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Transfer Credit | Determination of Course Equivalencies | Credit by Examination | Prior Learning Assessment

Transfer Credit

Westminster College participates with the state of Utah State Transfer Articulation Committee and has established well over 72,000 course equivalencies from Utah schools and schools around the country. Transfer evaluations are processed in the Registrar’s Office within 48 hours of the receipt of most college transcripts.

Criteria for the Acceptance of Transfer Credit

Westminster College awards transfer credit for coursework that meets the following criteria:

  • The transfer institution is regionally accredited*
  • The credit awarded is for non-remedial coursework taken in general academic areas that are part of the Westminster curriculum. Transfer decisions can be appealed following the process outlined below;
  • The credit awarded is for coursework with grades of C- or better. Marks of credit (CR) or pass (P) are not accepted unless verified as equivalent to a C- or above. (Except physical education classes which are offered only for grades of CR or P.)

A maximum of 72 credit hours may be awarded from two-year institutions  and it is not possible to earn upper division hours from a two-year institution. A maximum of 88 credit hours transferred from all collegiate institutions (two-year and four-year) and external credit (i.e. CLEP, AP, or other credit earned by external means) may be applied toward meeting the total number of hours required for graduation.

Courses transferred from other academic institutions count for credit hours and requirements only; grades from transfer course work are not calculated into the Westminster College GPA.

*Note:  Westminster College will accept transfer credit from a nationally accredited institution when:

  • Westminster has put in place a formally approved articulation agreement targeted towards a specific Westminster academic program. Students who are admitted to one of these programs and who later change to a different academic program are subject to a revision of transfer credit.
  • The nationally accredited institution holds additional accreditations in the relevant academic discipline. For the RN to BS program, the following guidelines apply:
    1. The transferring nationally-accredited institution must be accredited by one or more of the following accrediting bodies recognized by the Department of Education:
      • Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES)
      • Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC)
      • Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS)
      • Council on Occupational Education (COE)
    2. The transferring nationally-accredited institution must also be accredited by a national Nursing Accreditation body (ACEN, CCNE, or COA). The transferring institution’s board scores and pass rates will be taken into consideration at the time of Admissions and reviewed yearly.
    3. The transferring nationally-accredited institution must be in good standing with all accrediting agencies at the time of Admissions for transfer credit to be approved.
    4. All incoming applicants must have successfully passed the NCLEX examination.

Information about qualifying schools may be obtained from our Admissions Office.

Transfer Credit Appeal

Westminster makes every effort to award transfer credit that is relevant to a student’s anticipated major, fits within our general academic areas, and does not artificially inflate completed hours in a way that might jeopardize a student’s ability to be eligible for continued financial aid.  However, it is not always possible to determine the nature of a class from just a course title on the transcript and often, more information is required to determine Westminster equivalencies.  Any student that wishes to appeal a transfer decision may proceed as follows:

  • Review your transfer evaluation thoroughly with your transfer advisor in the Start Center.
  • Provide a syllabus to your transfer advisor for any course in question.
  • The Start center advisors will forward your syllabus to the Transfer Coordinator and the Dean of the Appropriate School for a review.
  • You will receive written confirmation regarding any transfer decision either with an adjusted Transfer Evaluation award or a letter outlining any decision to deny your appeal.

A change in intended major may necessitate a revision of transfer credit if particular courses were eliminated as part of our initial screening for course work applicable to your stated major.  Transfer students are advised to meet with faculty advisors in their major as soon as possible to resolve any remaining transfer issues.

International Transfer Credit

All international transcripts are evaluated by external services such as Academic Credentials Evaluation Institution (ACEI) or World Education Services (WES), which determines the level of coursework taken and the semester hour and grade equivalents.  Only coursework that is determined to be equivalent to college-level academic work that meets the criteria noted above will be considered for transfer.  A thirteenth year of high school study from a non-U.S. institution may be considered for transfer credit.  Consideration for awarding transfer credit for coursework taken during the thirteenth year of high school will be based on the country and institution of study, rigor of coursework, grades earned in coursework, and based on the results of the external evaluation.  Equivalencies to Westminster courses will be determined as outlined below.  Transfer acceptance of hours from international institutions does not guarantee fulfillment of like courses in majors and minors at Westminster unless approved by the faculty.

