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College Catalog: Credit for Prior Learning

PDCCC follows the VCCS Waiver of Requirements policy when determining whether any course or program requirements can be waived when previous educational studies, training programs, or work experience may entitle students to an adjustment in required courses in a particular curriculum.

Students having reason to believe that previous educational studies, training programs, or work experience may entitle them to an adjustment in the required courses in a particular curriculum should contact the Dean, a Counselor, or Advisor to determine procedures before registering for classes. Through subsequent interviews and tests, students may qualify for waiver of curriculum admission requirements, of course prerequisites, and of courses in a curriculum upon the recommendations of the counselor and the instructional division concerned.

Students may substitute equivalent or more sophisticated courses in the same field in any approved curriculum with the approval of the instructional division and the Chief Academic Officer or designee provided they can, by previous educational accomplishment or college administered examination, demonstrate the capability for success in the courses requested.

In addition, if students can demonstrate that previous educational study, training, work experience, or college administered examination results may entitle them to advancement in the courses required for a particular curriculum, upon request and with the approval of the instructional division and the Chief Academic Officer, they may receive advance placement and credit in the course or curriculum for which advancement was requested.

If requirements are waived, students must successfully complete other courses to compensate for the credit hours.

Credits waived are those normally required course credits for a particular program which are administratively exempted. Credits waived require election of additional credit courses to compensate for the credits waived.


Physical Education Requirement for Veterans (SB)

In accordance with VCCS Policy 5.6.5.1.e, the physical education requirements for the degree and certificate programs may be waived for veterans, and the college may grant up to 3 credits of physical education/health credits for basic military training to satisfy the physical education/health credit requirement of the veterans’ curricula.


Substitution of requirements for students with documented disabilities, covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and § 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended

Otherwise qualified students with documented disabilities who are, by reason of their disability, unable to complete a requirement of the program pursued by the student, with or without reasonable accommodations, may request an approved course substitution. Substitutions will generally not be granted for any course that is deemed essential to the program of instruction being pursued by such student, or to any directly related licensing requirement. If requirements are waived, students must successfully complete other courses to compensate for the credit hours.


Advanced Standing (C)

Advanced standing is the administrative placement of a student that awards credit for subject matter competency based upon previous academic study or acquired through nontraditional means. This may include, but is not limited to college credit and advancement based upon the administration and evaluation of locally-developed examinations, individual college participation in nationally recognized standardized examinations; experiential learning; and training provided by non-collegiate institutions, such as armed forces and service schools.

a. College credit is a means of achieving Advanced Standing through an administrative determination by the college that equivalent course coverage has been satisfactorily completed at a regionally accredited postsecondary institution. Credit through this means must be verified through receipt of an official transcript.

b. Credit by Local Examination is a means of achieving Advanced Standing through satisfactorily demonstrating subject-matter competency by means of an examination developed, and evaluated by college faculty. Examinations must be based on established course learning outcomes and must be comprehensive.

c. Credit by Standardized Examinations is a means of achieving Advanced Standing through a nationally recognized or college-approved external agency. External examinations used for this purpose include but are not limited to the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), DANTES Subject Standardized Test (DSST) of the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Educational Support (DANTES), Excelsior Credit by Exam (ECE), the College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB), Advanced Placement (AP) program, Cambridge Advanced (A/AS) examinations, the International Baccalaureate (IB) program, and the Defense Language Proficiency Test (DLPT). Upon receipt of official test scores, all Virginia community colleges shall accept a score of three (3) and higher for Advanced Placement (AP) courses, a score of four (4) or higher for higher level International Baccalaureate (IB) courses, a score of five (5) or higher for standard level International Baccalaureate (IB) courses, a score of fifty (50) or higher on CLEP courses, and scores of C or better for Cambridge Advanced (A/AS) examinations when the equivalent course is offered by the college. The colleges assume no responsibility regarding the acceptance of Advanced Standing credit by other institutions to which the student may transfer.

