Transfer Credit Procedures

Determining Transfer Course Equivalencies

Determining Transferability of Courses

Only courses required for the student’s program of study will be transferred to Kettering College.

For transfer credit to fulfill a specific Kettering College course requirement, the course for which transfer credit is desired must be closely equivalent in content and approximately equivalent in credit hours to the required course.  If content equivalency is not met, the student may be required to take additional coursework to achieve close content equivalency.

Each course eligible for transfer will:

  • be evaluated and awarded transfer credit as appropriate for basic or general education courses at the undergraduate level as defined in the transfer credit policies.
  • have a complete a review of course descriptions and, course syllabi to determine content equivalency. Student may be required to submit one or both if course is questionable.

For transfer credit to be considered for meeting the religion core requirement, religion courses must have been taken at faith-based institutions.

Pre-Approval of Transfer Courses

Students transferring to Kettering College for a program but are taking general education courses, either for pre-requirements or to take courses before admission, at another institution will need to get those courses pre-approved for transfer before they register for those courses at the other institution. Students should use Transferology to see what courses will meet transfer requirements to Kettering College from the other institution.

Acceptable Credit

A course is transferable if:

  • Coursework must be from an institution with regional accreditation, such as from the Higher Learning Commission.
  • Transfer credit approval is valid for admission to the program of study for a period of one year from the approval date. If entry into the program of study is delayed for more than a year, transfer credit will be re-evaluated for applicability.
  • Specific courses must be with set time limits to be suitable for transfer credit.
    • In most cases, math and science courses taken more than 10 years from the admission date are not eligible for transfer credit.
    • The Accelerated Nursing program has a limit of 5 years for math and science courses. Please check with the department for specific questions.
    • Students admitted to the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences completion or Bachelor of Science in Nursing completion programs are exempt from the time limits.
    • Students may elect to take Kettering College’s math placement examination to validate MATH 105 when the equivalent course was completed prior to the 10-year time limit.
  • Courses must be both content and credit equivalent — quarter-to-semester hour conversion: quarter hours multiplied by .67 equals semester hours (i.e. 5 quarter hours  X .67 = 3.35 semester hours).
  • Content equivalent courses, which are short in credit hours must meet program of study requirements.
  • Kettering College’s programs of study require a C (2.0) or higher for all coursework. All courses with a grade of C (2.0) or higher, required for specified program of study will be transferred.
  • Credit by examination, such as CLEP and AP, will be considered for transfer credit. (Official transcripts must be submitted from the appropriate testing agency.)
  • Courses taken in high school under the Credit College Plus will only be transferred if they are on official college transcript that was sent to Kettering College’s Admissions Office.
  • Courses for which credit was earned while in the military services must be listed on official military documents, e.g., DD 214, DD 295, or Joint Services Transcripts (JST). Courses eligible for evaluation will be awarded college transfer credit consistent with the American Council on Education’s “Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services.”
  • International transcripts must be accompanied by official translations and course-by-course evaluations done by a reputable international evaluation service. If your transcripts from secondary school or college are in a language other than English, they will need to be officially translated by World Education Services (
  • Courses described as program of study or didactic courses may be evaluated by department chairs to determine content and credit equivalency. Students may request these courses be evaluated by submitting a course syllabus to chairs will submit a written recommendation of transfer credit to the Records office. To meet residency requirements, limits on transfer credit remain the same.
  • Students may also elect to take Kettering College’s math placement examination to test into MATH 155 or MATH 165 if no equivalent course is able to transfer for MATH 105
  • Students may submit a written request to remove a course from their transfer credit if they plan to repeat the course at Kettering College.
  • Course credits may not exceed maximum transfer credit. Kettering College residency requirement: For each degree, there is a limit on how many credits a student may transfer
    • Associate degree:  30 semester hours of transfer credit.
    • Bachelor of Science completion: 30 semester hours of transfer credit.
    • Bachelor of Science: 60 semester hours of transfer credit.
  • It is recommended for students who have more transferable credits than the maximum allowed for residency requirements; work directly with the Records Office to determine which credits will be transferred.

Non-transferable Credit

A course is not transferable it if is:

  • It is considered developmental or non-college-level at the transferring institution.
  • It is completed with a grade of C- (1.70) or lower.
  • A full sequence is required to meet content and credit equivalency, but the sequence is not completed, or part of the sequence grade earned is below a C- (1.70) or lower.
  • College credit for the course has been expunged at a transferring institution due to policies such as fresh start, academic forgiveness, etc.
  • Its credit from a transferring institution is based on institutional examinations and does not receive a final grade or quality points.
  • It was taken for audit at the transferring institution.
  • Courses may not be transferable if they are taken after a student enrolls at Kettering College and were not preapproved through the records office.




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