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WGU offers a generous credit transfer policy.
Transferring from a community college is easy with WGU! We offer generous privileges to those who are transferring. Community colleges across the United States have maintained great relationships with us, and we continue to value them and their students. Associate degrees are a great indicator that students can both get into and succeed in our degree programs.
If you have received an Associate of Arts (AA) or Associate of Science (AS) degree, you will typically enter WGU with upper-division standing and clear or waive 40 competency units (CUs), which are equivalent to credit hours. Your community college transfer credits may also enable you to clear additional degree requirements depending upon the program.
If you have completed an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree or its equivalent, or a limited number of college courses, you may be able to clear course requirements through a course-by-course transcript evaluation.
See below for program-specific community college transfer guidelines.
Note: Due to the diversity of community colleges, the below transfer details should be considered guidelines. Actual transfer of credits or waivers may vary dependent upon individual student circumstances.
For the following programs:
Your AA or AS degree in Teacher Education = Up to 23 CUs cleared through transfer waivers. You may clear up to 8 CUs in the Lower-Division Domains, plus the following Education course areas:
Note: A course-by-course evaluation will be needed to verify that teacher licensure requirements are met.
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Your AA or AS degree in Teacher Education = Up to 43-52 CUs cleared through transfer waivers. You may clear up to 37 CUs in the Lower-Division Domains, plus the following Education course areas:
For bachelor’s-level IT degree programs:
Your AA or AS degree in Information Technology (if earned within the last 5 years) = Up to 71 CUs cleared through transfer waivers. You may clear up to 38 CUs in the Lower-Division Domains, plus the following IT course areas (depending on area of emphasis):
For bachelor’s-level business degree programs:
Your AA or AS degree in Business = Up to 67 CUs cleared through transfer waivers. You may clear up to 39 CUs in the Lower-Division Domains, plus the following Business course areas (depending on emphasis):
For the B.S. Nursing (RN to BSN):
Your AA or AS degree + RN license in hand = A minimum of 55 CUs cleared through transfer waivers. Students may be eligible for additional transfer credits based on additional degrees or coursework. Students with an ADN may need a course-by-course evaluation.
Incoming students with a complete liberal arts background and an RN will typically clear upon transfer all assessments EXCEPT:
For the B.S. Nursing (Prelicensure) – For those pursuing an initial RN license (available only in limited areas):
Your AA or AS degree = Up to 7 CUs cleared through transfer waivers. Students may be eligible for additional transfer credits based on additional degrees or coursework.
Because of state and Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) guidelines, your AA or AS degree will typically clear only the following:
Note: Additional coursework in nursing content areas (such as Anatomy and Physiology) may waive additional WGU requirements.
The credits you receive also depend somewhat on the college you transfer from. Community college credits should be transferred from a college that’s nationally or regionally accredited. Also, if you’re transferring from a community college that is a member of WGU’s Community College Partnership Program, you may be eligible for a scholarship.
Check to see if your community college is a partner institution and learn more about the WGU Community College Partner Scholarship.
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