Alternative Options for Earning Credits
In addition to earning credits by taking Bellevue College classes, students have other options for applying college level credits toward a Bellevue College degree or certificate. These options are listed below. For a credit evaluation, students must submit official transcripts or test score reports to the appropriate department.
Credits Earned at Other Institutions
In general, BC only accepts credits earned at institutions accredited by their regional accrediting association provided that such credits have been earned through college-level courses that are applicable to the student's program at BC. Credits from non-regionally accredited institutions follow the college's policies and procedures for awarding non-traditional credit.
There are six regional accrediting agencies. College level credits earned at the institutions accredited by one of the following regional accrediting agencies are acceptable to BC's degree or certificate programs based on their applicability.
- New England Association of Schools and
- North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA)
- Middle States Association of Schools and
- Southern Association of Schools and Colleges
- Western Association of Schools and Colleges
- Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges
The college reserves the right to accept or reject credits earned at other institutions of higher education. Currently enrolled students pursuing a degree or certificate may request an official evaluation to have their transfer credits reviewed by the Evaluations Office. The information recorded on transfer credits and the transfer GPA become part of the student's record; however, they are not part of the student's official transcript. Not all transfer credits may apply toward graduation requirements.
Advanced Placement (AP) & International Baccalaureate (IB)
Students who engaged in college-level study in high school through the College Board’s Advanced Placement (AP) or the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program can obtain credit towards a Bellevue College degree, placement in advanced classes, or both, on the basis of their performance on AP or IB exams. For placement into an eligible advanced course, students present an original copy of their test results to the Evaluations Office. For credit, the student must ask the testing agency to send scores to the Records Office. Posting of AP or IB credits may be requested after successful completion of 10 Bellevue College credits. Students will not be granted credit if the equivalent college course has been taken.
A maximum of 60 AP and/or IB credits may be awarded; however, not all credits may apply toward a Bellevue College degree or certificate.
For International Baccalaureate (IB), 5 credits are granted for each Higher Level (HL) subject in which a score of 5 or higher is earned. For example, a student’s transcript would be noted as “IB English 1B ENGL& 101 - 5.0 Credits.”
Advanced Placement (AP) credit or placement into advanced courses is granted according to AP course and score earned. When credit is granted, a notation will be added to the student’s transcript, for example, "AP Calculus MATH& 151 - 5.0 Credits".
College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)
A score of 50 or higher is required for each CLEP exam for receiving BC college credits. A maximum of 5 credits is granted per exam. Posting of CLEP credits may be requested after successful completion of 10 BC credits. Credits will not be granted if the equivalent college course has been taken. CLEP credits are applied as restricted electives up to 15 credits for transfer associate degrees. Credits for professional and technical programs are granted based on the approval of the program chair and the applicability to the certificate or degree requirements. CLEP cannot be used for course placement In English or math. For credits, the student must ask the testing agency to send scores to Bellevue College. An example of how these credits appear on the transcript is “CLEP Exam American Government 5.0 Credits.”
Credits earned in Armed Forces Training Schools (AFTS) and through USAFI and DANTES are applied as restricted electives up to 15 credits for transfer associate degrees. Credits for professional and technical programs are granted based on the approval of the program chair and the applicability to the certificate or degree requirements. Official transcripts or DD-214 or DD-295 forms must be submitted. Contact the Evaluations Office for more details. An example of how these credits appear on the transcript is “PE Military Credit.”
Tech Prep is a dual-credit program that enables high school students to earn college credit for certain career and technical education courses taken at their high school. Any high school student may take a Tech Prep course, but only those who successfully complete the course with a “B” grade or higher earn college credit. Students must register with the Tech Prep College Connections.
College in the High School
High school students may earn both high school and college credit by taking courses through the College in High School program coordinated by local high schools and colleges. Students take these credits at their own high school. They may choose to pay a fee to co-enroll in the equivalent class at college. Information is available through the high schools in the area.
Running Start is a dual-credit program that enables qualified students to earn high school and college credit simultaneously. Students classified as high school juniors or seniors may apply to this program.
Washington community and technical colleges (CTCs) offer reciprocity to students transferring within the CTC system who are pursuing the Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA) degree or the Associate in Science-Transfer (AS) degree. Students who completed an individual course that met distribution degree requirements or fulfilled entire areas of their degree requirements at one college will be considered to have met those same requirements if they plan to complete the same degree when they transfer to another community or technical college in Washington. These degree requirements include Communication Skills, Quantitative Skills, or one or more Distribution Area requirements. Students must initiate the review process and must be prepared to provide necessary documentation to the Evaluations Office. Students must meet Residency Credit and Continuous Enrollment requirements at Bellevue College.