COLLEGE TRANSFER CENTER
Grand Canyon University's (GCU) College Transfer Center is a hub for students transferring to GCU. Whether you attended a Maricopa community college or a major university, we are here to assist you in evaluating and anticipating your transfer opportunities and needs.
If you have taken coursework from other colleges and universities, you may be able to transfer those college credits to the degree you are pursuing at GCU.
GCU strives to make the process of earning your undergraduate degree simple. To provide guidance and assistance, GCU has developed college transfer policies that are helpful to know and use throughout the transfer process. You may transfer a total of 30 credits from alternative transfer credit options, including national exams, GCU-approved certificates and the Lifelong Learning Assessment (LLA).
To read more about GCU's college transfer policies, browse the University Policy Handbook.
Transfer Colleges to GCU
At GCU, we offer college transfer specialists who provide personalized support as you explore your degree options. Call 855-GCU-LOPE to speak with a college transfer specialist.
We also make the college transfer process easy with informative course equivalency guides and a partnership with the Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD), so you can see how your credits will apply to your degree. Learn more about transferring to GCU.
National exams offer you a way to demonstrate mastery of course content, without sitting through the class. You can earn up to 30 credits toward your bachelor's degree at GCU through these tests.
Advanced Placement (AP) exams offer you the ability to test your knowledge in many content areas, with the outcome of possibly earning college credit. With 34 exams to choose from, there may be a test for you!
- The exams are listed within the University Policy Handbook.
- Speak with your enrollment counselor to verify that your AP exam will count toward your major or degree program.
If you are interested in taking an AP exam, visit the AP website for more information.
An evaluation of language proficiency from the Berlitz Institute may be accepted for credit. You can take exams for any language assessed by Berlitz. Credit will satisfy foreign language requirements.
- Refer to the University Policy Handbook for more information.
- Check with your enrollment counselor to make sure that the exam you want to take covers the appropriate content areas.
Berlitz has provided GCU with a Berlitz Student Guide to help answer questions regarding the Berlitz language exam. You will be required to complete the Berlitz GCU foreign language test application to apply for this testing option.
The College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) gives you the opportunity to receive credit for knowledge you achieved through independent study, previous coursework, job training, etc.
- Review the 33 exams within the University Policy Handbook and decide which test you are interested in taking.
- Contact your enrollment counselor to verify that content is needed as a program requirement.
For more information about taking a CLEP exam, visit the CLEP website.
Unlike other testing methods, some Excelsior examinations include written essays, as well as multiple choice and other alternative formats, and may help you earn upper division credit. Exams are available in arts and sciences, business, nursing and more.
- Refer to the University Policy Handbook for a list of available exams.
- To ensure the exam you want to take covers the appropriate content areas, speak with your enrollment counselor.
To learn more, visit the Excelsior College exams website.
Formerly DANTES exams, the Prometric DSST exams are an opportunity to earn college credits by demonstrating content knowledge.
- There are 38 Prometric DSST exams you can choose from. Visit the University Policy Handbook to see a complete list of exams.
- Work with your enrollment counselor to ensure that the exam will help you earn credit toward your program.
Visit the DSST website for more information about taking an exam.
American Council on Education (ACE)
The American Council on Education (ACE) provides a recommended list of formal courses and examinations completed outside of a traditional classroom. This allows you to gain credits for your professional learning experiences and apply them to your academic program at GCU.
You should contact ACE for a transcript of professional training if applicable. For more information, please visit the ACE website.
If you have a professional certificate, you may qualify for undergraduate-level semester credits. Explore our various certificates for more information, and work with your enrollment counselor to ensure your college credits transfer properly.
Advanced Graduate-Level Certificates
GCU is also pleased to offer graduate-level credits in specific areas for appropriate certificates. Browse through our list of graduate-level certificates to learn about course equivalencies and to see if your certificate may help you earn your GCU degree.
LOPES Credit Evaluation
Find out how your previous college credits and military experience will transfer to GCU with our LOPES Credit Evaluation. This free service was created to help you understand exactly how your credits will transfer and how quickly you can earn your degree at GCU.
Our LOPES specialist will review all previous college transcripts to determine how those credits may be applied to your desired program. All credits evaluated must meet the requirements of the degree and satisfy specific course requirements in order to be transferred towards the degree program.
Please review these helpful tips and suggestions for completing the pre-evaluation process.
- Be sure to list all previous institutions within the template and complete each required field.
- Please attach transcripts from each institution attended, and make sure that each transcript is visible.
- Make sure the unofficial transcripts include course names, as GCU cannot evaluate based off of course prefixes and numbers.
- GCU will evaluate courses with an earned letter grade. GCU cannot evaluate pass/fail or satisfactory (S) grades. Undergraduate courses are transferable with a grade of C or better. Graduate courses are transferable with a grade of B or better.
Lifelong Learning Assessment
The Lifelong Learning Assessment (LLA) provides you with an opportunity to earn credits based on work and life experiences. Learn more about the LLA and how you can earn credits.
Concurrent Enrollment Program in Nursing
The need for highly qualified nurses continues to rise, making it imperative that students like you who are pursuing an advanced nursing education have a direct path to their degree. GCU works with community colleges in the Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) to provide students who already have a bachelor's degree a more efficient, less costly way to obtain their Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree through the Nursing Concurrent Enrollment Program (NCEP).
Concurrent enrollment can help you obtain your MSN, which may be attractive to hospitals and clinics that are interested in maintaining magnet status.
Master of Science in Nursing with an Emphasis in Leadership in Health Care Systems
Master of Science in Nursing with an Emphasis in Health Care Informatics
Master of Science in Nursing with an Emphasis in Nursing Education
Master of Science in Nursing with an Emphasis in Public Health
Master of Business Administration & Master of Science in Nursing: Nursing Leadership in Health Care Systems
You are eligible for NCEP if:
- You are enrolled in MaricopaNursing's Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Nursing degree program
- Have a GPA of 3.0 or more in all MaricopaNursing courses
- You have completed all MaricopaNursing and GCU prerequisite requirements
- You want to earn your MSN at GCU
- You have a bachelor's degree in another field
- You have attended a NCEP information session, followed by an application session
If you are an AAS student who already has a bachelor's degree, you can enroll in the NCEP while still completing your community college education. This gives you a more efficient pathway to your MSN degree and could save you on tuition costs.
See our brochure for more information about concurrent enrollment, prerequisites and more.
Key Benefits of GCU's Concurrent Enrollment Program
- Put yourself ahead of the 60 percent of nurses who graduate with an associate degree or diploma in nursing.1
- Learn core competencies of a highly sought-after bachelor's-prepared nurse. 2
- Save money! You will receive a significant tuition reduction on your MSN-bridge courses while enrolled in the concurrent enrollment program. Once you graduate, you will receive a MCCCD alumni tuition discount on your MSN program.
- Save time by focusing on coursework related to BSN core competencies rather than electives and foundational courses.
Learn more about the concurrent enrollment program by calling 855-GCU-LOPE and asking to speak with a member of the community college team today.
1 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration. (Sept. 2010). Nurse Population Findings from the 2008 National Sample Survey of Registered Nurses. Retrieved from: bhpr.hrsa.gov/healthworkforce/rnsurveys/rnsurveyfinal.pdf
2 Students who complete this program will NOT earn a BSN. Successful completion results in an Associate in Applied Science in Nursing from MaricopaNursing, Registered Nurse license after passing the NCLEX-RN and a Master of Science in Nursing from GCU.