Prior Learning Assessment
Get college credit for prior learning and experience.
We recognize that students gain substantial knowledge in a variety of ways – through work, job training, military service, volunteering, reading, and travel. That’s why Providence College School of Continuing Education (SCE) allows you to earn college credit for documented prior learning that has taken place outside of the classroom. A maximum of 30 credits of prior learning credit may be applied to a bachelor’s degree program. These credits count toward your overall allowance of 75 transfer credits.
There are a number of ways to earn credit. Explore the options below and talk with an SCE academic adviser for additional guidance on which programs may be the best fit for you.
Take a Test
To be awarded these credits, you may take part in one or more Prior Learning Assessment programs. These programs allow you to demonstrate college-level learning in particular subjects by taking a pre-approved test. Credit is awarded if you achieve the minimum score or higher. Review each of the programs below for subject tests that align with your knowledge. We recommend that you then also meet with an SCE adviser for additional guidance on which programs best suit your needs:
- College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
- DSST Credit by Exams Program
- CollegeBoard Advanced Placement (AP) Exams
Get Credit for Military Training and Coursework
The American Council on Education (ACE) evaluates and awards credit for training and other programs offered by the U.S. Military. If you are a service member or veteran, you must request your Joint Services Transcript (JST), which documents all of your military-connected education and training. An SCE academic adviser can then submit your JST for evaluation by ACE.
Get Credit for Professional Training
The American Council on Education (ACE) also evaluates and awards credit for training programs offered by employers, government agencies, professional associations, and more. To see if your training may qualify for college credit at PC SCE, visit the ACE National Guide to College Credit for Workforce Training. You may also wish to talk with SCE academic adviser for guidance.
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