www.toefl.org Saint Joseph’s College’s TOEFL identification number is 3764

 

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