Frequently Asked Questions in Health Services Administration

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Frequently Asked Questions

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    1. How many credits are required to earn a Health Services Administration degree?

    The University requires successful completion of 120 credits to graduate.


    2. Is there a limit on how many credits a student can transfer in from another institution?

    Generally, yes. A student may transfer a maximum of 63 credits from a community college, and 96 from a 4-year institution.

    However, we also have transfer articulation agreements with MCC and WCCC which allow more than 63 credits. Our transfer team can help you with this.


    3. Is there a limit to how old a class can be before it needs to be repeated?

    10 years or less for major or subject to approval by Director.


    4. How will a student know if a class is equivalent to a University course?

    Transfer guides are available on the Detroit Mercy main website. Equivalencies will be determined by the Student Academic Affairs office and/or your academic advisor.


    5. What is CLEP & DANTES?

    CLEP & DANTES are national testing plans used by universities to give people a chance to earn credit for knowledge gained outside the traditional college classroom. When you complete a CLEP or DANTES test, and achieve the required score of 50% or higher, you receive credit equivalent to that earned in a regular college course.


    6. Where do I go to take these tests?

    Many of your area colleges/universities should have testing centers available for your use.

    Search for CLEP testing centers at or the DANTES Institution locator at


    7. Is there a limit to how many courses I can test out of?

    Yes. The limit is 10.


    8. How long is a typical semester?

    Fall and Winter semesters are 15 weeks. The Summer semester is between 7-14 weeks, depending on the course being offered. There are numerous breaks within the academic year, please reference Detroit Mercy's academic calendar. Many students will have most of the summer off, starting typically mid-May and not returning until after Labor Day.