Determination of Course Equivalencies

Transfer courses fulfill course requirements on a course-by-course basis when the transfer courses are deemed equivalent to the corresponding Westminster courses. The Transfer Coordinator makes this determination in accordance with guidelines established by faculty.

Major and Minor Requirements

An advisor in the major or minor program of study determines whether transfer credit fulfills specific requirements in the major or minor. A student who receives elective transfer credit for a course may not necessarily be able to apply that course to the major or minor. In addition, some programs have minimum grade requirements.

Transfer Credit and Prerequisite Knowledge

Although the college accepts transfer credit for courses with a C- grade or higher, individual programs may require verification of prerequisite knowledge and may require students to repeat coursework.

Upper Division Transfer Credit

By definition, it is not possible to earn upper division credit from a two-year institution. In certain cases, lower division coursework will be accepted as meeting upper division program requirements; however, these hours will not count toward the 30 upper division hours required for graduation.

Converting Quarter Credit Hours to Semester Credit Hours

A quarter hour is equal to two-thirds of a semester hour, so one quarter hour transfers as 0.67 credit hours. Students transferring from institutions using the quarter system do not lose credit, because semesters are longer than quarters.

Quarter Hours and Westminster Hours Requirements

To be accepted as meeting Westminster College requirements, courses must not only have equivalent academic content, they must also equal at least two-thirds of the Westminster required hours, e.g., a language class must be 2.68 credit hours or more.

Waiver of WCore Requirements

Associate Degrees–Utah Out-of-State Institutions and Letters of Completion (Utah Schools Only)

Students who have Associate of Arts (A.A.) or Associate of Science (A.S.) degrees from regionally accredited institutions or have official letters verifying completion of liberal education requirements from a Utah institution are considered to have completed WCore Explorations and Seminar requirements.

Students who have Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) degrees are not eligible for waivers.

Students should note that certain WCore courses also serve as prerequisites or are required courses in their academic programs and would not be waived, even if a previous A.A. or A.S. degree has been attained. All students are advised to check the catalog for individual program requirements.

Credit by Examination

Students may earn a maximum of 40 credit hours under credit by examination programs: Advanced Placement (AP), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), Challenge Examinations, Nursing Examinations, and International Baccalaureate. Credit by examination is not counted as in-residence credit.

Advanced Placement

Advanced Placement (AP) examinations in most subjects cover a full-year college course equivalent to eight credit hours. Some subject areas such as Computer Science A, Economics (Macro and Micro), Environmental Science, Comparative Government and Politics, U.S. Government and Politics, Physics C, Psychology, Statistics, and Human Geography, are equivalent to one semester of college-level coursework and are awarded credit based on the credit hours for the equivalent course at Westminster.

A score of 3 is the minimum score accepted by the college; however, individual departments may require a minimum score of 4 to award credit for the equivalent course. Individual departments determine how they will apply AP credits toward specific major or minor requirements. Students may receive a maximum of 40 hours of Advanced Placement credit. Listed below are the AP tests that fulfill Westminster courses or elective credits and the required scores.

TITLE MINIMUM SCORE EQUIVALENCY CREDIT
ART- GENERAL 3 ELEC*100T 6
ART- DRAWING 3 ELEC*100T 3
ART- 3D DESIGN 3 ELEC*100T 6
ART- 2D DESIGN 3 ELEC*100T 6
ART HISTORY 3 ELEC*100T 3
BIOLOGY 4 BIOL*100T 2
CALCULUS AB 4 MATH*201 4
CALCULUS BC 4 MATH*201

