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I have a nursing degree. Can I receive transfer credits at A-State nursing program?
You must be a licensed registered nurse in the State of Arkansas to receive transfer credit at A-State for nursing courses taken in another country. The link to Arkansas State Board of Nursing licensure by exam information for internationally educated nurses is: http://www.arsbn.arkansas.gov/licensing/Pages/examination.aspx
How do I know what courses will transfer as equivalent A-State courses?
Start by checking the transfer course equivalency took here: http://asutep.astate.edu/. In the section titled “Search by Non A-State Course,” you can look up your previous university and the courses from that university which have been reviewed for credit in the past.
If your university and course are not already in the transfer course equivalency tool, then you will send your syllabus for that course to the international transfer advisor.
After admission, you will receive a PDF from our transfer specialist. This will tell you which courses have already been evaluated as equivalent to specific A-State courses, and which courses we will evaluate. Courses which we will evaluate will be marked with the note “send syllabus.”
Once you are admitted, please watch for the email from our transfer specialist requesting your syllabus. The sooner you can complete this process, the better, but we do not need to finish the process before you arrive for classes.
What courses will not transfer?
Under the following circumstances, courses will not transfer as equivalent to A-State courses:
Where do I find the syllabus for a course?
If you don’t have the syllabus, you should contact the professor of the course or department that the course was taught in. Some universities will also make the syllabus available online.
What information should be on the syllabus?
The syllabus should include at least a course description, the textbooks used, and the weekly topics. It might also include information such as learning objectives and assessment methods.
What if I can’t obtain the syllabus?
Unfortunately, we can only accept transfer equivalencies for courses if we have the syllabus for review.
My syllabus isn’t in English. What should I do?
If the original syllabus is not in English, please send the original syllabus and a translation. You can translate the syllabus yourself or have someone else translate it for you.
What happens after I send you the syllabus?
The transfer specialist will send the syllabus to the appropriate department at Arkansas State University. The department will decide if the course from your original university is equivalent to a course at Arkansas State University. If there is an equivalent course, the department and the transfer specialist will fill out the paperwork and the course will appear on your Arkansas State University transcript and degree evaluation as transferred.
Please keep in mind that your acceptable transfer credit will not show up on your Arkansas State University transcript until you have submitted your official transcript from your previous university or universities.
If I send the syllabus, will I get credit for a course?
Sending a syllabus doesn’t mean that you will receive credit for a specific course. The academic departments at Arkansas State University make that decision, so they might decide not to accept a course. Departments reject course transfers for reasons related to the number of credit hours (the number of hours spent in class per week), the topics covered, the course’s level, and laboratory requirements.
If the course under review is not accepted as equivalent to an A-State course, it will remain as “transfer credit” on your A-State transcript. In some cases, the department might give you elective credit for a course that does not closely match an A-State course.
For example, let’s say you took a calculus course at your previous university. If the math department at Arkansas State University evaluates that course as being equivalent to MATH 2204 Calculus I, then you will receive credit for MATH 2204 Calculus I on your A-State transcript. However, the math department might decide that the course from your previous university does not cover the same topics as MATH 2204 Calculus I; in that case, the course will remain on your transcript listed as “GENL 1000 Transfer Credit.”
I don’t want to transfer my courses because my grades are low. Is that possible?
Every class you have taken and every grade that you have received at a previous university will be on your transcript at Arkansas State University, marked as transfer credit.
When should I send my syllabi?
You should send your syllabi as soon as possible. If we can finalize your transferred courses before you begin your first semester, you will be able to get registered as efficiently as possible. However, it is not required that you complete the process before you arrive.
I have completed another semester since I applied. Can I transfer these courses as well?
Yes, you can. You will need to work with the International Programs office. To help speed up the process, please include a PDF of your new transcript and PDFs of your syllabi for these new classes. Remember that you will need to turn in your official final transcript showing these additional classes before they are added to your A-State transcript.
I already have a bachelor’s degree from a previous university. What is the process for me?
We do not do a transfer equivalency process for students with previous a bachelor’s degree. For these students, transfer work isn’t entered into their A-State transcript, except for composition and/or US history courses taken at other US universities. The post-degree students are not required to take general education courses except Math, US History, Compositions, and other courses that may be required by the program.