Nontraditional Credit Policies

Nontraditional Credit

Academic credit may be awarded to students who demonstrate mastery of knowledge or skills that were acquired outside of an accredited college or university. Nontraditional credit evaluations are available for accepted degree-seeking UAA students. Credit is granted for coursework for which students show documented achievement of equivalent outcomes. UAA faculty have evaluated specific training programs, exams and certifications in a number of disciplines and have determined that those listed below may result in the award of academic credit. The discipline and number of credits are established by the faculty and reviewed on a regular basis. Use of nontraditional credit to complete certificate or degree requirements may be limited; students should see their academic advisor for more information.

UAA offers credit for a number of exams. See below for more detailed information. Courses that have an * in front of the course title satisfy General Education Requirements.

Advanced Placement (AP) Program

Credit may be awarded for successful completion of the AP examination. Credit awarded for examinations may be elective credit. A student may work with an individual department to determine if more specific course credit may be awarded for a specific examination.

A student desiring credit for an AP examination must request that an official report of examination scores be sent to the UAA Office of the Registrar. Credit may be received for more than one AP examination.

Arts

Test Min. Score UAA Equivalent Credits
Art History3ART A261 *History of Western Art I (3 cr. ) and
ART A262 *History of Western Art II (3 cr.)
6
Music Theory4MUS A111 Fundamentals of Music3
Studio Art3ART 100-level elective4

English

Test Min. Score UAA Equivalent Credits
English Language and Composition3WRTG A111 *Introduction to Composition3
English Literature and Composition3ENGL A121 *Introduction to Literature3

History and Social Sciences 

Test Min. Score UAA Equivalent Credits
Comparative Government and Politics3PS 100-level Social Sciences GER3
European History3HIST A101 *Western Civilization I
HIST A102 *Western Civilization II
6
Human Geography3GEOG 100-level Social Sciences GER3
Macroeconomics3ECON A201 *Principles of Macroeconomics3
Microeconomics3ECON A202 *Principles of Microeconomics3
Psychology3PSY A111 *General Psychology3
United States Government and Politics3PS A101 *Introduction to American Government
3
United States History3HIST A131 *History of the United States I
HIST A132 *History of the United States II
6
World History 3HIST A101 *Western Civilization I3

Math and Computer Science

Test Min. Score UAA Equivalent Credits
Calculus AB 4MATH A251 *Calculus I4
Calculus BC4MATH A251 *Calculus I (4 cr.) and
MATH A252 *Calculus II (4 cr.)
8
Computer Science A3CSCE A201 Computer Programming I3
Statistics3STAT A252 *Elementary Statistics3

Sciences

Test Min. Score UAA Equivalent Credits
Biology4BIOL A102 *Introductory Biology (3 cr.) and
BIOL A103 *Introductory Biology Lab (1 cr.) and
100-level BIOL elective (4 cr.)
8
Biology5BIOL A108 *Principles and Methods in Biology6
Chemistry3CHEM A105 *General Chemistry I (3 cr.) and
CHEM A105L *General Chemistry I Lab (1 cr.)
4
Chemistry4CHEM A105 *General Chemistry I (3 cr.) and
CHEM A105L *General Chemistry I Lab (1 cr.) and
CHEM A106 *General Chemistry II (3 cr.) and
CHEM A106L *General Chemistry II Lab (1 cr.)
8
Environmental Science3ENVI A211 *Environmental Science (3 cr.) and
ENVI A211L *Environmental Science Lab (1 cr.)
4
Physics 14PHYS 100-level Natural Science with lab GER4
Physics 24PHYS 100-level Natural Science with lab GER4
Physics C: Mechanics4PHYS 200-level Natural Science with lab GER4
Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism4PHYS 200-level Natural Science with lab GER4