MATH*202

4
4
CHEMISTRY 3 CHEM*100T 6
CHEMISTRY 4 CHEM*111

CHEM*100T

4
2
CHINESE LANG/CULTURE 3 CHIN*110

LANG*100T

4
2
COMPUTER SCIENCE PRINCIPLES* 3 ELEC*100T 3
COMPUTER SCIENCE A* 5 CMPT*201 4
ECONOMICS: MACRO* 4 ECON*253 3
ECONOMICS: MICRO* 4 ECON*263 3
ENGLISH LANGUAGE/COMP 4 ENGL*100T 4
ENGLISH LITERATURE/COMP 4 ENGL*100T 4
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE* 3 BIOL*100T 3
EUROPEAN HISTORY 3 ELEC*100T

HIST*100T

3
3
FRENCH LANGUAGE 3 FREN*110

FREN*100T

4
2
FRENCH LITERATURE 3 FREN*100T 6
GERMAN LANGUAGE 3 LANG*100T 6
GOVT & POL: COMPARATIVE* 3 ELEC*100T 4
GOVT & POL: U.S.* 3 PLSC*121 4
HUMAN GEOGRAPHY* 3 ELEC*100T 3
LATIN 3 LATN*110

LANG*100T

4
2
LATIN: LITERATURE 3 LATN*110

LANG*100T

4
2
MUSIC THEORY 3 MUSC*171 3
MUSIC THEORY 4 MUSC*171

MUSC*271

3

3

PHYSICS 3 ELEC*100T

PHYS*100T

4

2

PHYSICS C- E & M 3 ELEC*100T 4
PHYSICS C- MECH 3 ELEC*100T 4
PHYSICS C- MECH 5 PHYS 211 4
PSYCHOLOGY* 4 PSYC*100T 4
SPANISH LANGUAGE 3 SPAN*110

SPAN*100T

4
2
SPANISH LITERATURE 3 SPAN*100T 6
STATISTICS* 4 MATH*100T 4
STUDIO ART 3 ELEC*100T 6
U.S. HISTORY 3 ELEC*100T

HIST*100T

3

3

WORLD HISTORY 3 ELEC*100T

HIST*100T

3

3

*Designates AP examinations equivalent to only one semester of college-level work.

**Part of Major. For application of World Language AP credit, please refer to the information description given under the Spanish Program of this Catalog, section entitled Additional Academic Requirements and Procedure for the Spanish Program (“Advanced Placement (AP) Credit”).

For a complete listing of the AP examinations, the required scores, and equivalent courses at Westminster, contact the START Center or the Registrar’s Office.

Art exams: While we do not offer ART credit for AP coursework, students may petition to enroll in intermediate sections of ART courses through a portfolio submission sent to the Art Department chair. Portfolios should consist of 8 original artworks (preferable) or 8 high quality images on CD (1024×768 pixels minimum), along with an image list that includes your current contact information, and the titles, dimensions, media, and dates of your work.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

CLEP is a national program of examination to evaluate, confirm, and assess the academic achievement of individuals who have reached a college level of education through either traditional or non-traditional means of study. Credit is not awarded if duplicated by previous coursework.

Important Note: The College Level Examination Program prohibits candidates from repeating a CLEP exam of the same title within six months. Scores of exams repeated earlier than six months will be cancelled and test fees forfeited.

CLEP Candidates are Awarded Credit as Follows:

For CLEP exams taken since June 2001, a minimum score of 50 is required. For more information about CLEP, contact the START Center at 801.832.2280.

CLEP Subject Examination Westminster Equivalent
American Government PLSC 121
American Literature ENGL 100T
American History II ELEC 100T
Analyzing and Interpreting Literature ENGL 100T
Calculus MATH 201 and 202
College Algebra MATH 141
College Composition ELEC 100T
College Composition Modular ELEC 100T
College Mathematics ELEC 100T
English Literature ENGL 100T
Financial Accounting ACCT 213
General Biology ELEC 100T
General Chemistry CHEM 111 and 112
History of the United States I ELEC 100T
History of the United States II ELEC 100T
Human Growth and Development ELEC 100T
Humanities ELEC 100T
Introduction to Educational Psychology ELEC 100T
Introductory Psychology PSYC 100T
Introductory Sociology ELEC 100T
Natural Sciences ELEC 100T
Precalculus MATH 143
Principles of Macroeconomics ECON 253
Principles of Management MGMT 305
Principles of Marketing MKTG 300
Principles of Microeconomics ECON 263
Social Sciences and History ELEC 100T
Western Civilization I ELEC 100T
Western Civilization II ELEC 100T

World Language Testing Options at Westminster College

Westminster College awards academic credit to students who demonstrate proficiency in world languages via two testing options: CLEP and FLATS.

Both types of tests are administered on a computer in the Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business (BVGSB) Testing Center located in lower level of Gore in B14, and must be pre- approved by the Registrar’s Office and pre-scheduled through the testing center.

CLEP Exams FLATS Exams
Fee: $100 ($80 to register; $20 to take test) Fee: $100 ($50 to register; $50 to take test)
Length of exam: 2 hours Length of exam: 2.5 hours
Results delivered immediately to the student
upon completion of the exam. Official score reports mailed within 2-3 weeks to the college.
Results mailed within 1-6 weeks to the student
and the college.
Languages tested:
French
German
Spanish
Languages tested:
Albanian
Arabic
Armenian
Bulgarian
Cambodian
Cantonese
Cebuano
Croatian
Czech Danish
Dutch
Estonian
Fijian
Finnish
French
German
Greek
Haitian
Creole
Hmong
Icelandic
Ilonggo/Hiligaynon
Indonesian
Italian
Japanese
Korean
Latvian
Lithuanian
Malagasy
Malay
Mandarin
Norwegian
Polish
Portuguese-Brazilian Portuguese-Continental Romanian
Russian
Samoan
Serbian
Spanish
Swedish
Tagalog
Tahitian
Thai
Tongan
Ukrainian
Vietnamese
Re-testing options: Students who fail the exam
must wait at least six months in order to re-take another CLEP exam. May take FLATS exam immediately following a failed CLEP exam.
Re-testing options: Students who fail the exam
must wait at least six months in order to re-take another FLATS exam. May take CLEP exam immediately following a failed FLATS exam.
Transferability of scores: Nearly all colleges and
universities recognize and accept CLEP exam scores.
Transferability of scores: Not all colleges and
universities recognize and accept FLATS exam scores.

Approval, Registration, Scheduling, Payment, and Testing Procedures

  1. APPROVAL: Student visits the Registrar’s Office to request testing approval. The Registrar’s Office will review the student’s records in order to determine testing eligibility. Upon approval, the Registrar’s Office issues a permission form that indicates which test is to be administered and any testing requirements, such as deadline dates. The Registrar’s Office is located in the upper level of Bamberger Hall.
  2. REGISTRATION: The student sends email request to testingcenter@westminstercollege.edu in order to request registration information for their intended test (FLATS or CLEP). Student will receive email response that provides them with detailed registration instructions for how to pre-register for the exam online.
  3. SCHEDULING: Once the student receives confirmation that they have successfully registered online they may then schedule a time to take the test. This may be done by calling the Testing Center at 801.832.2672 or by providing a list of three preferred dates and times via email to  testingcenter@westminstercollege.edu. The student will receive scheduling confirmation and additional reminders about how to pay the remaining test fee and what items to bring the day of the test.
  4. PAYMENTS: During the online registration process, the student will be asked to submit an online payment ($50 for FLATS exams; $80 for CLEP exams). The remaining testing fees ($50 in the case of FLATS and $20 in the case of CLEP) are paid at the Cashier’s Window in the lower level of Bamberger Hall. The Cashier will issue a payment receipt to the student; the student will bring the receipt to the testing appointment to show that payment has been made. Note: the Cashier’s Window accepts cash, personal checks, money orders, Master Card, Discover, and American Express.
  5. TESTING: Student arrives in the Testing Center at the scheduled exam time and brings:
    • Signed permission form
    • Registration confirmation
    • Payment receipt
    • Photo identification

Additional Information

    1. Students are not allowed to bring any written or electronic materials into the testing center (no notes, no cell phones, and no other personal items).
    2. Scratch paper, pencils, and headset will be provided by the Testing Center.
    3. Both types of exams include written and auditory portions of the test and are administered in a multiple choice format.
    4. FLATS exams consist of 150 questions and the score needed to pass varies, depending on the language being tested. CLEP exams consist of “approximately 120 questions” and require scores of 50-63, depending on the exam. (Scaled score, not percentage).
    5. Passing scores allow students to earn 8-12 language credits.

