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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:
Under construction. Please visit the main site for now:

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
• Certificate programs
• 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
• ACE-Workplace Training

Programs accepting PLA:

• AA/AS University Parallel
• AAS Mid-Management
• AAS Electronic Technology
• Basic Electronic Technician Technical Certificate
• AAS Hospitality Management
• AAS Automotive Service Technology
• AAS Information Technology
• AAS Office Technology
• AAS Nursing (LPN Mobility Track)
• AAS Electrical Engineering Technology
• Electrical/Electronic Fundamentals Technical Certificate
• AAS General Technology

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.

PLA is transferrable. The types of transferrable PLA are CLEP, AP, ACE, Licensure, Internal Course Examination, Dual Credit, and Dual enrollment.

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

Do written policies exist?

Fees and other costs:
• CLEP - $15 per exam
• Challenge exam - $15 fee + cost of tuition for course
• 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?

Following semester.

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?
A grade of "P" or "S" is used to indicate credit by CLEP. The number of applied credits for the course is also provided.

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?
Credit is posted on the transcript as Life Learning or Work Experience.

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:
Mike Stephens
Dean, Career Studies

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