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Transfer Credits and Award of Credit

The following is an overview of Olympic College’s acceptance/award of non-OC experiential learning and/or transfer credit. Olympic College recognizes institutions of higher learning that are accredited.The college awards credit through several processes:

About Transfer Credit Evaluation

OC honors academic credits earned at other regionally accredited institutions and through military service schools. OC subscribes to the statewide policy on Inter-College Transfer and Articulation amongst Washington public colleges and universities. Courses accepted in transfer must be essentially equivalent in academic level and content to coursework offered at OC. Find out more about transfer credit evaluation and transferring credits to OC. 

Students who have taken high school AP (Advanced Placement) classes may be eligible for credit at Olympic College. Please have the College Board submit documentation of the test scores directly to the Registration and Records Office. For OC credits offered by AP score achieved, see exam scores below.

AP Test Score OC Credits OC Course(s)
Art: 2D Design 3-5 5 ART  X
Art: 3D Design 3-5 5 ART  X
Art History 3 5 ART X
Art History 4-5 5 ART&100
Art Studio: Drawing 3-5 5 ART  X
Biology 3 5 BIOL  X
Biology 4-5 5 BIOL&160
Calculus AB 3-4 5 MATH&151
Calculus AB 5 10 MATH &151,152
Calculus BC 3-4 5 MATH&151
Calculus BC 5 10 MATH&151,152
Chemistry 3 6.5 CHEM&141, 151
Chemistry 4 13 CHEM&141, 151, 142, 152
Chemistry 5 19 CHEM&141,151,142, 152,143,153
Chinese Language & Culture 3-5 5 FLANG  X
Computer Science A 3-5 10 CIS 110, 141
Computer Science A 4-5 5 CS&141
Computer Science AB 3 10 CIS110, 141
Computer Science AB 4-5 15 CS&141, CIS 110, 141
Economics: Macroeconomics 3-5 5 ECON& 202
Economics: Microeconomics 3-5 5 ECON& 201
English Language & Comp 3 5 ENGL  X
English Language & Comp 4-5 5 ENGL&101
English Literature & Comp 3 5 ENGL  X
English Literature & Comp 4-5 5 ENGL&111
Environmental Science 3-5 5 ENVS  X
French Language & Culture 3-5 10 FRCH&121,122
German Language 3-4 5 GERM&121
German Language 5 10 GERM&121,122
Government & Politics, US 3 5 POLS  X
Government & Politics, US 4-5 5 POLS&202
Government & Politics, Comparative 3-5 5 POLS  X
History: European 3-5 5 HIST  X
History: US 3 5 HIST  X
History: US 4-5 10 HIST&136,137
History: World 3-5 5 HIST  X
Human Geography 3 5 GEOG  X
Human Geography 4-5 5 GEOG&103
Italian Language 3-5 5 FLANG  X
Japanese Language 3-4 10 JAPN&121,122
Japanese Language 5 15 JAPN&121,122,123
Latin: Virgil 3-5 5 HUMAN  X
Latin Literature 3-5 5 FLANG  X
Music Theory 3-5 5 MUSC  X
Music Listening/Literature 3-5 5 MUSC  X
Physics B 3 5 PHYS  X
Physics B 4-5 18 PHYS 114,115,116
Physics C-Electricity & Magnetism 3 5 PHYS  X
Physics C-Electricity & Magnetism 4-5 6 PHYS 255
Physics C-Mechanics 3 5 PHYS  X
Physics C-Mechanics 4-5 6 PHYS 254
Psychology 3 5 PSYC  X
Psychology 4-5 5 PSYC&100
Spanish Language 3-5 10 SPAN&121,122
Spanish Literature 3-5 5 SPAN  X
Statistics 3 5 MATH  X
Statistics 4-5 5 MATH&146

 

Credit by examination gives you the opportunity to demonstrate college-level achievement through examination. It may allow you to skip ahead, save money and time.

Examinations

Olympic College may accept the following examinations.

