They do recognize past courses and certifications. I have CNA certification in my specialty area, plus 2-3 other specialty certificates. When I applied I simply sent in photocopies of everything post-diploma that I have ever done....and I mean everything. I even submitted conferences that had granted continuing education hours for attendance. I got a response back from Charles Sturt that they were granting me a certain number of "credit points"....which translates to the balance required of 4 subjects, for me. They say you can take as many subjects at once as you desire. I was a little afraid to take more than one at a time, because I didn't want my life to be totally "ruined" by studying continuously......I still had my family to consider! If I was single, or married with no children, I would do 2 courses at once. However, I have been doing one at a time, and find it very manageable, with working full time. Again, PT workers may find it easier to do two subjects at a time. The specific degree that I am referring to here is a Bachelor of Health Science in Nursing....this degree allows for the most course exemptions for your diploma RN. They actually prefer the three year diploma, because of course it means you are a college-based graduate, rather than one of the "older" hospital-trained RN's. Luckily I too had a college affiliation, so I was granted the most academic grade points that way. I appealed to them to let me have more exemptions, but they said the absolute minimum number of subjects you could do, and still expect a degree, is 4. I asked that on behalf of some c0-workers of mine, who are part-way through Ryerson, Athabasca, and St. Francis of Xavier programs. Interestingly they would not be granted any more than I was with my certifications and NO previous University level courses. Many of these people wish they had done mine instead, because it is so much quicker. I can't imagine Athabasca...they allow 7 years to complete!!! Waaaay too long for me...by that time the basic preparatory requirement may be a Masters! I intend to look into doing my Masters at Charles Sturt as well, once I'm finished. I also inquired at UofT if they recognize this degree, and they said they do. You can also get into Teacher's College with it etc....so I think it is a good alternative for diploma RN's who want a degree, but don't want to spend a small fortune in time and money. Each subject at Charles Sturt costs $900. Australian $....which translates to between $700. and $750. depending on the exchange rate at the time. So, for around $2800 Cnd I will have my degree...compared to $10,000 at Brock or Ryerson! I would be glad to answer any other questions you have....if i can!