TTUHSC Transfer Credit Guidelines and Procedures
All of the schools of the TTUHSC require applicants to submit official transcripts documenting previous course work and degree programs. These transcripts are evaluated by the subject matter experts in the schools to determine whether the course work to be transferred is in keeping with defined outcomes for the course work and degree programs at the TTUHSC. Common means of determining course equivalency include the following:
- Texas Common Course Numbering System. The TTUHSC participates in the Texas Common Course Numbering System (TCCNS), which is a voluntary, co-operative effort among Texas community colleges and universities to facilitate transfer of freshman- and sophomore-level general academic coursework. The TCCNS provides a shared, uniform set of course designations for students and their advisors to use in determining both course equivalency and degree applicability of transfer credit on a statewide basis. When students transfer between two participating TCCNS institutions, a course taken at the sending institution transfers as the course carrying, or cross-referenced with, the same TCCNS designation at the receiving institution.
- Review of course catalog descriptions and/or course syllabi. Decisions for accepting credit for upper-division course work completed at another public institution in Texas and for all academic course work completed at a private or out-of-state institution are made following a thorough review of the transcript for evidence of satisfactory course work completion and a review of course catalog descriptions and/or course syllabi as necessary to determine course equivalency.
The following guidelines reflect good practices in higher education and are based in part on rules established by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) and on The Transfer or Transcripting of Academic Credit policy statement published by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Except in the case of courses belonging to the TTUHSC Core Curriculum or a THECB-approved Field of Study Curriculum (Title 19 Texas Administrative Code, §4.32), applicability of transferred courses to requirements for specific degree programs is determined by program faculty in accordance with relevant school-based transfer policies and the following guidelines:
- Transfer of Credit from Another Public Institution in Texas. All lower-division academic courses that are successfully completed with a grade of C or higher at another public institution in Texas that are identified by the Texas Common Course Numbering System and published in the Lower Division Academic Course Guide Manual will be fully transferable to TTUHSC (Title 19 Texas Administrative Code, §4.24).
- Transfer of Credit from Other Regionally Accredited U.S. Institutions. Academic courses that are successfully completed with a grade of C or higher at other regionally accredited U.S. institutions are generally accepted for transfer if the course content is deemed equivalent based on review by the school’s admissions personnel. For transfer policies governing a particular degree program, please see the relevant school catalog.
- Transfer of Credit from Foreign/International Institutions. Academic courses that are successfully completed at foreign/international institutions with a grade equivalent to C or higher may be accepted for transfer based on course-by-course evaluation by a Foreign Credential Service and/or in accordance with other school- and program-specific transfer policies. For transfer policies governing a particular degree program, please see the relevant school catalog.
- Transfer of Credit from Non-Regionally Accredited U.S. Institutions. Academic courses that are successfully completed with a grade of C or higher at non-regionally accredited U.S. institutions must be evaluated for equivalency by department personnel prior to awarding of academic credit. Course syllabi, teacher credentials, comparable degree level, and content will be evaluated to determine whether or not the course will be accepted.
- Transfer of General Education Credits in Fulfillment of TTUHSC Core Curriculum Requirements. Students entering an undergraduate program at TTUHSC who do not already hold a baccalaureate degree from another regionally accredited institution must satisfy the course work requirements of the TTUHSC Core Curriculum. This curriculum has been defined in accordance with THECB rules, which also govern the transfer of credits in fulfillment of core curriculum requirements (Title 19 Texas Administrative Code, §4.28).
NOTE: The TTUHSC Core Curriculum requirements do not apply to students who are seeking a second baccalaureate degree at TTUHSC or a degree at the graduate or professional level.
- Courses Belonging to a THECB-Approved Field of Study Curriculum. Courses belonging to a THECB-approved field of study curriculum are transferred in accordance with the relevant THECB rules (Title 19 Texas Administrative Code, §4.32). Currently, the only TTUHSC degree program that is subject to a THECB-approved field of study curriculum is the undergraduate program in the School of Nursing (Bachelor of Science in Nursing, all degree tracks).
- Evaluation of Advanced Placement Credit on Transcripts. Advanced placement (AP) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) credits are generally transferred for prerequisite course work if on a transcript from an accredited U.S. college or university, unless otherwise stated in program-specific guidelines. For transfer policies governing a particular degree program, please see the relevant school catalog.
- Credit by Examination for Degree-Specific Course Work. Each school and program determines whether or not it will accept credit by examination in lieu of required courses. For credit-by-examination policies governing a particular degree program, please see the relevant school catalog.
- Credit for Professional Certification or Course Work in Other Professional Education Programs. Some TTUHSC schools and programs award credit to individuals who have completed professional certification or course work in other professional education programs. Personnel in each school and/or program make determinations regarding such credit in accordance with policies published in the relevant school catalog.
- Experiential Learning. TTUHSC does not award transfer credit for life or work experiences.
MINIMUM RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS
To ensure the integrity of TTUHSC’s degree programs, the institution has established the following minimum-residency requirements:
- Undergraduate Degree Programs. At least 25 percent of the credit hours required for an undergraduate degree awarded by the TTUHSC must be earned 1) at the TTUHSC or 2) in the case of those programs offered through joint, cooperative, or consortia arrangements, through instruction offered by the participating institutions.
- Graduate and Professional Degree Programs. The majority of credits toward any graduate or post-baccalaureate professional degree awarded by the TTUHSC must be earned 1) at the TTUHSC or 2) in the case of those programs offered through joint, cooperative, or consortia arrangements, through instruction offered by the participating institutions.
Once the appropriate school official determines which hours and how many hours will be accepted as transfer credit, school personnel inform the TTUHSC Office of the Registrar. Personnel in the Office of the Registrar then add the relevant data to the student’s file in accordance with the following procedures:
- Transfer courses used to meet admissions prerequisite requirements are maintained in the student’s admissions file but are not recorded on the TTUHSC transcript.
- Credit that is accepted for transfer and applied to a degree program at the TTUHSC is recorded on the TTUHSC transcript under the name of the institution from which the coursework was taken.
- Transfer credit does not alter the TTUHSC grade point average.
- Official TTUHSC transcripts are maintained in a document imaging system.
TRANSFERABILITY OF TTUHSC COURSE WORK
All credits earned at TTUHSC may not be transferable to every educational institution. Students wishing to enroll in a course at TTUHSC, with the intent of transferring the credit to another college or university, should contact that institution prior to beginning the course.