Introduction

Hill College (HC) strives to provide students with opportunities to receive credit for prior learning while still maintaining the academic integrity of its academic programs. Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) is the evaluation of an individual’s learning outside of the college classroom. PLA gives students an opportunity to earn college credits for college-level knowledge they have acquired through experience including military service and training, advanced high school courses, recognized exams and certifications, and others.

Students may petition course credit for experiential learning, non-credit course completion, professional development, licensure/certifications, and national exams. Course credit is awarded when content mastered through an experience is comparable to the student learning outcomes of a HC course. Participants benefit from recognized learning outside the traditional classroom, reduced program costs, and timely degree completion.

To accommodate this need, HC has developed the Prior Learning Assessment Guidelines and Procedures Manual. This manual is designed to provide information about the diverse ways in which students obtain academic credit for learned knowledge and skills outside a classroom setting. This academic college credit can be awarded through the following prior learning demonstrations:

  • Military Training
  • Professional Work Experience
  • External Exams Credit
  • Internal Credit by Exam
  • Continuing Education Mirror Courses
  • Licensure and Professional Certification

The offices of Instruction and Student Services work collaboratively to process assessment requests. The Office of the Vice President for Instruction ensures PLA adheres to institutional policies and regional accreditation standards, maintains academic integrity, and follows current business processes. The Vice President for Student Services provides support to PLA applicants through academic advising, application assistance, and credit posting. HC policies and procedures are consistent with Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) principles and with Hill College Board Policies EGA (Legal) and EGAA (Local).

Student Eligibility to Request Credit

To request PLA credit, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Student must be admitted in an academic or career education credit program past census date of the current semester and be in good standing (GPA 2.0).
  • Student must have successfully completed a minimum of 6 college credit hours of HC course work.
  • Student must provide official documentation of prior learning (transcripts, licensures, certificates, work experience, etc.)

Guidelines for Awarding Credit

Credit for prior learning can be awarded only after the assessment of prior learning experiences and only for documented learning that demonstrates achievement of all identified learning outcomes for a specific course or courses. 

  1. Students cannot request PLA for courses attempted or previously
    1. Attempted – Courses that appear on an HC or transferring institution transcript as withdrawn (W/WC) or incomplete (I).
    2. Previously Taken – Courses that appear on HC or transferring institution transcript with a grade.
  2. Credit may only be awarded for courses applicable to the student’s declared degree
  3. Credit is posted after census date of the semester/term in which the assessment was
  4. Credit does not count toward the 25% residency requirement of the college, satisfactory academic progress (SAP) calculations, nor meet eligibility requirements for financial aid or loan
  5. Credit may not exceed 50% of a student’s Certificate or Associate degree required coursework. Awarding of PLA may not be excluded for calculation of a second certificate or degree.
  6. Credit earned through PLA cannot be removed from a student’s transcript once it has been awarded to the academic transcript.
  7. Course credit is documented as “CR” on a HC transcript and may contribute toward graduation requirements. Letter grades cannot be given for course credit earned through PLA.
  8. Other institutions are not obligated to accept credit earned through PLA. It is the student's responsibility to check with the transfer institution before pursuing the PLA process to determine the institution's policies and accpetance of PLA. 
  9. Upon completion, the PLA application and copy of the results (exam, portfolio, and etc.) will be forwarded to Student Information Services for filing.
  10. Students, who are denied credit through PLA for a specific course, may not petition for credit again for the same course by any options defined under PLA. 

Application for Prior Learning Assessment

To receive credit for the following prior learning, students must complete an application.

  • Military Training
  • Professional Work Experience
  • External Exams – CLEP, AP, IB
  • Internal Credit by Exam
  • Continuing Education Mirror Courses
  • Licensure and Professional Certification

Applicable Fees

The chart below indicates applicable fees for processing credit for prior learning assessment. Fees are non-refundable and must be paid to the Business Office upon posting credit to the academic transcript.

