Prior Learning Assessment
Finish Your Degree Faster by Getting Credit For What You Already Know
- Students may earn up to 60 hours—which equals two years of college credit—for what they already know
- Credit hours earned depends upon the individual student’s background and experience
There are numerous ways to earn college credit outside the traditional classrooms, and we will work with you to take advantage of all the methods that are right for you. Many adult students spend years in the workforce or military developing valuable skills, earning certifications, taking continuing education programs, and obtaining licenses for specific functions. At MTSU we have developed a means to turn this prior knowledge into college credit to complete a degree. View our PLA brochure here for more information.
Free evaluation and consultation
To find out if the Adult Degree Completion Program is a fit for you, please complete the form on the left side of the page. Our academic professionals will review your transcripts, discuss your background and goals, and prepare an academic plan designed to let you graduate as quickly as possible. If your prior training and experience qualifies, you could earn up to a maximum of 60 hours of academic credit for what you already know. The evaluation is completely free and allows you to understand exactly what you would need to do to finish your degree.
While any degree offered by MTSU may be used as part of the Adult Degree Completion Program, most of our students find that one the following degrees provides them with the greatest flexibility because of the availability of using Prior Learning Assessment to finish more quickly. All of our degree programs provide an opportunity for several majors and areas of specialization.
The B.S. in Commerce is a flexible degree plan designed to provide a broad-based course of study in business while maintaining the flexibility necessary for the modern college student.
Courses in the Department of Criminal Justice Administration provide students with a well-rounded curriculum designed to meet the academic needs of those seeking careers in law enforcement, courts, corrections, and homeland security.
This interdisciplinary degree program is extremely flexible and is an excellent option for students seeking a broad-based educational experience or wanting to custom-design a degree program. View the online brochure here.
This program helps students prepare for management positions in the fields of information technology, healthcare administration, and business communications. View the online brochure here.
The MPS is an interdisciplinary graduate degree program designed for working professionals who wish to earn a graduate degree in their area of expertise and excel in their careers. Concentrations include Human Resources Leadership, Strategic Leadership, and Training & Devlopment.
College credit for what you already know and have achieved
Ways to Earn College Credit
Prior Learning Assessment
Portfolio Assessment – PRST 3010 (Prior Learning Assessment)
The Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) course provides a structured process for students to document learning obtained through work, training programs, certifications and licenses and convert it to college credit.
PLA credit can be used in the following degree programs:
- Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies
- Bachelor of Science in Integrated Studies
To learn more about this program, call 615-898-5236.
Other Ways to Earn Credit
(Detailed in MTSU Undergraduate Catalog)
Military Service Credits
Students who have served in the Reserves, National Guard, or Armed Forces may be eligible for college credit.
- Submit a DD214. Students not separated from military service may submit their most recent LES statement.
- Submit a Joint Services Transcript (JST)
- Students who attended the Community College of the Air Force are required to submit an official copy of their CCAF transcript: Community College of the Air Force Transcript
Students may earn college credit for acceptable scores on the:
- College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
- Foreign Language Tests
- Advanced Placement Examinations (AP) of the College Entrance Examination Board
- American College Testing Program (ACT)
- International Baccalaureate Program (IB)
- DANTES Subject Standardized Test (DSST)
Examinations are administered by Testing Services, 107 Keathley University Center. (615-898-2863)
Credit by Special Examination
Students should contact the Admissions Office for forms, and request approval from the Department Chair.
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