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Credit and Transfer Policies

PACIFIC COLLEGE CREDIT HOUR POLICY

Units/Hours Didactic courses: 15 clock hours equal 1 semester unit
  Hands-on courses and labs: 30 clock hours equal 1 semester unit
  Independent study: 45 clock hours equal 1 semester unit
  Clinical training: 30 clock hours equal 1 semester unit
  *NOTE: For purpose of verification of massage training by NYSED, NY regulations require the college to use a 14:1 ratio instead of the normal academic 15:1 ratio. However, classroom hours and tuition charges are based on the 14:1 ratio.

One semester unit represents the time a student is expected to devote to learning in one week of full-time undergraduate study (typically two to three hours of preparation for each hour of class, or the equivalent, for a full-timecourse load of 14 to 16 units per semester). At the graduate level, typically, more than three hours of study for every hour of class is expected.

 

GENERAL TRANSFER CREDIT POLICY (MASTER DEGREE AND MASSAGE PROGRAMS)

NOTICE CONCERNING TRANSFERABILITY OF CREDITS AND CREDENTIALS EARNED AT OUR INSTITUTION

The transferability of credits you earn at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine is at the complete discretion of an institution to which you may seek to transfer. Acceptance of the degree or certificate you earn in any Pacific College of Oriental Medicine program is also at the complete discretion of the institution to which you may seek to transfer. If the credits or degree or certificate that you earn at this institution are not accepted at the institution to which you seek to transfer, you may be required to repeat some or all of your coursework at that institution. For this reason you should make certain that your attendance at this institution will meet your educational goals. This may include contacting an institution to which you may seek to transfer after attending Pacific College of Oriental Medicine to determine if your credits or degree or certificate will transfer. Currently, the College does not have any articulation or transfer agreements with any other college or university.

  1. Transfer credit may be awarded for equivalent coursework documented by official transcript or an official letter/certificate that indicates the units or hours of training in each subject. These documents cannot be returned to the applicant or forwarded to another institution or agency.
  2. Coursework completed at an accredited or appropriate candidate institution of an agency recognized by the Secretary of Education may be directly transferable.
  3. A grade of “Pass” or “C” (2.0) or above is required for transfer.
  4. Credit must have been earned within the last five years unless the applicant provides acceptable evidence of continuous activity within the last two years in the specific field for which transfer credit is requested, e.g., a physician for clinical science. For the Associate of Science program, some general education courses taken longer then 5 years prior to entrance are acceptable for transfer. (Exceptions: Anatomy and Physiology courses Levels 1 and 2)
  5. Transfer credit is granted only when the total hours for any given course have been documented.
  6. Transfer credit may be granted for a limited number of courses to individuals who have passed a state-recognized or state-administered licensing examination (Acupuncture, Chiropractic, FLEX, ECFMG, Physical Therapy, Psychology, Nursing, etc.). Applicants who have passed such a licensing examination must be able to indicate a passing score in each of the specific areas for which transfer credit is requested. A license itself is insufficient evidence; an official licensing examination report with scores is required. Applicants must make available such documentation directly from the licensing or examination agency to the Pacific College Admissions Office, and to the California Acupuncture Board (when applying for the California Acupuncture Licensing Examination).
  7. Coursework taken at another institution after admission to Pacific is not transferable unless approved in advance in writing by the Registrar, Student Advisor, or Academic Dean.
  8. Transfer credit is officially recorded on the student’s Pacific transcript only upon completion of the program, even if previously recorded unofficially for administrative purposes.
  9. Coursework transferred into the program is not included when computing Grade Point Average.
  10. Courses taken at different branches of Pacific College are interchangeable and not considered a transfer credit issue. However, any PCOM student transferring between campuses must meet with the Registrar or Academic Dean at the current campus prior to transfer, and with the Registrar or Academic Dean at the new campus as soon as possible upon arrival, but not later than week two of the term.

