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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:

• Credit by Exam -
• Interdisciplinary Studies Portfolio assessment -
• RN to BSN experiential credit -

Maximum limit for all forms of PLA credits:
33 for all forms of PLA; 6 for portfolio assessment

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

How can PLA credit be used?
• Portfolios - Elective credits only.
• All other types of accepted PLA - Credits for majors, minors, and general education requirements.

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
• AP
• IB

Programs accepting PLA:

• All undergraduate programs accept at least one form of PLA (most accept multiple).
• Only the following programs accept portfolio credit:
• Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies
• Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies
• Nursing programs

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 transferable between departments. Portfolio credit in Interdisciplinary Studies is not transferrable to any other department

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

Do written policies exist?
Fees and other costs:
There are no fees for portfolio assessments in Interdisciplinary studies.

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?

Most forms of PLA are accepted in transfer, but portfolio assessments are not.

If so, when do they appear on the student's transcript?
Not accepted.

How do CLEP tests appear on a student's transcript?
They are displayed as specific courses from CLEP credit with a grade of "S."

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?
TTU awards credit from portfolio assessments as transfer credit from Lifelong Learning (school code Z00220) with the specific course and credit hours with "5" grades only.

Student Facts
Number of PLA earners (2010-2011):
• 149 for all forms
• 112 for CLEP
• 19 for challenge exams
• 15 for portfolio assessments
• 3 for nursing credit

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

PLA Hours earned (2010-2011):
• 975 for all forms
• 712 for CLEP
• 74 for challenge exams
• 90 for portfolio assessments
• 99 for nursing credit

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:
Steve Frye
(931) 372-6241

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