Prerequisite courses, if any, for each program are outlined in the individual program’s section of this calendar.
Applicants who do not have the specific English or Math prerequisites for the program of their choice may wish to consider registering in Columbia’s Academic Upgrading Program outlined in this calendar. Another alternative to explore is Columbia’s free University Preparation courses.
Credit for Prior Learning
Applicants with certificates, diplomas or degrees may be admitted to Columbia College to pursue a program. Some courses taken previously may be used to satisfy specific course requirements for a certificate or diploma at Columbia. This opportunity is only available in cases where the program at Columbia charges tuition on a course by course basis. In most cases the student will have to provide a detailed outline of the course he/she previously took, transcripts of completion and grades, and may also be required to take a challenge exam to demonstrate he/she still possesses the required knowledge and/or skill(s). Please refer to the calendar section ‘Student Fees and Other Costs’ for more information on Prior Learning Assessment.
Columbia may grant applicants transfer credit for courses completed at other recognized post-secondary institutions, provided their courses are assessed by Columbia as comparable to courses in their chosen program.
Applicants required to withdraw from other post-secondary institutions may not be eligible for admission to a professional program at Columbia College until 12 months after the date they were required to withdraw.
Transfer credit must be assessed prior to admission. Applicants must submit complete official transcripts of high school and all post-secondary studies.
Applicants must meet regular program prerequisites. The College will evaluate the transcript and determine credits to be granted. Admission will be subject to space availability. Please refer to the calendar section ‘Student Fees and Other Costs’ for a list of applicable fees.
A student may have some or all of his/her previous courses transferred to Columbia College. However, Columbia College requires the student to complete at least half of his/her courses in the program of his/her choice at Columbia College in order to receive a certificate or diploma.