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Credit Transfers

Guidelines for the Transfer of Credits from Other Institutions

Official transcripts must be forwarded to the SCC Office of Enrollment Management from previously attended institutions of higher education. After the transcripts are evaluated, transfer credit will be granted, provided that:

  • the course(s) is/are applicable to the student;s selected program of study at SCC
  • a grade of "C" or higher was awarded for the course(s) by the prior institution of higher education.
  • course content is essentially equivalent to a similar course at SCC or to a course commonly offered by other colleges and universities during the first two years of study.
  • the number of credits is the same (or greater) than the number of credits awarded for similar course at SCC.
  • the course(s) has/have not exceeded the allowed time period for transfer at SCC, if applicable. [see Time Limits herein]
  • the transfer limit (i.e., the maximum number of credits applicable to a degree or certificate at SCC) has not been reached.
  • the prior institution that awarded the credits is accredited to offer college-level courses.


Applicable to Program

Transfer credit will be awarded only if directly applicable to the student's current program of study at SCC. Transfer evaluations will not be processed for students who are listed as undecided or taking courses for enrichment.

Transfer credit will not be awarded for developmental-or remedial-level courses (for SCC - any course numbered below 100). Credit will also not be accepted for any course which the transferring institution would not count toward the calculation of a grade point average at that institution.


Minimum Grade

Courses will only be considered for transfer credit if a grade of "C" or higher was achieved. If two components are required for a specific transfer (such as a lecture and a lab for a science course), then both components must have the minimum grade of "C" (or Pass if no more than one component is a Pass/Fail course).

Courses required for SCC's Practical Nursing Certificate and Associate Degree in Nursing programs (including prerequisite courses) require a minimum grade of a "C+" (78 percent).

Except for military transcripts (see below), courses with non-letter grade system will not be considered for transfer. For the purposes of this policy, non-letter system means any system not using "A", "B", "C", etc. Pass, satisfactory, credit and other such non-letter grades will not be accepted (except as noted above).


Content and Credits

In some cases where courses content is divided differently at another institution, SCC may require that two courses be taken in order to transfer credits for one course at SCC.

The number of earned credits for a particular course at the transferring institution must be equivalent or greater than the number of credits being sought for the equivalent course at SCC. Greater credit will not be awarded for courses from the transferring institution with more credits than the equivalent SCC course. For example, if the transferring institution has an Anatomy and Physiology course that is 5 credits, it will only transfer for 4 credits at SCC.

For courses taken at institutions not using the semester-hour system, credits will be converted to semester hours. Quarter-hour credits are converted using the standard "1 quarter hour times .67" to determine semester-hour equivalency. All other systems are considered on an individual basis.

Certain specialty courses will not transfer, including, but not limited to, the following SCC course codes: EME, FNA (except FNA 101 and FNA 102), HLH, NET, NUR, and SGT.

A syllabus or portfolio may be required for certain courses, as determined by the SCC Registrar's Office. It is the student's responsibility to provide any additional information or documentation, if requested. Requests for syllabi or other documentation does not guarantee acceptance upon review.


Time Limits

Credits will not be accepted for transfer if the course was taken too long ago, even if the course is normally accepted for transfer.

At the time of transfer:

  • Statistics classes must have been taken less than ten years ago.
  • Computer classes must have been taken less than five years ago.
  • Microbiology classes must have been taken less than five years ago.
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology classes must have been taken less than five years ago.
  • Standard First Aid and CPR (HSC 200) equivalent classes must have been taken less than two years ago.
  • Certification accepted for Standard First Aid and CPR (HSC 200) credit must be current.


Transfer Limits

The total transfer limit for any student is 45 credits (including courses for which a student has received a grade of either CR or TR at SCC), regardless of program changes or use of credits within any program. A course will not be transferred if it is determined that the course must be taken at SCC for a specific program, as determined by the SCC Office of Academic Affairs.

A maximum of 15 credits is allowed for CLEP, AP and test-out credits.

For an associate degree, the total number of credits accepted in transfer may not exceed 45. For certificate programs, the maximum number of credits accepted in transfer may not exceed one half of the total program credits, generally 15-18 credits. A minimum of 15 credits in the student's major field must be earned by completing courses at SCC.



Course credits successfully completed at an institution of higher education accredited by one of the following accrediting agencies will be considered for transfer to SCC:

  • Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
  • New England Association of Colleges and Schools.
  • North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
  • Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges.
  • Board of Regents of the State of New York. (if designated as the sole or primary agency)

Military transcripts will be reviewed, and credits accepted, based on recommendation from a review by the American Council on Education (ACE). Time and credit limits still apply, but non-letter grades may be accepted if considered passing by ACE.

Foreign transcripts must be evaluated by the World Education Services (WES) before submission to SCC.

CLEP and AP credits will be accepted if the minimum recommended score is achieved, and the exam topic follows all other guidelines herein.

CLEP List and Transfer Codes

AP List and Transfer Codes


Special Circumstances

Tuition costs will be applied for Standard First Aid and CPR (HSC 200) credit awarded from certification cards. There may be costs associated with other credit-by-exam and credit-for-life-experience situations.


Transcript Evaluation Results

The College will endeavor to evaluate transcripts within four weeks of receipt. Once a transcript evaluation has been completed, students will be able to view the results of the transcript evaluation via SCC's Self-Service Portal. Students may log into SCC's Self-Service on the College home page. Students who experience difficulty logging in may refer to the Self-Service Portal Directions link on the College home page.


Appeals Process

Students who wish to appeal the denial of transfer credits may do so in writing to the Dean of Academic Affairs within three months of the original transfer evaluation. Along with a detailed explanation of why the student believes that the credits should be considered for transfer, students must provide a copy of a syllabus (matching the year and term the course was taken) for each contested course from the prior institution and any other documentation supporting their claim.


*These guidelines may change without notice.