Massage Program Transfer Credit

Transfer credit for courses taken at massage schools is limited to under 50% of each massage program and may be awarded if the following criteria are fulfilled:

  1. The school must be accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
  2. Coursework must have been completed within the last five years.
  3. The student must have earned at least a 2.0 in the course.
  4. The hour/unit count must be equivalent.
  5. The student may be asked to provide a syllabus to the college so that the Registrar or Student Advisor may determine if the coursework is comparable in scope and content to what is taught at Pacific. If there is a concern about the equivalence of the scope and content of a course, the applicant’s/student’s grade in the course will be weighed more heavily in the decision. The student will be required to have earned at least a 3.0 in the course to be considered.

Master Degree Transfer Credit

San Diego Master degree transfer credit is subject to regulations by the Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education, which state that, no more than 20% of graduate semester units or the equivalent in other units awarded by another institution may be transferred for credit towards a Master degree. Students in Pacific Master degree programs on all campuses that qualify a student to sit for the California Acupuncture Licensure Exam are subject to the following California Acupuncture Board (CAB) regulations:

  1. Up to 100% transfer credit may be awarded for coursework and clinical instruction completed successfully at another acupuncture school or college that is approved by the board. (To be awarded transfer credit for such courses, the college where the work was completed must also be accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, otherwise a Challenge Exam is required.)
  2. Up to 100% transfer credit may be awarded for courses completed successfully in biology, chemistry, physics, psychology, anatomy, physiology, pathology, nutrition and vitamins, history of medicine, medical terminology, clinical science, clinical medicine, Western pharmacology, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, practice management, and ethics at a school which is approved under Article 4, Section 94770 of Chapter 7 of Part 59 of the Education Code or by an accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

In accordance with California Acupuncture Board (CAB) regulations, Pacific must limit transfer credit into its Master degree programs from institutions that are not approved by the CAB. To be eligible for the California exam, transfer students from unapproved institutions will be subject to the following transfer regulations and limitations:

  1. Evaluation of such coursework shall include an examination administered and retained by the school in the subject area(s) in which transfer credit may be awarded.
  2. Up to fifty percent (50%) credit, by transfer or challenge exam, for clinical practice coursework and instruction in acupuncture and Oriental medicine principles, theories and treatment procedures may be awarded by a school approved by the board, provided that at least 50% of the course hours in individual subjects are completed successfully at a school approved by the board.

These limitations may require a transfer student from an unapproved institution to repeat similar courses and to take more than the required minimum credits for graduation to be eligible for the California Acupuncture Licensing Examination (C.A.L.E.). Transfer students who have attended an acupuncture college other than Pacific for more than one year, and would like an assessment of transfer, are charged a $100 transfer credit assessment fee. This fee is credited to tuition after the third week of attendance at the college.

Challenge Examinations

Students who have completed unaccredited coursework equivalent to Pacific College courses may be eligible to take a challenge examination. A student who passes a challenge exam will receive credit for the respective course or courses. No grade will be entered on the student’s transcript. Challenged courses count as transfer for purposes of California Acupuncture Board eligibility and certain limits apply. Challenge examinations may be taken only in subjects that meet the standards listed in “Transfer Credit Policy” above with the exception that credit: 1) need not be accredited, 2) need not have been earned within the last five years, 3) nor must the applicant have been continuously active within the last two years in the field for which challenge examination is requested.

In order to take an academic Challenge Examination the student will:

  1. Obtain the examination petition through the office of the Academic Dean.
  2. Take the examination by arrangement with the Administrative Office or Office of the Academic Dean.
  3. Pay the challenge exam fee.

A student wishing to challenge a course may not attend the course prior to taking the challenge exam. Students who pass a challenge exam will not be required to take the course, and credit will be granted. Students failing a challenge exam will be required to take the course at normal tuition rates. All challenge examinations must be completed by the end of the first year of the student’s enrollment at the institution, or prior to the term when the course is required, if, before the end of the first year (Master degree students). Massage students must complete their challenge exams before the end of their first term enrolled at the college.

