Rasmussen College Transfer Policy

Rasmussen College defines transfer students as anyone who previously earned college credit from an accredited 2- or 4-year college or university after graduating from high school. Any student applying to Rasmussen College with college credit earned while attending high school is not considered a transfer student, rather a new, incoming student.

Transfer of Previously Earned College Credit and Prior Learning Assessments

General Transfer Credit Policy
  • Rasmussen College reserves the right to accept or deny transfer of credit based on the guidelines below.
  • Students who wish to transfer credits to Rasmussen College must first apply for admission to the College
  • Students must request that official transcripts containing coursework for review be sent directly to Rasmussen College.  It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that all official transcripts have been received by Rasmussen College.
  • As part of the acceptance process, official transcripts will be evaluated for transfer of credit. Students will receive notification regarding the total number of credits accepted for transfer and the equivalent Rasmussen College courses.
  • A student may send copies of transcripts or documents during the initial admissions process for estimation purposes only.  Official transfer credit will not be awarded until official transcripts are received by Rasmussen College.  Any transfer credit conditionally awarded through the use of an unofficial transcript will be rescinded if an official transcript is not received by Rasmussen College prior to the completion of the student’s first quarter, after which the student will be required to complete the necessary credits in order to receive the degree.
  • College-level courses completed at regionally or nationally accredited institutions of higher learning as recognized by the Department of Education and the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) will be considered for college transfer.
  • Students must complete 33% of their program requirements at Rasmussen College, and no more than 67% may be completed via transfer credits, course waivers, credit by examination, or other means.
  • Students in the Medical Assisting, Medical Laboratory Technician, and Associate’s Nursing programs must complete 50% of their program requirements at Rasmussen College, and no more than 50% may be completed via transfer credits, course waivers, credit by examination, or other means.
  • Students eligible and approved for the Surgical Technologist AAS Completer Block Transfer must only complete 33% of their program requirements at Rasmussen College, and no more than 67% may be completed via transfer credits, course waivers, credit by examination, or other means.
  • Rasmussen College awards quarter credits. In considering transfer courses, a semester credit is equivalent to 1.5 quarter credits.  The calculated number is rounded down. Transfer credits based on a different unit of credit than quarters will be subject to conversion prior to being transferred.
  • International transcripts must be evaluated by a NACES approved organization (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services), if the transcript is not in English, to ensure the student’s credit transfer is equivalent to Rasmussen course content.  The evaluation is the student’s responsibility. http://www.naces.org/members.htm
  • Transfer credit is evaluated based on the program in which the student is enrolled.
  • Credits earned at Rasmussen College will be transferred directly from one Rasmussen College campus to another. Only the classes that are applicable to the current program will be posted or calculated.
  • Grade points from institutions other than Rasmussen College will not be computed in the Rasmussen College grade point average, but will be counted as credits attempted and earned for determining Satisfactory Academic Progress. All credits considered to be earned toward program completion, including test-out, transfer, and course waiver credits, are also credits attempted.
  • Courses which have been accepted for transfer will be listed on the student’s transcript with a Transfer (TR) designation.
  • Courses for which a student has received credit by examination will be listed on the student’s transcript with a Test Out (TO) designation.
  • Courses for which a student has received credit through waiver will be listed on the student’s transcript with a Course Waiver (CW) designation.
  • When courses are not accepted for transfer, a student may file an appeal through the following process:
    • The student completes an appeal form. Supplemental information such as a syllabus, course description, or text may be required.
    • The information will be reviewed by the College Registrar.
    • The student will receive written notice of the decision.
  • Students who enter Rasmussen College are required to take the STEP placement exam. If a student tests at a level of remediation in English or Math, the College will not accept transfer of courses with prerequisites that require completion of the Foundations courses or passing the STEP exam. Once the student successfully completes the necessary Foundations courses or passes the placement exams, the College will then post the transfer credit pertaining to the specific course.
  • The following Early Childhood Education externship courses cannot be transferred into the program from another program: ECE170 Early Childhood Education Externship, ECE171 Early Childhood Education Externship II, ECE172 Early Childhood Education Externship III.
Course By Course Transfer
  • Course by course transfer credits from regionally or nationally accredited institutions of higher learning will be evaluated on course content. Most courses that are comparable in content will be accepted.
  • Course must have the minimum number of credits to that of the Rasmussen College course.
  • Only courses completed with a grade of C or higher will be eligible for transfer credit.
  • Grade points from institutions other than Rasmussen College will not be computed in the Rasmussen College grade-point average. Grade-point averages and grades from courses taken at any of the Rasmussen College campuses, which pertain to the current program, will be computed in the student’s final grade-point average.
  • Courses which have been transferred will be listed on the student’s transcript with a (TR) designation.
  • General education credits may be considered for transfer regardless of completion date.
  • Credits in information technology or computer science/computer applications must have been earned within the previous three (3) years of the assessment date.
  • Associate Nursing Program (prefixes of PN/NU and NUR/PRN in Florida) will not accept any core course transfers. For Associate Nursing program only, there is a five (5) year limit on Anatomy & Physiology, Microbiology, Human Biology, and Nutrition courses.
  • Health Sciences core courses as designated by course prefix, have a five (5) year transfer limit.
  • Transfer of credit for Medical Laboratory Technician and Surgical Technologist core courses (ML and ST prefixes) is subject to successful completion of skills validation and program space availability.
  • E 242 Career Development is a course designed to facilitate lifelong career success and the collection of the Graduate Achievement Portfolio. If previous college credits are accepted in transfer for this course, students will be required to communicate with College placement representatives to review their employment status and to submit their Graduate Achievement Portfolio (which is a requirement for graduation).
  • For students in MN who enroll in the Law Enforcement Associate’s, Law Enforcement Academic Certificate, or Law Enforcement Skills Certificate programs, transfer credits for law enforcement specific classes can only be accepted if the incoming course is from a regionally accredited college that is POST Board approved. Students who have credits that are not transferrable are eligible to demonstrate competency by completing the course specific test out, if available.
2+2 Matriculation for Baccalaureate Candidates

