Criteria for Acceptance of Transfer Credit
Student Transfer Credit Resource Site
The University of Alaska provides a transfer credit resource site called the Transfer Evaluation System (TES). This site is designed to provide you with the ability to view how courses have recently
transferred to UAA from a variety of institutions, including UAF and UAS. This system is updated frequently and is by no means a comprehensive list of transferability.
If a course doesn't transfer as you expected, contact your academic advisor about
the petition process.
Graduate level credits transferred for application to graduate certificates or degrees
must be evaluated by faculty for approval.
Where possible, transfer credit is equated with UAA courses by matching the content,
level of instruction, course activities and student outcomes. When this is not possible,
evaluators may grant discipline-specific elective credit at the appropriate level.
- Anatomy and Physiology courses generally transfer as Departmental Electives unless
the full sequence is complete at the same university.
- Military credits are only evaluated by request after meeting with an academic advisor.
- Credits from Charter Colleges are under a different accreditation system that do not
transfer to UAA.
UAF & UAS Courses
Courses from the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) or the University of Alaska
Southeast (UAS) are transferred to UAA based on applicability toward degree requirements.
They are considered non-resident credits for purpose of graduation.
AAS and BS nursing students may take pre-major courses from any campus in the UA system.
UAF and UAS courses may have different registration priority and course prerequisites.
While courses frequently transfer automatically, occasionally students must contact
their academic advisor to request a manual transfer.
- Classes transferred from outside the UA system into UAF or UAS do not always transfer
to UAA as equivalent courses.
- Nontraditional Credit Policies vary between campuses. Please check with a UAA advisor early about transferring AP
Scores, CLEP or DSST exams, and Writing Credit by Placement.
Course Transfer Equivalencies (UAA, UAF, & UAS)
For students who are taking courses from UAF or UAS, this list of courses shows what will automatically transfer as equivalent UAA classes. Classes transferred from outside the UA system into UAF or UAS do not
always transfer to UAA as equivalent courses. Prerequisites may vary across campuses;
this list does not reflect those prerequisite courses.
Most classes will have the same subject and course number across campuses even if
the title does not match exactly.
- UAF Courses
College Level Courses
*Course numbers were BIOL F213X & F214X prior to July 1, 2018
- UAS Courses
College Level Courses
Complete list of GERs
The School of Nursing (SON) attempts to make the most of student's transfer credits
through the use of petitions. To start the petition process students need to meet
with their academic advisors to see if a petition is possible. All students must still
meet UAA's University Policies for graduation. Changes in course level, grading, or number of credits awarded cannot be petitioned.
Steps to Start a the Process
Your advisor will send you the petition through an email from DocuSign. This email
does occasionally go to the spam folder.
Some prerequisite courses may need to be approved by the Department Chairperson for
the petitioned course (i.e. Anatomy & Physiology I or Survey of Chemistry).
All nursing (NURS, NS, NSG, DNP) course petitions must include a syllabus and be individually
evaluated by Nursing Faculty for approval
Petitions are not guaranteed to be approved. Final authority to approve or deny petitions pertaining to program or college requirements
rests with the Program Chair and Nursing Director.
- Meet with a SON Academic Advisor to see if a petition is appropriate and what type
of documentation is needed.
- For courses taken outside of the UA system: a course syllabus from the institution of origin is usually needed. It is okay if the syllabus is not from the exact same semester
you took the course as it is still the same course name and number. We cannot use
a syllabus if the course name and number do not match your transcripts.
- For UA courses: a course description(s) may be used if it provides sufficient information.
- Petitions cannot be processed using textbooks, lab manuals, course notes, documentation
in a foreign languages, etc.
Due to the volume of petitions processed, SON no longer accepts paper petitions initiated
Courses that do not meet SON requirements
Courses listed under the following headings are the most frequently submitted courses that cannot be petitioned to meet our requirements.
This is not an exhaustive list and each course must undergo individual review. Courses
that transfer as direct equivalents to another UAA course rarely are able to go through
the petition process. Please see your nursing advisor for details.
