Transfer Options Webpage
RTC credits may transfer to another college or university on a class-by-class basis. The receiving institution decides which classes and credits they will accept. Usually they require a grade of “C” (2.0) or better in each class. Many universities have a transfer equivalency guide that lists all of the classes that are accepted automatically:
If a class is not included in a transfer equivalency guide, students may be able to request a review of class materials to see if the RTC course is equivalent to a course at the receiving institution. Students should be prepared to present the class syllabus and samples of major assignments for the review. The process can take time, so advance planning is key.
Technical classes are the hardest to transfer. Many four-year universities will award credit for general education classes in math or English or psychology, but not for program classes. There is an innovative program, however, at the Evergreen State College, which offers an Upside Down Transfer Option for a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts. They will accept up to 90 credits of a technical AAS or AAS-T. Students then complete 90 credits at Evergreen, mostly in general education.
RTC offers two types of associate’s degrees: technical & career focused Associate of Applied Science (AAS) and Associate of Applied Science-Transfer (AAS-T) degrees, and Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA) degrees which are meant to transfer to a four-year university.
Students with a technical AAS or AAS-T degree also have many options for the Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS). These programs accept more technical classes, sometimes an entire program. BAS degrees emphasize hands-on, real-world work, and they are available at community and technical colleges across Washington state. Popular BAS choices include management, information technology, and education.
Notice: Accepting credits is at the discretion of the receiving institution. Effective academic planning for those who think they may want to transfer includes a complete understanding of how the receiving institution will evaluate courses taken at RTC. We recommend you discuss your proposed educational plan with the receiving institution(s) and ask for an evaluation of credits. Not all courses you take will be directly transferable; check with the receiving institution about what options may be available to you to receive credit for non-transferring courses. If you intend to transfer following completion of RTC’s courses or programs, alert your counselor so you can receive additional help during your program planning process.