Transfer Credit (sometimes referred to as Advance Standing) means that a student receives credit for a TCCNHS course by using one of the methods listed below to demonstrate successful completion of appropriate prior academic credit and/or work experience.
Updated 9/16/15; Revised 10/1/15; Revised 3/17/16; Updated 10/19/16; Updated 1/24/17; Updated 4/20/17
Transfer Credit for Completed College Courses
TCCNHS values the previous educational experiences of its applicants and matriculating students. Accordingly, transfer credits may be accepted for successfully completed college courses with content that is equivalent to TCCNHS’s curriculum. Our commitment to providing a curriculum that facilitates intellectual and professional growth, in addition to preparing competent well-rounded graduates, necessitates the following requirements relevant to considering transfer of college credits:
- Applicants must meet TCCNHS‘s current standards for regularly enrolled students.
- Transfer credit will only be evaluated based upon an official transcript. International transcripts must be evaluated by World Education Services (http://www.wes.org/) and the WES report must be submitted to TCCNHS. Appropriate and complete documentation is required for full consideration of any transfer credit.
- All previous college-level coursework must have been completed with a grade of 2.0 “C” or better. Awarded transfer credit grades are not reflected on the student’s TCCNHS transcript or grade point average (GPA).
a) Preference is given first to credits earned at institutions of higher
learning that are accredited by one of the six regional accrediting
associations recognized by the United States Department of Education.
b) Credits may be approved from institutions with accreditation from
Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) approved accrediting
c) Credits may be approved from institutions with an articulation
agreement with TCCNHS.
d) TCCNHS may request course syllabi on a case-by-case review before any
transfer of credit is awarded. Other exceptions may be made as determined
by the Chief Academic Officer.
e) Credits may be accepted from other institutions that are not regionally
accredited or have accreditations from CHEA or other accrediting bodies.
Case-by-case review of course syllabi may be requested before any transfer
credit takes place.
- All transfer coursework must be documented on or before the first day of classes in which the student is enrolled as a degree-seeking student.
- The Department of Nursing requires students seeking to transfer previous nursing coursework must submit course syllabi for the nursing course. The Program Director will review the course syllabi and the official transcript to determine transfer credit. Any student with two or more previous nursing course failures is ineligible for consideration for transfer of nursing course credits.
- The Department of Arts and Sciences Transfer Credit Policy states that credits in the Arts and Sciences (excluding Natural and Lab Sciences and English Composition) must have been earned within ten (10) years prior to enrollment. Credits earned in the Natural and Lab Sciences must have been earned within five (5) years prior to enrollment. Credits transferring into the RN-BSN, Health Care Administration (HCA) and General Studies programs are not subject to these requirements. Effective with students entering fall semester 2016. General education credits transferring into the Medical Assisting program are not subject to these requirements except for MAT 102 or equivalent which must have been earned within ten (10) years prior to enrollment, and BIO 102 or equivalent which must have been earned within five (5) years prior to enrollment. Exceptions can be made by the Registrar’s office in consultation with the Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences and faculty. You may also refer to additional transfer credit policies found in the College Catalog.
- Students may be required to complete a specified number of credit hours of Arts and Sciences courses at TCCNHS to satisfy degree completion requirements. Refer to the Curriculum and Course Descriptions section for more information.
- TCCNHS reserves the right to determine the acceptability of transfer credits in accord with its regulatory bodies and College policies.
- TCCNHS cannot guarantee that course credit taken at the College will transfer to other schools. Acceptance of credits transferred to another institution is solely a function of the other institution’s transfer credit policies.
TCCNHS may award credits as recommended by the American Council on Education (ACE), as published in “The Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services,” for appropriate equivalent educational experiences provided by the armed forces.
- Students who wish to establish credit for military training should submit to the Registration and Records Office a copy of their DD214, Armed Forces of the United States Report of Transfer or Discharge, OR their DD295, Application for the Evaluation of Educational Experiences During Military Services.
- Course Completion Certificates may be used to supplement other records or when service schools are not reflected on the DD-214 or 295.
- An official AARTS Transcript (Army/ACE Registry Transcript Service) is available to Army enlisted, active duty personnel and veterans who entered the service after October 1, 1981. AARTS transcripts can be ordered at http://aarts.army.mil/.
