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 

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.

Forensic Medicine 

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 

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.

Osteopathic Medicine (DO)

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.

 

Pharmacy (PharmD)

PCOM School of Pharmacy does not routinely accept transfer students; however, a transfer application may be considered under extenuating circumstances and depending on availability. No consideration will be given to students who wish to transfer solely to complete their Advanced Pharmacy Practice Experience (APPE) at PCOM. A minimum of two years of study must be completed at PCOM for a student to receive the PharmD degree. Depending on accepted course credit, transferring between pharmacy programs may result in extended time to graduation.

To be considered for transfer admission to PCOM the applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • Is currently or recently enrolled in an ACPE‐accredited College or School of Pharmacy
  • No temporary or permanent suspensions, or involvement in any adverse action as a result of conduct violations or academic dishonesty. Candidates for transfer who meet these requirements must provide:
  • A letter detailing the reason for the transfer request to the PCOM School of Pharmacy
  • Official transcripts and syllabi of all coursework in the College/School of Pharmacy
  • A letter sent directly from the Dean of the College/School of Pharmacy, or designated individual, that the candidate for transfer is in at the College/School of Pharmacy and that the student has not been temporarily or permanently suspended, dismissed, or involved in any adverse action as a result of conduct violations or academic dishonesty.

The Office of the Assistant Dean for Professional and Student Affairs and the Associate Dean for Academics will consider transfer feasibility based on such variables as seat availability, student academic strength, and program‐to‐program curricular match. Transfer students will ONLY be considered for fall term admission.

All requests and supporting documentation for transfers must be submitted to the Associate Dean for Academics by June 15th. A formal interview with the PCOM SOP Admissions Committee will be required. A final decision on transfer requests will be determined by the Dean or designee. If a student is accepted for transfer, PCOM reserves the right to require a financial deposit to hold the seat.

Advanced Standing and Transfer Credit

For transfer students, PCOM will consider accepting credit for coursework completed at ACPE accredited colleges/schools of pharmacy accepted transfer candidates seeking advance standing. PCOM will evaluate all completed courses for the purpose of course credit, if applicable. PCOM does not guarantee the acceptance of any academic credit completed at a different School/College of Pharmacy towards the curricular requirements of the PCOM PharmD program.

Physical Therapy (DPT)

The Department of Physical Therapy does not routinely accept transfer students; however, a transfer application may be considered under extenuating circumstances and depending on the availability of places within the class. In order to be considered, a prospective student must provide documentation of the circumstances necessitating the transfer and must be in good standing in a CAPTE-accredited program of physical therapy. The applicant must be able to demonstrate equivalency of courses undertaken with courses within the Doctor of Physical Therapy curriculum. Credit will only be granted for courses that “match” courses within the DPT curriculum and for which a grade of B or higher was achieved. A minimum of two years must be completed at PCOM for a student to be eligible to receive the DPT degree.

Physician Assistant Studies 

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)

Clinical Psychology (PsyD) Program

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.

School Psychology (PsyD) Program

A school psychology program candidate who currently holds a graduate degree in psychology or a related field may be eligible to have up to 30 credits or graduate work transferred towards the PsyD degree program. Eligibility for course transfer is as follows:

  • Each course must have been taken in an APA-accredited or NASP-approved program within a 7 year period.
  • A grade of “B” or better is required for each course.
  • A syllabus for each course must be submitted for Program Director review.
  • At least 2 graded assignments (per course) must be submitted for Program Director review.

OR

  • An exam may be completed to demonstrate content knowledge.

It is the discretion of the program director as to which courses can be transferred based on the above criteria.

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.