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
  • 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 and unofficial 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. Any transfer credit conditionally awarded through the use of an unofficial transcript will be rescinded if an official transcript is not received by Rasmussen College prior to the completion of the student’s first quarter, after which the student will be required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), or recognized by the American Council on Education, 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, except as noted below.
    1. Students in the Medical Assisting, Medical Laboratory Technician, and Surgical Technologist programs must complete at least 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, with the exception of “block transfer” candidates for the Surgical Technologist and Medical Assisting Associate’s degree programs.
    2. Students in the Professional Nursing Associate’s degree program must complete at least 45% of their program requirements at Rasmussen College, and no more than 55% may be completed via transfer credits, course waivers, credit by examination, or other means.
    3. Students eligible and approved for the Surgical Technologist Associate’s Degree Completer Block Transfer 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.
    4. Students in the Nursing Bachelor’s degree program must complete at least 25% of their program requirements at Rasmussen College, and no more than 75% 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) or by AACRAO International Education Services (IES) to ensure the student’s credit transfer is equivalent to Rasmussen course content. The evaluation is the student’s responsibility.
  • Transfer credit is evaluated based on the program in which the student is applying for or is currently enrolled in.
  • 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. Transfer credits which have been conditionally accepted, pending the receipt of an official transcript, will be listed with a Pending Transfer (PT) designation. Any pending transfer credits still remaining at the end of the student’s program will be removed and the student will be required to complete the program requirements in order to graduate.
  • 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:
    1. The student completes an appeal form. Supplemental information such as a syllabus, course description, or text may be required.
    2. The information will be reviewed by the Associate College Registrars.
    3. The student will receive written notice of the decision
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, or a grade of Pass (in a Pass/Fail grading system), 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.
  • General education credits may be considered for transfer regardless of completion date.
  • Credits in Major and Core Courses in the School of Technology must have been earned within the previous three (3) years of the assessment date. Prefixes included in Florida and Kansas: CAP, CDA, CEN, CET, CGS, CIS, COP, COT, CNT, CTS, DIG, GRA, ISM, MAA, and MTB. Prefixes included in Illinois, Minnesota, North Dakota, Wisconsin: N, SD and W. This excludes the following courses, which do not have expirations:
    1. Computer Applications and Business Systems Concepts
    2. Excel
  • Credits in Major and Core Courses in the School of Design must have been earned within the previous five (5) years and specialization courses within the previous three (3) years of the assessment date, excluding Drawing from Observation and Figure Drawing courses, which do not expire.
  • Nursing Programs will not accept any core course transfers (prefixes NUR/PRN in Florida; prefixes PN/NU/NUR in Illinois, Minnesota and Wisconsin).
  • Health Sciences core courses as designated by course prefix (except for the Medical Terminology course) have a five year transfer limit.
  • The following courses in the Medical Assisting Program are not transferable; MEA 1102 Introduction to Medical Assisting, MEA 1206 Clinical Skills I, MEA 1207 Clinical Skills II, MEA 2267 Laboratory Skills, MEA 2810 Medical Assisting Externship, and MEA 2820 Medical Assisting Capstone.
  • Transfer of credit for Medical Laboratory Technician and Surgical Technologist core courses (ML and ST prefixes) has a one (1) year limit. Students who have completed similar course work that exceeds the one (1) year limit can test-out of the course with a 73% or greater score on a course assessment. All transfers or test-outs into the Medical Laboratory Technician and Surgical Technology programs are based on program space availability.
  • Externship, Internship, Practicum and Reflection Courses cannot be transferred in from another institution of higher learning.
  • Seminar Courses cannot be transferred in from another institution of higher learning.
  • 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 (J or LE prefixes) 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 transferable are eligible to demonstrate competency by completing the course specific test out, if available.
Competency Course Transfer Policy
  • Credit for successfully completed competency courses at Rasmussen College will appear as a credit by examination (TO) grade on a transcript. Competency course credits awarded through credit by examination (TO) may not be transferable to another institution.
  • Credit for successfully completed competency courses that have been approved by the American Council on Education (ACE) will appear as a transfer of credit (TR) on a transcript.
  • The decision to accept transfer credits is always at the discretion of the receiving institution.
  • Credits earned through competency courses count toward the transfer maximum. Credits earned through competency courses will count toward earned credits.
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 up to 91 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. This applies only to the Business Management BS degree.
  • 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 two 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 five years. If the degree was obtained over five years ago, the student needs to have work experience in the health information industry within the last five years and be approved by the Program Coordinator. The student may also enroll if he/she has an RHIT credential and an earned Associate degree in any field. If so, the student needs to submit his/her AHIMA membership card, showing it as current.
  • For Bachelor of Science Healthcare Management program students, credits will be transferred based on the guidelines below:

