Transcripts from regionally accredited colleges and universities may contain credits that can apply for a student’s course work in their chosen program. General Academic courses are evaluated by the Admissions and Records Office in compliance with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Academic Course Guide Manual. Technical credit must be requested by the student by notifying the Academic Advisor. All technical transfer credit must be approved by the Division Director/Chair in the student's major field of study. Official transcripts from all the institutions the student attended must be submitted to the Admissions & Records Office before any determination of credit can be made. Further details are outlined in the TSTC West Texas College Catalog.
Advanced Placement (AP)
Students may earn credit by Advanced Placement (AP) examination by submitting official qualifying test scores from the College Board’s AP program or by official scores documented on the official high school transcript. Score reports and official transcripts must be submitted to the Admissions & Records Office for determination of AP credit. Subject areas and qualifying scores are listed in the TSTC West Texas College Catalog.
College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
Students may earn credit by examination by submitting official qualifying test scores from the College Board’s CLEP program. Subject areas and qualifying scores are listed in the TSTC West Texas College Catalog.
Credit for Military Training
Students who received training while in the United States Armed Services may receive credit for that training, provided appropriate documentation is provided and the training is equivalent to a course or courses offered by TSTC. Credit awarded for military training is based on the recommendations from the American Council on Education in its Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services and must be approved by the appropriate TSTC department Division Director/Chair for the specific subject area.
Students who wish to receive credit for military training should obtain a transcript from the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES). This agency maintains the educational records of the service members who have completed DANTES subject Standardized Tests (DSSTs), CLEP examinations, USAFI (United States Armed Forces Institute), and GED tests.
Students with former military training may find additional information available in the TSTC West Texas College Catalog, the TSTC Military Credit webpage, the DANTES website and the Joint Transcript Services website.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBD)
Students who received an International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB) may receive TSTC course credit for qualifying exam scores. Official transcripts with documented IBD scores must be submitted to the Admissions & Records Office for determination of credit. Subject areas and qualifying scores are listed in the TSTC West Texas College Catalog.
TSTC Challenge Exams
TSTC Challenge Exams are comprehensive examinations for technical courses in which proficiency may be determined by examination. These exams are designed and written by qualified faculty and authorized by the college department and/or department Division Director/Chair. Students must begin the process with their Faculty Advisor. More information about Challenge Exams is listed in the TSTC West Texas College Catalog.
TSTC Semester Credit for Continuing Education Units
TSTC students who have successfully completed continuing education (CEU) courses offered by a TSTC college are eligible to apply for a semester credit hour (SCH) course credit. Only CEU course approved as workforce education courses in the Workforce Education Course Manual that are offered by a TSTC college are eligible for a semester credit. More information about CEU to SCH credit is outlined in the TSTC West Texas College Catalog.
Credit for Industrial Experience
In some cases, course credit may be given for applicable and validated industry experience, subject to the evaluation and approval by the Division Director/Chair, faculty advisor and Admissions & Records Office. Credit is provisional and may be cancelled at any time if subsequent course work at TSTC West Texas is unsatisfactory.
More Information about Credit Opportunities
The total number of semester credit hours granted for credit awards depends upon the student’s program of study.
The total credit awarded (including transfer credits) cannot exceed 75 percent of the total credits required for the student’s declared program of study. At least 25 percent of the total credits in a TSTC West Texas student’s certificate or associate degree plan must be earned through regular SCH instruction at TSTC West Texas or another institution of higher education in partnership with TSTC West Texas. To receive credit awards, students must be enrolled at TSTC West Texas and have completed a minimum of six semester credit hours of non-developmental coursework at TSTC West Texas.
A grade of CR (credit) will be assigned for any course in which credit awards are received. This grade is not computed in the grade point average, and the credit does not count toward calculation of student load for a term. The student is responsible for obtaining documentation and submitting it to the Admissions & Records Office. Students must complete the appropriate Credit Award Request Form with appropriate documentation to initiate the Credit Award process. Payment of any fees associated with Credit Award Program must be received before credit can be posted to the student’s transcript.
For complete information on all types of credit opportunities, please consult the TSTC West Texas College Catalog.