For students who have completed an associate’s degree, who enroll in a Rasmussen College bachelor’s degree in a similar program area (i.e., business degrees are required for business, accounting for accounting, criminal justice/law enforcement for criminal justice), they will receive immediate junior-level standing.

  • Rasmussen College AAS/AS graduates will receive actual credits earned up to 95 credits (97 in Illinois).
  • A block of 90 quarter credits for graduates from outside institutions will be awarded.
  • If a student has more AAS/AS credits than the enrolling program requires, then the student may have fewer upper-division courses to take.  The School Director will provide a list of courses for reduction when needed.
  • If the student has taken all of the required upper division courses and is still short credits, the remaining credits will be fulfilled by taking unrestricted electives.
  • Students must complete the required number of total credits in the program to earn a Rasmussen College Bachelor of Science degree.
  • For the Bachelor in Computer Science, the 2 year degree must be in an equivalent computer science field and have a programming course comparable to Programming II and a math course comparable to Calculus II in order to qualify. If those conditions are not met, the 2+2 policy cannot be applied.
  • For the Bachelor in Health Information Management, qualifying associate degrees have to be from a CAHIIM accredited program and earned within the past 5 years. If the degree was obtained over 5 years ago, the student needs to have work experience in the health information industry within the last 5 years and approved by the Program Coordinator.
  • For the Bachelor of Science Healthcare Management program students, credits will be transferred based on the guidelines below:
  • Health Sciences Programs (Medical Assisting AAS, Health Information Technician AAS, Medical Administration AAS, Pharmacy Technician AAS) – Transfer 45 lower level core credits in a block transfer and 32 lower level General Education credits for a total of 77 credits.  In addition, these students will need to take Financial Accounting I, Financial Accounting II, Introduction to Business and Introduction to Human Resource Management in the core.
  • Business Programs:
    • Business Management AAS – Transfer 49 lower level core credits in a block transfer and lower level General Education credits for a total of 81 credits. In addition, these students will need to take Medical Terminology, Medical Office Procedures and Medical Law and Ethics in the core.
    • Accounting AAS – Transfer 44 lower level core credits in a block transfer and lower level General Education credits for a total of 76 credits. In addition, these students will need to take Introduction to Human Resource Management, Medical Terminology, Medical Office Procedures and Medial Law and Ethics in the core.
  • The remaining core content necessary for the Healthcare Management degree will be provided in the 300 and 400 level core courses.
  • For students transferring credits in from the medical field with Medical Assisting or Health Information Technician AA/AAS degrees the degree must have been earned from an institution with programmatic accreditation.
General Education Block Transfer for Baccalaureate Candidates

