El Paso Community College will accept credits in transfer from any college or university accredited through a recognized regional accrediting association. Generally, credit will be accepted for any college level non-remedial course in which you received a “D” or better. Quarter credit hours will be converted to semester credit hours using a two-thirds ratio, i.e. three quarter credit hours will be converted to two semester credit hours.
If you are seeking a degree from EPCC, you are required to submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities you have attended.
SACSCOC Transfer Credit Information
Even if you don’t plan to complete a degree, you need to submit all transcripts for TSI verification and academic advising. The transcripts will be evaluated for undergraduate credit and transferred to your current transcript. Upper division and graduate credit do not transfer. The Evaluations Department in the Admissions Office follows prescribed policies from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) for acceptance of transfer credit.
Transfer of credits from a foreign college or university also follow the guidelines established by SACSCOC. In some cases, original transcripts must be provided by the student, transliterated into English. You also need to provide credit recommendations from a credentials evaluation agency (www.wes.org).
You will be notified if the transfer credits have not been accepted by EPCC. You can appeal that decision within 45 days of receiving notice, under the guidelines established by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Rule Chapter 5, subchapter S, Section 393. Appeals should be initiated with the Executive Director of Admissions and Registrar. Please understand that not all transfer credit that is awarded may be directly applicable to your particular degree plan.
Types of Transfer Credit
There are a variety of ways available to record additional credit hours to your transcript at El Paso Community College. Those who have attended another college or university will have those credits evaluated for transfer. Through articulation agreements with area high schools, the College may award credit for some high school classes. Perhaps you have earned credit by examination through national testing programs or your life experiences may gain you college credit. If you are already working in the profession for which you are seeking a degree, you may achieve advanced standing through the Credit for Learning by Experience Option (CLEO) program. You may also earn course credits for military training/experience.
In some cases, you can take proficiency exams to move through your coursework more quickly. It is each student’s responsibility to seek evaluation of credits and provide all the transcripts and documents needed to evaluate any prior educational experience.
High School Articulation
Sometimes it pays to plan ahead. EPCC has articulation agreements with area school districts in many different occupational/technical courses of study.
Proficiency exams offer the opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge or mastery of skills in order to earn credit for a course. Proficiency exams are usually course specific to EPCC.
Credit by Examination
Credit earned by examination is recorded on the official EPCC academic record after the student enrolls and completes all admissions requirements. Transfer students must provide transcripts from all previous institutions before credit by examination can be considered.
Credit for Learning by Experience Option (CLEO)
Students who have at least five years of post-high school experience in a non-academic setting could receive college credits on the basis of this experience and training. Contact the Credit for Learning by Experience Option (CLEO) office for more information.
Non-traditional Forms of College Credit
The College District recognizes academic achievement obtained from non-traditional sources. There are alternative ways in which course credit may be earned.
These include the College Entrance Examination’s Board (CEEB) College Level Examination Program (CLEP), the CEEB Advanced Placement Program (APP), the DANTES Subject Examinations, and Departmental Examinations prepared, administered, and scored by EPCC faculty members who teach the course.
Official score reports must be sent directly to the Admissions & Registration Office from the testing agency.
Students with state or national certification and/or training in the following areas may be eligible for college credits:
- Certified Nursing Assistant
- Child Development
- Dental Assisting
- Diagnostic Medical Sonography
- Emergency Medical Services
- Fire Training
- Information Technology
- Law Enforcement
- Medical Assisting
- Ophthalmic Technology
- Pharmacy Technology
- Professional Secretary
- Radiologic Technology
- Respiratory Care
- Sign Language/Interpreter Preparation
- Surgical Technology
- Vocational Nursing
- Credit (CR) will be awarded to students with IB Diploma and IB Exam scores of 4-7.
- Students must petition for their course credit after academic advising regarding the following factors:
A complete listing of IB examinations and EPCC course credit equivalencies is available.
- Impact of accepting credit upon their tuition rebate eligibility.
- Impact of accepting credit upon additional tuition charges for excessive total hours.
- Impact of accepting credit upon a Texas Be-On-Time student loan forgiveness.
- Academic preparation for sequent course based on IB test score.
Download a copy of this policy by clicking on the link: International Baccalaureate (PDF)
Active duty military personnel and veterans may receive college credit for education and occupational training received through the military. Veterans should contact the College’s Veterans’ Affairs Office at our Transmountain Campus or Valle Verde Campus. Active duty service members should contact the Army Education Center counselors to request an evaluation of military and non-traditional education which could qualify for college credit.
Servicemembers Opportunity College
El Paso Community College has been designated a “Servicemembers Opportunity College” by the American Association of Community Colleges and the U.S. Department of Defense which have established the criteria for the admissions, residence and course requirements. Only active duty military personnel and their family members are eligible for enrollment in the SOC Program.
Servicemembers Opportunity College
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