Students declared as degree/certificate seeking may request to have transfer credits evaluated by submitting a “Petition for Transfer Credit Evaluation” form to Admissions and Records. Students must submit official transcripts or training records and then allow up to 2-3 months for the evaluation to be completed. When completed, students will be able to view their transfer credit in myWNC and can run a degree audit report to determine how transfer credits apply toward their intended degree or certificate program. An email will be sent to each student when the transfer evaluation is completed.
In general, only credits applicable to the student’s specified degree or certificate program will be transferred to the student’s WNC record.
Admissions and Records will accept only official transcripts from other colleges, universities, high schools, and educational testing sources; unofficial copies will not be accepted. A transcript must be sent directly to Admissions and Records by mail or electronically from the applicable institution to be considered official; faxed copies will not be accepted. A transcript that is hand carried in a sealed envelope to Admissions and Records that was mailed to the student directly from the applicable institution may be accepted as official provided the envelope has not been opened.
Regional Accreditation and Acceptance of Transfer Credits
Credits earned in institutions of higher learning that are accredited by a Regional Accrediting Organization are normally transferable, provided the courses are comparable to those offered by WNC and are applicable towards degree requirements. Regional Accrediting Organizations include:
- Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
- Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools (MSA)
- New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)
- Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)
- North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA)
- Northwest Accreditation Commission (NAC)
Credits earned from schools that are not regionall acreddited will be considered nontraditional educaiton.
Only transfer credits that apply toward a requirement (including required electives) will be applied toward a degree or certificate. WNC can accept transfer credit as follows:
- A maximum of 45 semester credits or 75 percent of the total credits required for a degree, whichever is greater, may be accepted from regionally accredited colleges or universities toward an associate degree.
- A maximum of 90 semester credits or 75 percent of the total credits required for a degree, whichever is greater, may be accepted from regionally accredited colleges or universities toward a bachelor’s degree.
- A maximum of 30 semester hours of credit may be accepted from approved credit by examination programs.
- A maximum of 15 semester hours of credit may be accepted from non-traditional programs.
- A maximum of 45 credits or 75 percent of the total credits for a degree, whichever is greater, from other sources as listed above may be applied toward an associate degree. A maximum of 90 credits or 75 percent of the total credits for a degree, whichever is greater, from other sources as listed above may be applied toward a bachelor’s degree.
- A maximum of 15 semester hours of credit from other sources as listed above may be applied toward a certificate.
- Grades are not transferable but may be utilized when determining eligibility for financial assistance and/or admission to special academic programs and to determine the minimum GPA required for graduation.
- A quarter unit is worth 2/3 of a semester unit.
Evaluation of Transfer Requirements
Courses from NSHE institutions will be accepted for equivalent courses per common course numbering. Courses from other institutions will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis based on the course title, designator, credits, course numbering system used by the institution and course description if available. Upper division courses are generally not acceptable for general education requirements, but may apply towards emphasis requirements on a case by case basis. Graduate level courses are not accepted to fulfill degree and/or certificate requirements.
If the information provided on the transcript is not sufficient for Admissions and Records to make a determination as to course applicability towards the student’s desired program, the student will need to provide additional information from the transfer institution regarding the course, such as a course outline or syllabus. If necessary, a WNC faculty member from the corresponding program will be consulted.
Quarter credits are worth 2/3 of a semester credit. If a student lacks fractional credits in any area(s) of general education requirements, the student may satisfy the requirement(s) by completing other listed general education courses provided the student completes at least the minimum total requirements listed in the general education section for any degree or certificate. While an area or areas may be a fraction of a credit less than required, the total general education credits may not be reduced. While a specific program requirement can be satisfied with a fraction of a credit less than required, the total program requirements can not be reduced. Students who lack fractional credits in any area(s) of general educational or program requirements should see a counselor.
Credit - Non-Traditional Education
WNC will consider awarding credit for prior experiential learning to students who have been accepted to the college. A minimum of 45 contact hours or 15 hours of instruction plus two hours of outside preparation per contact hour is required for each credit awarded. The college may accept a maximum of 15 credits from non-traditional sources to include the following:
- Military training
- Correspondence courses
- Extension courses
- Post-secondary institutions without regional accreditation
- Certificate training
- Other recognized sources
The above sources must meet the minimum standards for accreditation by nationally or state recognized agencies. Credits from non-traditional sources are evaluated on a case-by-case basis. In general, credit is awarded only for those courses or training experiences that are comparable to those courses offered by Western Nevada College. Certain credits may be applicable to satisfy course requirements for occupational degrees while others may be used as elective credit primarily for the AGS and AAS and Bachelor of Technology degrees and for Certificate of Achievement only. The only nontraditional credit applicable towards the AA and/or AS degrees is from military service as documented by a DD2-14, or correspondence or extension courses from a regionally accredited institution. Nontraditional education credit from any source other than correspondence classes from a regionally accredited institution will not be awarded to fulfill general education requirements, except for the human relations requirement when applicable.
