Credit for Prior Learning

Get Credit for What You've Already Learned and Accomplished

You may receive academic credit for a course when you successfully complete an assessment detailing college-level learning you've gained through experience.

DU will consider learning gained through career and personal experience, in job-related activities and community participation, as well as experience based on training from specialized schools or testing programs.

You may complete an assessment for credit any time during the year. It will be created, monitored, and assessed by faculty evaluators, and credit is assigned based on merit. DU's PLA process adheres to the Ten Standards for Assessing Learning as developed by the Council for Adult & Experiential Learning (CAEL).

Prior Learning Assessment (PLA)

If you've gained college-level learning through your career and personal experience - whether in a job-related activity, community participation, or specialized training, you can complete an assessment demonstrating your learning from experience and find out if it qualifies for course credit. PLAs are assessed by faculty, and credit is assigned based on merit. 


Davenport awards credit when you achieve a passing score on the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), DSST, Advanced Placement and Credit by Exam programs or approved national certification exams. DU no longer offers these exams on our campuses, but students can take exams at other local approved testing centers and transfer the credit to DU.

For a list of exams and their DU course equivalencies, see this link.

Competency Testing is still offered for select classes in Math, English, and Allied Health.

Military Experience

Earn credit for knowledge you've acquired through specialized training and experience in military service.  DU meets all Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) criteria, and awards credit when you submit the appropriate military records to the Registrar's Office.

Professional Certifications/Licenses

Credit may be granted when you receive certain professional certifications/licenses.  Contact the Registrar's Office for more information.

Corporate/Non-Collegiate Training

Based on the recommendation of the National Program on Non-collegiate Sponsored Instruction, credit may be granted for educational programs sponsored by non-collegiate organizations (including labor, government, business, associations, private training organizations).  Contact the Registrar's Office for more information.

Credit for Prior Learning options are available for students in all of Davenport's undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

Prior Learning Assessment Process For Students

Prior Learning Assessment Information for Faculty & Staff