You learn in many ways – through career experiences, volunteer work, community service, leadership roles, even travel – and the Mount offers credit for this college-level learning that takes place outside the classroom

Prior Learning Assessment (PLA)

You learn in many ways – through career experiences, volunteer work, community service, leadership roles, even travel – and the Mount offers credit for this college-level learning that takes place outside the classroom. The Career and Experiential Education Center helps students get credit for this type of learning.

Options for earning credit include:

  • Structured education programs in the armed forces, nursing, business or industry may be reviewed for a possible direct award of credit.
  •  College Level Examination Program is a national program offering a series of standardized tests to earn college credit.  The Mount accepts for credit in a variety of subjects.  
  • Credit by Portfolio Process allows students to evaluate their life and career experiences and may equate their learning and knowledge to specific course credits.
  • Credit by Validation is an option for students who have attended extensive trainings, completed a series of workshops, or have attended a non-accredited institution.
  •  Validation for Work Experience Process allows Adult undergraduate students with significant work experience related to their degree to be evaluated for course credit.

Contact Information

For more information, contact Julie Keller, PLA Coordinator: