Prior Learning Assessment

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Prior Learning Assessment (PLA)
The Prior Learning Assessment program (PLA) provides a process for evaluation and, when appropriate, awards academic credits for learning acquired outside the traditional college environment. In order to receive PLA credits, students must provide evidence that their prior learning is equivalent to college-level learning and it must correspond to the courses offered at BHCC. This program assists students with identifying and documenting prior learning they possess. The PLA Coordinator assists students in preparing portfolios and documenting credits. Specialists in each topic review completed portfolios. The credits may be used to fulfill degree or certificate requirements or may be used as electives. Students may apply a maximum of 45 PLA credits toward an associate degree at BHCC.

Credit by Departmental Examination
The PLA offers credit by departmental examination. Through these examinations, students can demonstrate current proficiency in selected courses listed in the Bunker Hill Community College Catalog. For each examination passed, students earn college credit. Departmental examinations are graded on a pass/fail basis.

College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)
In addition to the departmental examinations through the PLA program, students may test in the areas of English, foreign languages, social science, history, business, mathematics and science through the College Level Examination Program (CLEP). The examinations cover the material mastered during the first year of a college general education program. Students may select one or more examinations from the series.

Advanced Placement Examinations (AP)
The Advanced Placement program offers college-level courses and examinations in different academic areas. Students that are interested in the evaluation of AP score reports should speak to the PLA advisor for more information. For students to receive credit for an AP examination based on a qualifying subject and score should have the official score report sent to Bunker Hill Community College.

Military Evaluation
Bunker Hill Community College acknowledges service members’ unique learning experiences acquired during military service. In congruence with the BHCC mission, our college recognizes the Valor Academic Credit Evaluation Policy for service members and student veterans that qualify them to receive academic credit for their military educational experiences and courses. The Prior Learning Assessment Program (PLA) will provide service members with information to assist them to obtain credit for their military training and experience and to achieve their educational goals. As a member of SOC (Service Members Opportunity Colleges), Bunker Hill Community College utilizes ACE (American Council on Education) guidelines, CLEP, Dantes, and/or thorough use of portfolio evaluation to assess aforementioned training and experience. Military course work, training, and experience shall be evaluated and awarded credit on a course-by-course basis. Up to 45 PLA credits can be awarded towards an Associate Degree.


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