2018-2019 College Catalog 
    May 16, 2021  
2018-2019 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]





This office is responsible for admission of all new or transfer students, student recruitment activities, and student orientations.

Admissions Policy

Kirtland Community College adheres to the “open door” policy of granting general admission primarily to all persons above the twelfth-grade age level. Depending upon the applicant’s situation, either “regular” or “special” admission status will be granted. The link to apply at Kirtland: http://www.kirtland.edu/admissions.

Regular Admission

Regular admission will be granted to high school graduates and successful completers of the General Education Development (GED) test.

International students may be granted regular admission provided they meet the admissions requirements as determined by the designated school official (DSO). The International student application and requirements are located at: http://www.kirtland.edu/admissions/admission-process-for-international-students

Special Admission

Special admission will be granted to anyone who does not qualify for general admission. Persons admitted under this category will be restricted to non-degree/certificate-seeking status. The special admission category includes the following two groups:

  1. Dual-Enrolled Student: a K-12 student who is also attending college. Dual-enrolled students are required to submit a Dual Enrollment form for each semester or session of enrollment. All dual-enrolled students must have written authorization to attend Kirtland from their school’s principal or counselor. Dual enrollees must also take Kirtland’s Placement Tests.
  2. Non-High-School Completer: is a person who has withdrawn from high school and has not earned a GED certificate.
  3. High school Certificate of Completion: is a person who completed high school but did not meet the curriculum requirements to receive a diploma.

Any person who desires either special or regular admission to Kirtland must complete an Application for Admission form and Kirtland’s Placement Tests or submit qualifying ACT or SAT scores. All students under the age of 18 must have parental or legal guardian consent.

Students being granted regular admission must provide one of the following: (1) a high school transcript (with graduation date indicated), or (2) an official report of GED test results, verified by the college, showing test scores achieved by the applicant.

Admission of Home Schooled Students

Most students attending college have earned a diploma from a public or private high school. Some students, however, have completed their high-school-level studies through a home school program. Parents of home schooled children are encouraged to register their program with the State of Michigan’s Department of Education.

When a student attends a public or private high school, an official transcript (list of courses completed and grades earned by a student) is kept by the high school and made available to colleges upon a student’s written request. In lieu of an official transcript, home schooled students are expected to provide a list of high-school-level courses completed and the grades earned in each course. If a home school diploma was awarded, a copy should also be sent to Kirtland’s Admissions Office.

The Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES) requires that criminal justice students complete a GED or a high school or adult education diploma, in addition to their home school diploma, in order to become certified.

New Student Orientation

New students, both new to the college experience or transferring from another college, as well as returning students prior to May 2012, are required to attend a mandatory orientation. During orientation, students will receive an overview of the many services Kirtland has to offer to ensure their success in college. Please call the Admission Office (989) 275-5000 ext. 284 for more information.

Additional admissions requirements must be met by those students planning to enroll in one of the following programs of study:

  • Cardiac Sonography
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Health Information Technology
  • Medical Assistant
  • Nursing
  • Phlebotomy
  • Police Academy
  • Surgical Technology

Additional information about admissions requirements may be requested from an advisor or from the Admissions Office.

This admission policy will also be applied to returning students, regardless of their past admission status.

Transfer of Credits

Students who have attended other colleges must request that an official copy of their academic transcript be sent to Kirtland Community College for evaluation. An official transcript should be mailed directly to Kirtland from each college attended; student copies are not accepted. Credit from regionally accredited colleges and universities is automatically considered for transfer if deemed to be applicable to the student’s declared program of study. Credits only, not grades, are transferred for courses in which a “C” or better grade has been earned. Students who were awarded credit by departmental exam may be required to pass a Kirtland examination prior to the awarding of credit. Normally, a “C-” grade will not be accepted for credit, but students may appeal to the vice president of instruction if consideration is sought for a course previously denied for transfer based on the grade received. The vice president of instruction will then consider the student’s GPA and hours earned at the previous institution as well as the GPA and hours earned at Kirtland (if applicable) when making a determination. Acceptance of the grade is at the instructional vice president’s discretion, and his/her decision is final. If elective credits are awarded, it is possible that some may be able to be used to fulfill degree requirements. A student’s academic advisor will make that determination and complete the paperwork needed to substitute the elective course for a specific program requirement.

