Transfer Policies

Transfer and Award of Academic Credit

College transfer credits are determined by the receiving institution. Each institution is responsible for determining its own policies and practices with regard to the transfer and award of credit. It is the receiving institution’s responsibility to provide reasonable and definitive policies and procedures for determining a student’s knowledge in required subject areas. International Sports Sciences Association will furnish transcripts and other documents necessary for a receiving institution to judge the quality and quantity of the work completed by its students. Be advised that the work reflected on the transcript may or may not be accepted by a receiving institution.

Transfer Credit

Credit transfer depends on:

  1. The educational quality of the institution from which the student transfers.
  2. The comparability of the nature, content, and level of credit earned.
  3. The appropriateness and applicability of the credit earned to the programs offered by the receiving institution, in light of the student’s educational goals.

Accreditation: Accreditation speaks primarily to the first of these considerations, serving as the basic indicator that an institution meets certain minimum standards. ISSA CES gives careful attention to the accreditation conferred by accrediting bodies recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA and/or the U.S. Department of Education (USDE). CHEA is a non-profit organization of colleges and universities that has a formal process of recognition that requires recognized accrediting bodies to meet the same, generally accepted minimum standards for accreditation. USDE has a governmental process of recognition that requires recognized accrediting bodies to meet federal standards ensuring that education provided by accredited institutions of higher education meets acceptable levels of quality.

Comparability and Applicability: Comparability of the nature, content, and level of transfer credit and the appropriateness and applicability of the credit earned in programs offered by the receiving institution are important in the evaluation process. This information is obtained from catalogs and other materials and from direct contact between staff at both the receiving and sending institutions.

Admissions and Degree Purposes: There may be differences between the acceptance of credit for admission purposes and the applicability of credit for degree purposes. A receiving institution may accept previous work, place a credit value on it, and enter it on the transcript. However, that previous work, because of its nature and not its inherent quality, may be determined to have no applicability to a specific degree to be pursued by the student.

Unaccredited Institutions: Institutions of postsecondary education that are not accredited by CHEA-recognized accrediting bodies may lack that status for reasons unrelated to questions of quality. Such institutions, however, cannot provide a reliable, third-party assurance that they meet or exceed minimum standards. That being the case, students transferring from such institutions may encounter special problems in gaining admission and in transferring credits to accredited institutions.

Foreign Institutions: In most cases, foreign institutions are chartered and authorized by their national governments, usually through a ministry of education. Although this provides for standardization within a country, it does not produce useful information about comparability from one country to another. The Council on International Education Exchange, Council on Evaluation of Foreign Credentials, National Liaison Committee on Foreign Student Admissions, and National Association of Foreign Student Affairs can assist with information or guidelines on admission and course placement of foreign students. Equivalency or placement recommendations are evaluated in terms of programs and policies of the individual receiving institution.

Validation of Extra-Institutional and Experiential Learning for Transfer Purposes: Transfer-of-credit policies encompass educational accomplishment attained in extra-institutional settings as well as at accredited postsecondary institutions. Recommendations provided by the American Council on Education’s Office, credit-by-examination programs, and the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning help to determine credit equivalencies for various modes of extra-institutional learning.

What this means to you

ISSA CES accepts previous general education and elective coursework from an institution that is (or was at the time the course was completed) accredited by an organization recognized by either the U.S. Department of Education or CHEA. Transfer credit is only applied to degree programs and is not accepted for certificate completion.

