New Credential Transfer Guarantee in Practical Nursing Announced

COLUMBUS, Ohio (2022-02-01) — 

A collaboration among the Ohio Department of Higher Education and other state agencies, the state’s community colleges and public universities, and industry has established a new statewide initiative to guarantee the awarding of college-level credit to students earning agreed-upon, industry recognized credentials.  

Industry Recognized Credential Transfer Assurance Guides, or ITAGS, award credit based upon the knowledge, skills, and competencies gained through credential attainment regardless of where the credential was earned. The first ITAG, announced today, recognizes the college-level learning acquired through Practical Nursing licensure.

The Practical Nursing ITAG will allow students who meet credentialing requirements to receive credit at Ohio’s public colleges and universities. Individuals passing the NCLEX-PN exam and who have an active Practical Nursing or equivalent license are able to receive a minimum of 10 credit hours of nursing technical credit at Ohio’s public colleges and universities, regardless of whether the learning took place at a public or proprietary school, or within or outside of the state. 

“By allowing nursing students to receive college-level credit for industry-recognized credentials, we are opening more opportunities to advance through career development,” said Governor Mike DeWine. “Health care workers are one of the most in-demand professions today. I look forward to seeing their contributions in the workforce and making a positive impact in communities around Ohio.”

The ITAG policy, approved by Chancellor Randy Gardner in 2021, will create new opportunities for Ohioans seeking to further their education. Many of the ITAG agreements to be created will address the needs of Ohio’s workforce and will build new onramps into higher education for Ohioans who have historically faced barriers. Creating new ITAGs brings both educators and industry to the table. Building upon the state’s existing set of comprehensive transfer agreements, Ohio is well positioned to incorporate industry-recognized credentials into its nationally recognized structure.

“Developing a qualified workforce that will meet the needs of employers and serve Ohio well into the future has been a top priority of the DeWine-Husted administration,” Chancellor Gardner said. “Announcing this first of many ITAGs is a big step toward assuring that students can pursue and complete their postsecondary education in Ohio smoothly and efficiently and move into a rewarding career.”

The ITAGs project is supported by Lumina foundation, an Indianapolis-based independent, private foundation, and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services through its Workforce Investment Act program. 

“Too often, high-quality short-term credentials are not recognized for credit when adults return for more education or training. Ohio is leading the nation in its commitment to save students time and money through ITAGs,” said Amanda DeLaRosa, strategy officer for state policy at Lumina Foundation.  “We are honored to support this critical work to make pathways more inclusive for hard-working Ohioans and call on other states to follow suit.” 

More information about this and future announced ITAGs can be found on ODHE’s website.

About the Ohio Department of Higher Education

The Ohio Department of Higher Education is a Cabinet-level agency for the Governor of the State of Ohio that oversees higher education for the state. The agency’s main responsibilities include authorizing and approving new degree programs, managing state-funded financial aid programs and developing and advocating policies to maximize higher education’s contributions to the state and its citizens.

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