World Languages and Cultures

Test Min. Score UAA Equivalent Credits
Chinese Language and Culture3CHIN A101 *First Year Chinese I (4 cr.) and
CHIN A102 *First Year Chinese II (4 cr.)
8
French Language and Culture 4FREN A101 *Elementary French I (4 cr.) and
FREN A102 *Elementary French II (4 cr.)
8
German Language and Culture4GER A101 *Elementary German I (4 cr.) and
GER A102 *Elementary German II (4 cr.)
8
Italian Language and Culture4LANG 100-level Humanities GER 8
Japanese Language and Culture3JPN A101 *First Year Japanese I (4 cr.) and
JPN A102 *First Year Japanese II (4 cr.)
8
Latin3LAT 100-level Humanities GER 6
Spanish Language and Culture4SPAN A101 *Elementary Spanish I (4 cr.) and
SPAN A102 *Elementary Spanish II (4 cr.)
8
Spanish Literature and Culture4 SPAN A201 *Intermediate Spanish I (4 cr. ) and
SPAN A202 *Intermediate Spanish II (4 cr.)
8

Certified Experience Credit

UAA may award elective or specific course credit for learning that is documented with a professional certification or completion of exams that lead to certification. These certificates indicate that individuals have met certain standards and demonstrated specific competencies. Students should contact departments directly with questions about specific certifications.

UAA does not accept recommendations related to massive open online courses (MOOCs) at this time.

College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)

Credit may be awarded for successful completion of the CLEP examination. Credit awarded for examinations may be elective credit. A student may work with an individual department to determine if more specific course credit may be awarded for a specific examination. 

A student desiring credit for a CLEP examination must request that an official report of examination scores be sent to the UAA Office of the Registrar. Credit may be received for more than one CLEP examination.

Composition and Literature

Test Min. Score UAA Equivalent Credits
American Literature50ENGL 200-level Humanities GER3
Analyzing and Interpreting Literature50ENGL 100-level elective3
Analyzing and Interpreting Literature 58ENGL A121 *Introduction to Literature (with successfully passed UAA English Department assigned essay)3
College Composition50WRTG A111 *Introduction to Composition3
College Composition Modular 50WRTG A111 *Introduction to Composition
(with successfully passed UAA English Department assigned essay)
3
English Literature50ENGL 200-level Humanities GER3

Foreign Languages

Test Min. Score UAA Equivalent Credits
French Language55 FREN A101 *Elementary French I (4 cr.) and
FREN A102 *Elementary French II (4 cr.)
8
French Language72 FREN A101 *Elementary French I (4 cr.) and
FREN A102 *Elementary French II (4 cr.) and
FREN A201 *Intermediate French I (4 cr.) and
FREN A202 *Intermediate French II (4 cr.)
16
German Language55GER A101 *Elementary German I (4 cr.) and
GER A102 *Elementary German II (4 cr.)
8
German Language72GER A101 *Elementary German I (4 cr.) and
GER A102 *Elementary German II (4 cr.) and
GER A201 *Intermediate German I (4 cr.) and
GER A202 *Intermediate German II (4 cr.)
16
Spanish Language55 SPAN A101 *Elementary Spanish I (4 cr.) and
SPAN A102 *Elementary Spanish II (4 cr.)
8
Spanish Language72SPAN A101 *Elementary Spanish I (4 cr.) and
SPAN A102 *Elementary Spanish II (4 cr.) and
SPAN A201 *Intermediate Spanish I (4 cr.) and
SPAN A202 *Intermediate Spanish II (4 cr.)
16

History and Social Sciences

Test Min. Score UAA Equivalent Credits
American Government50PS A101 *Introduction to American Government3
Human Growth and Development50PSY A150 *Lifespan Development3
Introduction to Educational Psychology50EDFN A100-level elective3
Principles of Microeconomics58ECON A202 *Principles of Microeconomics3
Introductory Psychology 50PSY A111 *General Psychology 3
Introductory Sociology50SOC A101 *Introduction to Sociology 3
Social Sciences and History58SSCI 100-level Social Science GER (3 cr. ) and
SSCI 100-level Humanities GER (3 cr.)
6

