Advanced Standing Credit

Clarkson College recognizes that valid learning experiences are not restricted to the formal classroom. Advanced Standing Credit is a method by which students can earn credit without completing a course(s). Many individuals attain college-equivalent knowledge and skills through a variety of means. The policy of Clarkson College is to award college credit for non-traditional learning in cases where such credit is appropriate.

Criteria used for granting credit by evaluation of non-traditional study are outlined below. Evaluated credit will be posted on the transcript after all admissions and fee requirements have been met and upon successful completion of one semester at Clarkson College.

Students who have received an “I”, “F” or “NP” in a Clarkson College course cannot earn Advanced Standing credit for that course. Credit is granted after the student earns a satisfactory score on an examination (per those outlined in the procedure) or a satisfactory evaluation of the portfolio on the first attempt. If unsuccessful, the student must enroll and complete the course. Advance Standing credits will not apply to the residency requirements.

Methods of Earning Advanced Standing Credit

The Registrar’s Office will record the credit when official transcripts and/or certifications have been received. Only students after approval, as requested, by the program director may earn Advanced Standing Credit. Students will be given appropriate course credits designated by a “P/NP” on the transcript. Fees will be determined on an annual basis.

Advanced Standing Credit is a method by which students can earn credit without completing a course(s) through the following methods:

1. Standardized Testing (No tuition or fees charged to student) Standardized tests which have demonstrated reliability and validity may be considered for Advanced Standing Credit, to be determined by the Program Director and Registrar. These standardized test may include:

  • College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
  • Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations (minimum score of three required)
  • National League for Nursing (NLN) Exams
  • Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES)
  • Microsoft Office Specialist
  • Health Information Management National Certification(s)
  • Post Primary Certificate (American Registry of Radiologic Technologists ARRT)
  • Project Management Certification (PMP)
  • Other standardized tests may be considered if approved by the Program Director and Registrar.

The Registrar’s office will record credit when official transcripts and/or certifications have been received.

2. Credit for Learning Through Life/Work Experience

Credit may be granted for learning acquired, through life/work experience, which parallels a student’s program at Clarkson College. The credit granted may be substituted for program requirements or elective credits and is not granted for courses in which a Standardized Exam is available. The Program Director and Registrar, in accordance with College policy, will determine whether such credits satisfy major or general education requirements towards the appropriate degree.

a. Prior Learning Validation by Portfolio (50 percent tuition charged to student) 

Individuals seeking a degree who believe their prior experiences may qualify them to receive college credit may seek credit through the portfolio method. The student’s academic program director/advisor/instructor will assist the student in completing the portfolio process. Portfolio documentation will include appropriate and acceptable evidence of equivalent knowledge. Each Academic Program will determine the maximum number of credit hours that may be granted through life/work experiences. Each Academic Program will also determine the specific courses which may be fulfilled via credit by learning through validation by portfolio.

Students must request portfolio credit with their program director/advisor/instructor, no later than the end of the 1st week of the semester. All portfolios must be completed at least one semester prior to graduation.

b. Prior Learning Validation by Transition Course Completion and Awarding of Major Course Credit Tuition and Fees (Tuition & Fees charged to student)

Academic programs may grant credit for prior learning for courses in the major by validation via satisfactory completion of a transition course(s) and subsequent award of major course credit. Students must register for the course(s), no later than the first week of the semester.

Prior learning of major content is a prerequisite for registration in a transition course. Successful completion of the transition course then validates the student’s prior knowledge. Each Academic Program will determine the maximum number of credit hours that may be granted through life/work experiences and what specific courses may be fulfilled via credit by learning by transition course completion and award of escrow credit.

c. Credit by Internal Examination (50 percent tuition charged to student) 

Currently enrolled students, through outside study or relevant experience, may feel prepared to demonstrate that they have attained the knowledge and/or skills required to pass a particular course. As an alternative to enrolling in the course, students may elect to take an internal proficiency examination which tests for mastery of the course material. If a student scores satisfactorily on the examination, the student may be awarded credit for the course. The credit granted may be substituted for program requirements or elective credits and is not granted for courses in which a standardized exam is available. Each Academic Program will determine what, if any, courses may be fulfilled via credit Internal examination.

Students must request an internal examination with their program director/advisor/instructor, no later than one semester prior to graduation. Students must complete examination no later than the end of the 1st week of the semester, to facilitate course enrollment if unsuccessful.

Fees Schedule

Fees will be determined annually. A listing of the fees can be found in the Tuition and Fees section of this catalog.

American Council on Education/College Credit Recommendation Service

Clarkson College serves as the Nebraska State Office for the American Council on Education (ACE) and College Credit Recommendation Service (CREDIT) program.

College Credit Recommendation Service

The College Credit Recommendation Service (CREDIT) office, through the American Council on Education, evaluates corporate training/educational programs to ensure the inclusion of college-level criteria and recommends col­lege credit appropriate to the education.