    1) Health Sciences Programs (including Medical Assisting AAS/AS, Health Information Technician AAS/AS, Medical Administration AAS/AS, Pharmacy Technician AAS/AS) – Transfer 45 lower level core credits in a block transfer and 32 lower level General Education credits (34 in Illinois) for a total of 73 credits (75 in Illinois). 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.

    2) Business Programs:

    a) Business Management AAS/AS – Transfer 49 lower level core credits in a block transfer and 32 lower level General Education credits (34 in Illinois) for a total of 81 credits (83 in Illinois). In addition, these students will need to take Medical Terminology, Electronic Health Records and Medical Office Procedures.
    b) Accounting AAS/AS – Transfer 44 lower level core credits in a block transfer and 32 lower level General Education credits (34 in Illinois) for a total of 76 credits (78 in Illinois). In addition, these students will need to take Introduction to Human Resource Management, Medical Terminology, Electronic Health Records and Medical Office Procedures.

    3) The remaining core content necessary for the Healthcare Management degree will be provided in the 300 and 400 level core courses.

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.
  • All required general education courses must be met due to accreditation requirements.
  • Conferred Associate’s degrees may be posted as a block of up to 40-credits (up to 42-credits in Illinois), depending upon the Program
  • Conferred Baccalaureate degrees may be posted as a block of up to 64-credit block (up to 66-credit block in Illinois), depending upon the program, comprised of up to 40 lower-level and 24 upper-level credits (up to 42 lower-level and 24 upper-level credits in Illinois).
  • For those students without an earned degree, successfully completed general education credits will be applied.
Medical Assisting Associate’s Degree Completer Block Transfer Policy

A block transfer of 51 core credits may be allowed into the Medical Assistant Associate’s Degree program if one of the following criteria is met:

1. Graduated from a CAAHEP or ABHES accredited MA diploma or certificate program within the past 3 years and holds a current CMA (AAMA)/ RMA (AMT) certification; or

2. Graduated over 3 years ago from a CAAHEP or ABHES accredited MA diploma or certificate program, but has worked as an MA within for the past 3 years and holds a current CMA (AAMA)/RMA (AMT) certification.

Students may seek a course-by-course transfer credits or course waiver for MA250/MEA 2290 (Radiography Skills) only if they have a limited scope x-ray operators certificate. Students will need to complete 32 general education credits and E242 (Career Development), unless transferred in.

When applying this policy, the transfer maximum is 67%.

Rasmussen College Medical Assisting Diploma graduates will receive actual credits earned in their program up to a maximum. The maximum equals the credit value of the current Diploma program.

Block Transfer for Health Sciences Associate’s Degree

For students who have completed a healthcare Certificate or Diploma in the last five years and enroll into the Health Sciences Associate’s Degree program, a total block transfer of 19 major/core credits may be posted.

For students who have completed a Diploma or Associate’s Degree in Medical Assisting in the last five years and enroll in the Health Sciences Associate’s Degree program Phlebotomy Track, a total block transfer of 25 major/core credits may be posted.

For students who have completed a Diploma or Associate’s Degree in Medical Assisting in the last five years and enroll into the Health Sciences Associate’s Degree program EKG Technician Track, a total block transfer of 26 major/core credits may be posted.

