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Advanced Standing - Transfer of Credit
Transfer of Credit from other regionally accredited postsecondary institutions
Tri-County Technical College will grant credit for courses taken at any other regionally accredited postsecondary institutions provided the student earned a "C" or above on courses for which transfer credit is granted.
Transfer credit will be granted according to the following guidelines:
- Your official student transcripts from other colleges will be evaluated and credit determined by the appropriate subject department head.
- Credit will be given for the equivalent Tri-County Technical College course.
- If the equivalent Tri-County Technical College course credits do not exceed the course credits being transferred by more than one-half credit hour, full credit for the Tri-County course will be granted. If the Tri-County Technical College course credits exceed the course credits being transferred by more than one-half credit hour, you have the option of taking an exemption exam or requesting a course waiver.
- Exemption credit may be granted for credit earned by exemption exams or other advanced standing procedures at other regionally accredited colleges. Tri-County Technical College may request appropriate documentation for evaluation purposes.
- Elective credit may be granted for which Tri-County Technical College does not have an equivalent course, if the credits to be transferred were earned at a regionally accredited college.
- Transfer credit will be granted for all applicable courses without regard to when the credit was initially earned. (Exceptions: Some curricula may require that credit be earned within a specific period of time because of program accreditation requirements. In some technical courses, you may be required to validate competency.)
- Present evidence to the appropriate subject department head indicating that you have education or work experience which is similar to the content of our course for which you desire credit.
- Submit a request for the examination to the appropriate subject department head, who will decide upon your eligibility for the exam.
- Pay a fee of $25 for each examination and present the receipt at the time the exemption exam is administered.
- Earn a grade of at least a "C" on the examination, as defined in current course syllabi, to receive course credit. Credit will be recorded on your transcript as "exemption exam."
- You may not re-take an exam if a grade of "C" or higher, as outlined in course syllabi, is not attained on the exam. Exceptions due to extenuating circumstances may be granted by the Vice President of Academic Affairs upon receipt of a written request from the student. In no case can the exception be granted more than once for a course.
- A Tri-County Technical College student who has enrolled in a course (i.e. audited, failed, withdrawn, etc.) will not be permitted to take an exemption examination for that course.
Exemption by externally administered examinations
Tri-County Technical College will grant credit on scores earned on exams administered by external agencies subject to the following conditions: College Level Examination Program (CLEP) You may receive credit for courses by making an acceptable score on the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests. Although the College doesn't administer the CLEP, you may contact our Admissions Office for more information. Credit will be recorded on your transcript as "Advanced Placement."
Advanced Placement Examinations
The College recognizes the Advanced Placement Program of the College Board. High school students interested in receiving Advanced Placement credit are encouraged to participate in their high school's Advanced Placement (AP) programs. Examination results should be sent to Tri-County Technical College by the College Board. Credit is awarded to those who earn 3, 4, or 5 on the College Board AP examination. Credit will be recorded as "Advanced Placement" on transcripts.
Tri-County Technical College recognizes educational experiences in the armed services. In determining credits to be awarded, recommendations provided in the Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services, published by the American Council on Education, are considered. Credit will be recorded on your transcript as "Educational Experience."
Technical Advanced Placement (TAP)
Tri-County Technical College will award credit for specific College courses to area high school students who have successfully completed all procedures outlined in Technical Advanced Placement (TAP) agreements, which require the validation of knowledge, skills, and competencies equivalent to College courses at a grade level of "C" or above. Technical Advanced Placement is associated with high school Tech Prep/School-to-Work programs and is the result of articulation agreements between college faculty and administrators and school/district faculty and administrators. High school students who would like more information on TAP should contact their guidance counselor or occupational teacher. Technical Advanced Placement credit will be documented on Tri-County Technical College transcripts as "Technical Advanced Placement" credit.
Documented Work Experience
Tri-County Technical College will grant credit for documented work experience. The work experience must be documented in writing from the student's employer. The justification must tie the prior experience to the competencies of the relevant course. The subject-matter department head will determine the relevancy of the documented work experience to a specific course and determine if the work experience credit is not a duplicate of credit already awarded or planned for the student's academic program. At the department head's discretion, elective credit may be awarded. Documented work experience credit may be awarded for no more than 25 percent of the credit hours applied towards a degree, diploma, or certificate. Credit will be recorded on your transcript as "work experience."
Non-collegiate organization training programs
Tri-County Technical College recognizes educational experiences in training programs conducted by other noncollegiate organizations. In determining credits to be awarded, recommendations provided by the American Council on Education, the Program on Noncollegiate Sponsored Instruction (PONSI), and National PONSI will be considered. A member of the Admissions staff will forward documentation of the training experiences and published recommendations to the subject-matter department head. For credit granted, the department head completes the Course Transfer/Exemption Form and returns it to the Admissions Office. Elective credit based on noncollegiate organization training programs may be granted at the discretion of the curriculum department head. Credit will be recorded on your transcript as "advanced placement."