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Earn credit for prior learning, training and experience

The fewer classes you need to graduate, the less you'll spend in tuition – and time.
There are a number of ways to earn college credit for your prior learning, training and experience.

Follow these steps to learn whether – and what kind of – credits will be awarded to you:

Apply for admission

First Step Appointment

 On the phone or face to face, you'll meet with an Admissions representative to figure out which "Prior Learning Assessment" options are most likely to result in the award of APSU credit(s).

Pursue Prior Learning Assessment(s)

Transcript ReviewChallenge ExaminationPortfolio Review
Transcripts are records showing you've successfully completed coursework or training. As soon as you have applied for admission to APSU, submit your transcripts to the Office of Admissions so we can work with the Registrar's Office to determine whether – and which – APSU credits may be awarded. We'll evaluate your transcripts as we receive them. Watch your APSU email account (which you'll receive when you're admitted) to learn the outcome of your evaluation(s).

We regularly receive and evaluate these kinds of transcripts:

  • College

  • Military

  • Advanced Placement (AP)

  • College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

  • Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES)

  • Certified Professional Secretary (CPS) examination

  • International Baccalaureate (IB)

  • Law Enforcement
    /Corrections Training

  • Training Certificates

There is no charge for the evaluation of transcripts.

Questions? Contact Towanja Titington in the Office of the Registrar at 931-221-6448 or

If you think you have mastered a subject, you can take a CLEP or DSST examination. If you're successful, you will earn college credits.

For example, if you are fluent in Spanish, you may wish to take the CLEP exam to earn foreign language credit(s).

Each challenge examination typically costs less than $100 and can result in the award of up to eight credit-hours. If completed through coursework, those eight credit hours would cost more than $2,000 in tuition.

Questions? Contact Diane Sperry in the APSU Testing Center at 931-221-6269 or

To learn whether your years of work and life experience translate into college credits, you will submit a portfolio for review.

Through our Center for Extended and Distance Education (CEDE), you will complete a portfolio preparation course. During the course, you will prepare your portfolio and submit it for review. The CEDE will manage the review process, and contact you with results concerning whether – and what kind of – college credit will be awarded. Credit is awarded based on an exact match of experience to learning objectives of an existing APSU class.  Credits awarded will apply toward your graduation from APSU, but cannot be transferred to another institution.

The portfolio review course and process – which could lead to the award of up to 15 credit-hours – is approximately $350. By comparison, just one three-hour APSU class costs roughly $850.

Questions? Contact the Center for Extended and Distance Education at 931-221-7816 or