Transferable coursework from outside institutions must be:

  • Relevant (a logical addition to your course of study)
  • Reliable (accredited institution, military education, CLEP, AP, etc.)
  • Verifiable (via official transcripts)
  • Completed with a grade of C or higher

Here are the types of credit accepted:

  • Relevant undergraduate general education or electives completed with a grade of C or higher through an institution accredited by an organization recognized by either the U.S. Department of Education or CHEA
  • Credit by Examination including:
    • Chauncey Group International - DSST Program (formerly DANTES Subject Standardized Tests)
    • College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)*
    • Excelsior College Exams (formerly ACT-PEP, formerly Regents College Exams)
    • College Board Advanced Placement (AP) Program
    • NCCA-accredited courses, upon passing a proctored competency exam with a 75% or higher (maximum of 2 — must correlate to College of Exercise Science curriculum)
    • ISSA LLC certification courses, upon passing a proctored competency exam with a 75% or higher (maximum of 2 — must correlate to College of Exercise Science curriculum)
  • Professional Military Education (non-academic experience and training) evaluated by the American Council on Education (ACE) as academic credit.

Please Note: International Sports Sciences Association College of Exercise Science’s school code for the CLEP examination is: 4898.

Credit earned in repeatable required courses may be applied only once to the degree requirements.

Some study abroad programs, upon approval, may satisfy some general education and/or elective requirements.

Relevant experiential learning as gained through the military and evaluated by the American Council on Education (ACE) for undergraduate credit can satisfy some general education or elective requirements. Official military transcripts are required. This institution does not award credit for any other prior experiential learning.

Credit awarded for experiential or equivalent learning, including credit-by-examination, cannot exceed 25 percent of the credits required for the degree.

Articulation Agreements

International Sports Sciences Association holds articulation agreements with:

  • California University of Pennsylvania (CAL U)
  • Huntington University of Health Sciences
  • American College of Healthcare Sciences USA (ACHS), Portland, OR
  • Waldorf College, Forest City, IA
  • United States Sports Academy (USSA)

California University of Pennsylvania (CAL U)

ISSA CES and CAL U acknowledge their shared mission to provide quality higher education programs, which meet the needs of the region and provide a workforce of highly trained residents. Graduates of the associate degree program will qualify for junior standing upon admission to CAL U’s BS in Sport Management with a concentration in Wellness & Fitness program, provided students earn a grade of C or higher in transferable classes.

Huntington University of Health Sciences

ISSA CES students who transfer to Huntington University of Health Sciences have their coursework evaluated on a course-by-course basis to determine which of the Huntington University of Health Sciences general education requirements and discipline requirements have been met. Graduates of ISSA CES’s AS in Exercise Science program will qualify for junior year standing upon admission to the Huntington University of Health Sciences BS in Nutrition program.

American College of Healthcare Sciences USA (ACHS)

ACHS accepts International Sports Sciences Association College of Exercise Science certificate courses (PTR) with a grade of B or higher for transfer credit. The student must successfully complete all admission requirements and enroll as a new student at ACHS within five years following completion at ISSA CES to receive transfer credit under this agreement. Upon enrolling at ACHS and submitting official ISSA CES transcripts, the ACHS Registrar will note the appropriate award of credit to the student’s transcript without additional charge. This credit will be recorded as “Transfer Credit” on the academic transcript and will be excluded when calculating the student’s grade point average. There will be no cost to the student for Transfer Credit obtained in this manner. Please be aware that the administrative fee structure at ACHS is subject to change.

Waldorf College

Waldorf will evaluate the ISSA CES’s courses submitted by applicants for credit transfer consideration. A maximum of 32 semester hours in the Associate’s Degree program, or 84 semester hours in the Bachelor’s Degree programs may be transferred into Waldorf, providing they are relevant and in alignment with the applicable degree program. Acceptance of courses and credits from the ISSA CES and other accredited institutions are evaluated by the Registrar according to the nature and quality of the coursework. A minimum GPA of 2.0 from the transferring institution is required for admission into Waldorf.

Under this agreement, students of the ISSA CES entering Waldorf’s On Campus programs will have the standard application fee waived and receive a $500 scholarship toward the first year’s tuition.

Students entering Waldorf’s On Campus Programs with less than 50 semester hours of credit transfer will be required to reside on campus.

United States Sports Academy (USSA)

USSA will admit qualified students from the ISSA CES associate’s degree program into its Bachelor of Sports Science Degree Program.  The degree program offers majors in Sports Coaching, Sports Management, Sports Strength and Conditioning, and Sports Studies.  Admission fee will be waived for any student graduating with an AS degree from the ISSA CES.