Challenge Examinations

Students may earn credit for independent learning in certain academic areas by means of the Challenge Examination. This is a comprehensive examination covering a given course according to the following conditions:

    1. The course challenged must be offered by Westminster College, and the student requesting the examination must be currently enrolled as a degree-seeking student in the college.
    2. The student must pay a non-refundable fee of $50 per credit hour prior to taking the examination.
    3. Permission to take the Challenge Examination must be secured from the dean of the school under which the course falls and the instructor who teaches the course. The instructor prepares, administers, and grades the examination. Permission to take the examination must be secured 30 days prior to examination, and reasonable assurance of the student’s ability to pass the examination must be provided when the request is made.
    4. The course being challenged must not be a course for which the student has previously received credit, a course in which the student is enrolled, or a course in which the student was previously enrolled and dropped later than the first week of class.
    5. When students successfully pass the Challenge Examination, they receive a letter grade of A, B, C, or D and the appropriate number of credit hours. Students not passing their examinations receive no grade or credit.
    6. A course may be challenged only once.
    7. Seminars, directed studies, laboratory portions of a course, or activity courses may not be challenged.
    8. No more than 30 credit hours by Challenge Examination may be offered toward graduation. Credit received through Challenge Examination is not counted as in-residence credit.

Westminster Policy for Accepting Selected Cambridge A-Level Examinations

Westminster College recognizes the A-Level curriculum from the United Kingdom as exceptional preparation of students and grants credit for superior performance on those A-Level examinations.

Westminster College grants up to 8 semester credits (equivalent of two courses) for A-Levels with passes of A, B, and C in most academic subjects.  A grade of C or higher on an AS exam will earn the first course listed for that subject in the list below.  The College does not recognize “O Levels” as advanced standing credit.

Cambridge Exam Grade Westminster College course/equivalent Credit
Accounting A, B, C ACCT 213 3 hrs
Art & Design A, B, C *[See note below] 0 hrs
Biology A, B BIOL 100T 3 hrs
Chemistry A, B, C No AS level credit awarded, CHEM 111 for A level credit*** 4 hrs
Classical Studies A, B, C ELEC 100T 3 hrs
Computer Science A, B, C CMPT 201 and CMPT 260 8 hrs
Economics A, B, C ECON 253 and ECON 263 8 hrs
English Literature A, B, C ENGL 221 and ELEC 100T 8 hrs
Global Perspectives A, B, C ELEC 100T 4 hrs
History A, B, C **[See note below] See note below
Marine Science A, B ELEC 100T 4 hrs
Mathematics A, B, C MATH 141 and MATH 201 8 hrs
Mathematics Further A, B, C MATH 201, MATH 202, and DATA 220 12 hrs for A level (no AS level exam)
Media Studies (new in 2015) A, B, C FILM 100T 8 hrs
Music A, B, C MUSC 110, MUSC 161, and MUSC 171 (all 3 classes for both A and AS level exams) 7 hrs
Physical Science (AS level) A, B, C ELEC 100T 4 hrs
Physics A, B, C ELEC 100T 4 hrs
Psychology A, B, C PSYC 100T 8 hrs
Sociology A, B, C one 200-level elective in Sociology for AS level, two 200-level electives in Sociology for A levels 8 hrs
WORLD LANGUAGES      
Chinese A, B, C CHIN 110 and CHIN 112 8 hrs
French A, B, C FREN 110 and FREN 111 8 hrs
Japanese A, B, C JAPN 110 and JAPN 111 8 hrs
Spanish A, B, C SPAN 110 and SPAN 111 8 hrs
For all other world languages, two courses of unassigned world language credit is given, or one course credit for an AS-level examination. A, B, C LANG 100T 8 hrs

Exam subjects listed in this table are only the most commonly seen subjects on the A-level and AS-level exams. Subjects not listed above will be reviewed individually.

