HEOA DISCLOSURES

Transfer of Credits Policy

The acceptance of transfer credit varies by program and is subject to approval. Please review the individual program policies below for details.

Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program

Students may be able to obtain credit for comparable academic work completed at other accredited institutions of higher education. Up to six (6) credits may be transferred; all credits must have been earned with a grade of B or better.

All decisions regarding such advanced standing are made on a case by case basis by the Program Director and the Vice President for Graduate Programs and Planning.

Counseling and Clinical Health Psychology

A maximum of six (6) credits for graduate courses taken at accredited colleges within the last five years may be applied toward the MS program credit requirements pending approval from the Program Director.

Students must submit course syllabi, instructor credentials, textbooks used, and official transcripts to the Program Director when applying for transfer credit. Only classes for which the student received a grade of ‘B’ (3.0) or better will be considered for credit transfer.

The acceptance of transferred credits is subject to the approval of the Program Director.

Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine Program

PCOM does not routinely accept transfer students; however, a transfer application may be considered under extenuating circumstances and depending on places available in the class. Consideration will be given only to a student who is in good standing at an AOA-accredited college of osteopathic medicine or who is eligible for re-admission to the previously attended college of osteopathic medicine.

The initial request for transfer must originate from the dean of the college or university from which the student wishes to transfer and must be directed to the dean of the PCOM campus to which he or she is applying.

Application materials must be submitted and a formal interview with the Faculty Committee on
Admissions will be required. If accepted, a transfer student will be given credit for courses successfully passed at the previous college that meet PCOM’s curriculum requirements.

Forensic Medicine Program

In the Department of Pathology, Microbiology, Immunology and Forensic Medicine students may be able to obtain advanced placement based upon transfer of credits for academic work completed at other institutions of higher learning up to six (6) graduate credits with a letter grade of “B” or better.

Decisions regarding such advanced standing are made on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the Department Chair and the Medical Director and/or Forensic Medicine Director.

Organizational Development and Leadership Program

A maximum of six (6) credits for graduate course study completed at an accredited institution or in an accredited program within the past five (5) years may be applied toward the ODL degree requirements.

Written approval from the Program Director is required for acceptance of non-ODL graduate credits in meeting degree requirements. Students requesting credit transfer must submit to the Program Director a copy of the course syllabus and the official transcript of each course completed.

Academic course grades of at least ‘B’ (3.0) or ‘pass’ are the minimum level of acceptance. In most cases, transferred graduate credits will be used to meet elective course requirements.

Pharmacy (PharmD)

The PCOM School of Pharmacy does not routinely accept transfer students; however, a transfer application may be considered under extenuating circumstances and depending on places available in the class. Consideration will be given only to a student who is in good standing at an ACPE-accredited college or school of pharmacy who is eligible for re-admission to the previously attended college or school.

The initial request for transfer must originate from the dean of the college or school of pharmacy from which the student wishes to transfer and must be directed to the dean of the PCOM School of Pharmacy. Application materials must be submitted and a formal interview with the admissions committee will be required.

If accepted, a transfer student will be given credit for courses successfully passed at the previous college that meet PCOM’s curriculum requirements. A minimum of two years must be completed at PCOM for a student to be eligible to receive the PharmD degree.

Physician Assistant Studies Program

The Physician Assistant Studies program does not offer advanced placement based upon transfer of credits for academic work completed at other institutions of higher learning or upon credit for experiential learning. Applications are not accepted from graduates of medical schools.

Psychology Programs (PsyD)

The PsyD in Clinical Psychology program does not accept transfer credits. Students who have taken a required course prior to matriculation or who believe that through study and experience they have mastered the requisite knowledge may request to waive a required course.

The waiver should be discussed with the Program Director, and the student should request the course syllabus and reading list from the course instructor. The “Request for Course Waiver” form must be submitted to the Director of the PsyD program and must give the reason for the request for a waiver at least two weeks prior to the start of the course in discussion.

The Director will determine whether the student is permitted to take a waiver exam. The waiver examination will be graded as “Waiver” or “No Waiver” by the Director of the Psy.D. program and one other faculty member. Only one exemption examination may be taken per course. There is no penalty for not receiving a waiver. Students may waive a maximum of two courses.

Being exempt from/waiving a required course does not lessen the number of credits a student must take, but rather allows the student to take elective courses in place of the waived courses.

Given that the students in the PsyD Program in School Psychology are already trained at the EdS or Certification level, all students will be able to transfer credits from their EdS or Certification training into the Psy.D. program. Students will transfer a minimum of 48 credits, with no more that 12 of those credits being field experience. When transferring credits, it is important to assess previous training according to the NASP practice and training domains in order to identify any deficits in current competencies.

To accomplish this, all PsyD students must complete the Transfer Course Documentation Form. This form will be completed by each student and then reviewed and approved by his or her faculty advisor. In cases where students have not had specific coursework in each domain, they are asked to attach to the Transfer Course Documentation Form a narrative describing how they achieved competence in the specific area or to remediate by taking the needed course(s).

School Psychology Programs (MS and EdS)

A maximum of six (6) credits for graduate courses taken at accredited colleges within the last five years may be applied toward the MS program credit requirements pending approval from the Program Director.

Students must submit course syllabi, instructor credentials, textbooks used, and official transcripts to the Program Director when applying for transfer credit. Only graduate-level courses for which the student received a grade of ‘B’ (3.0) or better will be considered for credit transfer.

The acceptance of transferred credits will be subject to the approval of the Program Director. While the student may be exempt from taking a minimum of two courses, he/she is still responsible for the material when taking comprehensive finals/exams.