Prior Learning Assessment (TimeWise TN)

Earn Credit for What You’ve Learned

Through our nationally recognized Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) program, students have an opportunity to earn as much as 60 hours of college credit for learning gained outside of the traditional college setting. 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. Students may earn up to 60 hours­­—which equals two years of college credit—for what they already know. The number of credit hours earned depends upon the individual student’s background and experience. We typically see 24­–30 hours of credit awarded.

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.

Available degrees

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.

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 Liberal Studies
  • 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.

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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