* Art & Design examination: While we do not offer ART credit for AP coursework, students may petition to enroll in intermediate sections of ART courses through a portfolio submission sent to the Art Department chair. Portfolios should consist of 8 original artworks (preferable) or 8 high quality images on CD (1024×768 pixels minimum), along with an image list that includes your current contact information, and the titles, dimensions, media, and dates of your work.

** History examination:  Credit is determined by departmental review of scores and content of courses taken. Submit a detailed written description of topics studied to the chair of the history program.

*** Note: must talk with program chair if you are a pre-health student

International Baccalaureate

Credit may be given for selected higher level (HL) and standard level (SL) International Baccalaureate examinations. Students are required to submit official transcripts from the International Baccalaureate Organization upon admission to the college. International Baccalaureate examinations currently accepted
at Westminster, along with the minimum required score and examination level, appear below.

IB Examination Min. Score Required Westminster Equivalency
Biology (HL) 5 BIOL 100T
Business and Management 5 ELEC 100T
Chemistry (HL) 5 CHEM 111
Computer Sciences (HL) 6 CMPT 201
English A1 (HL Only) 5 ELEC 100T
Environmental Systems (HL) 5 ELEC 100T
Film (SL)(HL) 5 FILM 100T
French (SL) 4 FREN 110
French (HL) 4 FREN 110 and FREN 111
Further Mathematics (SL) 5 MATH 210
Latin (SL) 4 LATN 110
Latin (HL) 4 LATN 110 and LATN 111
Mathematical Studies (SL) 5 MATH 120
Mathematics (SL) 5 MATH 141 and MATH 142
Mathematics (HL) 5 DATA 220
Music (SL) (HL) 5 MUSC 110
Philosophy (SL) 6 PHIL 100
Philosophy (HL) 6 PHIL 102
Physics (SL)(HL) 5 PHYS 104
Psychology (HL) 5 PSYC 100T
Spanish (SL) 4 SPAN 110
Spanish (HL) 4 SPAN 110 and SPAN 111
Theatre Arts (HL) 6 THTR 180
Visual Arts * (SL) 6 ELEC 100T
Visual Arts * (HL) 6 ELEC 100T

Prior Learning Assessment

Time-based (Military only)

Students who have served at least 6 consecutive months of active military services and were honorably discharged or who are currently on active duty may qualify to receive undergraduate credits at Westminster College for ACE (American Council on Education)-approved course work taken while in military service under the following guidelines:

  • Students who have served at least 6 consecutive months of active military services will be eligible for up to 15 hours of general elective credits.
  • Students who have served 12 consecutive months of active military services, or longer, will be given advanced standing and will be eligible for up to 30 hours of general elective credits.

Credential or Specific Certifications

Individual programs may elect to award credit for certifications that align with the program learning goals and demonstrate in a measurable way that the student possesses the competencies associated with those goals. Credit for certificates or credentials may be awarded in one of two ways:

  • Programs may designate that each certificate that is approved fulfills a specific program requirement (course).
  • A student could be awarded a predetermined number of credit hours, which can be applied towards graduation requirements. Examples of certificate-based PLA include the Leadership Certificate Program, The Montessori certificate for education, the NCLEX examination and the Finance Series E Examinations.

All certificate-based PLA is approved by the established college curriculum process.

Demonstration of Competencies

Students may demonstrate competencies via a portfolio, or other means, and are given credit towards specific courses. For a course to be eligible for PLA consideration, there must be clear learning goals and rubrics to measure the learning outcomes. In addition, each course must be approved for PLA through the college curriculum process. Examples of PLA through demonstration of competencies includes the portfolio for the Bachelor of Business Administration program and flight checks in the Aviation program.