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Alternate Credit Options

Within the limits stated below, Post University provides an opportunity for students to demonstrate college-level proficiency in certain subjects where learning has occurred in non-traditional ways, such as advanced placement courses, on-the-job training, standardized examinations, or work experience. Students earn course credits by examination or portfolio, but no grade is assigned. The maximum number of credits that may be earned through any combination of CLEP, DANTES, or Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) is 30 credits towards a bachelor’s degree and 15 credits towards an associate’s degree.

The Office of the Registrar administers the alternate credit options policy. Questions regarding the credit policy, regulations, and procedures should be directed to this office. In the case of questions regarding the viability of documentation, the final decision will be made after consultation with the Provost’s office. For graduate programs, the Dean of the School or Program Chair of the program to which the perspective student is applying, will make the final decision as to the awarding of credit.

Advanced Placement – Non-Graduate Programs

Post University recognizes advanced standing for superior secondary school performance as indicated by scores of 5, 4, or 3 on the Advanced Placement (AP) examinations. The Advising Office makes decisions regarding the acceptance of AP examinations for advanced standing credit. A maximum of 15 credits may be earned through AP examinations.

Standardized Examinations – Non-Graduate Programs

College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) offers examinations in courses, mostly at the introductory level. Students may earn three credits per exam passed. DANTES affords students the option to take examinations in introductory and upper-level courses, including technological areas. Examinees receive three college credits per exam based on a pass/fail formula score. The CLEP and DANTES examinations are not administered by Post University. For information concerning sites and dates, consult the College Board website ( The official score report must be sent to Post University for credit to be granted. A maximum of 15 credits (total) may be earned through CLEP and DANTES examinations.

Upon taking the examination, the student should direct the College Entrance Exam Board (CEEB) to refer the test score report to:
Office of the Registrar
Post University 800 Country Club Road
Waterbury, CT 06723-2540
Telephone: 203.596.4615 Fax: 203.841.1152

Prior Learning Assessment Portfolio Program – Non-Graduate Programs
As part of the Prior Learning Assessment Portfolio Program, Post University allows eligible, matriculated, undergraduate students to apply for college credit for life experiences and completion of select licensure examinations. Through submission of portfolios, students may earn a maximum of 30 credits towards a bachelor’s degree or 15 credits towards an associate’s degree. Information regarding policies and procedures is available from Academic Advising for Main Campus students or Academic Success Counselors for Accelerated Degree Program students. There are certain courses and subject areas that are not eligible for portfolio credit. Please consult the Office of the Registrar or Academic Advising to review any restrictions.

Prior Learning Assessment Credit – RN to BSN
RN to BSN students will be awarded 30 credits as Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) credits in recognition of having completed a registered nurse program and passing the National Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). Verification of valid RN licensure will be required to receive PLA credit. Perspective students are advised that alternate credit options do not apply to the RN to BSN program.

Alternate Credit Options – Graduate Programs Accepting Transfer Credit for Prior Field Practicum Experiences

Post University graduate programs do not accept transfer credits for field practicum at the graduate level. In special circumstances, students may request a waiver of this policy by applying to the Dean of the School or Director of the Program to which he or she is applying. Applications for waiver must include the following information about the practicum for which the student seeks credit.

  • Syllabus of the course at the time it was taken.
  • Supervisor evaluation records.
  • Learning contract if applicable.
  • Other course related materials that were provided during this experience.
  • Proof that the practicum was completed with a grade of B or higher.
  • The field experience placement must have been completed at the site, and be comparable in quality to the experience that would have been approved by the applicable program. Appeals for adverse decisions are decided by the Dean of the applicable program, whose decision is final.

Policy on Accepting Portfolio, Life Experience, and Undergraduate Credit
Post University graduate programs do not accept portfolio and/or life experience for credit. Undergraduate coursework will not be considered for graduate-level credit.

Policy on Accepting Transfer Credit for Capstone Courses
Post University graduate programs do not accept transfer credit or course substitutions for capstone courses.

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