The online college will grant transfer credit 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:
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.
The maximum number of credits that may be awarded by transfer and/or portfolio process is:
Baccalaureate Degree: 95 semester-hour credits
Associate Degree: 48 semester-hour credits, 18 of which must be earned with Saint Joseph’s College
Certificate Program: 6 semester-hour credits
Saint Joseph’s College also has several transfer agreements with other higher education institutions. Saint Joseph’s College maintains agreements with other accredited institutions allowing for the acceptance of previously earned credits.
Saint Joseph’s College will 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:
- The College Board (CLEP): https://clep.collegeboard.org/exam
- DSST: http://getcollegecredit.com/testprep/#courses
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 our 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.
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
Experiential Learning Credit
Saint Joseph’s College views the submission of an Experiential Learning Portfolio as a learning process in and of itself. Students who choose to validate their prior learning in this way are expected to demonstrate a synthesis of practical and theoretical knowledge. The process itself encourages students to reflect upon their experiences in a focused manner, thereby, facilitating a new learning experience. The portfolio format is intended to produce a thoughtful, coherent piece of work. Each participant in this process can expect to devote as much time to this project as he/she would spend on the equivalent credits of course work.
Not all submissions will warrant the granting of credits. The portfolio must be strongly correlated to the body of knowledge inherent in the courses for which credits are petitioned. Students may use the portfolio format for courses that can’t be satisfied through a proficiency exam (see Credit-by-Examination). The maximum number of semester hours that may be earned through the submission of an Experiential Learning Portfolio are: bachelor’s degree, 18, and associate degree, 9. Certificate program students may not submit portfolios for credit. Portfolio submission is only for matriculating students.
Credits may be awarded for knowledge acquired through personal and/or professional experience. Such knowledge may have been acquired through a combination of on-the-job experiences, non-collegiate workshops, or non-degree courses. All relevant experiences must be presented in a manner that will relate those experiences to what was learned from them.