Articulation agreements are subject to change. Confirm the terms of these agreements with the articulating institution before you enroll.

Transfer Credit Evaluation

A completed program application and official transcripts from the conferring institution are required to facilitate credit evaluation. Transcripts for comparable ISSA CES undergraduate courses completed in a country other than the United States must be evaluated by an outside credential evaluation company before they are submitted to ISSA CES. The National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (www.naces.org) members are acceptable sources for foreign credential evaluation and translation services. Transcripts in languages other than English must be accompanied by a certified translation.

Credit for experiential learning from NCCA-accredited personal training courses or ISSA LLC courses (maximum 2) is awarded upon successful passing of corresponding competency exams with a score of 75% or higher. Competency exams must be completed within the students first term in the College of Exercise Science. Applicants must submit proof of certification from the certifying organization to registrar@issaonline.edu. (Note: Transferred certification courses do not result in an ISSA LLC certification. In order to receive an ISSA LLC certification, courses must be taken through the ISSA CES degree program.)

ISSA College of Exercise Science operates on a quarter system and courses are awarded quarter credit. If a student transfers over credit taken at a semester based institution, the credit is converted to the quarter equivalent. One quarter credit is equivalent to two-thirds of a semester credit.

Any course or credit recommendation (institutional or non-institutional) approved to transfer to ISSA CES degree requirements is evaluated on the quarter credit worth in addition to standards of educational quality to determine the applicability to ISSA CES degree requirements.

Credits applied towards degree requirements are recognized only for the quarter credit required for that specific degree requirement. No additional credit will be awarded beyond the quarter credits required.

The prospective student must provide the following documentation:

  • Official college/university transcripts (must come from conferring institution)
  • Proof of certification (if submitting NCCA-accredited / ISSA LLC certification courses for consideration)
  • Course outlines and/or catalog from awarding institution
  • Military-earned credit:
    • Joint Services Transcript (JST)
    • Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) transcript
  • Official standardized examination results:
    • Award of academic credit toward the degree program of enrollment is assessed on the basis of test scores and the appropriate subject area
    • ISSA College of Exercise Science will award transfer credits for exams that are associated with the current ISSA College of Exercise Science curriculum

Once the Transfer Credit Evaluation is complete, accepted transfer credit is applied to the degree plan and supplied to the applicant. The institution will maintain a written record of an applicant’s previous education and training, the record will clearly indicate that credit has been granted if appropriate, and the degree requirements will be shortened accordingly. To appeal the results of a transfer credit evaluation, contact the Office of the Registrar.

Competency Exam Policy

Relevant experiential learning from NCCA-accredited personal training courses within the Fitness and Wellness industry (including ISSA LLC) can be transferred in to satisfy core or elective credit in CES degree programs. Credit will be awarded upon successful passing of a competency exam with a 75%. All competency exams must be completed within the students first term in the College of Exercise Science. If an exam is not completed in the first term, a $15 fee will be charged to the student in order to take the exam. Students are allowed two attempts to pass the exam. After two unsuccessful attempts, transfer credit will not be awarded.

NOTICE CONCERNING TRANSFERABILITY OF CREDITS AND CREDENTIALS EARNED AT OUR INSTITUTION

The transferability of credits you earn at ISSA CES is at the complete discretion of an institution to which you may seek to transfer. Acceptance of the (degree, diploma, or certificate) you earn in the educational program is also at the complete discretion of the institution to which you may seek to transfer. If the (credits or degree, diploma, or certificate) that you earn at this institution are not accepted at the institution to which you seek to transfer, you may be required to repeat some or all of your coursework at that institution. For this reason you should make certain that your attendance at this institution will meet your educational goals. This may include contacting an institution to which you may seek to transfer after attending ISSA CES to determine if your (credits or degree, diploma, or certificate) will transfer.