Prior learning refers to learning gained from a variety of sources outside the classroom. Students who can demonstrate equivalent college-level knowledge and skills may receive college credit for prior learning from experience and training such as:
Final determination and awarding of credit for prior learning is completed by Century and documented on Century's transcript.
Some credit for prior learning achieved through college level alternatives or nontraditional education experiences are considered for
transfer in to Century, according to Century policies, published national standard guidelines established by The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL), American Council on
Education (ACE) and other similar national organizations.
Several common credit for prior learning options include local and standardized exams and military training and education such as:
Credit by Exam
Local credit by exam is a process whereby you may receive credit for a Century College course in which you feel you already possess the required knowledge and/or experience. Century students currently admitted and/or enrolled at Century may, at the discretion of Century faculty, earn credit for course-specific examinations chosen by Century faculty. Credit is granted on the basis of demonstrated proficiency of the course requirements by successfully passing an appropriate examination.
You are responsible for arranging credit by exam with the instructor for the course and must follow the required procedures for completing credit by exam and obtain signed authorization from the instructor and the Dean.
Century Credit by Exam Course Options
Some Century courses for which you may complete credit by exam and should contact the instructor for these courses include:
Emergency Medical Services:||EMS 1010, 1015, 1017, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2010, 2011, 1012, 2014;
EMSB 1020, 1022|
FRTA 1091, 1092, 1095|
|Office Technology Medical:||
PSAF 1020, 1031, 1032, 2045|
|Visual Communications Technologies:||
Various courses/arrange with VCT Instructor|
For other possible exams, contact specific instructors of a course(s) you believe you can demonstrate equivalent college-level knowledge and skills.
Credit by exam for general education and/or Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (MnTC) courses, includes the standardized exams, CLEP and DSST.
You should consult with an instructor, transfer specialist, and/or Century counselor or advisor when considering credit by exam.
An individual portfolio is developed by students through the process of defining, documenting, measuring, evaluating and granting credit for learning acquired through experience. Century follows the guidelines for prior learning put in place by the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL).
Century students are encouraged to use Learning Counts through CAEL and talk with an advisor about their online course which guides you through the portfolio development process. A committee assesses the portfolio and determines the equivalent courses and credits.
Students intending to transfer out from Century should check with the receiving institutions to verify the acceptance of standardized and Prior Learning Assessment.
Brenda Lyseng, Academic Dean
East Campus Room 2345
Transfer specialists are available at:
West Campus Room 2240