Transfer Credit

There are many options available to our students who wish to transfer their Western Piedmont degrees and course credits to 4-year colleges and universities:

If you know you would like to transfer to a 4-year college or university, there are a few options you should consider when selecting a program at Western Piedmont Community College:

Associate in Arts (AA) / Associate in Science (AS): These degrees are guaranteed to transfer to any UNC system school, as well as to a large number of in-state independent schools as outlined in the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement (CAA). Students completing the AA or AS degree can be assured that up to 61 credits can be transferred to any of these schools and they will be admitted as a junior. In addition, these degrees include 30 hours of Universal General Education Transfer Component courses guaranteed to transfer for general education credit to any of the state’s 16 public universities. A student who completes one of these degrees and meets all of the stipulations set forth in the CAA will be assured admission to one of the 16 institutions.

Associate in Fine Arts (AFA) in Art or in Drama / Associate in General Education (AGE): These degrees include courses that are taken as part of the CAA. However, students should note that the degree itself is not covered by the CAA. Each college or university can decide the number of transferable credits. Students earning these degrees are not afforded the same transfer guarantees as Associate in Arts/Associate in Science degree students.

Associate in Applied Science (AAS): This degree is typically a technical degree and is not covered by the CAA. However, there are a number of colleges and universities that will accept the AAS degree and have Bachelor degree programs to meet the needs of students earning this degree. We invite you to learn if your degree is part of a 2+2 Articulation Agreement.

Once you’ve made the decision to transfer to another college or university, it is very important that you review the school’s requirements to ensure transferability of coursework.

For more information on transferring to a 4-year school and how to take your next step, contact the WPCC Admissions/Transfer Counselor:

Amanda Rhea
(828) 448-3159
Hildebrand Hall, 114

There are also numerous options in the area if you’re wishing to complete your degree closer to home. You may be interested in one of the cohort based programs offered locally or a number of online programs. Below you will find information about the programs offered locally by our 4-year university and college partners.  Many of these options are distance learning, so be sure to click on the college logo for more information:

Bronwen Sheffield, Program Manager

(828) 448-6142

A wide variety of transfer distance education degree programs are offered at the undergraduate level and both degree and certificate programs at the graduate level. Classes may be online or seated.

Sandy Bailes, Assistant Director, Degree Completion Program

(866) 498-4625

The Degree Completion Program (formerly known as GOAL) provides traditional undergraduate classes at times and locations for working adults.

Ava Smith, Site Coordinator

(828) 448-6143

These Extended Campus Programs (ECP) are designed for non-traditional students in a seated class setting during the evening hours only.

Mae Mills, Assistant Director, Enrollment Management – RIBN

(828) 328-7300

A four year RN to BSN program, the Hickory RIBN program is a competitive dual admittance program that enrolls students to both Lenoir-Rhyne University and Western Piedmont Community College.

Patricia Thompson, Community College Liasion

(828) 475-2431

Offering accelerated on-site Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Human Services and Master of Arts in Clinical and Mental Health Counseling degrees.


Jim Craig, WPCC Regional Coordinator

(828) 448-3507

Offering undergraduate and graduate programs in an online learning community setting with convenient class schedules.

Amanda Rhea, WPCC Transfer Counselor

(828) 448-3159

After completing your Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degree with us, find an online baccalaureate degree program that suits you. View details about programs offered through constituent institutions of the University of North Carolina.