- An official SMART transcript (Sailor/Marine ACE Registry Transcript) is available to active duty and reserve Sailors and Marines, Navy veterans who separated or retired after January 1975, and Marines who separated or retired on or after January 1990. To receive further information or to order a transcript, visit https://smart.navy.mil/smart/welcome.do
- TCCNHS also accepts credits earned through the DSST for active military personnel. Transcripts may be ordered from Prometric, ATTN: DSST/CLEP Transcripts, 1260 Energy Lane, St. Paul, MN 55108. 877-471-9860 (toll free)
TCCNHS may award credit as recommended by ACE’s National Guide to College Credit for Workforce Training. Students may present transcripts from ACE’s College Credit Recommendation Service (CREDIT). To access the CREDIT Online Transcript System go to: https://www2.acenet.edu/credit/?fuseaction=transcripts.main
TCCNHS may also award credit based on the recommendation of The New York State Board of Regents National College Credit Recommendation Program.
Credit for Experiential Learning
Credit may be awarded from a combination of knowledge and skills gained from work/life experience, non-credit courses, seminar training, volunteer work, and workshops. To receive credit, a student must present verifiable, official documentation to prove his/her experiences fully satisfy the learning outcomes for a particular course (e.g., employer letter on company letterhead, official certificates, etc.).
- The Associate Dean of that course’s division, in collaboration with faculty, will review the documentation provided by the student to decide whether course credit will be awarded for the experiential learning.
- The course number, title, credit hours and the note “Credit for Experiential Learning” will be recorded on the transcript.
- Credit for Experiential Learning will only be awarded to currently matriculated students while they are enrolled at the college.
- Credit for Experiential Learning does not satisfy the residency requirement.
- Credit for Experiential Learning awarded by our college is not necessarily transferable to other institutions and/or accrediting bodies. Please check their policies.
- Application for Experiential Learning credit may not be made while the applicant is enrolled in the course in question.
- Experiential Learning credit is not granted for nursing courses.
- Experiential Learning credit may not exceed 16 hours for any degree program..
Credit by Examination
Standardized exams may be taken for academic credit. A student must obtain the predefined equivalent grade per the College Board Exam criteria (Advanced Placement and CLEP) or International Baccalaureate Program (IB). For exams taken through the College Board (Advancement Placement and CLEP) and International Baccalaureate Program, the credits are transferred and are recorded into the total earned hours. Awarded credits are reflected on the student’s TCCNHS transcripts; however, they are not reflected in the student’s grade point average (GPA).
Advanced Placement (AP)
To be awarded college credit for Advanced Placement courses taken in high school, a student must obtain a predefined equivalent score of 3 or higher per the College Board Exam criteria. For exams taken through the College Board the credits are transferred to TCCNHS and are recorded as total earned hours.
TCCNHS reserves the right to change, at any time and without notice, the criteria for awarding Advanced Placement credit in any or all subject areas. For more information go to: http://professionals.collegeboard.com/testing/ap/scores
College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
To be awarded college credit for successful completion of a CLEP exam, a student must obtain a predefined equivalent score or higher listed in the table below per the College Board Exam criteria. For exams taken through the College Board the credits are transferred to TCCNHS and are recorded as total earned hours.
||Scoring Policy - Endorsed Course Alignment
|Analyzing and Interpreting Literature
||Score of 59 and above
||Arts and Humanities Elective Credit (3 Hours)
||Score of 64 and above
||Score of 57 and above
||General Elective Credit (3 Hours)
||Score of 55 and
||Arts and Humanities Elective Credit (3 Hours)
||Score of 61 and above
|Social Sciences and History
||Score of 62 and above
||Social and Behavioral Science Elective Credit (3 Hours)
CLEP courses and exams are subject to revision on a yearly basis. Therefore, TCCNHS reserves the right to change, at any time and without notice, the criteria for awarding CLEP credit in any or all subject areas. For more information go to http://clep.collegeboard.org
International Baccalaureate Program (IB)
To be awarded college credit for International Baccalaureate Higher Level courses taken in high school, a student must obtain a predefined equivalent score of 4 or higher per the International Baccalaureate Higher Level examination criteria. For Higher Level examinations taken through the IB Program, the credits are transferred to TCCNHS and are recorded as total earned hours.
TCCNHS reserves the right to change, at any time and without notice, the criteria for awarding IB Program credit in any or all subject areas. For more information go to http://www.ibo.org/informationfor/alumni/transcripts