Prior Learning Assessment
Prior learning assessments (PLA) are credits students earn for college-level learning gained outside of the traditional classroom setting.
PLA credit may include competency examinations, employer training programs, military service and other learning experiences. PLA credit is only awarded for college-level learning.
Students may earn up to 60 total semester hours of PLA credit, including up to 24 semester credit hours of portfolio credit. PLA credit may satisfy general education, major or minor requirements, or be granted as elective credit.
Types of Prior Learning Credit
Advanced Placement (AP) Exam Credit
College Level Examination Program (CLEP) Credit
DSST Credit by Examination (formerly DANTES)
International Baccalaureate (IB) Exam Credit
GCE International AS and A Level Exam Credit
Statewide Dual Credit Challenge Exam Credit
- Evidence of acquired college-level learning must be provided by the student; evidence may include certificates, training program information and other materials developed under the guidance of a faculty member or advisor.
UTC Credit by Special Examination
- These challenge exams are administered in the relevant academic department and must be arranged by the student; the student must pay fees for any credit awarded.
Military Service Credit
- Students may be awarded up to 60 hours of PLA credit for Military Service. Military Service courses and/or experiences are evaluated and equated following the American Council on Education (ACE) recommendations. Office of the University Registrar personnel evaluate the Military Service work with the support of ACE guidelines and the appropriate academic department. Credit not equated by ACE may be awarded departmental elective credit or Military Service Elective credit as appropriate. Students should submit their Joint Services Transcript (JST) for evaluation.
The process for awarding credit will vary with the type of PLA credit the student is seeking.
Official score reports or transcripts must be sent from the testing agency or institution directly to the Admissions Office at UTC, 615 McCallie Ave., Chattanooga, TN 37403, Dept 5105.