Non-Regionally Accredited Colleges and Universities

Credit may be given for courses transferred from non-regionally accredited colleges and universities. The policy is the same as described above for “Transfer of Credit from Regionally Accredited Colleges and Universities,” with the following exceptions:

  1. The Registrar’s Office may choose to request a recommendation of transfer credit for the transcript in question from the academic advisor for the program in which the student has enrolled.
  2. The student may be requested to demonstrate knowledge and/or skills commensurate with the performance required for satisfactory completion of existing courses.
  3. Credit may not be granted.

Other Transfer Credits

Kirtland Community College recognizes the following opportunities for awarding transfer credits:

  1. College Board Advanced Placement Program (AP)
    College course credit will be granted to students who participate in the AP and pass the Advanced Placement examinations with a score of three, four, or five. Students must submit a College Action Report to the Registrar’s Office for evaluation.
2018-2019 School Year
Postsecondary Institution: Kirtland Community College Website: www.kirtland.edu
Contact Person: Renae Klee, Associate Registrar Phone: (989) 275-5000 ext.291
AP Test Name Score Required Credit Awarded Course Equivalent
Art, History of 3 3 ART 10000  
Art, History of 4, 5 6 ART 10000 , ART 10103  
Art, Studio-Drawing 3 3 ART 10600  
Art, Studio-Drawing 4, 5 6 ART 10600 , ART 20600  
Art, Studio-2-D 3 3 ART Elective
Art, Studio-2-D 4, 5 6 ART Elective
Art, Studio-3-D 3 3 ART Elective
Art, Studio-3-D 4, 5 6 ART Elective
Biology 3, 4, 5 4 BIO 10100  
Calculus AB 3 4 MTH 22002  
Calculus AB 4, 5 8 MTH 22002 , MTH 22102  
Calculus BC 3, 4, 5 8 MTH 22002 , MTH 22102  
Chemistry 3 5 CHE 10101 , CHE 10102  
Chemistry 4, 5 10 CHE 10101 /CHE 10102  and CHE 10201 /CHE 10202  
Chinese Language and Culture 3, 4, 5 8 LNG Elective
Computer Science A 3, 4, 5 3 CIS Elective
Computer Science Principles 3, 4, 5 3 CIS Elective
Economics-Macroeconomics 3, 4, 5 3 ECO 20100  
Economics-Microeconomics 3, 4, 5 3 ECO 20200  
English Language & Comp. 3, 4 3 ENG 10303  
English Language & Comp. 5 6 ENG 10303  and ENG Elective
English Literature & Comp. 3, 4 3 ENG 10303  
English Literature & Comp. 5 6 ENG 10303  and ENG Elective
Environmental Science 3, 4, 5 4 BIO Elective w/Lab
French Language and Culture 3, 4, 5 8 FRE 11000, 12000
German Language and Culture 3, 4, 5 8 GER 11000, 12000
Government & Politics, U.S. 3, 4, 5 3 POL 10100  
Gov. & Politics, Comparative 3, 4, 5 3 POL 20100 
History, European 3, 4, 5 3 HIS Elective
History, U.S. 3, 4, 5 6 HIS 20100 , HIS 20200  
History, World 3, 4, 5 3 HIS Elective
Human Geography 3, 4, 5 4 GEO 10000  
Italian Language and Culture 3, 4, 5 8 ITA 10000, ITA 10100
Japanese Language and Culture 3, 4, 5 8 LNG Elective
Latin 3, 4, 5 8 LNG Elective
Music Theory 3, 4, 5 3 MUS Elective
Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism 3, 4, 5 5 PHY 22201 /PHY 22202  
Physics C: Mechanics 3, 4, 5 5 PHY 22101 /PHY 22102  
Physics I: Algebra-Based 3, 4, 5 5 PHY 20101 /PHY 20102  
Physics II: Algebra-Based 3, 4, 5 5 PHY 20201 /PHY 20202  
Psychology 3, 4, 5 3 PSY 10100  
Spanish Language and Culture 3, 4, 5 8 SPN 11000, 12000
Spanish Literature and Culture 3, 4, 5 8 SPN Elective
Statistics 3, 4, 5 4 MTH 20600  
  1. College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)
    College course credit will be granted to students who take a CLEP Examination and achieve the minimum passing score as recommended by the American Council on Education (ACE). Students must submit an official CLEP transcript to the Registrar’s Office for evaluation. Additional information regarding CLEP testing is available at www.kirtland.edu/testing-center.
  2. DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSSTs)
    College course credit will be granted to students who participate in the DSSTs and achieve the minimum passing score as recommended by the American Council on Education (ACE). Students must submit an official transcript to the Registrar’s Office for evaluation. Additional information regarding DSST testing is available at www.kirtland.edu/testing-center.
  3. Educational Experiences in the Armed Services
    Veterans may be awarded college credit for the service schools they attended and their work experience while in the U.S. military. The college awards credit based on recommendations provided by the American Council on Education (ACE). Students must have their official transcripts sent to the Admissions Office for evaluation of military credit. Transcript request forms are available in the Admissions Office.
  4. United States Armed Forces Institute (USAFI) Program
    College course credit will be granted to students who participated in the USAFI Program and achieved the minimum passing score as recommended by the American Council on Education (ACE). Students must submit an official transcript to the Registrar’s Office for evaluation.
  5. Articulation
    Secondary articulation provides high school students with an opportunity to earn college credit for work completed in their high school or tech center CTE programs. Through articulation agreements between Kirtland, the Michigan Department of Education, high schools and career centers, students are able to apply for college credit after completing a state approved program.

