Credits for Prior Learning - Equivalent Non-Credit Experience Process

  1. Identify the general discipline and course that best matches your experiential learning by consulting the DMACC catalog. Also meet with appropriate academic advisors, navigators, or program faculty for more information.

  2. Prepare to meet at least 80% of competencies for full credit. If less than 80% of the competencies are met, portions of the credit may be granted rounded down to the nearest full credit (e.g., if 30% of competencies for a 3 credit course are met, 1 credit would be awarded). Demonstration methods include:

    • Portfolio assessment – a collection of information you gather and present in a format that validates the prior learning

    • Skills simulation – a demonstration of practical-based learning outcomes, such as laboratory skills, interpersonal skills, or oral language skills

  3. If eligible, obtain a Credit for Experience Application (currently under development)  and complete Steps 1 and 2.

    • Check “Equivalent Workplace Experience" if demonstrating competency through workplace experience

    • Check “Non-Credit Training to Credit Conversion" if demonstrating competency through non-credit training and coursework

  4. Complete and attach the “Non-Credit Portfolio/Skill Simulation and Assessment Worksheet" ​ and include copies of all documentation referenced on the worksheet. NOTE: You must provide both the “Credit by Experience Application" AND the “Non-Credit Portfolio/Skill Demonstration and Assessment Worksheet" with relevant documentation to the appropriate academic dean to initiate the document review.

  5. Attach a $50 non-refundable administrative processing fee with the form.

  6. Once approved for review, the academic department and the Dean's designee will review the attached documentation within 10 business days to determine if you have met the criteria for course credit.

  7. If credit is to be awarded, the completed form along with the $50 administrative processing fee will be submitted to the Registrar's Office for processing.

  8. You will be notified when the process is complete and that you may use the credits as pre-requisites for appropriate higher-level coursework. Registration may override the prior course requirement until the earned credits have been transcribed.

 

Appeals Process

If the knowledge or skill is not approved for Credit by Experience, you will be notified in writing, by the program chair within 10 days of the decision.

Once notified, you can appeal the decision to the Vice President, Academic Affairs. You must make the  appeal in writing and submit it within 10 business days of the denial.

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