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Prior Learning Assessment - Get Credit for What You Know!

EMCC recognizes and appreciates the fact that college-level learning may be gained outside of the classroom.  You may be eligible for credit for prior learning – educational, work or military experiences, professional licensure or certification, credit from high school courses, and other knowledge and skills – that is equivalent to the college-level knowledge required in the EMCC curriculum. To seek credit for prior learning, you must be formally admitted into a degree program at EMCC.  Additionally, you must meet the College’s residency requirement to be awarded a degree at EMCC (a minimum of 25% of program course requirements with 35% of technology requirements).

PLA may be awarded in two broad categories:  credit by examination and portfolio assessment.  Credit for prior learning can be awarded only after the assessment of prior learning experiences and only for documented learning that demonstrates achievement of all identified learning outcomes for a specific course or courses.  In cases where nationally recognized examinations and certification are provided, EMCC will award credit by the standards generally accepted among colleges. Where a nationally recognized exam is not offered or appropriate, EMCC may offer a challenge exam.

You should request prior learning credit during the admissions process or early on in the your academic career for consideration in degree planning.  Although college credit earned through these options may count toward the degree, the credit and grades will not be included in computing the grade point average (GPA).  The final decision regarding acceptance of all prior learning credits rests with EMCC.  If you plan to transfer to another college or university, you should check with the receiving institution to determine whether prior learning credit will be accepted for transfer.

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Prior Learning Documents

Use this quick checklist to see if you've already earned college credit!

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Check out all of the ways that you can earn credit for prior learning experiences including transfer credit, CLEP, DSST, military experience, professional licenses and certifications, work experience and more!

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