Science and Mathematics

Test Min. Score UAA Equivalent Credits
Biology58 BIOL A102 *Introductory Biology (3 cr.) and
BIOL A103 *Introductory Biology Lab (1 cr.)
4
Calculus50MATH A251 *Calculus I4
Chemistry50CHEM A105 *General Chemistry I and
CHEM A105L *General Chemistry I lab and
CHEM A106 *General Chemistry II and
CHEM A106L *General Chemistry II lab
8
College Algebra50MATH A151 *College Algebra for Calculus4
College Mathematics50MATH 100-level elective 6
Natural Sciences50 BIOL A102 *Introductory Biology (3 cr.) and
NSCI 100-level elective (3 cr.)
6
Pre-calculus50MATH 100-level Quantitative Skills GER3

Business

Test Min. Score UAA Equivalent Credits
Financial Accounting50ACCT A201 Principles of Financial Accounting3
Information Systems (formerly Information Systems and Computer Applications)50CIOS 100-level elective 3
Introductory Business Law50BA 100-level elective3
Principles of Management50BA 200-level elective3
Principles of Marketing50BA 200-level elective3

DSST Examinations

Credit may be awarded for successful completion of the DSST (formerly known as DANTES) examination. Credit awarded for examinations may be elective credit. A student may work with an individual department to determine if more specific course credit may be awarded for a specific examination. 

A student desiring credit for a DSST examination must request that an official report of examination scores be sent to the UAA Office of the Registrar. Credit may be received for more than one DSST examination.

Business

Test Min. Score UAA Equivalent Credits
Business Ethics and Society (475)400PHIL A304 Business Ethics 3
Business Law II (534) (accepted but no longer offered by DSST)65BA 300-level elective3
Business Mathematics (812)48 or 400MATH 100-level elective 3
Human Resource Management (530)46 or 400BA 200-level elective 3
Introduction to Business (543)46 or 420BA A151 *Business Foundations3
Introduction to Computing (536)45 or 400CIOS 100-level elective3
Management Information Systems (551)400CIS 200-level elective3
Organizational Behavior (531)48 or 400BA 200-level elective3
Personal Finance (550)46 or 400BA A131 Personal Finance3
Principles of Advanced English Composition (301)400Placement into WRTG A211, WRTG A212, WRTG A213 or WRTG A214 (eligible to receive credit with submission of appropriate form for WRTG A111 upon completion of 200-level WRTG course with a minimum grade of C)
Principles of Finance (524)46 or 400BA A325 Corporate Finance3
Principles of Financial Accounting (525) (accepted but no longer offered by DSST)47 or 400ACCT A201 Principles of Financial Accounting3
Principles of Supervision (532)46 or 400BA A231 Fundamentals of Supervision 3

English

Test Min. Score UAA Equivalent Credits
Technical Writing (820)46 or 400ENGL 100-level elective or WRTG A212 *Writing and the Professions (with successfully passed UAA English Department assigned essay)3

Humanities

Test Min. Score UAA Equivalent Credits
Art of the Western World (461)48 or 400ART A262 *History of Western Art II3
Ethics in America (474)400PHIL 200-level Humanities Elective or PHIL 200-level Humanities GER
(with successfully passed UAA Philosophy Department assigned essay)
3
Introduction to World Religions (496)400PHIL 200-level Humanities GER3

Math

Test Min. Score UAA Equivalent Credits
Fundamentals of College Algebra (424)47 or 400MATH A105 Intermediate Algebra3
Principles of Statistics (450)48 or 400STAT A252 *Elementary Statistics3

Physical Science

Test Min. Score UAA Equivalent Credits
Astronomy (500)48 or 400ASTR 100-level Natural Sciences Lecture GER3
Environment and Humanity: The Race to Save the Planet (511)46 or 400NSCI 100-level elective3
Health and Human Development (508)400HLTH 200-level elective3
Physical Geology (519) (accepted but no longer offered by DSST)46GEOL 100-level Natural Sciences Lecture GER3
Principles of Physical Science I (512)47 or 400NSCI 100-level Natural Sciences Lecture GER3

Social Science

Test Min. Score UAA Equivalent Credits
Criminal Justice (498)400JUST 200-level elective6
Foundations of Education (489)46 or 400EDFN 200-level elective3
Fundamentals of Counseling (562)45 or 400PSY 200-level elective3
General Anthropology (494)47 or 400ANTH A101 *Intro to Anthropology3
Human/Cultural Geography (470)48 or 400GEOG 100-level Social Science GER3
Introduction to Law Enforcement45 or 400JUST 100-level elective3
Lifespan Development Psychology (490)46 or 400PSY A150 *Lifespan Development3
Substance Abuse (495)426HS 300-level elective3

UExcel Examinations

Credit may be awarded for successful completion of the UExcel examination. Credit awarded for UExcel examinations is elective credit. A student may work with an individual department to determine if more specific course credit may be awarded for a specific examination. 