RN to Bachelor of Science Nursing (RN to BSN) Policy
Students who have met the acceptance for admissions requirements and hold a current unencumbered Registered Nurse license and have successfully completed an Associate’s degree in Nursing will receive a block transfer, equivalent to 113 credits for their general education, nursing core and licensure.
Students who have met the acceptance for admissions requirements and hold a current unencumbered RN license without an Associate’s Degree will receive 66 credits for their nursing core and licensure. These students will need to have previously completed 19 transferrable course credits comparable to Introduction to Human Biology, Introduction to Microbiology, Human Anatomy & Physiology I and Human Anatomy & Physiology II to enroll in this program, as Rasmussen does not offer these courses online. The remaining 28 credits of lower division General Education, if not transferred in from a previous college transcript, will need to be completed.
  • Upper division core classes are not transferable.
  • Upper division General Education coursework is transferable and follows the standard Course by Course Transfer Policy.
  • The total percentage of credits that may be transferred into the program is 75%.
Credit by Examination (for non-Competency Courses)
  • Enrolled students may request credit by examination for courses if an exam has been developed.
  • Students seeking to utilize a Microbiology credit by examination must provide transcripts indicating they have successfully passed with a C grade or higher from an accredited institution a Microbiology course of a minimum four quarter credits which contains both a didactic component and lab. Qualified students who score 73% or higher on the credit by examination will earn a Microbiology “TO” on their Rasmussen College transcript.
  • An examination score of 73% 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 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/WP or F/FA/FD grade, no test-out attempt will be allowed.
  • Credits awarded through credit by examination (TO) may not be transferable to another institution.
  • Contact your Student Advisor for a list of available challenge exams.
Course Waivers
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 Manager of Student Records 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) once the course waiver form is signed.

School of Education Waivers

  • Students who have a current and valid CDA Credential, awarded by the Council for Professional Recognition, and are enrolled in the Early Childhood Education Associate’s degree, Early Childhood Education Diploma, or Early Childhood Education Certificate may request a waiver from Foundations of Child Development; Early Childhood Education Curriculum and Instruction; and Health, Safety and Nutrition/CDA Application.
  • 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) once the course waiver request form is signed.

School of Justice Studies Waivers

  • Course waivers will be considered for students who have select professional certifications from recognized state police/corrections academies.
  • Course waivers will be considered for specific courses within the School of Justices Studies related to the certification.
  • No time limit for earning certifications.
  • The student’s credential will be reviewed, and if the criteria are met, the course requirements will be waived and the grades will be posted on the student’s transcript as a Course Waiver (CW) once the course waiver request form is signed.
  • Course waivers will be considered for students who have attended and successfully completed the following courses offered through the MN BCA Criminal Justice Training and Education Program (BCA-CJTE). Student must present evidence of their attendance by submitting a course certificate of completion.
    1. Basic Narcotics
    2. BCA Crime Scene Course
    3. Crime Prevention Practitioner Course
    4. Financial Investigation Techniques Course
    5. Forensic Science Partners Course
    6. Leadership in Police Organizations Course
    7. Southern Police Institute Homicide Course
    Similar courses will be considered upon request. A review of the content against the syllabus of the course for which transfer is requested will be assessed, awarding of a waiver is at the sole discretion of the Dean of the School of Justice Studies. Sufficient time must be allowed for an appropriate review, the student will be required to submit the syllabus of the course, the hours required, and evidence of completion of the course.

School of Business Waivers
Course waivers will be considered for students who have select professional certifications from the HR Certification Institute™ for the distinction of Professional in Human Resources (PHR) or for the distinction of Senior Professional in Human Resource Management (SPHR)

  • Course waivers will be considered for specific courses within the School of Business related to the certification and the program of enrollment.
  • Certifications must be current.
  • The student’s credential will be reviewed, and if the criteria are met, the course requirements will be waived and the grades will be posted on the student’s transcript as a Course Waiver (CW) once the course waiver request form is signed.
  • Students presenting evidence of certification by the HR Certification Institute for the distinction of PHR will be awarded the following credit as Course Waiver (CW):
    1. Introduction to Human Resource Management
    2. Employment Law
    3. Modern Human Resource Management
    4. Workforce and Labor Relations Management
  • Students presenting evidence of certification by the HR Certification Institute for the distinction of SPHR will be awarded the following credit as Course Waiver (CW):
    1. Introduction to Human Resource Management
    2. Employment Law
    3. Modern Human Resource Management
    4. Workforce and Labor Relations Management
    5. Strategic Human resource Management

School of Technology Waivers

  • Course Waivers will be considered for students who have select professional certifications from the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA); Microsoft; Cisco; (ISC)²; Apple; VMWare; EMC²; Oracle ; C++ Institute.
  • 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 or are current through renewal.
  • Contact your Student Advisor for a list of available challenge exams
  • The student’s credential will be reviewed, and if the criteria are met, the course requirements will be waived and the grades will be posted on the student’s transcript as a Course Waiver (CW) once the course waiver request form is signed.

