Students may request credit for college-level learning experiences obtained through professional development in the workplace, courses and workshops in non-accredited programs, and independent learning. The learning experience may have occurred before or during studies at Avila University. Two organizations review training and experience and evaluate them for college credit.
The ACE reviews training, occupations, and other learning sources outside the classroom and then recommends qualifying experiences as the equivalent of college-level learning.
This service evaluates training programs offered outside of a traditional classroom and translates them into college credit.
Note: Avila faculty will assess professional training courses not evaluated by ACE or NCCRS.
Licenses and Certifications
Students may request credit for college-level learning experiences obtained through the award of professional licenses or certifications in the workplace. The learning experience may have occurred before or during studies at Avila University.
The ACE reviews licenses, certifications, proficiency tests, and other learning sources outside the classroom; then recommends specific experiences as the equivalent of college-level learning.
This service evaluates licenses, certifications, and proficiency exams offered outside of a traditional classroom and translate them into college credit.
Note: Avila Faculty may evaluate licenses, certifications, or proficiency tests not evaluated by ACE or NCCRS.
Credit by Exam Programs
Getting ahead in a degree program could be as easy as passing approved examinations and earning college credit. Students can earn credits toward a degree via credit by exam. Students can earn these credits as long as there is no duplication of academic credit, and the scores meet Avila University standards. Consult with your academic advisor before selecting an exam.
Get credit for what you already know through the College Level Examination Program. https://clep.collegeboard.org/ Discuss options with an academic advisor.
DSST Exams (formerly known as DANTES)
Demonstrate knowledge in your field of study with DSST. Completing a degree may be expedited by passing a DSST Exam. https://www.getcollegecredit.com/test_takers/ Discuss options with an academic advisor.
Military Training & Experience
Avila students who have served in the Armed Forces, including the reserves and the National Guard, may have earned college credit. The military services transcript training that is completed by service members. Students may request a transcript for evaluation by Avila University.
Army, Coast Guard, Navy, Marines
These military services record training using the Joint Services Transcript. https://jst.doded.mil/official.html
This military service records training through the Community College of the Air Force (CCAF). https://www.airuniversity.af.edu/Barnes/CCAF/Display/Article/803247/community-college-of-the-air-force-transcripts/
Prior Learning Assessment Narrative
Avila University students may write Prior Learning Assessment Narratives to earn college credit. Students apply Kolb’s Model of Experiential Learning to specific course learning outcomes. See Appendices B and C in the Avila University Prior Learning Assessment Guide. Students electing to write a Narrative must be enrolled in or have completed the Prior Learning Assessment Theory and Practice course.