Transfer Non-Traditional College Credit
Get College Credit for Work & Life Experience
Have you served in the United States Armed Forces? Learned a second language? Started your own business? Your life experience could be worth college credit.
These non-traditional credits can come from work and life experience, military training, or national testing programs. Learn more below about life credits from non-traditional sources including:
- Prior Learning Assessment
- Experiential Learning Credits
- National Credit Recommendation Services
- Military Training and Experience
- NCLEX-RN® Exam
- National Testing Programs
- Nationally Evaluated Courses
- Transfer Partnerships
Prior Learning Assessment (PLA)
Your success is our top priority at the University of Arizona Global Campus. If you have previous corporate training, continuing education units, prior school credits, or other non-traditional sources of previous learning, they will be assessed for potential college credit. If the credits are not accepted through the official evaluation through the Registrar’s Office, you can request to have them reviewed through Prior Learning Assessment (PLA). Students may earn credit through the PLA program in two ways: Sponsored Professional Training and the Experiential Learning Credit Workshop/Essay. Undergraduate students who are approved to be CHAMPS Mentors may also earn credits through the PLA program by meeting the prescribed requirements of the CHAMPS program.
You may be eligible to transfer up to 49 approved credits toward your associate degree, 90 approved credits toward your bachelor’s degree, and 9 approved credits toward your master’s degree. These credits include a combination of prior learning assessment (PLA) credits, non-traditional learning credits, and transfer credits. You may apply up to 15 PLA credits toward an Associate of Arts program, 30 PLA credits toward degree completion for your bachelor's degree program, and 6 PLA credits toward degree completion for your master’s degree program.
Sponsored Professional Training
Prior learning can be assessed by providing documentation of training content, hours, and a summarization of learning outcomes and application to a Global Campus course. In most cases, you will need to document what you've learned. Examples include:
- Standardized corporate trainings
- Certificate programs
Experiential Learning Credits (ELC)
Adult learners come to the University of Arizona Global Campus with a wealth of professional knowledge, and you deserve credit for your expertise. Experiential Learning Credits (ELC) offer you a convenient way to turn your experience into credits that can be applied to your degree.
Here's how to get started:
- Sign up for the Experiential Learning Credit Workshop in the PLA Information Center on your Student Portal or by sending an email to [email protected] The workshop is a self-paced series of 5 modules that take you through the process of writing an Experiential Essay that aligns your learning to the outcomes of a course in your degree program.
- At the end of Module 5, your completed essay will be evaluated by a faculty member.
- If your essay is approved, you will be awarded credit for the course.
The fee to access the Experiential Learning Credit Workshop is $275, which includes one essay submission. Additional essays can be submitted for $125 per essay.
National Credit Recommendation Services
These two organizations review training and experience and evaluate them for college credit.
The ACE reviews training, occupations, and other sources of learning outside the classroom, and then recommends certain experiences as the equivalent of college courses. See if your training or experience has been evaluated.
This service evaluates training programs offered outside of a traditional classroom and translates them into college credit.
Military Training and Experience
Many Global Campus students have served in the Armed Forces, including the reserves and the National Guard. The University of Arizona Global Campus recognizes that students learn a lot from boot camp, basic training, officer training school, and many other courses provided by the military. Talk with a Military Enrollment Services Advisor about maximizing credits from your Joint Services Transcript (JST). The University of Arizona Global Campus will request your JST and other college transcripts on your behalf.
National Testing Programs
Several organizations offer examinations that you can take for a fee. When you pass, you earn college credit. Here are a few national testing programs you should consider:
While in high school, you may have taken advantage of Advanced Placement (AP) courses. If you did, the University of Arizona Global Campus will evaluate those courses and may be able to apply them to your degree. To see how your AP credit can transfer, view the transfer guide.
BERLITZ LANGUAGE EVALUATION
By passing the Berlitz Language Evaluation, you may earn up to 18 approved credits toward a Bachelor's degree, depending upon your level of language proficiency. Learn more about the Berlitz Language Evaluation.
COLLEGE LEVEL EXAMINATION PROGRAM (CLEP)
DSST EXAM (formerly known as DANTES)
Demonstrate knowledge in your field of study with DSST. If you successfully pass or have already passed a DSST, completion of your undergraduate degree may be closer than you think. View the transfer guide.
Nationally Evaluated Courses
Several organizations offer courses that have been recommended for college credit by national credit recommendation services, like ACE and NCCRS.
INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE (IB)
If you completed an International Baccalaureate (IB) program, you may be eligible to receive college credit. To see how your courses can transfer into your degree program, check out the transfer guide to get started.
If you completed Saylor Foundation credit aligned courses you may be eligible to receive college credit. To see how your courses can transfer into your degree program, check out the transfer guide to get started.
If you completed Coursera courses you may be eligible to receive college credit. To see how your courses can transfer into your degree program, contact your Advisor.
CHILDCARE EDUCATION INSTITUTE (CCEI)
If you completed ChildCare Education Institute courses you may be eligible to receive college credit. To see how your courses can transfer into your degree program, check out the transfer guide to get started.
Your unique mix of prior learning, military training, and testing could save you time and money. The process of getting your credits approved may require a few weeks, depending on what kinds of life credits you want to earn. But you should invest the time and effort, and contact a University of Arizona Global Campus advisor. You are worth it!
The Knowledge Innovation Center
In conjunction with the Forbes School of Business and Technology®, the Knowledge Innovation Center enables access with unique approaches to skills training and professional development. This collaboration allows you to receive college credit through Prior Learning Assessment for specific courses and professional training taken through the Knowledge Innovation Center. Credits are assessed by academic review of course content, equivalent hours, and a summation of learning outcomes.
The University of Arizona Global Campus has partnered with Sophia Learning, which offers self-paced courses that let you earn college credits on your schedule. Sophia’s platform is accessible anytime, anywhere, from your laptop, tablet or mobile device. View the transfer guide to find the right courses that will help you complete your degree.
The University of Arizona Global Campus's academic partner StraighterLine creates a seamless transfer of course credit toward the University of Arizona Global Campus's undergraduate programs. If you have taken courses at StraighterLine and wish to continue your academic goals at the University of Arizona Global Campus, or you are attending the University of Arizona Global Campus and want to evaluate how courses can transfer to StraighterLine, view the transfer guide.
The University of Arizona Global Campus offers a tuition grant to students who successfully complete 12 college-level credits at StraighterLine and matriculate into an online undergraduate program at the University of Arizona Global Campus. To determine eligibility, students must submit an official transcript to the University of Arizona Global Campus Registrar’s Office, showing successful completion of 12 college-level StraighterLine credits in order to be eligible for the grant. For eligible students, a 15% tuition grant will be applied to tuition charges for 8 attempted courses from the date the student is determined to be eligible. The tuition grant will only apply to future tuition charges and is not retroactive.
The University of Arizona Global Campus has partnered with Study.com, a leading online education platform helping learners of all ages excel academically and close skills gaps. Global Campus students can choose from over 200 general, core, and upper level courses recommended for transfer by ACE and/or NCCRS, and seamlessly transfer them back to the University of Arizona Global Campus. View the transfer guide to see what courses are available to help you complete your degree.
The transferability of credits is subject to the University of Arizona Global Campus's transfer credit policies, and requires the submission of official transcripts. The official transcripts will be evaluated to determine the credits that will officially apply toward a University of Arizona Global Campus degree program.
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