Transfers Students, Educational Credits/Exemptions and Challenge Examinations

Transfer Students: Transfer students are applicants to the Academy, who are currently registered or are in transition from another school teaching a similar diploma program.

Applicants in this category complete an application entitled “Application – Transfer/Prior Education & Experience”. 

If the student is transferring to the Academy from another educational institution, a review of their pre-existing studies will be undertaken.  If needed and with the prior approval of the education committee only, in order to assist a student acquire the necessary background in some subjects, the Academy may establish a plan for the completion of assignments, tests and challenge examinations based upon use of class notes and the textbooks. This is not intended to replace the attendance at classes as offered but to support the knowledge foundation of the student, so they may complete higher levels of study in the same subject area.

The student’s placement within the program will be determined upon completion of the Academy’s review of his/her present program, grades and assessment of hands-on skill level.
Students with eligible transfer credits will also be awarded financial credits to be applied to program fees, as applicable. If a student has purchased textbooks which are in use by the Academy, a financial credit will be provided based upon the Academy’s cost of the textbook.
The amount of tuition, other fees to be paid and the training plan will be tailored to each student and detailed in an acceptance letter.

Educational Credits/Exemptions
The Academy recognizes some applicants will have acquired relevant prior knowledge. Upon request, during the application stage, the Academy will review the subject material/course outlines provided and advise the decision as part of the acceptance letter detailing the student’s overall educational program.
The following is the policy:

“The Academy’s policy for educational credit/exemption granting is designed to provide equity to all students, as well as, to recognize applicable previous training, knowledge and skills of the applicant.
An important criteria in the assessment is the capacity/ability to determine if the previous subject material being requested for exemption, parallels the content of the subject as currently structured in the Academy’s program and the established competencies.

Subject names may well be the same or similar but the content or depth of study may vary significantly. Content may also have different emphasis in specific areas, due to the overall nature and focus of the health discipline. E.g. In massage and acupuncture, the depth of knowledge in the area of myology is important, since one must know the human anatomy from the bone outward, in order to assess the cause of pain, to establish a treatment plan and to recognize potential contra-indications of the treatment to neighboring points within the body.
The educational credits policy is designed to mitigate ‘subjectivity’ in the decision process and to create equity in the review.

In keeping with generally accepted Academic practices, life skills & acquired informal knowledge considerations are not usually accepted for exemption, since there is no prior course content or structure of knowledge being measured or assessed.

In the event the academic education was completed more than 10 years previously, without extended application of the knowledge or, there are other factors warranting an educational credit consideration; the Academy may grant an opportunity for a challenge examination or alternative form of challenge. The challenge process will then confirm that the knowledge level of the applicant meets the established standard for the subject and mitigates a subjective decision.
Requests for educational credits/exemptions must be presented at the time of overall application to the Academy, so that a formal plan of education is established at the outset.

In all cases, other than transfer credits granted for participation in a similar program at another school, it will be the Academy’s recommendation to the applicant that he/she take the subject to confirm their depth of knowledge meets the established competency standards. The granting of an educational credit/exemption does not mean that a student is exempted from being tested on the material, as part of other examination processes. The future performance of the student on any academy or provincial examination remains the sole responsibility of the student.”

Challenge Examinations
A challenge examination may be offered to the student, when it cannot be clearly determined that his/her related prior knowledge of a subject, matches the competency requirements of the Academy’s subject. The intent of a challenge examination is to confirm the student has the required prior  knowledge, which meets the competencies for that subject as offered by the Academy.

Challenge examinations may also be consolidated, e.g. Anatomy 1 to 4, in place of individual examinations. Only one examination fee would be applied in place of for individual examination fees.
Eligibility for challenge examinations is determined only at the time of application and must be approved by the Executive Director.

Successful completion of the challenge examination means the student may elect not to take the subject classes and he/she will receive a financial credit towards the tuition fees.
Once approved for a challenge examination, the student will be provided with an opportunity to review the class outline, under supervision. Then at a mutually agreeable time the student will write the challenge examination. The pre-paid fee for the challenge examination is $100.