Transfer Equivalencies

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Northwest Tech established general education transfer course equivalencies with the colleges and universities listed below for ease of transfer between institutions. The purpose of defining course equivalents is to clarify the evaluation of transfer credits to allow students to plan their academic career and minimize credit loss.

Most general education courses offered at Northwest Tech are eligible to transfer to and from the listed institutions. For specific course information please contact the Office of Academic Affairs at 785.890.1509.

An equivalent course may or may not apply toward a specific degree. An academic advisor can review your transcript alongside program requirements to make this determination. For an official evaluation of transfer credits, students are encouraged to apply for admission at Northwest Tech and submit official high school and post-secondary transcripts.

Kansas System-Wide Transfer
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There is a growing list of courses approved by the Kansas Board of Regents for guaranteed transfer among all Kansas public postsecondary institutions.

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Reverse Transfer
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Students who transfer to a Kansas public university from a Kansas public community college or technical college (or vice versa) are eligible for Reverse Transfer, which allows for the attainment of any associate degree for which one is eligible along the way to additional certificates and degrees.

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Credit for Prior Learning

Credit for Prior Learning (CPL), also referred to as Prior Learning Assessment (PLA), can expedite adults’ completion of postsecondary education programs by evaluating an individual’s existing knowledge and competencies and awarding college credit as appropriate.

Such credit may be gained through skills exhibited through work and life experiences, such as employer and military training programs, industry certifications, non-credit postsecondary-level courses, and civic or volunteer experiences. CPL encompasses both credit for prior learning and advanced standing for prior learning. Obtaining credit for prior learning is the optimal outcome of a prior learning assessment.

CPL credit may be awarded based on evaluation by trained faculty in the student’s program, awarded based on recommendations in the ACE Guide, and/or awarded as part of a student’s portfolio assessment, apprenticeship, 3rd party certification, professional licensure, prior military credit, and challenge exams. *Challenge exams do not exist for all Northwest Tech courses.

CPL will be awarded only for degree seeking students who have enrolled. Northwest Tech will award up to 75% of the total program hours for CPL.

All credit for prior learning is recorded on student’s transcripts. All credit for prior learning will be denoted as CPL and will not be calculated in to the cumulative grade point average.

No charges are assessed for prior learning credits.

1. Credit for Work Experience

The purpose of Credit for Work Experience (CWE) is to recognize significant technical training and competency attainment that adults have previously mastered through their employment in a technical field, and to award college credit for the competencies attained. Departments will decide which, if any, of their courses qualify for CWE. NWKTC does not accept credit awarded for work experience from other post-secondary institutions. Transferring post-secondary institution may make determination of transfer of CWE hours.

Award of College Credits: Students may receive a maximum of six (6) credit hours towards the completion of a Technical Certificate or a total of twelve (12) credit hours towards an Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree. CWE must be compatible with courses meeting certificate or AAS degree requirements. Work experience must be within the last 3 years in order to be considered.

For more information, contact the Registrar’s Office at 785-890-1521.

2. Credit by Examination

Students who have knowledge or experience in an area paralleling instruction in a Northwest Tech general education class may apply for credit by examination for any class to a maximum of nine hours of credit by examination per credential. This examination, developed by the program instructor(s), will be comparable to a comprehensive review of the class content and will be administered by a designated college official.

The credit by examination procedures will include the following:

  • The student must be accepted for enrollment in a specified Northwest Tech technical certificate or degree program.
  • The student may apply for a maximum of nine credit hours by examination.
  • The student may seek credit by examination for any course providing the following criteria have been met:
  • Student has not previously failed course
  • Student has not previously received credit for the course
  • Student must have completed the credit by examination successfully prior to the completion of 25% of the course.
  • The student must complete an Application for Credit Examination, which includes permission/signatures from the Instructor and the
  • This form will be maintained in the student’s permanent file.
  • The student will pay a credit by examination fee of $25 per course, plus all applicable tuition and fees, prior to the administration of the
  • The results of the exam will be given to the Vice President of Academic Affairs who will notify the student of the results within five
    business days of the exam.
  • The credit earned by examination will be shown on transcript as “pass”, or if examination is failed, course will be required to be taken.

3. CLEP Testing
CLEP is a testing program of The College Board designed to measure prior learning and mastery of introductory (lower division) college course material in particular subject areas. Students must arrange for an official report of CLEP examination scores to be sent to Northwest Tech from The College Board in order to receive credit. Northwest Tech will grant credit to students who earn a score of 50 or higher on CLEP examinations. Northwest Tech will grant credits for an equivalent course when a CLEP examination covers material that is substantially similar to an existing lower division course. Equivalent course credits may be applied to certificate, diploma, and/or degree programs as either a required course or as an elective course. Northwest Tech will grant lower division elective course credits when a CLEP examination covers material that is deemed to be college level and is substantially similar to an existing course. Elective course credits may be applied to certificate, diploma, and/or degree programs as either a required course or as an elective course.

4. Military Credits

Military Credits including military training, will be evaluated according to the ACE Guide. For Military training, credit will be evaluated from the student’s military documents using the “ACE Guide to the Evaluation of Experiences in the Armed Forces.” For Army veterans, the Joint Services Transcript (JST) will provide a transcript of ACE credit recommendations for all coursework completed while in service, the military occupational specialties (MOSs) held, and examinations passed.

Official test scores or transcripts of prior learning credit should be forwarded to:
Registrar’s Office
PO Box 668
Goodland, Kansas 67735

Transfer Colleges:

Click on any of the universities below to download and view transfer equivalencies for that specific institution.