A student desiring credit for the UExcel examination must request that an official report of examination scores be sent to the UAA Office of the Registrar. Credit may be received for more than one UExcel examination.

UExcel: Business

Test Min. Score UAA Equivalent Credits
Business Ethics (BUSX-323)C300-level BA elective3
Business Law (BUSX-230)C200-level BA elective3
Financial Accounting (ACCX-211)C200-level ACCT elective3
Managerial Accounting (ACCS-212)C200-level ACCT elective3
Human Resource Management (BUSX-410)C300-level BA elective3
Introduction to Macroeconomics (ECOX-262)C200-level ECON elective3
Introduction to Microeconomics (ECOX-260)C200-level ECON elective3
Labor Relations (BUSX-360)C300-level BA elective3
Operations Management (BUSX-425)C300-level BA elective3
Organizational Behavior (BUSX-315)C300-level BA elective3
Principles of Finance (BUSX-350)C300-level BA elective3
Principles of Management (BUSX-240)C200-level BA elective3
Principles of Marketing (BUSX-250)C200-level BA elective3
Quantitative Analysis (BUSX-437)C400-level BA elective3
Workplace Communication with Computers (BUSX-220)C200-level BA elective3

UExcel: Humanities

Test Min. Score UAA Equivalent Credits
Bioethics: Philosophical Issues (HUMX-310)C300-level PHIL elective3
College Writing (ENGX-110)C100-level ENGL elective3
English Composition (ENGX-111)C100-level ENGL elective6
Ethics: Theory and Practice (PHIX-310)C300-level PHIL elective3
Introduction to Music (MUSX-101)C100-level MUS elective3
Introduction to Philosophy (PHIX-101)C200-level PHIL elective3
Interpersonal Communication (COMX-215)C200-level COMM elective3
Literacy Instruction in the Elementary School (EDUX-310)C300-level EDEL elective6
Spanish Language (SPAX-102)C100-level SPAN elective6

UExcel: Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Test Min. Score UAA Equivalent Credits
Anatomy & Physiology (BIOX-210)C200-level BIOL elective6
Basic Genetics (BIOX-250)C200-level BIOL elective3
Calculus (MATX-150)C200-level MATH elective4
Contemporary Mathematics (MATX-100)C100-level MATH elective3
Earth Science (GEOX-101)C100-level GEOL elective3
Microbiology (BIOX-220) C200-level BIOL elective3
Pathophysiology (BIOX-410)C400-level BIOL elective3
Physics (PHYX-140)C100-level PHYS elective3
Precalculus Algebra (MATX-116)C100-level MATH elective3
Statistics (MATX-210)C200-level STAT elective3

UExcel: Nursing

Test Min. Score UAA Equivalent Credits
Fundamentals of Nursing (NURX-210)C200-level NURS elective8
Adult Nursing (NURX-310)C300-level NURS elective8
Maternal and Child Nursing (Associate) (NURX-220)C200-level NURS elective6
Maternal and Child Nursing (Baccalaureate) (NURX-315)C300-level NURS elective8
Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing (NURX-320)C300-level NURS elective8

ECE: Nursing Theory

Test Min. Score UAA Equivalent Credits
Essentials of Nursing Care: Health Safety (NURX-104)C100-level NURS elective3
Essentials of Nursing Care: Health Differences (NURX-105)C100-level NURS elective3
Essentials of Nursing Care: Chronicity (NURX-106)C100-level NURS elective3
Health Differences Across the Lifespan 1 (NURX-211)C200-level NURS elective3
Health Differences Across the Lifespan 2 (NURX-212)C200-level NURS elective3
Health Differences Across the Lifespan 3 (NURX-213)C200-level NURS elective3
Transition to the Registered Professional Nurse Role (NURX-214)C200-level NURS elective3
Research in Nursing (NURX-430)C400-level NURS elective3
Community-Focused Nursing (NURX-448)C400-level NURS elective3

