Prior Learning | Chattanooga State Community College

Prior Learning

Prior Learning is defined as learning gained outside a traditional academic environment. It is learning and knowledge students acquire while living their lives, by working, participating in employer training programs, serving in the military, studying independently and volunteering or participating in community service.

The Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) is the evaluation and assessment of an individual’s life learning for college credit, certification, or advanced standing toward further education or training.

ChattState offers the following types of PLA credit:

Credit by Examination
Advanced Placement (AP)
College-Level Examination (CLEP)
International Baccalaureate (IB)
Dual Credit Assessments
Institutional Challenge Exams

Credit for Past Training
ACE-approved Licensure/Certification/Training
ACE-Military
DOL Apprenticeships
CAP Exam

LPN and Paramedic to RN Transition Programs
TCAT to AAS Engineering Articulation

Credit for Experiential Learning
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