Earn College Credit with Prior Learning Assessment

Do you have experience in the workplace? Have you earned certificates for successfully completing training programs? Have you taken an exam such as CLEP or AP? Do you have military experience?

If you answered YES to any of these questions, you may be eligible for Prior Learning Assessment Credit!

Tulsa Community College currently awards credit for the following types of Prior Learning Assessment (PLA):

Types of Possible Credit
Advanced Placement
College-Level Examination Program
Current Licensure or Certification
Dantes Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support
Experiential Learning/Portfolio Evaluation
Institutional (Departmental) Exams
International Baccalaureate Program
International Transcript Evaluation
Military Experience
National College Credit Recommendation Service
Previously Awarded Extra-Institutional Credit

The combination of prior learning assessment (advanced standing) credit and college transfer credit for a degree or certificate at Tulsa Community College may not exceed 75% of the total credit hours required for graduation.

Submit official documentation/scores/transcripts/licensure to the Academic Advising office on any campus.

Resource Links:

Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education PLA Policy

CAEL - Linking Learning and Work

Advanced Placement Program (AP)

Test Name (notes)

Score 3

Score 4

Score 5

Art History

ART 1053

ART 1053

ART 1053

Biology

BIOL 1114

BIOL 1224

BIOL 1224

Calculus (A B)

MATH 2114

MATH 2114

MATH 2114

Calculus (B C)

MATH 2114, 2124

MATH 2114, 2124

MATH 2114, 2124

Chemistry

CHEM 1315

CHEM 1315, 1415

CHEM 1315, 1415

Chinese Language and Culture

CHNS 1103, 1213

CHNS 1103, 1213, 1313, 1413

CHNS 1103, 1213, 1313, 1413, 2113

Computer Science (A)

No Credit

No Credit

No Credit

Computer Science Principles

No Credit

No Credit

No Credit

Macroeconomics

ECON 2013

ECON 2013

ECON 2013

Microeconomics

ECON 2023

ECON 2023

ECON 2023

English Language and Composition

ENGL 1113

ENGL 1113, 1213

ENGL 1113, 1213

English Literature and Composition

ENGL 1113

ENGL 1113, 1213

ENGL 1113, 1213

Environmental Science

No Credit

No Credit

No Credit

European History

HIST 1053, 1063

HIST 1053, 1063

HIST 1053, 1063

French Language and Culture

FREN 1103, 1213

FREN 1103, 1213, 1313, 1413

FREN 1103, 1213, 1313, 1413, 2113

German Language and Culture

GRMN 1103, 1213

GRMN 1103, 1213, 1313, 1413

GRMN 1103, 1213 1313, 1413, 2113

Comparative Government and Politics

POLS 2013

POLS 2013

POLS 2013

United States Government and Politics

POLS 1113

POLS 1113

POLS 1113

Human Geography

GEOG 1043

GEOG 1043

GEOG 1043

Italian Language and Culture

ITAL 1103, 1213

ITAL 1103, 1213, 1313, 1413

ITAL 1103, 1213 1313, 1413, 2113

Japanese Language and Culture

JAPN 1103, 1213

JAPN 1103, 1213, 1313, 1413

JAPN 1103, 1213 1313, 1413, 2113

Latin

LATN 1103, 1213

LATN 1103, 1213, 1313

LATN 1103, 1213 1313

Music Theory

Refer to B below

Refer to B below

Refer to B below

Physics 1

PHYS 1114

PHYS 1114, 1214

PHYS 1114, 1214

Physics 2

PHYS 1114

PHYS 1114, 1214

PHYS 1114, 1214

Physics C – Electricity and Magnetism

PHYS 2034

PHYS 2034, 2124

PHYS 2034, 2124

Physics C- Mechanics

PHYS 2034

PHYS 2034

PHYS 2034

Psychology

PSYC 1113

PSYC 1113

PSYC 1113

Spanish Language and Culture

SPAN 1103, 1213

SPAN 1103, 1213, 1313, 1413

SPAN 1103, 1213 1313, 1413, 2113

Spanish Literature and Culture

SPAN 1103, 1213

SPAN 1103, 1213, 1313, 1413

SPAN 1103, 1213 1313, 1413, 2113

Statistics

MATH 2193

MATH 2193

MATH 2193

Studio Art - Drawing

Refer to A below

Refer to A below

Refer to A below

Studio Art- 2D Design

Refer to AA below

Refer to AA below

Refer to AA below

Studio Art- 3D Design

Refer to A below

Refer to A below

Refer to A below

United States History

HIST 1483, 1493

HIST 1483, 1493

HIST 1483, 1493

World History

HIST 1073

HIST 1073

HIST 1073

NOTES:

A. Art Majors, 3D Studio Art, or Drawing credit, Refer student to Academic Advising. Art Faculty will review and award credit based on major.

