3.01 Credit by Examination Policy

I. Credit by Examination

In order to receive credit by examination, a student must show convincing evidence of special aptitude or knowledge of the course material. A written, oral, and/or performance examination will be developed and administered by an instructor of the course. The examination is subject to the approval of the associate dean. If the student achieves satisfactory performance on the examination, a grade of "X" will be recorded on the transcript. The "X" grade earns no quality points, but credit hours will be given identical to the number of credit hours normally assigned to that course at the College.

A student may receive credit by examination for a course under the following circumstances:

A. The student is admitted to the College, and must not have enrolled in the course prior to taking the exam.

B. The student pays a fee, dependent upon the recommendation of the content course expert or the associate dean that the student is eligible to take the examination. The charge will be commensurate with the complexity and intensity of the exam.

C. In some instances, the student may be required to register for the course before being eligible to take the exam. In this case the exam fee will be waived.

D. The student must pass the examination for the course.

A student may only attempt an examination once. A student must meet program completion requirements as specified in Policy 3.10 Program Completion.

II. Credit by Credential

In cases where the learning outcomes of a current credential align with the learning outcomes of a course, a student may receive credit for the credential at the discretion of the content expert or the associate dean.

Credit may be given for documented and validated industry-recognized credentials. These credentials must be approved by the Academic Affairs Council, as proposed by subject-matter experts, and based upon content and outcomes. Examples of industry-recognized credentials include certifications from recognized third-party and vendor-specific sources.

A student must meet program completion requirements as specified in Policy 3.10 Program Completion.

III. Credit for Experience

In some instances, the college will consider eligibility for students to receive academic credit for non-credit learning experiences. These experiences may include Continuing Education courses and programs, military education and training, and certain apprenticeship programs.


Changes approved by the Board of Trustees on May 6, 2020

Changes approved by Cabinet on April 16, 2012