Q: What are the requirements for transfer credits at ATC?
A: To ensure that coursework presented for transfer credit is at the collegiate level and comparable to the college’s courses and learning outcomes, the College reserves the right to validate transfer credit, including course-by-course, tech prep, and military credit, courses offered by businesses, standard examination, and institutional examination.
All students who wish to transfer credit(s) from another institution should complete a Transfer Credit Form and submit it to the Registrar’s Office. Students may receive credit for courses taken at another postsecondary institution if the following admissions standards are met:
- The course is essentially the same in content as the course(s) at ATC.
- Occupationally-specific courses-including computer classes (major courses) must be taken 10 years prior to admissions.
- Most medical (and other health-related) courses must be taken within 5 years of admissions.
- No more than 75% of the total required hours in certificate, diploma or degree program will be approved for transfer.
- There is no limit on the transfer of general core courses, such as English, Math, Psychology, Speech and Sociology.
- The student must have earned final grades of A+/-, B+/-, or C+/- for a course to be transferable, and the course must have greater than or equal to the number of semester hours required by the similar course at Atlanta Technical College.
- International transcripts are translated into English by an approved translation services. The Registrar office will determine what courses will receive transferable credit.
- Continuing Education Units (CEU), remedial, and study skills courses are not accepted for transfer.
The Registrar will make the final decision regarding awarding transfer of credit, based on state standards and/or course learning outcomes. Grade points will not be assigned. Atlanta Tech reserves the right to test the proficiency of students for coursework to be transferred. In instances where course equivalency is questionable, the Registrar makes the final decision in consultation with the instructional department chair.
Approved transfer credits will be indicated on the student’s academic transcript. Request for transfer credit should be done prior to registration. The Registrar’s Office will review and post any approved/denied credits by the end of the students first semester of enrollment.
Q: Can any of my military training by used for college credit?
A: Atlanta Technical College accepts credit for training received in the armed services provided that the training is certified by the Guide to the Evaluation of Education on the Armed Services or by the official catalog of the Community College of the Armed Forces or a similar document. Credit will be awarded when training experience meets required competencies of courses offered at Atlanta Technical College.
Q: Does ATC accept credit for courses offered by Business?
A: Atlanta Technical College accepts credit for corporate training if it correlates with the courses in diploma programs. This training must be certified by an official document such as the National Guide to Educational Credit for Training Programs.
Q: Does ATC accept credit by Standard Exams?
A: Courses may be exempted through competency testing or nationally standardized exams, such as the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) subject area examinations, the Proficiency Examination Program (PEP), and Advanced Placement Program (AP) offered by the College Board. To receive credit the exam must be taken within 5 years of the request.
Q: What is a Challenge Portfolio?
A: A document prepared by a student demonstrating areas of college level learning and technical proficiency obtained outside the traditional college environment. The documentation used to validate the learning may include essays, job descriptions, performance evaluations, professional certifications and awards, work samples or demonstrations. A panel of educational professionals in the students chosen field of study will review the submitted portfolio and renders results. These results will be submitted to the Registrar for final approval.
Q: What is an Institutional Exemption Exam?
A: Atlanta Technical College recognizes that entering students differ in preparation and proficiency in various subjects. Institutional exemption exams are available within instructional program for certain courses. Students may inquire with their instructors, academic deans and/or department chairs about the availability of exemption tests. The exemption request form can be retrieved from the office of the Registrar. Students will work with academic advisor for proper submission of request form. Any student who wishes to receive credit for a course through exemption must:
- Be enrolled at Atlanta Technical College at the time of test administration.
- Pay an examination fee, the fee will vary by course, but will not exceed 25 percent of the tuition for the course.
- Receive a score of 80 percent or higher on the examination for exemption.
If a student previously attempted, audited, failed, or withdrew from a course after the drop/add period at the college, the student cannot receive credit for that course by exemption examination. The student will be allowed only one attempt per course. A prerequisite course requirement must be satisfied.
If a student exempts a course, credit is given, but no grade points are calculated for that course. Exemption credit earned is counted toward the total hours earned. A student may exempt no more than 75 percent of the program course work to be eligible for an Atlanta Tech degree, diploma, or technical certificate of credit.