Credit for Prior Learning (CPL)
Earn your degree faster with experience you already have
Trevecca Nazarene University offers a Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) program in the Office of Graduate and Adult Education. As a nontraditional student, you may have gained knowledge and skills through work experience, volunteer work, military service or other life experiences that could count toward college credits. CPL is a way to have your learning recognized in your academic program, saving you time and money in achieving your degree.
Use your experience for credit
We offer several ways for you to demonstrate your learning, including written essays, portfolios and exams. Our team of experienced faculty members will review your submissions and assess whether they align with the learning objectives of the courses for which you are seeking credit.
A flexible, individualized process
CPL allows you to demonstrate what you have learned and earn credits toward your degree. By participating in the program, you can save time and money and avoid redundant coursework, potentially accelerating your path to graduation.
To get started, you can access the Credit Predictor to review your options or contact one of our enrollment counselors, who can guide you through the process and answer any questions you may have. The tabs below can guide you through the different types of prior learning assessments and the steps for participating in the program.
If you have completed formal professional trainings, certifications or licensure courses, you may be eligible for credit. Common credit obtained in this area includes CPR/First Aid, real estate license and more.
Does your previous education or experience make you an expert in the content of a particular course, but you have no academic credit to show for it? You can complete a subject-specific exam that covers the content of a semester long course. If passed, each exam is worth college credit. Trevecca offers these exams through our testing center on-campus for which you can make an appointment by contacting Becky Headrick at email@example.com. You can also schedule your CLEP exam through College Board and DSST exams here to take the exams remotely or at another testing site. Official score reports must be sent to Trevecca in order to receive credit.
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