For students with a conferred degree, general education coursework will be transferred as a block regardless of conferred degree or degree sought through Rasmussen College

  • Conferred associates degrees may be posted as a 32 credit general education block
  • Conferred baccalaureate degrees may be posted as a 56 credit block (32 lower-level, 24 upper-level)
  • All required general education courses must be met due to accreditation requirements
  • For those students without an earned degree, successfully completed general education credits will be applied
Bachelor Completer Block Policy

For students who have successfully earned credits at one or more accredited institutions and do not have a conferred degree OR for students who have a conferred associate’s degree, but not in a similar field as the bachelor’s degree they are enrolled in.

  • Students may transfer up to 121 credits (67% maximum of a Rasmussen College program)
  • Course by Course transfer guidelines apply to required classes
  • Required general education courses must still be met
  • Transfer for upper division courses will be done on a course by course basis
  • Students must meet pre-requisite requirements for upper division coursework
  • Students may transfer up to 41 unrestricted lower division core credits
  • Unless a course has been transferred, a student must take all courses required in the program
  • Illinois students must meet the current general education category breakdown requirements.
  • This policy is not applicable to the Health Information Management BS degree.
RN to Bachelor of Science Nursing (RN to BSN) Policy

For students who have an unencumbered Registered Nurse license and have successfully completed an Associate’s degree in field, they will receive a block transfer of 113 credits.

  • Students will receive a block of 32 lower division general education classes plus a block of 81 lower division core classes.
  • Students who have the RN license alone will receive a block transfer of 81 lower division core credits. The 32 credits of lower division general education will need to be completed, unless transferred in from a college transcript.
  • RN-to-BSN is not available to Wisconsin residents.
Mobility Practical Nursing Block (only applies to Minnesota Catalog)

Students who have successfully completed a practical nursing program and hold a current MN practical nursing license will receive credit in the mobility program for the following courses through block transfer:
– NU115 Comprehensive Pharmacology
– NU120 Adult Medical Surgical Nursing I
– NU125 Clinical Nursing Skills I
– NU100 Critical Thinking in Nursing
– NU205 Human Nutrition

Surgical Technologist AAS Completer Block Policy

For students who have graduated from a CAAHEP or ABHES accredited surgical technology diploma or certificate program and hold the CST (NBSTSA) certification.

Student will receive a total block transfer of 60 credits. Students will receive a block of 4 natural sciences general education credits plus a block of 56 core credits. Students will need to complete 28 general education credits and E242 Career Development.

Credit by Examination
  • Enrolled students may request credit by examination for lower division courses if an exam has been developed. Credit by examination is not offered for upper division courses.
  • An examination score of 83% or higher is required to earn credit by examination
  • The examination grade will be posted as Test-out (TO) on the student transcript
  • Credits earned count in the 67% transfer maximum
  • Credit by Examination will not count as credits for financial-aid eligibility
  • A credit by examination may be taken only once for each course.
  • If a student has already attempted the course, as indicated by a posted W/WD or F/FA grade, no test-out attempt will be allowed.
  • The following are not available for credit by examination:  Program-specific Massage Therapy, Medical Assisting, Medical Laboratory Technician, Surgical Technologist, and Nursing courses, and 200-level Pharmacy Technician courses. In addition, the Healthcare Information Technologies and Pharmacy Software/Automation/Insurance Billing, and Success Strategies, Career Development, practicum, or designated capstone courses are not available for credit by examination.
Course Waivers

Success Strategies Course Waiver

  • Students with a two-year degree or higher from an accredited institution of higher education, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0, qualify for a Success Strategies course waiver.
  • Students who have earned at least 24 semester or 36 quarter credits from an accredited institution of higher learning, regardless of program of study, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0, qualify for a waiver from Success Strategies.
  • The student’s academic transcript will be reviewed, and if the criteria are met, the Success Strategies course requirement will be waived, and the grade will be posted on the student transcript as a Course Waiver (CW).