d. Credit by Experiential Learning is a means of achieving Advanced Standing through an administrative determination by faculty of the college or by a college-approved learning assessment service that the occupational experience of an individual is at least equivalent to the course(s) to be exempted. Credit may be awarded based upon an individualized portfolio evaluation, which may be conducted by faculty or by using the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning’s (CAEL) guidelines, and/or CAEL’s LearningCounts.org prior learning assessment service. (See also Section 5.9.0, Apprenticeship Related Instruction)

e. Credit may be granted for prior learning for non-collegiate education, training, and/or occupational experiences as recommended by college faculty, the American Council on Education (ACE), the National College Credit Recommendation Service, or another college-approved organization.

In administering this policy, the administrator (lead faculty or dean) responsible for the program for which the evaluation of a student’s previous coursework is requested shall: Determine the acceptability of each course the student wishes to transfer or apply toward the program requirements based upon their knowledge of changes which have occurred since the course(s) was completed; Give particular attention to courses in areas which have had significant technological changes in recent years; As deemed appropriate, seek the input of faculty or other administers regarding the proper course of action. Courses which are determined to have outdated information and whose acceptance would not assure the student of having current skills may be used to meet elective credit requirements.

Students who have kept their educational training current through their job activities may have their coursework given special consideration for acceptance. A student who wishes to challenge the decision regarding the non-acceptance of their course work may do so by demonstrating their competencies in an appropriate manner to the administrator or appropriate faculty member.

Because of the diversity of courses offered and the differences in changes which occur over a given time, no specific timeframe can be established for courses whose content may become obsolete. However, it is recommended that all technical courses taken under the quarter system or more than five years ago be carefully reviewed for their currency and relevance. The decision to accept or not accept a course(s) should be made with the idea that a student’s graduation indicates current and relevant competencies in the program of study.


Locally Developed Examinations (Credit-by-Exam)

Locally constructed examinations for advanced standing have been developed for a number of PDCCC courses. Information may be obtained in the Division Dean’s office. Examinations are given by instructors designated by the dean. The dean is responsible for the test validation and reliability, test security, and administration. A student can take a specific credit-by-exam only once. Upon completion of credit-by-exam, the instructor will attach an Application for Course Credit Form and forward it to the appropriate dean for approval or disapproval. A grade of “B” or better is required for credit to be awarded. Students receiving financial aid may not use these funds to pay for a test. Financial aid funds can only be used to pay for a course a student attends. You must notify the Financial Aid Office if you plan to test out of a subject for which you will receive course credit.


College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

CLEP is a program of credit by examination which offers students the opportunity to earn college credit for knowledge acquired outside the conventional college classroom. College level competency may have been acquired through personal reading, formal study, job experience, noncredit course work, television taped courses, correspondence courses, military training, adult courses, and advanced studies in high school. PDCCC grants credit for a score of 50 or higher on specific subject area tests in the five liberal arts areas of Business, Composition & Literature, History & Social Sciences, Science and Mathematics, and World Languages.

Any individual wishing to take a CLEP examination is advised to take it at Tidewater Community College (TCC), and send the official results to Paul D. Camp Community College, ATTN: Registrar, Office of Admissions, 100 N. College Drive, Franklin, Virginia 23851. TCC gives the test on a regular basis. There is a fee for each CLEP examination taken.

Following is a list of the CLEP examinations and the course equivalents for which PDCCC grants credit. For further information, contact CLEP, P.O. Box 6600, Princeton, New Jersey 08451, telephone 800-257-9558, Email: clep@info.collegeboard.org.

