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Articulation Agreements

Articulation Agreements

Definition of an Articulation Agreement:

An articulation agreement is a formal document produced when two or more academic institutions follow a process leading to a partnership to provide a formalized pathway for student transfer.

Purpose of Articulation Agreements:

Articulation agreements are designed to build strong partnerships and coordination between schools to aid in a smooth transition for students. By identifying comparable coursework, degree requirements can be met at one institution and transferred to another institution.

Benefits of Articulation Agreements

Articulation agreements ensure that students understand exactly which courses will and will not transfer. With such an agreement, students are more likely to make better course choices and can save students both time to degree and money. Four-year universities are noticing that transfer students have a high graduation rate, and well-crafted articulation agreements often contribute to a student’s success at the university.

  • Articulation agreements generally are formed through partnerships between two-year community and technical colleges and four-year universities. During articulation, representatives from each institution conduct meetings among faculty and staff before finalizing an agreement. The representatives consider similarities in course work, curricula, syllabi, textbooks and competency/outcomes profiles to ensure seamless transfer of credits to the partner institution.
  • As the legal document of a partnership, the articulation agreement contains the final accords as agreed upon between the two institutions. This may include a description of the relationship between degree programs at the partner institutions illustrating their cohesiveness, operation guidelines and expectations, and, in the event the partnership is no longer viable, a foundation for dissolving or amending the terms of the agreement.
  • The articulation agreement also details any benefits accorded from one institution to the other. For example, a university might offer community college students, faculty and staff a discount per credit hour, excluding fees, in addition to marketing assistance between the institutions, sponsorships, and joint extracurricular and academic programs.

Information for Transferring Credit to Kansas Colleges and Universities

The following websites for Kansas colleges and universities provide information for transferring credit from another college or university and community colleges. Each college or university has specific requirements and identified processes for evaluation of transcripts and/or specific articulation agreements. It is the responsibility of any student wishing to transfer to contact the appropriate school.

Credit Transfer
Transferring Credits to KU

You might be able to earn college credits, exempt yourself from KU Core goals, or take higher-level KU courses based on classes and exams you've already taken. We can transfer credit only from institutions accredited by a U.S. regional accrediting agency at the time of completion.

We transfer as many courses as possible as a direct match to KU courses. When no course corresponds, we use a code system to indicate how the course may fulfill KU Core, degree requirements, or count toward electives.  Continuing education courses, graduate-level courses, and courses that are remedial, technical, vocational, medical or doctrinal in nature are not transferable.

Sending Transcripts to KUMC

Electronic Transcripts - Request an official electronic transcript from the relevant institution to be sent to KUMC Admissions at  Transcripts can also be sent to your department contact.

Mailed Transcripts - If an institution needs to mail a physical transcript, it can be sent to:

Registrar’s Office
University of Kansas Medical Center
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Mailstop 4005

Kansas City, KS 66160

Transcripts can also be mailed to your department contact.

Kansas Board of Regents Seamless Systemwide Transfer

There is a growing list of courses approved by the Kansas Board of Regents for System Wide Transfer (SWT) among all Kansas public postsecondary institutions offering an equivalent course.

School of Nursing Student Handbook

  • Articulation Policies for Registered Nurses transferring credits for undergraduate programs.
    • The Kansas Articulation Plan for Nursing Education has been endorsed by the School of Nursing. Graduates of Kansas associate degree or diploma nursing programs who meet the requirements stipulated in the articulation plan will be awarded selected nursing credit hours by portfolio examination. Out of state graduates will be evaluated individually before nursing credit is awarded.
  • Online RN to BSN Eligibility and Requirements.

Programs with Articulation Agreements

School of Health Professions
  • Clinical Laboratory Science
  • Health Information Management
  • Respiratory Care and Diagnostic Science

School of Nursing
  • Community College Partnership
  • RN to BSN

Articulation Agreements
  • Cloud County Community College
      • Fort Scott Community College
          • Hutchinson Community College
          • Johnson County Community College
          • Kansas City Kansas Community College
          • Labette Community College
                  • Neosho County Community College
                      Registrar's Office

                      Registrar's Office
                      University of Kansas Medical Center
                      3901 Rainbow Boulevard
                      Mailstop 4005 
                      Kansas City, KS 66160