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Prior Learning Assessment (PLA)

Earn credit for prior skills, courses and professional experience.

What is PLA?

The University of Memphis recognizes that learning occurs in many places. Therefore, we allow students to earn credit for prior learning by demonstrating college-level knowledge they have gained outside the classroom using a variety of methods known as Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) outlined below. 

Credit By Exam

Credit by examination is awarded based upon standardized examinations and upon examinations administered by departments of the University for specific courses and for placement.

CLEP - The University of Memphis awards credit for standardized examinations of the College-Level Examination Program of the College Board. Credit awarded is based upon credit recommendations and minimum scores recommended by the American Council on Education. 

DSST -The University of Memphis awards credit for standardized examinations of the DANTES Subject Standardized Tests. Credit awarded is based upon credit recommendations and minimum scores recommended by the American Council on Education.

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Departmental Examinations - Almost all courses in the undergraduate curriculum with the exception of those with laboratory, research, or performance requirements, are available for credit by examination.  For more information contact the appropriate college/department.

Advanced Placement (AP) - The University of Memphis participates in the Advanced Placement Program of the College Board. Credit is awarded for scores of 3, 4 or 5. Learn more about AP credit >

International Baccalaureate - The University of Memphis recognizes students' participation in the International Baccalaureate Program and awards college credit  for completion of selected courses. Review nformation on credit awarded >

Credit By Portfolio Assessment

Convert your previous work/life experience and transfer credits to Experiential Learning Credit (ELC) to save time and money. ELC credits are awarded at a reduced fee of only $75/credit hour. There is a limit to the number of ELC credits that can be placed toward different degree programs, so be sure to consult your advisor for more information.

Students without pre-assessed learning experiences are able to seek academic credits by developing a portfolio. The portfolio serves as a reflective narrative of the student's previous learning experiences and includes supporting documentation.

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Licenses & Certificates

ELC Pre - Assessed - Certain professional and standardized training, licensure, and certification experiences whose content is equivalent to offerings from the UofM have been evaluated by faculty for credit hours. Examples of such education credit include Microsoft Certifications and Paramedics License.

Review the current list of evaluated experiences >

Military Training and Experience

An official evaluation of armed services instruction is made after a student is admitted to the university. Credit awarded for completion of services schools will be governed by recommendations at the baccalaureate level from the current Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experience in the Armed Services from the American Council on Education.

Review the ACE Military Guide >