School of Design Waivers

  • Course Waivers will be considered for students who have select professional certifications from Adobe (Certified Associate or Certified Expert) and Autodesk.
  • Course Waivers will be considered for specific courses within the School of Design related to the certification.
  • Certifications must have been earned within the last three years or are current through renewal.
  • The student’s credential will be reviewed, and if the criteria are met, the course requirements will be waived and the grades will be posted on the student’s transcript as a Course Waiver (CW) once the course waiver request form is signed.

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) once the course waiver request form is signed.

School of Nursing Waivers

  • Students who enroll in the Professional Nursing AS program and have a practical nursing license that is current and unencumbered on the date their program starts at Rasmussen College, may request a waiver from NU117/NUR1172 Nutritional Principles in Nursing and NU203/NUR2034C Fundamentals of Professional Nursing.
  • The student’s license status, as recorded on the state’s licensing website 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 Course Waiver (CW) once the course waiver request form is signed.
  • This does not apply to the Illinois Professional Nursing AAS program.

Fire Science Waivers
The following coursework is available only at the Romeoville Fire Science Academy* location, and will not be offered through Rasmussen College:
Fire Officer I Certificate

  • FS290 Fire Service Instructor I
  • FS180 Strategy & Tactics I
  • FS115 Fire Prevention
  • FS250 Management I: Fire Department Leadership I
  • FS 255 Management II: Fire Department Leadership II
Fire Officer II Certificate
  • FS295 Instructor II
  • FS205 Strategy & Tactics II
  • FS280 Management III
  • FS285 Management IV

These courses are offered through the Romeoville Fire Academy in partnership with Rasmussen College. These courses will be billed at a rate of $325 per course by the Romeoville Fire Academy and are not eligible for Financial Aid through Rasmussen College. The student’s credential for each Certificate 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’s transcript as a Course Waiver (CW). Students who fail to submit the evidence of the successfully completed Fire Officer 1 & Fire Officer II certifications will be dropped from the program.

*Alternatively, a student may present original Fire Officer 1 and/or Fire Officer II certification from an Illinois Office of the State Fire Marshall authorized agency and may be granted a Course Waiver for the corresponding Rasmussen coursework.
Students eligible and approved for the Fire Science AAS Degree must complete at least 33% of their program at Rasmussen College, and no more than 67% may be completed via transfer credits, course waivers, credit by examination or other means.

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.
  • College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) examinations administered by The College Board. A score of 50 or higher is required for computer-based testing since 2/15/2003. For paper-based exams taken prior to 2/15/2003, the CLEP ACE recommended score will be used.
  • DSST, DANTES, Excelsior College Exams. Passing scores are determined by the individual test requirements.
    Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) credits may be earned by going through the PLA process as established through The Council for Adult Experiential Learning (CAEL).
  • Other types of college equivalency courses and/or examinations may be evaluated for eligibility by the Associate College Registrars.
Military Experience Equivalency Credit
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. ACE military credits recommendations which have been accepted for transfer will be listed on the student’s transcript with a Transfer (TR) designation.
Transfer to Other Colleges
Rasmussen College does not imply or guarantee that credits completed at Rasmussen College will be accepted or transferable to any other college, university, or institution. Graduates or students who would like to transfer credits earned at Rasmussen College to another school should understand that the decision to accept transfer credits is always at the discretion of the receiving institution. Please see the Manager of Student Records with questions about transfer to other colleges.
Transcripts
Transcripts for graduates and students who have completed their course of study are provided without charge; however a fee of $5.00 is charged for all other transcripts. The institution reserves the right to withhold official academic transcripts from students under certain circumstances such as having an outstanding financial obligation to the College.