Credit for Prior Learning

Southwestern College awards course credit for students who request credit, or satisfactorily pass an assessment to earn credit, based on prior learning or experiences that are deemed equivalent to courses and program requirements by the discipline faculty. Faculty determine the necessary steps students must complete to demonstrate skills attained in a prior learning experience that are equivalent to the objectives or student learning outcomes of a course.

Areas of Credit for Prior Learning include Credit by Examination, External Exam Credit (AP, IB, CLEP, DANTES), Industry Recognized Certification or Credential, Military Experience Credit, and Student-Created Portfolio.  

(Title 5 Section 55002, 55021, 55023 55025, 55050, 55051, 55052, AP 4235 - Credit for Prior Learning)