    College policies concerning the transferability of articulated credit vary. Students should check with the college to which they plan to transfer to determine if the articulated credit will be accepted by that college.

Applying for Articulation Credit:

If your school has an articulation agreement with Kirtland, contact your teacher or counselor to assist you with the application process.

  • Students have two years from the date of their high school graduation to apply for articulated credit at Kirtland.
  • Complete the free application for admission to Kirtland.
  • Go to http://www.kirtland.edu/registrar/high-school-articulation-credit to access all of the articulation agreements and applications available.
  • Complete the Application for Articulation credit and include all of the required documentation, including official high school transcripts, and send it to Kirtland Community College’s Registrar’s Office.
  • The Registrar’s Office will send an email to the student’s Kirtland email account explaining whether or not credit was awarded.

For further information, students should consult with their high school counselor or contact the Student Services Office.


CLEP and DSST examinations are a great way to earn college credit. Students can learn more about these exams and schedule testing dates by going to http://www.kirtland.edu/testing-center. There are links available under the heading entitled “CLEP and DSST Exams”. A form with CLEP and DSST exam names, their minimum scores, and Kirtland equivalencies are also available to view.


Kirtland Community College
CLEP Credit Information

Exam Name Minimum Score Kirtland Equivalent Credit
American Literature-optional essay required at KCC 50 ENG 23000-American Literature Before 1865 3
Analyzing & Interpreting Literature-option essay required at KCC 50 ENG 21400 Intro to Literature   3
College Composition 50 ENG 10303 English Composition I   3
    ENG 10403 English Composition II   3
College Composition Modular-option essay required at KCC 50 ENG 10303 English Composition I   3
English Literature-optional essay required at KCC 50 ENG 23300 British Literature I   3
Humanities 50 HUM elective 3
College Mathematics   No credit at Kirtland  
College Algebra 50 MTH 13000 College Algebra   4
Biology 50 BIO 10100 General Biology   4
Chemistry 50 CHE 10101 Gen Chemistry I  (no lab) 4
Calculus 50 MTH 22002 Calculus I   4
Pre-Calculus 50 MTH 18001 Pre-Calculus   4
Natural Sciences 50 SCI elective (no lab) 3
World Languages      
French, Level I 50 FRE 11000 French I 4
French, Levels 1 & 2 59 FRE 11000 & FRE 12000 8
German, Level I 50 GER 11000 German I 4
German, Levels 1 & 2 60 GER 11000 & GER 12000 8
Spanish, Level I 50 SPN 11000 SPN 11000 Spanish I   4
Spanish, Levels 1 & 2 63 SPN 11000   & SPN 12000 8
History/Social Sciences      
American Government 50 POL 10100 Intro to American Government   3
Introduction to Educational Psychology 50 PSY 201000 3
History of the United States I 50 HIS 20100 United States History to 1865   3
History of the United States II 50 HIS 20200 United States History Since 1865   3
Human Growth and Development 50 PSY 24000 Lifespan Developmental Psychology   3
Principles of Macroeconomics 50 ECO 20100 Prin of Economics-MACRO   3
Principles of Microeconomics 50 ECO 20200 Prin of Economics-MICRO   3
Introductory Psychology 50 PSY 10100 Intro to Psychology   3
Social Sciences and History 50 HUM 20500 The Individual and Society   3
Introductory Sociology 50 SOC 10100 Intro to Sociology   3
Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East to 1648 50 HIS elective 3
Western Civilization II: 1648 to the Present 50 HIS elective 3
Business Law, Introductory 50 BUS 21500 Business Law   3
Financial Accounting 50 ACC 12100 Accounting Principles I   4
Information Systems 50 CIS 10500 Intro to Computers   3
Principles of Management 50 BUS 21000 Principles of Management   3
Principles of Marketing 50 MKT 20000 Principles of Marketing   3
*ACE Credit Guidelines   Revised February 2016  











