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What is Prior Learning Assessment (PLA)?

Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) is a term used to describe learning gained outside a traditional academic environment. PLA is a process by which learning mastered outside of a formal classroom is reviewed for college-level equivalency.  Credit for PLA may include learning acquired from work and life experiences; civic, community, or volunteer work; individual study; and in-service training sponsored by associations, business, government, and industry, including military service

 

College-Level Examination (CLEP)

Taking CLEP exams can shorten the time it takes to earn your degree, can allow you to skip general introductory courses, and can even satisfy a proficiency requirement by demonstrating that you’ve already mastered the content. CLEP exams can reduce the number of courses you need to graduate, saving hundreds of dollars in tuition.

Pellissippi State recognizes and accepts credits derived from CLEP. The Testing Center at 865.694.6454 administers the CLEP exams on an individual basis. Look at our list of CLEP exams and see if you can get on the fast track to a degree.

 

DSST Credit by Exam Program (formerly DANTES)

Taking the Defense Activity Test and Examination Services Subject Standardized Tests (DSST) can shorten the time it takes to earn your degree, can allow you to skip general introductory courses, and can even satisfy a proficiency requirement by demonstrating that you've already mastered the content. The DSST can reduce the number of courses you need to graduate, saving hundreds of dollars in tuition. The DSST offers a way to receive credit for “what you know.”

The Testing Center, 865.694.6454 administers DSST subject exams on an individual basis. Look at our list of DSST exams and see if you can get on the fast track to a degree.

 

Credit for Certified Professional Secretary (CPS) Exam

Students passing the Certified Professional Secretary Exam will be granted 15 semester hours of credit at Pellissippi State for the following courses, which will be applied to a certificate or degree. The credits will be awarded after 12 semester hours have been earned at Pellissippi State.

 

Course Prefix Course Title Credit Hours
ACC 1010 Principles of Accounting I 3.0 hrs
ECN 2010 Macroeconomics 3.0 hrs
MGT 2000 Principles of Management 3.0 hrs
MKT 2420 Customer Service 3.0 hrs
INFS 1010 Computer Applications 3.0 hrs
Total Credit Hours 15 hrs

 

Excelsior Credit by Exam

Students who have attended or completed Excelsior College Examinations, request your exam transcripts from Excelsior at http://www.excelsior.edu/how-credit-by-exam-works and submit to Pellissippi State's Records Office, GNS 102.

 

Pellissippi State Credit by Examination

A student with a minimum grade point average of 2.5 may apply for credit by examination for many college-level courses at Pellissippi State on the basis of experience or training. A student may apply for credit by examination no later than the first two weeks of the term (no later than the first week for INFS 1010 and ADMN courses). MATH and INFS 1010 and ADMN credit by examination are given only in the fall and spring semesters. The student's application for credit by examination must be approved by the dean.

The examination criteria will be determined by the dean and may consist of a comprehensive written test and/or an oral test that is usually administered in the Testing Center. A laboratory examination may be given when necessary. 

Credit by examination will be given on a pass/no pass basis only and will not be computed in the students' grade point average. A student may not attempt an examination for any course more than once and may not drop the course after attempting the examination. 

A student may apply for credit by examination for no more than two courses per semester. Credit by examination is counted as part of a student's course load. The load of courses taken and course in which that student is seeking credit by examination may not exceed the maximum allowed at any one time.

Contact the following Academic Departments regarding Credit by Examination: