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ARCHIVED 2016-17 CPS Undergraduate Catalog 
ARCHIVED 2016-17 CPS Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Admission & Advising

Requirements for Admission

The following steps are required for admission consideration:

  1. Submission of an application for admission.
  2. Payment of an application fee of $20 for non-degree-seeking students and an additional program development fee of $65 for degree-seeking students.
  3. Submission of the official high school transcript or proof of GED.  This requirement can be waived for students who’ve completed an Associate’s degree.  First-year students who wish to enter Doane University from a home-schooling environment must submit a GED, ACT, or SAT score.
  4. Receipt of transcripts from all schools attended since high school graduation (including trade or technical schools). All transcripts must be sent directly.

Every applicant is considered equally, without reference to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age or marital status. 

All transcripts must be received prior to the end of the student’s first term of enrollment. Until all transcripts are received, a student remains in “non-degree-seeking” status. Once the items listed above have been received and reviewed, the student will receive a letter indicating admission status.  Submission of all materials does not guarantee admission.

If an applicant is currently on academic suspension from another college or university, the applicant must inform the academic advisor of his/her suspension status at the previously attended institution(s). The applicant may then apply for admission as a non-degree-seeking student on probation. If an applicant is not on academic suspension, but the cumulative grade point average of the transfer work is below 2.00, the applicant’s full academic record is reviewed to determine admission status or additional requirements needed for admission.

As a probationary student, he/she must complete a minimum of 12 semester credits within a minimum of four consecutive terms, beginning with the first available term.  Nine of these credits must be graded. These credits may be completed through Doane or any appropriately accredited college or university. The courses completed to earn these credits must be approved by the College of Professional Studies Dean. After completion of the 12 credits, the applicant’s record will be reviewed to determine admission status. Upon full admission, all credits successfully completed during the probationary period may be applied to degree requirements. A student is ineligible to receive financial aid as a non-degree-seeking student or as a probationary student. Financial aid is not available for the credits taken prior to full admission as a degree-seeking student.

Incomplete or false information is grounds for denial of admission or subsequent dismissal from the university.


Throughout the entire admission and reorientation process, a student is involved in intensive advising with a member of the professional advising staff. Before a student makes a decision to enroll, she/he has an initial meeting with an adviser. During that meeting, the adviser reviews transfer credit, discusses with the applicant his/her work and life experience, explores career possibilities, explains the program, and makes a “map” of coursework that will lead to degree completion. The advising staff makes every effort to build personal relationships with students and encourages them to seek help at any time. Time for advising is flexible and meets the scheduling needs of students.


Students who discontinue enrollment for a year or more are no longer active students.  To activate your status so you can enroll in courses, contact your Academic Advisor or the Associate Registrar.


Doane University’s programs are approved by the Veterans Administration for veterans and other persons eligible for Veterans Administration benefits.

Doane submits enrollment verification each term, after census, to the Veterans’ administration. After this submission benefits can be received. Any change in enrollment (dropping or adding hours) must be reported to the VA. It is the student’s responsibility to notify the Doane’s School Certifying Official of any change in enrollment.

Early Enrollment of High School Students

A student who has completed three years of high school and has 14 units may apply for admission as a special student at Doane University. The recommendation of the high school principal is required. This student will pay the normal tuition rate and any additional fees.

Transfer of Prior Learning

A student who has been admitted as a degree-seeking student may transfer credits to Doane for inclusion on the Doane University transcript. College credit may be transferred from a previously attended institution or from nontraditional forms such as training in healthcare, business, industry, and the military. Credit is also awarded for life and work experiences and credit by examination. Only courses in which a grade of “C-” or better was earned will be considered for transfer.   Courses taken pass/fail do not transfer. 

A student may earn a total of 30 credits through any one or combination of the following: credit by examination, learning portfolio, and correspondence credit.

Students who transfer to Doane may use courses from a previously attended institution to meet requirements for a major or minor at Doane University. If all requirements for the major or minor are met using transferred coursework, the student must enroll in a three- or four-credit senior level course in the major or minorwhich is not a repeat of any previous course work and must earn at least a grade of “C”. Final determination of all transfer credit is made by the Registrar with the advice and consent of instructors in the appropriate academic disciplines.

