Articulated Credit

Articulated credit refers to a process that aligns prior learning with postsecondary education courses or programs in order to allow students who successfully completed coursework, training, and/or industry recognized exams to be eligible to apply for articulated college credit in the corresponding college course.

Health Occupations Advanced Placement

EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNOLOGY 

A paramedic student who has current certification from the Texas Department of State Health Services as an EMT Basic, EMT Intermediate or EMT Paramedic but who did not complete the current EMSP courses or receive equivalent transfer credit from another accredited college or university may receive credit if the following credit for prior learning requirements are met:

  1. Submit a copy of current EMT basic, intermediate or paramedic certification from Texas Health & Human Services.
  2. Complete and submit the appropriate Credit for Prior Learning form.
  3. Pay the non-refundable articulation fee ($10 per credit hour - maximum of $150) payable to TVCC when notified by the registrar's office.

Credit will be awarded and applied only to the EMS degree or certificate.  All official transcripts containing credit intended for articulation must be received and evaluated by the Registrar's office prior to approval.  Students must complete at least 25% of the required credits for a certificate or degree through instruction at Trinity Valley Community College before the degree or certificate can be awarded. Please see an academic advisor or contact the Terrell Health Science Center counselor or provost for more information.

LVN-TO-ADN and Paramedic-To-ADN Transition

LVNs and/or Paramedics applying to the ADN Transition program who did not receive college credit from an accredited college for their vocational nursing or paramedic program may receive credit for the 12 credit hours of VNSG or EMSP electives needed for the ADN Transition program if the following credit for prior learning requirements are met:

1. Submit official transcripts from the VN or paramedic program and a copy of current licensure or certification as LVN or paramedic to the HSC Counselor.
2. Complete and submit the appropriate Credit for Prior Learning Form.
3. Pay the non-refundable articulation fee ($10 per credit hour) payable to TVCC when notified by the registrar's office.

Credit will be awarded and applied only to the ADN transition AAS degree.  Please see an academic advisor or contact the Terrell Health Science Center counselor or provost for more information.

Associate degree nursing

Students applying to transfer to the ADN program in Level II or Level III who did not receive college credit from an accredited college for their first or second semester nursing courses may receive credit for up to 18 credit hours of RNSG courses in Level I and II if the following credit for prior learning requirements are met:

1. Submit official transcripts from the prior nursing program to the HSC Counselor.
2. Complete and submit the appropriate Credit for Prior Learning Form. 
3. Pay the non-refundable articulation fee ($10 per credit hour) payable to TVCC when notified by the registrar's office.

Credit will be awarded and applied only to the ADN AAS degree.  Please see an academic advisor or contact the Terrell Health Science Center counselor or provost for more information.  If the student continues to the RN-to-BSN program, this process must be duplicated for the student to get credit for the ADN hours in the RN-to-BSN program. 

rn-to-bsn

Students applying for the RN-to-BSN program who graduated from a non-accredited college may receive credit for up to 36 hours of RNSG courses if the following credit for prior learning requirements are met:

1. Submit official transcripts from the ADN or diploma program and proof of current licensure as a Registered Nurse (RN).
2. Complete and submit the appropriate Credit for Prior Learning Form .
3. Pay the non-refundable articulation fee ($10 per credit hour - maximum of $150) payable to TVCC when notified by the registrar's office.

 Credit will be awarded and applied only to the RN-to-BSN degree.  Please see an academic advisor or contact the Terrell Health Science Center counselor or provost for more information.

Credit by Evaluation for Non-Traditional Experiences and Prior Learning Assessments

Medical Nursing Assistant

A student in the clinical medical assistant program may receive credit for successfully earning one or more of the certifications listed below if the following credit for prior learning requirements are met:

1. Complete 12 semester credit hours with TVCC.
2. Present proof that he/she has passed the certifying exam listed.
3. Complete and submit the appropriate Credit for Prior Learning Form.
4. Pay the non-refundable articulation fee ($10 per credit hour) payable to TVCC when notified by the registrar's office.  

Nurse Aide Certification (CNA) awarded by the State of Texas Department of Health and Human Services can be substituted for both NURA-1401 Nurse Aide for Health Care and NURA-1160 Clinical, Nursing Assistant/Aide and Patient Care Asst/Aide for a total of 5 credits
Medication Aide Certification (CNA) awarded by the State of Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services can be substituted for MDCA-1348 Pharmacology & Administration of Medications for a total of 3 credits 
American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP), Phlebotomy Technician awarded by the American Society of Clinical Pathologist can be substituted for PLAB-1323 Phlebotomy for a total of 3 credits.
National Healthcareer Association, Certified Phlebotomy Technician and documentation of the completion of a minimum of 30 successful live blood draws can be substituted for PLAB-1323 Phlebotomy and PLAB-1171 Phlebotomy Lab for a total of 4 credits.

Credit will be awarded and applied only to the Clinical Medical Assistant certificate.  Please see an academic advisor for more information or contact the Terrell Health Science Center counselor or provost.

RN-TO-BSN

Students in the RN-to-BSN program who have achieved a specialty nursing certification may receive credit for 3 hours of NURS electives if the following credit for prior learning requirements are met:

1. Submit proof of current nursing specialty certification.
2. Complete and submit the appropriate Credit for Prior Learning Form .
3. Pay the non-refundable articulation fee ($10 per credit hour) payable to TVCC when notified by the registrar's office.

 Credit will be awarded and applied only to the RN-to-BSN degree.  Please see an academic advisor or contact the Terrell Health Science Center counselor or provost for more information.

Military Training

A student may receive up to 30 semester credit hours for military training or course work sponsored by civilian non-educational organizations. Trinity Valley Community College will award credit for associate degree-level work as recommended by the American Council on Education in Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services and The National Guide to Educational Credit for Training Programs.

Since the recommendations made in these documents are general in nature, such credit may be counted as elective credit and cannot be used in lieu of specific course requirements within a degree program unless equivalency can be established. The decision regarding equivalency rests with qualified faculty, the vice president of instruction and the vice president of student services. Students who are awarded credits on this basis will have the subject area and credit earned recorded on their permanent transcripts after they have completed 12 semester hours in residence at Trinity Valley Community College.

Law Enforcement/Basic Peace Officer

A student may receive 13 semester credit hours for successfully completing an approved law enforcement training program/Basic Police Academy and passing the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement (TCOLE) exam after 1983. To receive credit, a student must:

  1. Complete 12 semester credit hours with a 2.0 grade point average or higher in the AAS Criminal Justice degree.
  2. Present proof that he/she has passed the Texas Basic Peace Officer Licensing Examination.
  3. Complete and submit a course credit form.
  4. Pay the non-refundable articulation fee ($10 per credit hour) payable to TVCC.

Please see an academic advisor for more information or contact the associate vice president of workforce education.

Texas Basic Firefighters Examination

A student may receive up to 12 semester credit hours for successfully completing and passing the State of Texas Basic Firefighters Examination or possessing the SSFMA firefighter certification. To receive credit, a, student must:

  1. Complete 12 semester hours in the AAS Fire Science degree.
  2. Present proof he/she has passed the Basic Firefighters Examination.
  3. Complete and submit a course credit form.
  4. Pay the non-refundable articulation fee ($10 per credit hour) payable to TVCC.

Please see an academic advisor for more information or contact the associate vice president of workforce education.