Transfer Credits

CompleteDegree@Simmons

Your previous education has value at Simmons. As a student in one of our online bachelor’s programs, you will build off of the progress you’ve already made toward your degree — we accept up to 96 transfer credits, which can include prior college credits earned from regionally accredited institutions and credit for life experience.

Approved transfer credits will appear on your Simmons transcript as credit, however no grades will transfer in. Some transfer credit may count as a Simmons course equivalent, while some may only be counted as general credit. All CompleteDegree@Simmons students must complete their final 32 credits with Simmons. 

General Requirements for Transferable Credit

  • Only credits from regionally accredited institutions may transfer.
  • Only courses comparable to courses offered by Simmons may transfer as credits toward a particular major.
  • Only credit earned with a grade of C or above may transfer.
  • Grades of “pass” must be accompanied by proof that it represents a C or higher.
  • Quarter hours will transfer as two-thirds semester hour credits.
  • There is no expiration for credits that were previously earned/completed as it pertains to the total 128-credit requirement for degree completion — though some programs may place a time limit on whether older courses fulfill major requirements due to accrediting bodies.
  • Credit attributable to the completion of major requirements are decided with an official Transfer Credit Evaluation (TCE) from the Simmons Office of the Registrar.
  • Transfer credits will be applied to your Simmons record once all official transcripts are received.

Transfer credit will not be granted for:

  • developmental, remedial, or pre-college courses
  • professional development or skills-based courses such as EMT, CPR, personal wellness, etc.
  • recreational or physical education courses
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) courses and all Boston Language Institute courses
  • credit given by exam at another institution or transfer credit granted by another institution

Transfer Credit Evaluation

As a prospective or accepted CompleteDegree@Simmons student, you will receive an individualized evaluation of your prior coursework once you provide your academic transcripts. Your Transfer Credit Evaluation will list the total number of transfer credits awarded based on each institution’s transcript, along with any Simmons course equivalencies or general education waivers.

Credit for Life Experience

At Simmons, we recognize that many important lessons are learned through work, community service, leadership, and other life experiences. Through the Credit for Prior Learning program, you can receive credit for knowledge gained outside of the classroom. This credit counts toward the 96 maximum transfer credits allowed, and no more than 24 Credit for Prior Learning portfolio credits will be granted.

RN to BSN Block Credit Transfer Policy

Credit requirements for completion of a BSN at Simmons university is 128 credits composed of nursing and liberal arts and science courses.

Applicants who have completed an Associates Degree in Nursing program from a regionally accredited college or university and have passed the NCLEX Registered Nurse Examination will automatically be awarded credit as a block of 72 credits. Applicants with an unencumbered, unrestricted and active RN license will automatically receive an additional  22 credits for a total of 94 credits. 

As part of admission to the Simmons RN to BSN program students must have an ADN which includes their general education requirements and must have completed the following courses with a C+ or better:

  • General Biology
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Anatomy and Physiology I & II
  • Psychology
  • Microbiology
  • Lifespan Psychology

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