Medical Coding Practicum Waiver

  • Students with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in their program major courses may request a waiver for the Medical Coding practicum coursework. Students must complete and submit the required paperwork to their Program Coordinator/Director prior to the start of the quarter of the practicum.
  • Students must have a variety of experiences in the necessary medical fields rather than from just one area, and documentation will be required from the student’s employer. The Program Coordinator/Director will inform the Campus Registrar of the result of the evaluation.
  • If the waiver is granted, the grade will be posted on the student transcript as a Course Waiver (CW).

Foundations of Child Development; Curriculum and Instruction; and Health, Safety and Nutrition Waivers

  • Students who have earned a CDA Credential within the past three years, awarded by the National Council of Professional Recognition, and are enrolled in the Early Childhood Education Associate’s degree or Business Management – Child Development Specialization Associate’s degree may request a waiver from Foundations of Child Development; Curriculum and Instruction; and Health, Safety and Nutrition. (applies to MN, WI, IL degree candidates)
  • Students who have earned a Florida Child Care Professional Credential (FCCPC), formerly known as the CDA-Equivalent or who have earned a CDA, awarded by the National Council within the past three years, awarded by The Florida Department of Children and Families, and are enrolled in the Early Childhood Education Associate’s degree or Business Management – Child Development Specialization Associate’s degree may request a waiver from Foundations of Child Development; Early Childhood Education Curriculum and Instruction; and Health, Safety and Nutrition.  (applies to FL degree candidates)
  • The student’s credential will be reviewed, and if the criteria are met, Rasmussen College will waive the course requirements and the grades will be posted on the student transcript as a Course Waiver (CW).

School of Technology Waivers

  • Course waivers will be considered for students who have select professional certifications from the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA); Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS); Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT); or CIW JavaScript certification.
  • Course waivers will be considered for specific courses within the School of Technology related to the certification.
  • Certifications must have been earned within the last three years.
  • The student’s credential will be reviewed, and if the criteria are met, will waive the course requirements and the grades will be posted on the student transcript as a Course Waiver (CW).

School of Health Sciences Waivers

  • Course waivers will be considered for students who have earned the Certified Coding Specialist (CCS or CCS-P) from AHIMA. In addition, an X-ray operator license may also be considered.
  • Certifications must be current.
  • Course waivers will be considered for specific courses related to the certification.
  • The student’s credential will be reviewed, and if the criteria are met, will waive the course requirements and the grades will be posted on the student transcript as a Course Waiver (CW).
College Equivalency Credit

Credits earned through college-equivalency programs will be posted on student transcripts as Test-Out credits (TO) and will not be assigned letter grades or applied to cumulative grade-point average.  Rasmussen College recognizes the following college equivalencies:

  • Advanced Placement (AP) examinations administered by The College Board. A score of 3 or higher required. Applicable to General Education areas only.
  • College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) examinations administered by The College Board. A score of 50 or higher is required. Applicable to General Education areas only.
  • DSST, DANTES, Excelsior College Exams. Passing scores are determined by the individual test requirements. Applicable to General Education areas only.
  • College credit for military service may be awarded upon review of a military transcript.  Rasmussen College follows the American Council of Education (ACE) recommendations on transferring credit.  These credits are usually listed on Sailor/Marine American Council on Education Registry Transcript (SMART), Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) transcript, College Level Examination Program (CLEP) score, Coast Guard Institute (CGI) transcript, Army American Council on Education Registry Transcript System (AARTS) transcript and/or Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) transcript.
  • Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) credits may be earned by going through the Council for Adult Experiential Learning (CAEL).
  • Other types of college-equivalency courses and/or examinations may be evaluated for eligibility by the Campus Registrar.