College Credits

American Sentinel accepts transfer credit for courses completed at a post-secondary institution that is regionally or nationally accredited (as recognized by the U.S. Department of Education). This can be determined through the Council for Higher Education Accreditation website. Our evaluation committee will take the time to assess the value of educational work completed at no charge.

To apply for transfer credit, please provide the following:

  • An official transcript from the institution where credits were earned. You may submit your unofficial transcripts while waiting for the official ones to arrive in order to expedite the evaluation process. Download a transcript request form.
  • A copy of a course description for any course in the major for which you are requesting transfer credit.
  • Students wishing to receive transfer credit for coursework completed prior to being admitted to American Sentinel must provide transcripts for evaluation during the application process. No transfer credit for courses completed prior to being accepted will be awarded after admission to the university.
  • Once your transfer credit evaluation is completed, an admissions advisor will provide you with a degree plan that outlines the courses for which you have earned transfer credit and those you will still need to complete to earn your degree.

Allowable Transfer Credits for Bachelor’s Degree Programs

Students may receive up to 90 credit hours through a combination of prior college education, professional certifications and, life and work experience.

Transfer credits from other universities will be considered if:

  • The courses were undergraduate level.
  • A minimum grade of C (2.0) was earned for the classes for which transfer credits are requested.
  • The credits are equal to three or more semester credit hours.

Other guidelines regarding transfer credits:

  • Up to 30 credit hours may be awarded for approved technology-related certifications (a maximum of 12 hours per certification), such as the Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer certification.
  • Up to 30 credit hours from life and work experience may be applied toward your degree.
  • 30 general education credit hours will be awarded toward the RN to BSN degree for a bachelor’s degree in another field

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For additional detail on Bachelor’s degree requirements

Allowable Transfer Credits for Master’s Degree Programs

Students may receive up to 18 credit hours for prior college education, professional certifications and, life and work experience. Transfer credits will be considered if:

  • The credits are for courses taken at the graduate level.
  • A minimum grade of B (83%) was earned for the classes for which transfer credits are requested.
  • The credits are equal to three or more semester credit hours.

Other guidelines regarding transfer credits:

  • Up to 9 credit hours may be awarded for approved technology-related certifications (a maximum of 12 hours per certification), such as the Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer certification.
  • Up to 9 credit hours from life and work experience may be applied toward your degree.

For additional detail on Master’s degree requirements

Allowable Transfer Credits for Doctoral Degree Programs

American Sentinel accepts a maximum of two three-semester credit courses into our DNP program. Transfer credits will be accepted only for doctoral (700 level) courses that are equivalent in content to required courses in the DNP curriculum. A course that was dually applied to a Master’s and Doctorate program at an educational institution and Master’s-level courses do not qualify for transfer credit into the DNP program. Credit cannot be awarded for experiential learning for the DNP program.

For additional detail on DNP degree requirements

Additional Detail on Transfer Credits

Note that:

  • The student requesting recognition of transfer credit may be requested to provide an academic catalog or other more detailed materials, such as course syllabi.
  • All course work will be evaluated by the appropriate dean, department chair/director or trained transfer credit evaluator.
  • All prior course work should be submitted no later than the end of registration for the student’s first term of study.
  • If accepted, external transfer credit will be noted on a student’s transcript, but will not be included in the student’s cumulative GPA. If a student receives transfer credit and later enrolls in the same course at American Sentinel, the grade earned in the American Sentinel course will be used in the GPA.
  • Veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces who receive funding through the Veteran’s Administration should be aware of specific regulations regarding transfer credit.
  • No transfer credit will be allowed to replace required credits for the capstone project courses in any of the degree programs at American Sentinel.

Once your evaluation is completed, an admissions advisor will provide you with a degree plan that outlines the courses for which you have earned transfer credit and those you will still need to complete to earn your degree.

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