Reciprocity, Course Substitution, Transcripts and Credit by Exam

The college provides the following methods of receiving credit for units toward graduation and transfer. With the exceptions of section (1) Enrollment and section (2) Transcripted coursework from Regionally Accredited Institutions, a combined maximum of 30 semester units of credit, and up to 40 units by petition for special circumstances, from sections C - E may be recognized by Mt. San Jacinto College as elective credit unless evaluated to meet other requirements at Mt. San Jacinto College or for transfer if allowed.

Mt. San Jacinto College enforces the completion of a 12 units of credit minimum for residency and these 12 units of credit must be taken at MSJC and must be on the transcript prior to any other credit being posted. Evaluation of other transcripts can occur without residency at MSJC.

Recency: Only certain majors, courses or outside licensing requirements allow for “repeated” coursework after receiving a passing grade. MSJC honors all accredited coursework regardless of date. Extenuating circumstances may allow for a repeat regardless of any grade posted on the first course.

  1. Enrollment – The student may enroll in a MSJC course and master the objectives required for college credit.
  2. Transcripted coursework – The district shall permit the waiver or substitution of courses required for completion of an associate in arts or associate in science degree or a program certificate, providing the district does not offer the required course on a regular basis and the student passes a comparable course at MSJC; or providing the student submits evidence that a course taken at another college with acceptable regional accreditation is comparable to the course required at Mt. San Jacinto College or has the same C-ID approved status or alternative approval on an ADT degree.
    1. Regionally Accredited colleges and universities – California
      1. Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges
      2. Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities.
    2. Regionally Accredited colleges and universities – Out-of-State
      1. Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
      2. Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
      3. North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
      4. New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
      5. Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
    3. Upper-Division coursework - will be recognized by Mt. San Jacinto College after the 12 unit residency has been met at Mt. San Jacinto College
      1. An awarded BA/BS degree from a U.S. Regionally Accredited institution will waive all local General Education requirements (A – H) using Option A at MSJC. MSJC will evaluate as much coursework as acceptable via CSU and UC guidelines for CSU GE Breadth and IGETC to allow for an ADT to be awarded at MSJC using Options B and C. Because a student would be considered a 2nd baccalaureate candidate at CSU or UC, many if not most universities would admit on an individual basis only and all ADT benefits from a California Community College will not be guaranteed
      2. MSJC will enforce the 12 distinctly different course content units between degrees. If there is a question on the difference, a student must petition with backup documentation justifying why an AS/AA or ADT degree is required. Unless otherwise stated, this requirement is for licensing requirements/regulations or employment or change of degree.
  3. Foreign Transcripts with official evaluations from a NACES member organization will be evaluated and used to clear equivalent course content or general education requirements
    1. A current list of approved foreign transcript evaluation agencies may be obtained in Enrollment Services. Students must provide all resources and reports regarding these transcripts in order for MSJC to evaluate and award credit. 30 semester units of credit, and up to 40 units by petition.
  4. Non-Regional Accredited colleges and universities – These types of colleges, traditionally trade/technical schools, must have National Accreditation with CHEA (Council for Higher Education Accreditation) and DOE (Department of Education) approvals
    1. MSJC may accept a limited number of courses from non-regionally accredited institution. This is only a policy accepted at MSJC and may not be transferred to any other institution in California
    2. Up to three courses with a maximum of 9 semester units of credit for CTE comparable course content only as determined by MSJC Departmental faculty or Administration. Course content will be used in lieu of MSJC course content, credit and units will not be attached to an MSJC course, these courses will not be posted to the MSJC transcript nor will these courses be used for transfer units unless an MSJC Credit-by-Examination is successfully completed.
  5. Internal (MSJC Credit-by-Exam or Tech Prep Credit-by-Exam) and External Sources of Credit (all other exams) – A student may demonstrate proficiency in a course and receive college credit by taking a written examination or any other approved method which shows the student has mastered the objectives of the course. MSJC adopted ASCCC Resolution 04.01 – S09, 09.05 – F10 and 09.01 – S11 which adopted the General Education list and templates determined by UC and CSU for use of AP, IB and CLEP exams. A student who has completed MSJC’s residency requirement of twelve (12) or more units with a 2.0 GPA may earn credit by successful completion of the following exams:
    1. Credit-by-Exam – MSJC internal exams by discipline
    2. Tech Prep Credit-by-exam – MSJC internal exams by discipline or pass along from another CCC
    3. Advanced Placement (AP)
      1. For amount and type of credit, please refer to the AP table in this catalog, the Enrollment Services Office or a counselor. Students transferring to other colleges and universities should check with the receiving institution as to the awarding of credit
    4. CLEP
      1. College Level Examination Program. For amount and type of credit, please refer to the CLEP table in this catalog, the Enrollment Services Office or a counselor. Students transferring to other colleges and universities should check with the receiving institution as to the awarding of credit
    5. International Baccalaureate (IB)
      1. For amount and type of credit, please refer to the IB table in this catalog, the Enrollment Services Office or a Counselor. Students transferring to other colleges and universities should check with the receiving institution as to the awarding of credit
    6. Military Credit - ACE (Smart Transcript), DD214, other
    7. Law Enforcement
    8. Nursing
    9. Cooperative Work Experience

NOTE: MSJC cannot grant a course waiver or course substitution that is inconsistent with Education Code or Title 5 regulations nor can it ensure that a substitution granted by the college will be accepted by another institution. A student who believes that he/she has a legitimate request for a course waiver or substitution for a degree or certificate shall follow the process as set forth in the administrative procedure.
Reference: Title 5, Sections 55606, 55808

In the interest of best serving students and establishing an efficient transfer route, the Academic Senate for California Community Colleges (ASCCC) encourages colleges to apply courses successfully completed as part of an ADT aligned degree at one college for requirements within their own degrees to the greatest extent deemed possible and reasonable (See ASCCC resolution 15.01 Spring 2011). While course substitution decisions remain a matter of local control, students often earn credit at multiple colleges during the course of their academic careers. The ASCCC strongly urges community colleges to establish policies to allow and encourage acceptance of the courses students have taken at other colleges. Where the substitution does not involve deeming two courses comparable, substitution decisions must be informed by the judgment of discipline faculty.

Academic Standards Procedure

Special circumstances warranting further consideration for adjustment or deviation from established procedures and policies of Mt. San Jacinto College may be pursued via an Academic Standards Petition located in Enrollment Services.

Please attach supportive documentation, obtain faculty or staff recommendation and submit to the Enrollment Services Office for Academic Standards Committee review.