AA. Effective Spring 2015: Non Art Majors- 2D Design- Award ART 1013. Art Majors- Refer student to Academic Advising

B. Test content must be reviewed by faculty for Prior Learning Credit. Refer student to Academic Advising for additional information.

CLEP (College-Level Examination Program)

CLEP, the College-Level Examination Program, is the most widely accepted credit-by-examination program in the country. CLEP examinations allow a person to demonstrate knowledge that has been acquired through independent study, academic interests, or on-the-job training. CLEP may entitle an individual to earn from three to six hours of college credit for each test passed; with the exception of the College Spanish Language. Please see link below to determine the number of credits that may be awarded.

Currently, there are 1,300 CLEP test centers located throughout the world. TCC is pleased to be a part of the CLEP family, providing service to students and the community. Each college sets its own policy regarding how much credit and for what courses credit will be given. Before registering for the CLEP, it is the examinee's responsibility to find out the following information:

  • Does the college you are reporting the scores to recognize CLEP exams?
  • What score is needed to receive credit(s)?
  • Are there additional requirements before credit is granted?

Test Preparation
The Official Study Guide for the CLEP Examinations contains descriptions of all CLEP exams, sample exam questions and answers, test preparation in every subject, test-taking strategies and general information about CLEP.

The Guide may be purchased through The College Board by calling 1.800.323.7155. Cost is $25 plus postage (approximately $30.99). Old textbooks may also come in handy as a review for exams. Also, you may view The College Board website for CLEP preparation for more information. Remember, CLEP is the opportunity to earn credit for what you already know.

Registration
Pre-registration and payment must be completed online at http://clep.collegeboard.org. Once payment and registration are completed, bring the voucher to the Testing Center to take your exam.

Administration of CLEP exams are done on a walk-in basis and is based on computer availability*. Effective July 1, 2014, one form of government-issued identification will be acceptable for CLEP test-takers. A secondary form of ID will no longer be required. The primary identification must be valid and current, must bear the test-taker’s full name in English language characters, and must contain a photograph and a signature. Upon check-in at the Testing Center, the examinee must present a primary photo ID (i.e., driver's license, passport, state id, etc.) to be eligible to take the exam. A copy of the photo ID will be made and kept on file in the Testing Center. Please refer to the CLEP site for all acceptable forms of identification.http://clep.collegeboard.org/exam-day-info

*IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT YOU CALL IN ADVANCE TO CHECK ON COMPUTER AVAILABILITY BEFORE YOU COME TO CAMPUS FOR CLEP TESTING. Please note that we will not begin a CLEP exam less than 2 hours prior to closing time (3 hours for the College Composition Modular exam).

Northeast Campus: 918.595.7534, Academic/Administration Building, Room 1201

 

Fees

 

Current and Former TCC Students - $80 per exam ($80 as of July 1, 2012)

  • $80 – payments are made online as part of the pre-registration process. (Fee increase may be implemented by CLEP).

Non-TCC Students - $105 per exam ($105 as of July 1, 2012)

  • $80 - payment made online to CLEP. (Fee increase may be implemented by CLEP).
  • $25 - Separate payment to TCC for processing fee paid at the Testing Center (i.e., cash, check, money order, or credit/debit card accepted).

All CLEP examinations are available to take through the Northeast Campus Testing Center.

View full descriptions of the CLEP examinations!