Kirtland Community College
DSST Credit Information

Exam Name Minimum Score Kirtland Equivalent Credit
Fundamentals of College Algebra 400 MTH 12000 Intermediate Algebra   4
Principles of Statistics 400 MTH 20600 Application in Statistics   4
Math for Liberal Arts 400 MTH 12500 Quantitative Literacy    
Social Science      
Substance Abuse 400 No credit at Kirtland  
Criminal Justice 400 No credit at Kirtland  
Art of the Western World 400 ART Elective 3
Human/Cultural Geography 400 GEO 10000 World Geography   4
Rise and Fall of the Soviet Union 400 HIS elective 3
A History of the Vietnam War 400 HIS elective 3
The Civil War and Reconstruction 400 HIS 20400 The American Civil War   3
Foundations of Education 400 No credit at KCC  
Lifespan Developmental Psychology 400 PSY 24000 Lifespan Developmental Psychology   3
General Anthropology 400 ANT elective 3
Introduction to Law Enforcement 400 No credit at Kirtland  
Fundamentals of Counseling 400 General Elective Credit 3
Ethics in America-optional essay required at KCC 400 PHL 21000 Introduction to Ethics   3
History of the Soviet Union 400 HIS Elective 3
Introduction to World Religions 400 HUM Elective 3
Principles of Advanced English Composition 400 No credit at Kirtland  
Principles of Public Speaking-oral testing by KCC Speech Instructor 400 SPE 10500 Fund of Speech   3
Introduction to Computing 400 CIS 10500 Intro to Computers   3
Personal Finance 400 BUS 10800 Personal Financial Planning   3
Management Information Systems 400 CIS Elective 3
Principles of Finance 400 FIN 20000 Principles of Finance   3
Human Resource Management 400 BUS 24500 Human Resource Management   3
Organizational Behavior 400 BUS 24500 Human Resource Management   3
Principles of Supervision 400 BUS 24500 Human Resource Management   3
Introduction to Business 400 BUS 10100 Intro to Business   3
Money and Banking 400 BUS Elective Credit 3
Business Mathematics 400 OIS 11201 Business Calculations 3
Business Ethics and Society 400 BUS 21000 Principles of Management   3
Physical Science      
Health & Human Development 400 No credit at Kirtland  
Astronomy 400 AST 10200 Exploration of Astronomy  (no lab) 3
Environment and Humanity 400 SCI Elective (no lab) 3
Principles of Physical Science I 400 PHY 10501 Physical Science  (no lab) 3
Technical Writing 400 No credit at Kirtland  
Fundamentals of Cybersecurity 400 No credit at Kirtland  
*ACE Credit Guidelines   Revised March 2018  

Credit for Prior Learning

Note: Kirtland does not guarantee the credits awarded through Prior Learning Credit will transfer to other institutions. All institutions reserve the right to review credits to determine how awarded credits apply to their own institution.

Criteria: A student must have a Kirtland application on file, have earned at least one credit hour at Kirtland, be in good academic standing, and be actively seeking a certificate or a degree to be eligible for prior learning credit options. Prior learning credit may be specific course credit or an elective credit in a specific area. Program requirements should be reviewed to determine how prior learning credits will apply towards graduation. These credits cannot be applied toward satisfying minimum residency requirements for graduation. A credit grade (CR) will be awarded for proficiency exams and for portfolios evaluated at a 2.0 or better grade level. A maximum number of 15 credits can be awarded through CLEP/DSST, AP, departmental exams, and portfolio options. This does not apply to credit earned by licensure.