Course Equivalences for CLEP Examinations

CLEP Examination PDCCC Equivalent Course Required Score Credit Awarded
Business
Financial Accounting ACC 211 50 3
Information Systems & Computer ITE 101 50 3
Introductory Business Law BUS 241 50 3
Principles of Management BUS 200 50 3
Principles of Marketing MKT 100 50 3
Composition & Literature
American Literature ENG 241-242 50 6
Analysis & Interpretation of Literature ENG 112 50 3
College Composition ENG 111 50 3
English Literature ENG 243-244 50 6
Humanities HUM 201-202 50 6
History & Social Sciences
American Government PLS 211 50 3
History of the United States I HIS 121 50 3
History of the United States II HIS 122 50 3
Human Growth & Development PSY 231s 50 3
Introductory Psychology PSY 201 50 3
Introductory Sociology SOC 201 50 3
Principles of Macroeconomics ECO 201 50 3
Principles of Microeconomics ECO 202 50 3
Social Sciences & History SSC 201-202 50 6
History of World Civilizations I HIS 11 50 3
History of World Civilizations II HIS 112 50 3
Science & Mathematics
Biology BIO 101-102 50 8
Calculus with Elementary Functions MTH 173 50 4
Chemistry CHM 111-112 50 8
College Algebra MTH 165 50 3
College Algebra-Trigonometry MTH 167 50 4
College Mathematics MTH 151-152 50 6
Natural Sciences NAS electives 50 8
World Languages
French Level 1 (2 semesters) FRE 101-102 50 8
French Level 2 (2 semesters) FRE 203-204 50 6
Spanish Level 1 (2 semesters) SPA 101-102 50 8


Advanced Placement Examination Program (AP)

The College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB) administers advanced placement examinations which enable high school students to complete college-level courses while still in high school, to demonstrate college-level achievement through examinations, and to receive college course credit, if qualified, when they matriculate to an institution of higher education. The CEEB examinations are offered in the high schools by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). It is the responsibility of the student to check with the senior institution to which he/she plans to transfer AP credit. Some institutions don’t accept AP credit, and others require a score of 4 or 5. The examinations are scored as follows:

Extremely well-qualified 5
Well-qualified 4
Qualified 3
Possibly Qualified 2
No recommendation 1

For evaluation purposes, students must have official AP score reports forwarded from ETS to PDCCC for inclusion in the permanent record in the Admission and Records Office on the Franklin Campus. Specific college course credits will be granted based on the AP examination scores:

Equated PDCCC Examination Courses Credits Score
Art History ART 101-102 6 4
Biology BIO 101 4 3
BIO 101-102 8 4
Chemistry CHM 111 4 3
CHM 111-112 8 4
Computer Science A CSC 201 4 4
Computer Science AB CSC 201 4 4
Economics, Macro ECO 201 3 4
Economics, Micro ECO 202 3 4
English Language & Comp. ENG 111 3 4
ENG 111-112 6 5
English Literature & Comp. ENG 241-242 6 4
European History HIS 101 3 3
HIS 101-102 6 4
French Language FRE 201 3 4
FRE 201-202 6 5
French Literature FRE 233 3 4
FRE 233-234 6 5
German GER 201 3 4
GER 201-202 6 5
Government & Politics
American PLS 135 3 3
Comparative PLS 120 3 3
Latin LAT 201 3 4
LAT 201-202 6 5    
Mathematics MTH 173 4 3
MTH 173-174 8 4
Music
Literature MUS 121 3 3
MUS 121-122 6 4
Theory MUS 111 4 3
MUS 111-112 8 4
Physics B PHY 201 4 3
PHY 201-202 4 4
Physics C PHY 241 4 3
PHY 241-242 4 4
Spanish Language SPA 201 3 3
SPA 201-202 6 5
Spanish Literature SPA 233 3 3
SPA 233-234 6 5
U.S. History HIS 121 3 3
HIS 121-122 6 4


Virginia State Police Articulation Agreement

The VCCS and the Virginia State Police Academy have an articulated agreement, which allows 21 semester hours of credits to students who provide documentation showing the completion of the Virginia State Police Academy. These credits will lead toward an Administration of Justice degree.