For occupational program requirements for an Associate of Applied Science of Certificate of Achievement, students may request an exception to the 15 unit limit. Exceptions must be approved by the Vice-President of Academic and Student Affairs.
Credit For Military Service
Admitted students who are veterans and have completed more than one year of active duty and were honorably discharged may be granted non-traditional credit from a DD2-14, up to a maximum of four credits. Students may also receive credit for additional military training by sending an official military transcript.
Credit may be awarded from some recognized colleges and universities outside of the country. Students must have a course by course evaluation completed by an approved transcript evaluation service. An official copy of the transcript and English translation might also be required depending on the transcript evaluation service used. Credit for English/communications requirements is accepted only from institutions located in the following countries: Australia, Canada, England, Ireland and New Zealand. Contact Admissions and Records for further information.
Credit By Examination
A maximum of 30 credits for an associate degree or 60 credits for a bachelor’s degree, accumulated through an acceptable credit by examination process, may be accepted toward degree requirements. A maximum of 15 credits in a single subject area is allowed; a maximum of 15 credits for challenge examinations is allowed. Credit earned by examination may not apply toward satisfying the minimum on-campus resident credit requirements.
The college recognizes that students accumulate a great deal of information outside the classroom without formal instruction. There are times when this information may be extensive enough to satisfy the requirements of courses offered by the college. For this reason, with approvals, an enrolled student may be allowed to take challenge examinations to receive credit in certain courses. A student interested in these examination procedures should contact Admissions and Records.
Policies relating to challenges are:
- A student may not challenge a lower level course in the same subject area that the student has already received credit in at a more advanced level.
- A student enrolled in a more advanced course may not challenge a lower level course in the same subject area.
- A student may not challenge a course that has been previously attempted.
- A maximum of 15 credits for challenge examinations is allowed.
- Credit earned in challenge examinations are not considered resident credit, do not count as part of a student’s credit load for any given semester, nor are they computed into the grade point average.
- Successful challenge examinations are posted as a “pass” on the student’s transcript.
- Challenge examinations may not transfer to other academic institutions and may not count for licensing agencies.
- WNC reserves the right to deny any petition for challenge examination credit.
- A student must be currently enrolled and have completed coursework for credit at WNC before credit by examination will be placed on an official academic transcript.
College Level Examination Program (CLEP):
Credit may be granted for the satisfactory completion of the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) general examinations.
A maximum of three semester credits may be granted for each of the five general examinations (except English), earning the following standard scores:
- Tests taken before July 1, 2001: 500 or above.
- Tests taken after July 1, 2001: 50 or above.
Students may earn three to six English credits if their test includes an essay and the following scores are earned on the examination:
- Three credits (ENG 101):
- Tests taken before July 1, 2001: 500-639.
- Tests taken after July 1, 2001: 50-63.
- Six credits (ENG 101 and 102):
- Tests taken before July 1, 2001: 640 or above.
- Tests taken after July 1, 2001: 64 or above
A maximum of three semester credits may be granted for each subject examination. Only certain examinations are acceptable; inquire at the Admissions and Records office for the list of approved CLEP subject examinations. Contact Admissions and Records for information on credit granted for course equivalents and/or elective credit for general and/or subject exams. Students will not receive credit if they already completed an equivalent course.
College Board Advanced Placement Examinations
Upon receipt of an official score report from the College Board, WNC can grant credit for Advanced Placement examinations with a score of 3 or higher for students matriculating to WNC in the summer 2016 or later. Prior to summer 2016, some examinations required a minimum score of 4 for credit.
In general, WNC can grant credit according to the standards determined by the University of Nevada, Reno. Credit is not granted for laboratory science and Nevada constitutions. Contact Admissions and Records for specific information on how credit is granted for each test.
Transfer Credit Appeals Process
If a student disagrees with a transfer credit evaluation, the student is encouraged to obtain and submit further written information about the course in question, such as a course outline or syllabus and/or a course description if it was not originally available. If a student questions an evaluation from a nontraditional source, the student is encouraged to obtain further written information about the training, including number of hours of the training, information about the training source, accreditation, etc. Admissions and Records will reconsider amending the original evaluation. If the reason to deny course equivalency is a result of a course not meeting basic rules and policies, such as fulfilling the minimum number of credits required, the course was developmental, not completed at a regionally accredited institution, the course was upper division and will not fulfill general education requirements, the course was graduate level, etc., the decision of Admissions and Records will be final.
If the reason is not based on such a policy and the student disagrees with the decision of Admissions and Records, the student may submit a transfer credit evaluation appeal. The appropriate faculty member in the specific applicable department and/or the division director will be consulted for an opinion. Admissions will provide the faculty member or director with a copy of the course description and any additional information submitted by the student. The decision of the division director and/or faculty member will be final. If the division cannot make a determination, the Registrar will make the final determination. If a request is denied, the student will be given a reason for the denial in writing. The decision of the appeal will be final.