Financial or Challenge Exam Credit

Students who have taken specific courses from Pacific College’s massage department may be allowed to challenge (C) or receive financial credit (FC) for specific Master degree program courses. In addition, Master degree program students wishing to earn a Massage degree or certificate may share similar benefits. Please note that financial credit is not automatic: the student must note financial credit on his or her Registration Form to inform the Administration that he or she should receive credit.

Contact your admissions or student advisement representative for what may apply to you.

Exceptions to Transfer and Challenge Policy

Pacific College does not grant credit in Clinical Counseling 3 and Internship. The college does not grant transfer credit for Advanced Needle Techniques. The college only rarely grants transfer credit for Introduction to Clinical Techniques and Needle Technique. In order to ensure student safety and patient safety and to reduce significant liability, every student must take at minimum the Advanced Needle Techniques course at Pacific College. Transfer students must also take either Clinical Observation or a Clinical Assistantship course at Pacific College. Transfer students who have previously taken similar courses may qualify for a reduced course fee of $100 but must still earn a passing grade in these courses.

Licensed Acupuncturists taking Pacific herbology and clinic courses for the purpose of qualifying for the NCCAOM Herbology exam may be exempted from certain program prerequisites. Please contact the Office of the Registrar or Academic Dean for details.

Pacific College only rarely grants transfer credit for Clinical Research Design and Statistics. The college wants all of its students to experience the issues of acupuncture research regardless of their previous research in other fields. Only those students who have prepared a research proposal in an Oriental medicine area will be granted transfer for this course.

Students who are not healthcare professionals and did not take Pharmacology prior to admittance must take Pharmacology at Pacific College due to increased accountability for drug-herb interaction and application of ADME (Absorption/Distribution/Metabolism/Elimination). Students with medical profession backgrounds who receive transfer credit will be provided a handout on this information.

Transfer credit for Practice Management and Ethics is rarely granted except for comparable courses taken at other acupuncture colleges.

 

GENERAL TRANSFER CREDIT POLICY (NURSING PROGRAM)

Transfer credit is examined to determine content, complexity, grading standards, individual grades, and suitability. No transfer credit is granted for workshops and continuing education classes. The maximum number of transfer credits granted to a student from a 2 year program shall not exceed 70 credits. Students who have taken additional courses at the bachelor’s level can transfer up to 20 additional credits for a maximum total of 90 transfer credits if applicable. Registered nurses who have taken courses at an accredited baccalaureate nursing program may also receive credit for nursing courses completed if they have a grade of “B-“ and are comparable to content in courses required for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (Holistic Nursing) at Pacific College.

Students enrolled in the Pacific College Bachelor of Science in Nursing Completion Program (Holistic Nursing) will be licensed registered nurses who have graduated from an accredited Associate Degree or Diploma Nursing Program. They would have received course work or training regarding the identification and reporting of child abuse and maltreatment as part of their pre-professional nursing program. This content will be evaluated in conjunction with their transcript evaluation of transfer credit during the application/admission process.

NOTICE CONCERNING TRANSFERABILITY OF CREDITS AND CREDENTIALS EARNED AT OUR INSTITUTION

The transferability of credits you earn at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine is at the complete discretion of an institution to which you may seek to transfer. Acceptance of the degree or certificate you earn in any Pacific College of Oriental Medicine program is also at the complete discretion of the institution to which you may seek to transfer. If the credits or degree or certificate that you earn at this institution are not accepted at the institution to which you seek to transfer, you may be required to repeat some or all of your coursework at that institution. For this reason you should make certain that your attendance at this institution will meet your educational goals. This may include contacting an institution to which you may seek to transfer after attending Pacific College of Oriental Medicine to determine if your credits or degree or certificate will transfer. Currently, the College does not have any articulation or transfer agreements with any other college or university.