View list of all CLEP exams accepted by TCC

Current Licensure or Certification

Licenses/Certifications

Credit Hours

CDA Credential

9

CLEET (Criminal Justice)

*

Emergency Medical Technician

8

Paramedic

24

Radiography

50

First Aid certification by American Red Cross or American Heart Association

The certification must cover:

First Aid/CPR-Adult, Child, Infant and

AED- Adult and Child

PHED 2212

Fire Services

Departmental Exams Only*

Pilot Ground School

*

LPN/Paramedic Career Mobility Track

*

Cisco 100-105 ICND1

ITCV 2033

Cisco 200-105 ICND2

ITCV 2203

Cisco 200-125 CCNA

ITCV 2033 & ITCV 2203

CompTIA Security + SY0-401

CSYS 2493

A+ certification (exams 220-801 and 220-802)

CSCI 2143, CSYS 2023

Network+ (exam N10-006)

CSCI 1263

First of 3 exams toward MCSA (MCP Microsoft Certified Professional exam 70-410)

CSYS 2063

Other Certifications

*

* Hours awarded will be determined by the Academic School and Faculty in the discipline.  See Academic Advising to begin process

DSST (Dantes Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support)

  • TCC does not accept General Exams.
  • Note: Course Specific DSST (DANTE) Exam scores and subjects will be reviewed by the Office of Records & Student Completion Services to determine if credit requested is applicable to the student's major. If the decision of the Office of Records & Student Completion Services is challenged by the student, the DSST exam will be forwarded to the appropriate academic school for faculty review.
Business Exams Level TCC Equivalent
Business Ethics and Society 3UB BUSN 1143 Introduction to Ethics: Business Issues
Business Mathematics 3B BUSN 1353 Business Mathematics
Human Resource Management 3B HRES 1313 Principles of Human Resources
Introduction to Business 3B BUSN 1053 Introduction to Business
Introduction to Computing 3B CSCI 1203 Computer Concepts and Applications
Management Information Systems 3B Not reviewed for TCC Credit
Money and Banking 3UB Not reviewed for TCC Credit
Organizational Behavior 3B MGMT 2323 Organizational Behavior
Personal Finance 3B ECON 1353 Personal Finance
Principles of Finance 3UB BUSN 2333 Principles of Finance
Principles of Supervision 3B BUSN 2363 Supervisory Management
Principles of Financial Accounting (No longer listed on DSST) -- ACCT 2233 Financial Accounting
Business Law II (No longer listed on DSST) -- BUSN 2323 Business Law II
Humanities Exams   TCC Equivalent
Ethics in America 3UB Not reviewed for TCC Credit
Introduction to World Religions 3UB Not reviewed for TCC Credit
Principles of Public Speaking 3B SPCH 1113/COMM 1113 Speech Communication I/Public Speaking
Math Exams   TCC Equivalent
Fundamentals of College Algebra 3B No Credit
Principles of Statistics 3B MATH 2193 Elementary Statistics
Physical Science Exams   TCC Equivalent
Astronomy 3B Not reviewed for TCC Credit
Environment and Humanity/The Race to Save the Planet 3B Not reviewed for TCC Credit
Health and Human Development 3B Not reviewed for TCC Credit
Principles of Physical Science I 3B Not reviewed for TCC Credit
Social Sciences Exams   TCC Equivalent
A History of the Vietnam War 3UB Not reviewed for TCC Credit
Art of the Western World 3B Not reviewed for TCC Credit
Criminal Justice 6B Not reviewed for TCC Credit
Foundations of Education 3B Not reviewed for TCC Credit
Fundamentals of Counseling 3B Not reviewed for TCC Credit
General Anthropology 3B Not reviewed for TCC Credit
Human/Cultural Geography 3B GEOG 1043 Introduction to Cultural Geography
Introduction to Law Enforcement 3UB CRIM 1013 Introduction to Criminal Justice
Lifespan Developmental Psychology 3B PSYC 2023 Developmental Psychology
History of the Soviet Union 3UB Not reviewed for TCC Credit
Substance Abuse (formerly Drug and Alcohol Abuse 3UB Not reviewed for TCC Credit
The Civil War and Reconstruction 3UB Not reviewed for TCC Credit
Technology Exams   TCC Equivalent
Fundamentals of Cyber security 3UB Not reviewed for TCC Credit
Technical Writing 3B ENGL 2333 Technical/Professional Writing

Experiential Learning/Portfolio Evaluation]

Not available at this time. The institution is currently working with the Council on Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) to develop this process.

For more information concerning Experiential learning, please contact the Academic School.