Ways to earn Prior Learning Credit:

CLEP, DSST, and AP are recommended methods for general education courses:

  • Credit by examination.
    • CLEP/DSST: Students will go to www.kirtland.edu/testing-center and scroll down to the headings CLEP Exams and DSST Exams. Under each section, there is general information about each test and a list of how these exams transfer into Kirtland. There is also an Exam Registration link that lists dates and times when testing is available. There is a $20 administrative fee for each exam, which will be paid to the Student Financial Services office. There is also a fee set by CLEP and DSST, which will be paid to them directly via credit card when the student comes in to take the exam. Students can then request their CLEP or DSST transcripts to be sent to the Kirtland Registrar’s office in order to be evaluated for college credit.
    • Advanced Placement (AP): Advanced Placement is a program of The College Board through which a secondary student completes college-level courses that are designated as AP in high schools. Students can take AP examinations, which are scored on a 5-point scale. A minimum score of 3 is considered passing and required for transfer of most courses. The student must arrange for an official report of AP examination scores to be sent to the Kirtland Registrar’s Office in order to be evaluated for college credit.          
    • Departmental exam (For occupational programs/classes only): If a nationally recognized standardized test is not available, the student will contact the Dean or Director of his/her program to see if an exam is available. If so, the student will complete and submit an Application for Credit by Departmental Exam, return it to the Dean, and the Dean will then contact the appropriate instructor. This instructor will then approve or disapprove the student’s request. If approved, a test will be prepared and testing will be scheduled. There is a $60 fee for each test administered and a flat rate of $100 for posting credit. This must be paid to the Student Financial Services department. The instructor will grade the test, attach it to the Evaluation of Prior Learning form, and send it to the Registrar’s office indicating approval or disapproval of credit. The student will be notified of the final recommendation by the Registrar’s Office. (Note: If a student failed, withdrew, or did not meet a placement test requirement, the student will not be allowed to take an exam for that particular class).

Recommended methods for vocational courses:

  • Possession of licensure. The student will meet with their academic advisor. If licensure of educational attainment is applicable to the student’s program of study, the advisor will fill out an Evaluation of Prior Learning form and indicate what course(s) the student is petitioning credit for. A copy of their current state license should be attached. This information will be placed in the student’s academic record. There is not an administrative or posting fee required for students obtaining credit via licensure (Example: LPN, EMT, and cosmetology licensure).
  • Portfolio assessment (For occupational programs/classes only). The student will meet with their academic advisor to discuss and provide evidence of their work experience, and the advisor will determine if this is a viable option for the student. If recommended, the student and Dean must sign the Portfolio Assessment Fee and Contract and pay the $60 assessment fee for each portfolio submitted. The student will then compile a portfolio demonstrating competencies in the course(s) in which they are attempting to obtain credit.

Portfolio contents should be ordered in the following manner:

  • Cover page with name, date, program of study, and ID number of the student
  • Resume
  • Copies of college transcripts from all institutions attended
  • Credit requested based on Professional Schools & Training should include the following for each course(s) for which credit is being petitioned:
    • Professional Schools and Training Worksheet
    • Essay with examples explaining how previous experiences directly meet learning outcomes for that particular course
    • Certificates, copies of licenses, or other relevant documentation

Portfolios should be compiled and placed in a side-bound 8.5 x 11 inch 3-ring binder. Everything should be organized and presented in a professional manner. Because all portfolios become the property of Kirtland Community College, students are encouraged to make a copy of the portfolio for themselves and to only put copies (not originals) of certificates into the portfolio which is submitted for evaluation. The student will submit their completed portfolio to the appropriate faculty member for review. The faculty member will then fill out the Evaluation of Prior Learning form indicating approval or disapproval of credit and bring that form with the portfolio to the Registrar’s office. The portfolios will be stored in the Registrar’s Office.

If credit is approved, the student will need to pay a $100 posting fee to Student Financial Services, and the Registrar’s Office will post the recommended credit.