    College Level Entrance Examination Program Exam
    DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST)

Take an examination

Current Olympic College students may apply to take a comprehensive examination covering the subject matter contained in a course designated by the division/discipline as eligible for credit by examination. Not all courses are eligible for such credit. An examination of this type for a particular course may be taken only once during any 12-month period. The procedure to follow is:

  1. Obtain the required "Credit by Examination" Form from the division office that offers the course.
  2. Make an appointment with the division's Dean to discuss the examination and if appropriate, confer with a faculty member of the discipline in which the course is offered.
  3. Upon approval of the Dean, take the completed form to the Cashier and pay the special examination fee.
  4. Return the Form and Cashier's receipt to the division office.
  5. Take the examination(s).

All procedures, (1 through 5 above) must be completed by the eighth week of the quarter.

Students who have taken higher level International Baccalaureate (IB) exams may be eligible for credit at Olympic College. Please have the International Baccalaureate offices submit documentation of the test scores directly to the Registration and Records Office. For OC credits offered by IB scores achieved, see exam scores below.

Exam Scores

IB Department (Higher Level) Score OC Credit Recommended OC Course and Credit
American History 7, 6, 5 5 HIST& 136
Anthropology 7, 6, 5 5 ANTH& 206
Biology 7, 6, 5 10 BIOL&160 and 1XX
Chemistry 5 6.5 CHEM& 141, 151
Chemistry 6 13 CHEM& 141, 151, 142, 152
Chemistry 7 19 CHEM& 141, 151, 142, 152, 143, 153
Design Technology 7, 6, 5 5 ENGR& 104
Economics 7, 6 10 ECON& 201, 202
Economics 5 5 ECON& 201
English 7, 6, 5 5 ENGL&111
European History 7, 6, 5 5 HIST& 118
French 7 15 FRCH& 121, 122, 123
French 6 10 FRCH& 121, 122
French 5 5 FRCH& 121
Geography 7, 6, 5 5 GEOG 101
German 7 15 GERM& 121, 122, 123
German 6 10 GERM& 121, 122
German 5 5 GERM& 121
Japanese 7 15 JAPN& 121, 122, 123
Japanese 6 10 JAPN& 121, 122
Japanese 5 5 JAPN& 121
Mathematics 7 5 MATH& 151
Mathematics 5, 6 5 MATH& 141
Music 7, 6, 5 5 MUSC& 105
Physics 7, 6, 5 18 PHYS 114, 115, 116
Psychology 7, 6, 5 5 PSYC& 100
Spanish 7 15 SPAN& 121, 122, 123
Spanish 6 10 SPAN& 121, 122
Spanish 5 5 SPAN& 121
Theater Arts 7, 6, 5 10 DRMA& 101 and 1XX

 

Olympic College is committed to helping military personnel and their families pursue their academic goals. We offer many military educational support opportunities. Our military advisor is ready to assist you with your individualized educational plan. For more information contact Military Education OC or Registration and Records.

Credit for military experience and college transfer credit

Olympic College awards credit for military training and experience or college transfer credit. This credit can be applied towards an Associates or Professional Technical degree. Have your transfer credit officially evaluated or contact the advisor for a specific professional/technical program for more information.

Credit by Examination

Credit by examination gives you the opportunity to demonstrate college-level achievement through examination. It may allow you to skip ahead, save money and time. Olympic College may accept the following examinations.

    College Level Entrance Examination Program Exam
    DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST)

 

Distance Learning

Olympic Colleges offers courses and degree opportunities online. OC also offers opportunities through our Navy College Program Distance Learning Partnership (NCPDLP).

Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges – SOC

Servicemembers Opportunity College (SOC) Agreements are degree plans customized for active duty military and family members. Find out more.

Earn a degree for your rating

In support of the Navy's requirements for advancement, Olympic College offers a variety of areas of study that lead to an associate degree and can provide academic enhancement and enrichment for active duty personnel. See more.

Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES)

DANTES is a DoD organization created to help Servicemembers pursue their educational goals and earn the degrees or certification they deserve while continuing to serve their country. Olympic College supports DANTES.

Credit may be awarded in professional/technical programs for experience and/or competency gained outside Olympic College. Credit may be granted for vocational or professional/technical education taken in proprietary colleges, military service schools or journeyman-level work experience. Contact the advisor by searching by specific programs in "Programs and Classes" on the main menu.