Course Number Course Title Course Credits
ADJ 110 Survey of Criminal Justice 3
ADJ 211 Criminal Law, Evidence & Procedures 3
ADJ 212 Criminal Law, Evidence & Procedures II 3
ADJ 236 Principles of Criminal Investigation 3
ADJ 115 Patrol Procedures 3
ADJ 215 Report Writing 3
PED 141 Swimming 1
PED 142 Swimming II 1
HLT 105 Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation 1
Total 21


Local Law Enforcement Articulation Agreement

The VCCS and the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services have articulated an agreement, which allows 5-8 semester hours of credit to students who provide documentation showing the completion of academy training. These credits will lead toward an Administration of Justice degree.

Course Number Course Title Course Credits
HLT 105 Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation 1
PED 174 Shooting & Firearm Safety 1
ADJ 125 Warrants and Orders 3
ADJ 115 Patrol Procedures 3
Total 8

Corrections Officers

Course Number Course Title Course Credits
ADJ 146 Adult Correctional Institutions 3
HLT 105 Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation 1
PED 174 Shooting & Firearm Safety 1
Total 5


Virginia Department of Correctional Education Articulation Agreement

Students who have completed the Computer System Technology program, enrolled in PDCCC’s Hardware & Software Support Career Studies Certificate within two years, and provide supporting documentation will be awarded the following credits:

Course Number Course Title Course Credits
INT 106 Microcomputer Operating System 3
INT 107 Personal Computer Hardware Troubleshooting 3
Total 6


The VCCS AST Peer Group and the American Council on Education recommends that students who successfully complete the CPS exam be awarded up to 25 semester hours of credit in the following:

Part I Finance and Business Law

Course Course Title Course Credits
ECO 120 Survey of Economics 3
ACC 211 Principles of Accounting 4
BUS 241 Business Law 3

Part II Office Systems and Administration

AST 243 Office Administration I 3
AST 244 Office Administration II 3

Part III Management

BUS 200 Principles of Management 3
BUS 205 Human Resource Management 3
PSY 120 Human Relations 3
Total 25


Military Learning Experience/Non-Collegiate Sponsored Instruction

Credits may be granted for non-collegiate education, training, and/or occupational experiences as recommended by college faculty, the American Council on Education (ACE), the National College Credit Recommendation Service, or another college-approved organization.

PDCCC will review and award academic credit to an enrolled student who has successfully completed a military training course or program as part of the student’s military service that is applicable to the certificate or degree requirements and is:

  • Recommended for academic credit by a national higher education association that provides academic credit recommendations for military training courses or programs;
  • Noted on the student’s military transcript issued by any of the armed forces of the United States; or
  • Otherwise documented in writing by any of the armed forces of the United States.

Forms necessary for the evaluation of this credit include the DD-214, DD-295, and the Army/American Council of Education Registry Transcript System (AARTS) Record. Individuals interested in receiving credit for work training should contact their program advisor and the Office of Admissions and Records. The program advisor will attach an Application for Course Credit Form to the PONSI’s course credit recommendation and forward it to the appropriate Division Dean for approval or disapproval.

For questions about Veterans Benefits and financial aid for Veteran and Military students, please contact the Financial Aid Call Center at 1-855-877-3918. Email may also be sent to FinancialAid@pdc.edu. For questions about programs and classes, admission to the College, registration, student activities or other questions about PDCCC, contact Ms. Trina Jones (757-569-6720, tjones@pdc.edu).


Program on Non-Collegiate Sponsored Instruction

Credits are awarded for work training in accordance with the National Program on Non-Collegiate Sponsored Instruction. PONSI is an initiative of the New York State Board of Regents. This agency administers a system that evaluates courses and educational programs conducted by non-collegiate organizations nationwide. Individuals interested in receiving credit for work training should contact their program head and the Office of Admissions and Records. The program head will attach an Application for Course Credit Form to the PONSI’s course credit recommendation and forward it to the appropriate Division Dean for approval or disapproval.