Advanced Standing- Departmental Exams (Credit by Exam)

Currently or previously enrolled students who feel they are qualified for advanced standing credit by examination in a discipline not offered or administered through the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) may choose to attempt to establish credit through a departmental examination.

The departmental examinations are written and scored by TCC faculty and are intended to measure competence for establishing credit comparable to what would be required if the student took the course at TCC. A score equivalent to a grade of "C" shall be the cutoff score.

Students seeking these examinations should inquire at any campus Advisement/Testing Center at the beginning of the semester. Students may be required to have approval for the examination from the Faculty Department Chair for that subject.  

Credit for the Exam

  • The student must be a current or former TCC student; however, the student cannot be enrolled in the same course that he/she is testing, except during the drop/add period.
  • Credit earned through advanced standing examinations does not count in the number of hours enrolled during the semester of the exam; nor will it count toward the GPA.
  • Credit will be recorded with a grade of "S" if the student passes the exam. No grade is recorded if the student fails the exam.
  • Once the examination is given to the student, whether passed or failed, there is no refund of fees.

Fee: Current or Former TCC Students Only - $5 per credit hour

Registration and Testing Sites

  • Metro Campus, Room 1018, (918) 595-7010
  • Northeast Campus, Room 1201 (Academic Building) (918) 595-7534
  • Southeast Campus, Room 4231, (918) 595-7693
  • West Campus, Room I-104, (918) 595-8181

International Baccalaureate (IB) Program

Only courses taken at the "Higher Level" and subject specific with a minimum score of "4" will be considered. Credit awarded should be determined from the charts below. For any additional exams, please refer to the academic school(s).

Test Name

Minimum Score

TCC Equivalent

Biology

4

BIOL 1604

Chemistry

4

CHEM 1315, 1415

English A Lit

4

ENGL 1113

English A Lit

5

ENGL 1113, ENGL 1213

English B

4

ENGL 1113

English B

5

ENGL 1113, ENGL 1213

Language B: French 4 FREN 1103, 1213, 1313, 1413
Language B: French 5 Credit Reviewed by Academic School.  See Academic Advising
Language B: Spanish 4 SPAN 1103, 1213, 1313, 1413
Language B: Spanish 5 Credit Reviewed by Academic School.  See Academic Advising
Language B: German 4 GRMN 1103, 1213, 1313, 1413
Language B: German 5 Credit Reviewed by Academic School.  See Academic Advising
Language B: Latin 4/5 Credit Reviewed by Academic School. See Academic Advising

Hist Europe/ME

4

HIST 1063

Mathematics

4

MATH 2114

Physics

4

PHYS 2034, 2124

Psychology

4

PSYC 1113

Philosophy

4

PHIL 1113

Economics

4

ECON 2013

International Transcript Evaluation

Student must first have the transcript evaluated by a recognized member of NACES.org. 

Student must supply:

  • The original evaluated international transcript
  • A curriculum plan from an academic advisor for the student's program of study
  • A letter of request identifying each course for which credit is requested

The Office of Records and Completion Center Services will review international coursework on a course-by-course basis and make the evaluation decision.

Deadline for submission of documents:

  • 16-week term: No earlier than the beginning of the third week and no later than the beginning of the 12th week.
  • Summer 8-week term: No earlier than the beginning of the second week and no later than the beginning of the sixth week

Military Experience

  • JST (Joint Services Transcript) - Army, Marine Corps, Navy (after 10/2013)
  • AARTS- Army/American Council on Education Registry Transcript (Prior to 11/2013)
  • SMART- Sailor/Marine/ACE Registry Transcript (Prior to 11/2013)
  • Prior to AARTS and SMART- DD 214 or DD 295 (Prior to 1979)
  • Department of Defense and Coast Guard- appropriate transcript

Credit for military training will only be awarded for similar coursework offered by TCC. ACE recommended credit hours must be equal to or greater than the equivalent course offered by TCC.

National College Credit Recommendation Service (NCCRS)

NCCRS credit will be reviewed on a course-by-course basis. The exam must be course specific. Any request for PLA for coursework completed and recognized by NCCRS will be forwarded to the academic school for faculty evaluation.

Students requesting credit will need to provide the following:

  • A copy of the original transcribed course or training
  • A letter requesting the credit and identifying the course(s)
  • A copy of the recommendation from NCCRS