2023 - 2024 Dallas College Catalog

2023 - 2024 Catalog
Credit for Prior Learning

Students learn in a variety of ways and through a multitude of experiences. While the college accepts transfer of credit form accredited institutions, it also recognizes that students may possess the knowledge and/or skills through other experiences that, when reviewed, may be equivalent to college credit. This is called Prior Learning Assessment.

Prior Learning Assessment (PLA)

Dallas College may consider the following in the review, assessment, and evaluation of learning and award academic credit per administrative and academic standards:

  • College transcripts
  • Licenses
  • Professional certifications
  • Workplace training and credentials recognized in workforce
  • Military training
  • Experiential learning
  • Standardized exams and testing
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma
  • Learning from institutions not formally accredited
  • Independent learning
  • Third party organizations crosswalks and recommendations

Credit, certification, or advanced standing may be earned when an authorized assessment is satisfactorily verified and approved. Students are responsible to petition for a prior learning assessment and all Dallas College policies will apply. A PLA request must be applicable to a chosen degree program.

To petition for prior learning assessment, students must be currently enrolled in a minimum of six (6) semester credit hours at Dallas College, during the semester of petition. While there are no limits to potential credits earned through PLA, at least 25% of the credit hours required for graduation must be taken through instruction at Dallas College and not awarded through credit for prior learning or transfer of credits.

Credit awarded through prior learning assessment will be transcripted once a student has earned a grade of "C" or higher in at least six (6) semester credit hours through instruction at Dallas College. Credit earned through prior learning assessment will be coded as "CR" on the student's transcript and cannot be calculated into the GPA.