Admissions: Community College Transfers

Generous Community College Transfer Policies

WGU maintains great relations with community colleges throughout the United States. As a result, we offer generous transfer privileges for community college graduates.

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. You may also 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 transfer guidelines.

Teachers College Transfer Guidelines
Information Technology Transfer Guidelines
Business Transfer Guidelines
Health Professions 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.

Teachers College Transfer Guidelines

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:

Course of StudyCUs
Schools and Society3
Diversity and Inclusion3
Human Development and Learning3
Classroom Management 3
Testing 3

Note: A course-by-course evaluation will be needed to verify that teacher licensure requirements are met.

Learn more about earning transfer credits

For the following programs:

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:

Course of StudyCUs
Schools and Society3
Diversity and Inclusion3
Human Development and Learning3
Classroom Management 3
Testing 3

Learn more about earning transfer credits

Information Technology Guidelines

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):

Course of StudyCUs
IT Fundamentals I3
IT Fundamentals II4
IT Fundamentals III4
Web Development Fundamentals3
Windows Operating Systems Fundamentals3
Windows Server Fundamentals3
Software Development Fundamentals4
Network Fundamentals3
Database Fundamentals3
Security Fundamentals3

Learn more about earning transfer credits

Business Guidelines

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):

Course of StudyCUs
Accounting I3
Information Systems Management3
Microeconomics3
Legal Issues for Business Organizations3
Ethical Situations in Business3
Principles of Management4
Fundamentals of Marketing and Business Communication6
Organizational Behavior and Leadership3

Learn more about earning transfer credits

Health Professions Guidelines

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:

Course of StudyCUs
Evidence-based Practice and Applied Nursing Research3
Nutrition for Contemporary Society 3
Professional Roles and Values2
Project in Professional Roles and Values 1
Care of the Older Adult 3
Community and Population Health3
Information Management and the Application of Technology3
Community Health Nursing Practicum2
Organizational Systems and Quality Leadership3
Leadership Experience 1
Professional Portfolio 1

Learn more about earning transfer credits

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:

Course of StudyCUs
Language and Communication Part I: Foundations2
Literature, Arts and the Humanities Part I2

Note: Additional coursework in nursing content areas (such as Anatomy and Physiology) may waive additional WGU requirements.

Learn more about earning transfer credits

WGU’s Community College Partnership Program

If your community college 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. Learn more about the WGU Community College Partner Scholarship.


Apply Now