Advanced Standing Credit through Prior Learning Assessment
Oklahoma City Community College supports the concept of lifelong learning and knows that learning takes place in many environments and in many different ways. Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) is one method used to earn Advanced Standing Credit. It is a process that allows adults to identify and demonstrate relevant learning acquired through life and work experience, and to translate that learning into college credit. PLA provides for the identification and confirmation of past learning by systematically evaluating the learning against established academic standards for awarding college credit. Credit is only awarded for actual college level learning, not for experience. The learning must demonstrate a balance between theory and practical application. Faculty who are subject matter experts will evaluate competency. All PLA credit is awarded with a grade of “S.”
Exam-based PLA Credit (CLEP, AP, DSST)
OCCC will award credit for learning demonstrated by passing scores on formal exams including, but not limited to, CLEP, AP, and DSST. Minimum passing scores are determined by OCCC Academic Affairs. To receive credit, students must submit an official score report to the Office of Graduation, Employment, and Transfer Services. Credit will only be granted for equivalent courses offered at OCCC. Credit will be posted after the student has successfully completed twelve college-level credit hours at OCCC.
Military- based PLA
OCCC will award credit for learning demonstrated by military training and experience. Credit will be granted for military activity that 1) has a credit recommendation outlined by the American Council on Education and 2) has an equivalence to a course offered at OCCC. To receive credit, students must submit an official transcript from their military branch to the Office of Graduation, Employment, and Transfer Services. Credit will be posted after the student has successfully completed twelve college-level credit hours at OCCC.
Other Forms of PLA
In some cases, students may be able to receive college for life and work experience. Students may be asked to complete institutional exams or develop a portfolio to illustrate their competencies.Students interested in learning more about this option should contact the Office of Graduation, Employment, and Transfer Services for a referral to the appropriate process.