Prior Learning Assessment Fee
Military Training No Fee
Professional Work Experience $60 per portfolio
External Exams Credit $25 per course
Internal Credit by Exam $25 per course
Continuing Education Mirror Courses No Fee
Licensure and Professional Certification $25 per course

Prior Learning Assessment

AP Advanced Placement

Test Name Minimum Score Credits Course(s) Fits Core Requirements
Art History 3 6 ARTS 1303, 1304 Core
Biology 3 4 BIOL 1406 Core
Biology 4 8 BIOL 1406, 1407 Core
Calculus AB 3 4 MATH 2413  
Calculus AB 4 8 MATH 2413, 2414 Core
Calculus BC 3 4 MATH 2413 Core
Calculus BC 4 8 MATH 2413, 2414 Core
Chemistry 3 8 CHEM 1405, 1407
Chemistry 4 8 CHEM 1411, 1412 Core
Computer Science A 4 8 COSC 1436, 1437  
Computer Science AB 4 12 COSC 1436, 1437, 2436  
English Language and Comp 3 3 ENGL 1301 Core
English Language and Comp 4 6 ENGL 1301, 1302 Core
English Literature and Comp 3 3 ENGL 2322 Core
English Literature and Comp 4 6 ENGL 2322, 2323 Core
French - Language 3 4 FREN 1411  
French - Language 4 8 FREN 1411, 1412  
French - Language 5 14 FREN 1411, 1412, 2311, 2312  
German - Language 3 4 GERM 1411  
German - Language 4 8 GERM 1411, 1412  
German - Language 5 14 GERM 1411, 1412, 2311, 2312  
US Government & Political Science 3 3 GOVT2305 Core
History - European 3 6 HIST 2311, 2312  
History - US 3 6 HIST 1301, 1302 Core
Human Geography 3 3 GEOG 1303 Core
Macroeconomics 3 3 ECON 2301 Core
Microeconomics 3 3 ECON 2302 Core
Music Theory 3 3 MUSI 1311  
Physics B 3 8 PHYS 1401, 1402 Core
Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism 3 4 PHYS 2426 Core
Physics C: Mechanics 3 4 PHYS 2425 Core
Psychology 3 3 PSYC 2301 Core
Spanish - Language 3 4 SPAN 1411  
Spanish - Language 4 8 SPAN 1411, 1412  
Spanish - Language 5 14 SPAN 1411, 1412, 2311, 2312  
Statistics 3 3 MATH1342 Core
Studio Art-Drawing 3 3 ARTS 1316  
  

CLEP Computerized Test Subject Exams

Test Name Minimum Score Credits Course(s) Fits Core Requirement
Financial Accounting 50 4 ACCT 2401  
Principles of Management 50 3 BMGT 1303
Biology 50 8 BIOL 1406, 1407 Core
Introductory Business Law 50 3 BUSI 2301  
Chemistry 50 8 CHEM 1411, 1412 Core
Principles of Macroeconomics 50 3 ECON 2301 Core
Principles of Microeconomics 50 3 ECON 2302 Core
College Composition with Essay 50 6 ENGL 1301, 1302 Core
English Literature 50 3 ENGL 2322 Core
American Literature 50 3 ENGL 2327 Core
French Language, Level 1 Proficiency 50 8 FREN 1411, 1412  
French Language, Level 2 Proficiency 59 11 FREN 1411, 1412, 2311  
German Language, Level 1 Proficiency 50 8 GERM 1411, 1412  
German Language, Level 2 Proficiency 60 11 GERM 1411, 1412, 2311  
History of the US I: Early Colonization 50 3 HIST 1301 Core
History of the US II: 1865 to Present 50 3 HIST 1302 Core
Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East to 1648 50 3 HIST 2311  
Western Civilization II: 1648 to Present 50 3 HIST 2312  
Principles of Marketing 50 3 MRKG 1311  
College Algebra 50 3 MATH 1314 Core
Precalculus 50 4 MATH 2412 Core
Information Systems 50 3 BCIS 1305 Core
Calculus I 50 4 MATH 2413 Core
Introductory Psychology 50 3 PSYC 2301 Core
Human Growth and Development 50 3 PSYC 2314 Core
Introductory Sociology 50 3 SOCI 1301 Core
Spanish Language, Level 1 Proficiency 50 8 SPAN 1411, 1412  
Spanish Language, Level 2 Proficiency 63 11 SPAN 1411, 1412, 2311  
Humanities 50 3 HUMA 1301