Award of transfer credit will be based on the following criteria:

Transfer credit may be awarded for equivalent coursework documented by official transcript or an official letter/certificate that indicates the units or hours of training in each subject. These documents cannot be returned to the applicant or forwarded to another institution or agency.

  • Coursework completed at an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the Secretary of Education may be directly transferable.
  • A grade of “Pass” or “C” (2.0) or above is required for transfer.
  • Credit must have been earned within the last five years unless the applicant provides acceptable evidence of continuous activity within the last two years in the field of nursing.
  • Transfer credit is granted only when the total hours for any given course have been documented.
  • Coursework taken at another institution after admission to Pacific College is not transferable unless approved in advance in writing by the Registrar or Academic Dean.
  • Transfer credit is officially recorded on the student’s Pacific College transcript only upon completion of the program, even if previously recorded unofficially for administrative purposes.
  • Coursework transferred into the program is not included when computing grade point average. Residency Requirement - At least 25% of any program must be completed at Pacific College. Courses taken at different branches of Pacific College are interchangeable and not considered a transfer credit issue. However, any Pacific College student transferring between campuses must meet with the Registrar or Academic Dean at the current campus prior to transfer, and with the Registrar or Academic Dean at the new campus as soon as possible upon arrival, but not later than week 2 of the semester. The New York campus is the only campus offering this degree and transfer between campuses is not permitted for nurses at this time.

In the Holistic Nursing Program, registered nurses with an associate degree can receive credit for courses taken at previous schools. Registered nurses with a diploma in nursing can obtain advanced standing credits by taking select nursing examinations through Excelsior College (formerly known as Regents College) or the NLN Mobility Profile Examinations. Remedial coursework is non-credit bearing at Pacific College.

Articulation Agreements with Nursing Associate Degree Programs

Pacific College Nursing Program has articulation agreements with three associate degree programs to facilitate seamless transition to the Bachelor of Science Degree:

  • Queensborough Community College
  • Sullivan County Community College
  • Swedish Institute

Please check the PCOM Nursing website for an updated list.

Challenge Examinations

In order to assure that all students have reached the minimal Nursing bachelor’s level of skill in Health Assessment, all students must pass a Nursing Health Assessment Exam prior to the start of Community Health and/or Leadership course(s). The Nursing Health Assessment Exam is graded as Pass/Fail. Students will be awarded 2.5 Nursing credits upon successful “Pass” of the Nursing Health Assessment Exam and the payment of the fee. Students who have taken WS352 Health Assessment/Physical Exam course at PCOM, previously earning 2.5 credits, will not obtain extra credit for passing the Nursing Health Assessment Exam. Students transferring in a 2 or more Health Assessment course will not obtain extra credit. If a student does not pass the Nursing Health Assessment Exam he/she may have a second opportunity. If a student fails one Nursing Health Assessment Exam or wishes to prepare for the exam, they must do so by auditing WS352 Health Assessment/Physical Exam. The student must still pass the Nursing Health Assessment Exam prior to starting clinical course work.

 

GENERAL TRANSFER CREDIT POLICY (DOCTORAL PROGRAM)

The program may accept limited transfer credit (no more than 20 credits) for prior coursework toward the clinical doctoral program that the Admissions Committee judges to be equivalent to the requirements for graduation from the doctoral program. Transfer credit may only be awarded for didactic course work that is equivalent to the doctoral level, supports the program’s objectives and meets the credits for completion of the program. These credits must come from an accredited institution or its international equivalent. The applicant must demonstrate that they meet the objectives of the courses being transferred by way of an examination or interview with the relevant faculty member.

 

AUDITING CLASSES

Students may audit classes on a space available basis. Classes for which transfer credit has been granted or a challenge exam has been passed have a special fee. Classes for which there is no challenge or transfer credit must be taken at full price. Auditors must be respectful of the privilege of attending a class for which he or she does not need credit by allowing credit students primary access to teachers and class question/answer time.