Admission Guidelines

The online college will grant transfer credit to undergraduate programs from accredited colleges or universities with a course grade of “C” or better, provided the course is applicable. In order to gain transfer credit, official transcripts from all schools attended must be forwarded to:

Online Enrollment Services
Saint Joseph’s College
278 Whites Bridge Road
Standish, ME 04084-5263

An official transcript is one that has been received directly from the issuing institution. It must bear the college seal, date, and an appropriate signature. An official transcript issued to a student may be considered official provided the transcript remains unopened in a sealed envelope from the issuing institution.

Some colleges offer electronic transcript delivery. Electronic transcripts should be sent directly to

The maximum number of credits that may be awarded by transfer and/or portfolio process is:

Baccalaureate Degree: 90 semester-hour credits
Associate Degree: 48 semester-hour credits
Certificate Program: 6 semester-hour credits

Transfer Agreements

Saint Joseph’s College also has several transfer agreements with other higher education institutions.

Hospital-based Schools

Saint Joseph’s College may grant transfer credit from hospital based schools. Transfer credit guidelines apply and official transcripts are required. If the school in question has closed, the State Department of Education in your state should have record of the current custodian of records for the school. Programs covered include Schools of Nursing, Radiologic Technology, Practical Nursing, and Anesthesiology. Saint Joseph’s College will also consider credit for graduates from Medical Technician Training, Midwifery Training, and Nurse Practitioner Training programs.


Military students and veterans wishing to transfer into one of our programs should check out our Military and Veterans page to learn more about specific transfer information.


Saint Joseph’s College will award credit for passing scores on challenge exams that fulfill degree program requirements. Saint Joseph’s College accepts ACE (American Council on Education) recommended credit from the following organizations:

Students may receive up to 30 undergraduate credits through challenge examinations. Students should consult with their academic advisor to inquire about challenge exams that meet Saint Joseph’s College degree program requirements. The Saint Joseph’s College CLEP identification number is 3764 and the DSST identification number is 8668.

National College Credit Recommendation Service

Since 1973, National CCRS (formerly National PONSI) has been evaluating training and education programs offered outside of the traditional college classroom setting and translating them into college credit equivalencies. National CCRS coordinates teams of college faculty evaluators and subject matter experts to conduct extensive reviews of education and training programs offered by corporations, unions, religious organizations and proprietary schools. Over 1,500 Cooperating Colleges and Universities will consider granting actual college credit based on CCRS credit recommendations and in accordance with their own transfer policies. Saint Joseph’s College will award appropriate credit based on CCRS recommendations.

ACE National Guide to Education Credit for Training Programs

The College Credit Recommendation Service (CREDIT) helps adults obtain academic credit for formal courses and examinations taken outside college and university degree programs. For nearly 20 years, educational institutions have trusted CREDIT to provide reliable information to make credit award decisions. Through a rigorous and judicious process, credit recommendations are made for courses and examinations offered by all types of organizations, including business and industry, labor unions, professional and voluntary associations, schools, training suppliers, and government agencies. Saint Joseph’s College recognizes these recommendations and will award advanced standing credit when applicable.

Advanced Placement

Following the recommendation of the American Council on Education (ACE), the College will award credit for Advanced Placement grades of 3 or higher on any Advanced Placement Exam. To receive credit, an official grade report must be sent directly to Saint Joseph’s College. To request a grade report, send a letter with your name, gender, birth date, AP number or SS#, the year(s) you took the AP Exams, and the name, city, and state of the college(s) to receive your transcript. Send your request and a check made out to AP Exams ($15 for each transcript) to AP Exams, P.O. Box 6671, Princeton, NJ 08541-6671

Additional Alternative Transfer Credit Sources Partnership and SJC have partnered together with the intention of providing a seamless transfer process. Course equivalencies between and SJC’s online courses have been verified, and a complete listing of those equivalencies can be found at

For more information, please speak with an admissions counselor at 1-800-752-4723 or your academic advisor. It is important to speak with your SJC representative prior to enrolling at They will be able to review with you your personal situation and determine if there is space for additional transfer credit to come in. If there is, they can then help you determine which courses at are best suited for you and your program at SJC.