Previous Coursework

Previous coursework at the college level may be transferred into the Doane program. Official transcripts must be sent directly to Doane from all colleges attended. Doane accepts a maximum of 90 credits completed at other accredited colleges and/or universities. If an applicant has completed an associate’s degree, diploma, or professional certificate at an accredited two-year college or at an accredited and approved proprietary school, the credits earned are accepted for transfer. A maximum of 60 semester credits may be accepted for transfer from a two-year college. Credit from institutions on the quarter system are accepted at the rate of two-thirds of a semester hour per quarter hour.

If a student did not complete a professional competency (i.e., associate’s degree, diploma, or professional certificate), courses which appear on the transcript are evaluated individually. In this evaluation, a maximum of six credits is accepted in transfer for courses not normally offered at a four-year accredited college or university.

Credits transferred from another institution are entered on the Doane University transcript at no additional cost. The credits count toward the total number of hours earned, but are not included in the GPA calculation.

Military Training and Educational Programs

These programs have been reviewed and evaluated by the American Council on Education for the award of credit. Upon documentation of training, credit is awarded according to the recommendations in the American Council on Education’s Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services or its guide to Non-Collegiate Sponsored Education. Doane accepts the ACE recommendations listed under the following headings: 1) lower-division baccalaureate/associate degree, 2) upper-division baccalaureate, and 3) graduate degree. Six semester credits are the maximum awarded for any credit recommendations listed under the heading, “Vocational Certificate.” The credit is entered on the Doane University transcript at no additional charge. The grade given is “P” (Passed). This grade does not figure into the grade point average and is considered ungraded credit.

Learning Portfolio

The College of Professional Studies offers a special learning portfolio program for individuals who have prior learning from work/life experience which cannot be documented through traditional methods. Depending on the assessed quality and quantity of learning from a student’s experience, as many as 30 credits may be documented through the portfolio process to apply toward a chosen degree program. The process includes the following steps:

  1. Students complete EDU 280 - Higher Education for Adult Learners (2)  for two semester credits. In this course, students focus on what they have learned in their lives to this point, how they have learned it, and how that learning can now fit into a structured program of formal education. They then receive all necessary instruction for developing a portfolio of learning.
  2. The portfolio is submitted for review and evaluation for award of credit.
  3. Following evaluation, students are eligible to receive any or all portfolio credits which have been approved at a cost of half the tuition rate at the time of payment. If credit is awarded, paid for, and recorded, the grade given is “P” (Passed). This grade does not figure into the grade point average and is considered ungraded credit. The credits count toward the total credits required for graduation, after the tuition is paid.

Computer Test-Outs

Students with work experience using computers may choose to test out of select computer courses. After successful completion of a test, the course is entered on the Doane University transcript. If credit is awarded, the student is billed at one-half the current tuition rate for the course. The credits count toward the total number of hours earned, but are not included in the GPA calculation.

Dantes Subject Standardized Tests (DSSTs)

Students who are qualified military personnel may establish credit through successful completion of selected subject examinations administered through the Defense Activity for Nontraditional Education Support. Students who plan to take a DSST after enrolling at Doane must receive written approval from the Dean of Undergraduate Studies prior to taking the test. Only tests which are designated as Baccalaureate/Associate Level (B) or Baccalaureate Upper Division (BU) are approved. Tests which are designated as Technical Credit Level/Baccalaureate Level (T/B) are not approved.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

College credits may be earned through successful completion of the subject CLEP examinations and supplemental essay section. Credit is not awarded for the general examinations. These tests are administered at a regional CLEP testing center or by the Defense Activity for Nontraditional Educational Support (DANTES) for qualified military personnel. Currently enrolled Doane students who plan to take a CLEP exam must receive written approval from the Dean of Undergraduate Studies prior to taking the exam.


Doane students have the opportunity to establish credit through successful completion of tests in the areas of arts and sciences, and business. Tests are administered at a regional test center or through the Defense Activity for Nontraditional Educational Support (DANTES) for qualified military personnel. Credit for ACT PEP tests is awarded according to the recommendations of the American Council on Education (ACE).

Testing Policies

Doane will not award test credit if the course has been failed in the past at Doane. A student who receives credit for a course by examination and repeats that course at Doane will have the examination credit removed. Also, students are not eligible to receive credit by examination for a lower-level course after they have completed or begun a course for which the other is a prerequisite.