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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:

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?
• Major requirements
• Minor requirements
• Elective credits
• Vocational/independent study/coursework

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
• ACE-Workplace Training
• LPN (Nursing) Mobility
• AP
• Certified Professional Secretary/Certified Administrative Professional

Programs accepting PLA:

• A.A.S. Allied Health Sciences
• A.A.S. Business Management Technology
• A.A.S. Contemporary Management
• A.A.S. General Technology
• A.A.S. Environmental Health Technology
• A.A.S. Criminal Justice

Do PLA policies differ from department to department?


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

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.

If credit is granted when the students enters Roane State Community College, individual departments usually do not disallow the credits as long as it is appropriate toward the major requirements.

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

Do written policies exist?

Fees and other costs:
• Challenge exam - $20 per credit hour
• Challenge exam - $100 per exam
• Portfolio assessment - $45 per assessment + $15 per credit hour awarded (total maximum $135)
• All other forms of PLA - $15 per credit hour

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?

At the time of admission to the college.

Do they accept PLA credit transferred from other institutions?


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

How do CLEP tests appear on a student's transcript?
Shown as transfer credit.

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?
No course offered.

Who assesses student portfolios?
Institutional faculty member or instructor.

How do portfolio credits appear on a student's transcript?
Shown as transfer credit.

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:
Kathryn Rhodes
Dean of Student Academic Services 
(865) 354-3000 x4202

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