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Prior Learning Assessment Fact Sheet

Note: This information has been provided by and verified by the institution listed as being current and up-to-date. Updated: 1 February 2013.

General Institutional Policies on PLA
Institution's PLA website:
Adult Degree Completion - "

Maximum limit for all forms of PLA credits:

State 2-Year Community College average is 29.
State 4-Year University average is 52.

How can PLA credit be used?
• General education
• Major requirements
• Minor requirements
• Elective credits

Types of PLA offered:
For a list of the most common types of PLA and general information about each, please see this page.

For more information about the details of this institution's PLA policies compared to others, including required scores, accepted tests, and course equivalencies, please see this page.

• Portfolio Assessments
• Institutional Challenge Exams
• ACE-Military
• Excelsior*
• AP
• IB
• ACE-Workplace*

*MTSU does not accept credit for these examinations or credit recommendations directly. However, credit for exams and credit recommendation from these sources can be earned through portfolio assessment.

Programs accepting PLA:

• Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies (RODP)
• Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies (RODP)
• Bachelor of University Studies
• Bachelor of Science Engineering Technology Industrial Studies

Do PLA policies differ from department to department?


Can PLA credits be transferred between departments and programs within this institution?

CLEP Tests, military credit, and course equivalent PLA are internally transferrable.

Please note that when you change degree programs or majors, that some courses and credits may no longer be relevant and thus will not transfer.

Generally, general education courses and electives will transfer but courses in the major may not.

Do written policies exist?
Adult Degree Completion -

Fees and other costs:
• CLEP - $25 per exam.
• Challenge exams - $20 per credit hour.
• Portfolio assessment:
• $90 for Engineering Technology and Industrial Science.
• Cost of 3 credit hours of tuition for portfolio course for other subject areas. No other fees.

• All other forms of PLA - No fee

Note: These fees represent institutional costs only. Some external agencies (particularly testing agencies) have their own fees, which can be found in the descriptions here.

When do PLA credits appear on a student's transcript?


Do they accept PLA credit transferred from other institutions?


If so, when do they appear on the student's transcript?

As an example, how do CLEP tests appear on a student's transcript?
They are shown as course specific assessed with a grade of "P."

Other limitations that student's should be aware of:

Portfolio Assessment:
For general information about portfolio assessments, please see this page.

Do they offer portfolio credits?

Do they offer a course for students creating portfolios for assessment?
Course led by institutional instructor or faculty member.

Who assesses student portfolios?
Institutional instructor or staff member.

How do portfolio credits appear on a student's transcript?
It is posted as a block of assessed elective credit with a grade of "P."

Student Facts
Number of PLA earners (2010-2011):

State 2-Year Community College average is 122.
State 4-Year University average is 224.

PLA Hours earned (2010-2011):

State 2-Year Community College average is 581.
State 4-Year University average is 4,343.

Average age of PLA earners:

State average is 28.

Contact Information
Institutional Contact for PLA:
William L. Ikard

For more details about PLA at Middle Tennessee State University, including specific tests accepted, score requirements, and other details for each type of PLA, please see this page.