- BIOL A111 & A112 Anatomy & Physiology
Human Anatomy & Physiology (A&P) course(s) should cover human structure and function.
Combined the courses must cover all of the following systems: circulatory, digestive,
endocrine, immune, integumentary, lymphatic, muscular, nervous, reproductive, respiratory,
skeletal, and urinary systems. Courses must include a lab component.
Courses that do not meet SON A&P with lab requirement
- Human Anatomy & Physiology without labs
- 1 semester of either Human Anatomy or Human Physiology
- Mammalian Anatomy & Physiology
- Comparative Anatomy & Physiology
- Animal Anatomy & Physiology
- Exercise Anatomy (Kinesiology) & Physiology (combined or taken separately)
BIOL A240 Microbiology for Health Sciences
A Microbiology course should cover the medical aspects of microbial cell structure
and function, including covering bacterial metabolism and genetics, virology, host
parasite interactions, host defense mechanisms and epidemiology. Course must include
a lab component.
Courses that do not meet SON Microbiology with lab requirement
- Cell/Molecular Biology
- Immunology, Endocrinology, Hematology, or Virology
- Life Sciences
- CHEM A103/L Survey of Chemistry
A Survey of Chemistry course should cover chemical reactions, stoichiometry, atomic
theory and structure, chemical bonding, equilibrium, and acid/bases.
Note: CHEM A105/L is pre-approved to meet the CHEM A103/L requirement as long as the student
is able to complete CHEM A104/L with a C or better.
Courses that do not meet SON Survey of Chemistry with lab prerequisites
- Contemporary Chemistry
- Chemistry of Nutrition
- Research in Chemistry
- Chemical analysis
- CHEM A104/L Organic & Biochemistry
Organic Chemistry courses should cover the structure, nomenclature, and synthesis
of organic compounds. Biochemistry courses should cover processes and pathways, biological
macromolecules and metabolites.
Courses that do not meet SON Organic Chem & Biochem with lab requirement
- 1 semester of either Organic Chemistry or Biochemistry
- Environmental Chemistry
- Cellular/Molecular Chemistry
- General Chemistry II
- DN A203 Nutrition for Health Sciences
A Nutrition course studies nutrition in the life cycle including food sources and
requirements of nutrients, and physiological and metabolic aspects of nutrient function.
Reviews disease states, food selection, and cultural and contemporary issues of concern
to health professionals.
Common courses that do not meet SON Nutrition for Health Sciences requirement
- Personal Nutrition
- Sport/Exercise Nutrition
Courses named only Nutrition vary drastically between colleges and universities. These
courses generally need a syllabus for processing
- PSY A150 Life Span Development
A Life Span Development course reviews physical, cognitive, and socioemotional aspects
of human growth, maturation, and development across the lifespan. Must include all
stages from birth to death and dying.
Common courses that do not meet SON Life Span Development requirement
- Child/Adolescent Development (any course including only one age group)
- General Psychology
- Psychology of a specific gender
- Abnormal Psychology
- Educational Psychology
- Reasoning Skills (PHIL A101, A201, or ENGL A120)
A Reasoning Skills course should cover formal and informal reasoning skills, central
problems of knowledge, reality, and good and evil. Emphasis on principles and techniques
of critical thinking including a variety of methods for analyzing written and visual
arguments in a variety of media.
Courses that generally meet SON Reasoning Skills requirement
These petitions may require additional approval from the Philosophy Department
- Methods of Inquiry
- Critical Thinking
- Ways of Knowing
Common courses that do not meet SON Reasoning Skills requirement
- WRTG Written Communication Skills GER courses
- Literature or Composition
- Ancient, Medieval, Post Modern, etc. Philosophy
- STAT A200 Elementary Statistics (previously STAT A252)
A Statistics course should cover probability, descriptive methods, sampling, inferences,
interpreting data, hypothesis testing, and regression.
Common courses that do not meet SON Statistics requirement
- Business Statistics
- Quantitative Analysis
- General Mathematics