Academics Experiential Credit and Credit
Individuals who have submitted an application for admission to the College as
a degree–seeking student may request an evaluation of valuable non–college training
and certifications. Non–college training includes training that is provided by
organizations other than a college or university, including industry–sponsored
training and industry–recognized certifications. Credit for such educational
experiences will be granted in accordance with the recommendations of the American
Council on Education (ACE) when applicable to the student’s program of
study. Information on the documentation required to apply for these credits can
be obtained from the enrollment services offices or from the Web site.
Individuals who have submitted applications for admission to the College as a
degree–seeking student may request an evaluation of military training and experience
by submitting to a campus enrollment services office the appropriate American
Council on Education (ACE) Registry Transcript (SMART for U.S. Navy and Marine
Corp, and AARTS for U.S. Army) and/or an institutional transcript from a military
institution (CCAF — Community College of the Air Force, ARNGI — Army
National Guard Institute, USCGI — United States Coast Guard Institute,
U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy). Electronic
transcript requests can be made by visiting our Credit
from Military Experience Web page,
and clicking on the link appropriate to the students’ branch of service.
Students receiving veterans educational benefits must have their military training
evaluated to continue receiving benefits. For more information, visit the Web
page for Military
Individuals who have submitted an application for admission to the College
as a degree–seeking student may obtain college credit for theory and knowledge
acquired through life/work experiences that are equivalent to college level course
work. The student seeking experiential credit must register for the Portfolio
Development for Prior Learning course (SLS 1371 or CWO 0404) to learn how to complete a portfolio documenting prior learning as it relates
to a specific course in the selected program of study. The student may then submit portfolios
for faculty evaluation and recommendation to award college credit. Completing the Portfolio Development course and submitting a portfolio for evaluation does not guarantee approval for college credit. Evaluation
fees are set by the Florida Community College District Board of Trustees.
Students may earn up to
45 semester hours credit toward an associate degree
through credit–by–examination. This may be a combination of
Advanced Placement (AP), College Level Examination Program
(CLEP), International Baccalaureate (IB), Proficiency Examination Program (PEP), DANTES subject standardized
tests (DSST), Excelsior and/or transfer credit. Credit not counted within this
45–hour limit may be obtained by participation in the Proficiency
Examination Program (PEP). For more information regarding
the following tests, contact the campus assessment and certification
Advanced Placement Test
(AP) is a nationally developed program for acquiring college
credit while enrolled in high school. The test is administered through the high schools, and credit
is granted for scores of three, four or five on approximately 30 approved tests.
Score reports may be submitted for evaluation to any campus assessment and certification center. Fees are set by the College Entrance Examination Board.
College Level Examination Program (CLEP) is a nationally developed
program for credit–by–examination. Credit is granted
for scores equating to a “B” or “C” passing level on approximately 25 tests approved by the State Board of Education. Fees are set by the College Entrance Examination Board. The computerized test
is administered by appointment at any campus assessment and certification
center. Score reports may be submitted for evaluation to any campus assessment and certification center.
International Baccalaureate Program (IBP) is a Geneva–based program of study offered through high schools throughout the world. The program consists of a comprehensive system of courses and examinations that focus on the development of a high quality liberal arts education. Florida Community College may award up to a maximum of 30 semester hours of credit. It is a program for acquiring college credit while enrolled in high school. Credit is granted for designated
scores on individual tests or for the IBP diploma.
DANTES Subject Standardized Test (DSST) is a program developed by the Department of Defense for awarding credit by examination under the auspices of Defense Activity for Non–traditional Educational Support (DANTES). Military personnel may obtain information, applications and a list of approved tests from the Navy Campus for Achievement (NCFA) offices on local Navy bases or education offices in other branches of the military service. Fees are set by DANTES. Non–military students may contact the campus assessment and certification centers for information concerning registration, tests and fees. Students may submit credit earned through DANTES for Florida Community College credit evaluation through the assessment and certification center. Credit is awarded for scores equating to a B” or “C” as approved by the State Board of Education.
Excelsior College Examination Program (formerly known as Regents College Exams or Proficiency Examination Program) is a nationally developed program approved by the American Council on Education. The tests are administered locally by Sylvan/Prometric testing centers and credit is granted for grades of “B” or “C” on eight approved tests. Score reports may be submitted for evaluation to any campus assessment and certification center.