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Transfer and External Credit
Transfer credit may be granted for courses completed at accredited institutions of higher education approved by the US Department of Education and using the American Council on Education (ACE) Military Transcript Transfer Guide.
A. Transfer Credit-All Students
Decisions concerning transfer credit are based on (1) equivalence of course content and credit hours and level of instruction to that provided by Platt College and (2) appropriateness and applicability of credit to the student’s program at Platt College. Students must be accepted into the BSN program at Platt College before transfer credit is evaluated. Official transcripts are evaluated and transfer credit is reviewed by the Registrar. Unofficial transcripts may be used for advising and course selection but are not acceptable for transfer of credit. As the Registrar reviews the official transcript, the student may be asked to provide the course description(s) and/or class syllabus from the catalog under which they were enrolled.
All transfer credit must be submitted for review during the first two quarters of the program. Courses that are not offered as part of the program requirement will not be accepted as transfer credit. Transfer credit submitted after a student’s completion of the first two quarters will not be reviewed nor will transfer credit be awarded. The student will be contacted in regards to the outcome of the transcript evaluation. There is a $50.00 transfer credit review submission fee and a $75.00 transcription fee per credit hour awarded.
The maximum transfer credit awarded cannot exceed 50% of the quarter credit hours of the total program requirement. The Vice President of Academic Affairs has the final decision on issuance of all transfer credit. Quarter hours of credit toward graduation are awarded on the basis of these conditions, but grades or quality points are not awarded. The College policy for the granting of credit for previous training shall not impact the refund policy.
Foundational Liberal Arts Courses (General Education)
Only general education course grades of “C” or higher that are ten (10) years or less from the date of completion will be accepted for transfer credit from an accredited institution approved by the US Department of Education.
Foundational Science Courses (Cognates)
Cognate courses at Platt College are defined as courses offered in the science discipline. The purpose of cognate courses is to provide a student with more diverse perspectives in interdisciplinary fields. Cognate classes at Platt College include:
- BIOL 112, BIOL 206, BIOL 223, BIOL 224, BIOL 300, CHEM 121
Only cognate course grades of “C” or higher that are ten (10) years or less from the date of completion will be accepted for transfer credit from an accredited institution approved by the US Department of Education.
Per Policy 02:14:00 Transfer Credit, individuals receiving transfer credit for BIOL 112 Nutrition in Health and Illness must successfully pass the corresponding ATI assessment with a level 2 or higher during quarter three in the standard course sequencing guide. Students who successfully pass the ATI assessment will have credit for BIOL 112 Nutrition in Health and Illness held in their academic file and applied to their transcripts when the course is offered.
As with Policy 02:15:00 Pass to Progress, individuals taking ATI assessments to secure transfer credit for BIOL 112 Nutrition in Health and Illness will have two attempts to meet program benchmarks. If the student fails to meet the program benchmark on the second attempt, the student will be required to enroll in for BIOL 112 Nutrition in Health and Illness at Platt College. Students who successfully pass the ATI assessment will have credit for BIOL 112 Nutrition in Health and Illness held in their academic file and applied to their transcripts when the course is offered.
Only nursing course grades of “B” or higher that are five (5) years or less from the date of completion will be accepted for transfer credit from an accredited institution approved by the US Department of Education.
Individuals receiving transfer credit for nursing (NSG) courses must successfully pass the corresponding ATI assessment(s) if applicable (see Policy 02:15:00 Pass to Progress). When applicable, the corresponding ATI must be taken prior to the quarter that course is offered in the standard course sequencing guide. ATI assessments are only available to enrolled students and will not be given during the nursing application process. The Registrar will notify the student regarding the ATI assessments that the student will be required to take based on their transfer credit evaluation. The Administrative Assistant for the School of Nursing will work with individuals to secure ATI IDs and passwords and determine the dates and times for the proctored assessments. Individuals taking ATI assessments to secure transfer credit for nursing (NSG) courses will have two attempts to meet program benchmarks. If the student fails to meet the program benchmark on the second attempt, the student will be required to enroll in the respective nursing course(s) at Platt College. Students who successfully pass the ATI assessment will have credit for the corresponding course(s) held in their academic file and applied to their transcripts when the course is offered.
Platt College uses quarter hours; however it is possible to convert quarter hours into semester hours. Multiply the quarter hour by .66 to equal the semester credit hour (ex: 4.5 quarter hours x .66 = 3 semester credit hours).