Through the "Direct Transcript of Tech Prep Credit" agreement, high school and college credit may be earned at the same time. High school or technical school students who have earned a "B" grade or higher in specific Tech Prep courses may submit an application for college credit through their school career center counselor. Articulated courses are matched to OC professional/technical courses and are transcripted for college credit.

Current OC students may apply to earn credit for certain courses designated by the division and discipline as appropriate for vertical challenge. Through this process, students may be permitted to register for a designated advanced course and to receive credits with a grade of "P" for the bypassed course(s). A numerical grade of 3.0 or higher in the advanced course is required for consideration of the vertical challenge credit for the bypassed course(s). The only grade that can be earned in the bypassed course(s) is "P". To apply for vertical challenge credit:

  1. Make an appointment with the appropriate division Dean to discuss what courses are approved for bypass.
  2. Obtain the "Credit by Vertical Challenge" form from the Dean's office. Complete the form and secure the Dean's signature.
  3. Take the form to the Cashier and pay the required transcript fee.
  4. Submit the form and the receipt to the Registration and Records Office prior to the third week of the quarter.
  5. When the quarter is completed, the student will receive notification of the final decision and appropriate course will be posted to the transcript.

Olympic College courses numbered 100 and above will normally transfer to other colleges and universities. The receiving institution determines which credits will or will not be accepted. Consult the Degree Requirements for those courses that generally transfer to baccalaureate institutions. Also see the Transfer Equivalency Guides for more information and resources.

Acceptance and Exam Scores


Credit by examination gives you the opportunity to demonstrate college-level achievement through examination. See tabs on this page for more information.

Notes and LImitations

  1. Students who intend to transfer to a university should contact the admissions office of that university for information about transfer of CLEP courses.
  2. Credit is granted for classes listed below, depending on degree.

Subject Exams

CLEP Exams Minimum Score Required* Olympic College Equivalency Quarter Hours Accepted
Financial Accounting 50 ACCT& 201 4.5 QH
Info Systems & Computer Apps 50 CIS 150 4.5 QH
Intro Business Law 50 BUS& 201 4.5 QH
Principles of Management 50 BMGMT 282 4.5 QH
Principles of Marketing 50 BMGMT 180 4.5 QH
Humanities 50 HUMAN 900 9.0 QH
American Literature 50 ENGL&244 9.0 QH
Analyzing & Interpreting Literature 50 ENGL& 111 9.0 QH
English Literature 50 ENGL 904 9.0 QH
French Language, Level 1 50 FRCH&121 9.0 QH
French Language, Level 2 59 FRCH& 121, 122, 123 18.0 QH
German Language, Level 1 50 GERM& 121 9.0 QH
German Language, Level 2 60 GERM& 121, 122, 123 18.0 QH
Spanish Language, Level 1 50 SPAN& 121 9.0 QH
Spanish Language, Level 2 63 SPAN& 121, 122, 123 18.0 QH
American Government 50 POLS& 202 4.5 QH
History of US: Early Col to 1877 50 HIST& 136 4.5 QH
History of US: 1865 to present 50 HIST& 137 4.5 QH
Human Growth & Development 50 PSYC& 200 4.5 QH
Intro to Educational Psychology 50 PSYC 900 4.5 QH
Intro to Psychology 50 PSYC& 100 4.5 QH
Intro to Sociology 50 SOC& 101 4.5 QH
Principles of Macroeconomics 50 ECON& 202 4.5 QH
Principles of Microeconomics 50 ECON& 201 4.5 QH
Social Sciences & History 50 SOCSC 900 9.0 QH
Western Civ I: Ancient Near East to 1648 50 HIST& 116 4.5 QH
Western Civ II: 1648 to present 50 HIST&118 4.5 QH
Biology 50 BIOL 900 9 QH
College Algebra 50 Math 99 (meets prerequisites for higher level math classes) -
Natural Sciences 50 SCI 900 9.0 QH

*Prior to 10/10/2001, a CLEP score of 500 was the minimum required score.

CLEP Information

For more information regarding CLEP exams, please visit their website at http://clep.collegeboard.org/ or to order your CLEP transcript, please go to: http://clep.collegeboard.org/test-takers/feedback.

Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES)

DANTES is a DoD organization created to help Servicemembers pursue their educational goals and earn the degrees or certification they deserve while continuing to serve their country. Olympic College supports DANTES.