Transfer Credit Policy

Transfer Credit Policy

At the time of admission to the Early Assurance Pre-pharmacy Program, new incoming students may request transfer of academic credit from Advanced Placement (AP) courses, International Baccalaureate (IB), or undergraduate college courses taken at another US accredited academic institution. The evaluation of academic credit for new freshman or transfer students in the Early Assurance Pre-pharmacy Program is coordinated by the Office of Admissions (Enrollment Management) and Registrar.  Decisions made regarding acceptance of transfer credit are final once the student’s first semester at ACPHS begins.

  • To receive credit for AP courses, scores of 4 or 5 are required. 
  • To receive credit for IB courses, scores of 5 or above are required.
  • Unless otherwise noted, grades of C or better are required to receive credit for college courses taken at another regionally accredited academic institution.

Note: Acceptance of transfer credit may impact a student’s ability to maintain their full time status (12 credit hours or more per semester). Students should consult the Pre-Pharmacy Program Co-Directors and an Admissions Counselor for guidance.

Entering first year students may receive transfer credit (AP or college course) for any courses deemed equivalent to ACPHS courses:

  • HUM 101:  The Pre-Modern World (3)
  • HUM 102: The Modern World (3)
  • HUM 201: The Contemporary World (3)
  • PSY 101: Psychology (3)
  • COM 115: Principles of Communication (3)
  • MAT 111: Calculus (4)
  • General/Liberal Arts Electives (9-12 credits; a maximum of 3 credits of which count only as General Electives)

Entering first year students may also receive transfer credit (AP or college course that are deemed equivalent to ACPHS courses) for one of the following sequences. Grades of C or better are required to receive credit for college courses taken at another regionally accredited academic institution. Additionally, academic credit for the course must have been earned within the last three years.

  • CHE 111 and CHE 121: General Chemistry I and II (8)
  • BIO 111 and BIO 121: General Biology I and II (8)

Entering first year students may also receive up to 8 transfer credits (AP or college course that are deemed equivalent to ACPHS courses) for the following courses. In order to receive credit for college courses taken at another regionally accredited academic institution students must earn a grade of C or better in that course and credit course must have been earned within the last three years.

  • CHE 211 and CHE 221: Organic Chemistry I and II (8)
  • BIO 210: Microbiology (4)
  • PHY 245: Physics for Life Sciences (4)*
  • Science Selective (3 credits; 200+ level chemistry, physics, biology or math course that does not duplicate a required course at ACPHS – must have approval of Pre-Pharmacy Program Co-Directors)
  • Science Selective (3 credits; 200+ level biology course that does not duplicate a required course at ACPHS – must have approval of the Pre-Pharmacy Program Co-Directors)
  • MAT 145: Elementary Statistics (3)

* PHY 212 and PHY 222: College Physics I and II (8) satisfies PHY 245 and a science selective

Entering second year students may receive transfer credit (AP or college course) for any courses deemed equivalent to ACPHS courses:

  • HUM 101:  The Pre-Modern World (3)
  • HUM 102: The Modern World (3)
  • HUM 201: The Contemporary World (3)
  • PSY 101: Psychology (3)
  • COM 115: Principles of Communication (3)
  • MAT 111: Calculus (4)
  • General/Liberal Arts Electives (9-12 credits; a maximum of 3 credits of which count only as General Electives)
  • CHE 111 and CHE 121: General Chemistry I and II (8)
  • BIO 111 and BIO 121: General Biology I and II (8)

Entering second year students may also receive up to 8 transfer credits (AP or college course that are deemed equivalent to ACPHS courses) for the following courses. In order to receive credit for college courses taken at another regionally accredited academic institution students must earn a grade of C or better in that course and credit course must have been earned within the last three years.

  • CHE 211 and CHE 221: Organic Chemistry I and II (8)
  • BIO 210: Microbiology (4)
  • PHY 245: Physics for Life Sciences (4)*
  • Science Selective (3 credits; 200+ level chemistry, physics, biology or math course that does not duplicate a required course at ACPHS – must have approval of Pre-Pharmacy Program Co-Directors)
  • Science Selective (3 credits; 200+ level biology course that does not duplicate a required course at ACPHS – must have approval of the Pre-Pharmacy Program Co-Directors)
  • MAT 145: Elementary Statistics (3)

* PHY 212 and PHY 222: College Physics I and II (8) satisfies PHY 245 and a science selective

Transfer of partial credit for sequential courses is not permitted (e.g., transfer credit for General Biology I and II is allowed while the transfer of credit for General Bio I alone is not).

Taking Courses at Other Academic Institutions: Upon matriculation, students are required to take all required coursework at ACPHS. Students wishing to take required courses during an academic term where the course is not offered at ACPHS may take that course at another institution, upon receiving approval from the Dean.

Any number of Elective credits can be taken at institutions other than ACPHS.

Revisions: Changes to the current proposal include:

  • First year students can transfer in college course credit for up to one of the following sequences (8 credits): CHE 111 and CHE 121: General Chemistry I and II, BIO 111 and BIO 121: General Biology I and II
  • First and second year students can transfer in up to 8 college course credits for the following courses: CHE 211 and CHE 221: Organic Chemistry I and II, BIO210: Microbiology, PHY 245: Physics for Life Sciences, Science selective(s), and MAT 145: Elementary Statistics
  • Grades of C or better are required to receive credit for the above courses.
  • To receive credit for the above course, credit for the course must have been earned within the last three years at regionally accredited academic institution.
  • Concurrent with implementation of the policy changes, data will be collected each academic year to assess the impact of the policy change and to inform future transfer policy decisions. Critical data will include:
    • Overall student GPA after year 1 and year 2
    • Performance in subsequent ACPHS coursework following transfer of prerequisite courses
    • PCAT score (if taken)
    • Performance in P1 and P 2 professional year coursework