Pass/Fail Grades vs. Binary Grades During COVID-19
Pass/Fail grades are not accepted for nursing course(s) transfer credits. Binary grades must meet the nursing courses transfer credit policy. Platt College will award transfer credit for a "pass" grade only for general education courses that meet policy guidelines (regarding time matriculation that grades may be accepted) as a result of COVID-19 grading changes at colleges and universities. Due to requirements for students who may seek a graduate degree after earning their BSN at Platt College, students are encouraged to make sure that their graduate school choice accepts pass/fail for general education courses instead of binary grades.
B. General Transfer Pathways from Colorado Colleges and Universities
To help eliminate the guesswork of transferring general education course credits, Colorado has developed the statewide guaranteed transfer (gt) program (gtPATHWAYS Planning Guide) and the statewide transfer policy. Further information may be found at: http://highered.colorado.gov/academics/transfers/gtpathways/
gtPATHWAYS applies to accredited Colorado public institutions of higher education, and there are more than 500 lower-division general education courses in 20 subject areas approved for guaranteed transfer. These courses will automatically transfer and continue to count toward meeting general education core or graduation requirements for any liberal arts or science associate or bachelor’s degree program provided a student does not exceed the 50% maximum and receives a course grade of "C" or higher within the past ten years, that the course is equivalent to the curriculum at Platt, and the course has the equivalent number of credit hours.
C. Transferability of Credit to Other Institutions
Because each degree program of study at a particular college or university has specific course requirements, transferring from one institution to another is difficult. Each and every individual college or university has its own transfer credit policy. Ultimately, it is the student’s responsibility to ensure they are taking courses that will transfer. Platt College encourages students to become well informed about transferability of credit. Platt College cannot guarantee transferability of credits to other institutions.
External Credit Policy
External credit can only be accepted from students in the BSN program.
I. Possible sources of external credit include (1) credit by examination, (2) military service/armed services schools, and (3) high school Tech Prep programs.
To receive external credit, the following conditions must be met:
- Applicants must not have attempted nor received college credit in similar titled courses for which credit is requested.
- Credit is awarded only in areas offered within the current curriculum of the College and related to the student’s educational program.
- Credit is awarded only for those learning experiences in which it can be documented that the outcomes for specific courses in an approved degree program have been met.
- All external credit must be submitted for review during the first two quarters of the program. External credit submitted after a student’s completion of the first two quarters will not be reviewed nor will external credit be awarded.
- All external credit must be at the college level.
Quarter hours of credit toward graduation are awarded on the basis of these conditions, but grades or quality points are not awarded. Transfer of external credit from Platt College to other institutions is at the discretion of the receiving institution.
II. External Credit by Examination
Students may earn college credit for College-Level Examination Program Subject Examinations (CLEP) taken after their admissions date to Platt College. Students may earn college credit by examination for acceptable (national benchmark) scores on the CLEP Examinations. CLEP tests taken must be in a subject equivalent to the required curriculum at Platt. Official documentation must be received directly from the testing agency. Requests for credit by examination are submitted to the Registrar. Documentation of test scores must be received within the first two quarters of enrollment at Platt College. The test results are evaluated by the Registrar and, if credit is earned, recorded on the student’s record. The Platt College of Aurora, Colorado CLEP code is 4460.
CLEP: Applications and information on the CLEP are available by writing the College Level Examination Program, Box 6600, Princeton, New Jersey 08541-6600, by calling (609)-771-7865, or by accessing www.collegeboard.com. Credit is awarded for acceptable scores received on subject examinations only. All fees associated with CLEP testing are the responsibility of the student.
III. External Credit for Military Service/Schools
Credit may be awarded for attendance at military schools and job classifications based upon recommendations from the American Council on Education (ACE) Military Transcript Transfer Guide. Military service credit is awarded provided that proper documentation supporting service-related educational experiences is presented to the Registrar before the end of the second quarter from the start of the program. Students who receive military benefits must submit a DD 214 and a Joint Services Transcript (JST) in addition to transcripts from any college(s) and/or universities.
IV. External Credit for Tech Prep Programs
A student, who has completed a secondary course of study and has received a high school diploma or general education diploma (GED), has enrolled in a college or university within two years of graduation, and who demonstrates attainment of equivalent learning outcomes for specific courses will receive credit for those courses.
Students wishing to participate in receiving external credit must:
- Meet specific performance requirements.
- Enroll at Platt College within two (2) years of the date of graduation from high school or from the date of completing the general education diploma (GED).
- Provide proper documentation of courses.
- Make sure program and/or credits received are at the college level.
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