UExcel: Social Science and History

Test Min. Score UAA Equivalent Credits
Abnormal Psychology (PSYX-310)C300-level PSY elective3
Cultural Diversity (SOCX-305)C300-level SOC elective3
Foundations of Gerontology (SOCX-310)C300-level SOC elective3
Introduction to Psychology (PSYX-101)C100-level PSY elective3
Introduction to Sociology (SOCX-105)C100-level SOC elective3
Juvenile Delinquency (SOCX-320)C300-level JUST elective3
Lifespan Developmental Psychology (PSYX-210)C100-level PSY elective3
Political Science (POLX-170)C100-level PS elective3
Psychology of Adulthood and Aging (PSYX-315)C300-level PSY elective3
Research Methods in Psychology (PSYX-365)C300-level PSY elective3
Social Psychology (PSYX-325) C300-level PSY elective3
World Conflicts Since 1900 (HISX-340)C300-level PS elective3
World Population (SOCX-330)C300-level SOC elective3

International Baccalaureate

UAA awards credit for satisfactory performance (a score of 5 or higher) on the International Baccalaureate Higher Level Examinations. To receive this credit, students must request that an official report of examination scores be sent to the UAA Office of the Registrar.

Language Credit by Placement

An accepted degree-seeking UAA student who has completed one of the Department of Languages UAA catalog courses (A102-A301) in residence with a grade of B or higher is eligible to receive credit for the two immediately preceding courses, if any, up to a total of 8 credits, not to exceed the level of A202. Language Credit by Placement is limited to one time per language. This policy does not apply to credit earned through Credit by Examination, the College Board Advanced Placement Examination Program, nor to special topics (-93), independent study (-97), the course A302, or Department of Languages literature or culture courses. To receive this credit, students must submit the appropriate form to the Office of the Registrar and pay an administrative fee.

Local Credit by Examination

Accepted degree- or certificate-seeking students may be awarded credit through locally developed comprehensive examinations on specific subjects. However, credit by examination is not available for all courses. Applications for and information on specific courses available through local credit by examination may be obtained from departments. There is a fee charged for local credit by examination.

General criteria for local credit by examination include:

  1. Courses with numbers below 100 may not be taken through credit by examination.
  2. Only regular catalog courses may be challenged. Special topics courses, trial courses, independent study courses and practicum courses may not be taken through credit by examination.
  3. When an appropriate examination exists, CLEP, DSST, ACT-PEP or other national examinations may be administered instead of a local examination.
  4. Determination of which courses may be taken through local credit by examination and construction of the examinations is at the discretion of the appropriate department.
  5. Local credit by examination is not awarded for a course that duplicates one for which credit has already been granted.
  6. Students are awarded credit and a grade of P (pass) if they successfully pass the local examination. If the examination is not passed, the course is not recorded on the student’s transcript. Grades for courses taken through local credit by examination do not carry grade points used in calculating student GPAs.
  7. Credit awarded through local credit by examination is considered nonresident credit.
  8. There is no limit to the number of credits that may be acquired through the local credit by examination process.
  9. Students have one year from the date of application to take the local examination.

Military Credit

Elective credits may be awarded to students who have completed active-duty military service in accordance with ACE Guide credit use.

Additionally, credits may be granted for formal service schools and the primary MOS/rating as recommended in the Guide to the Evaluation of Education Experiences in the Armed Services prepared by the American Council on Education. Students who wish to use military credit to meet degree requirements should work with an academic advisor to submit a Request for Evaluation of Military Training - JST or Request for Evaluation of CCAF Credit (Community College of the Air Force).

Writing Credit by Placement

Students with ACT or SAT scores that place them in 200-level WRTG courses may receive credit by placement for WRTG A111 upon completion of WRTG A211, WRTG A212, WRTG A213 or WRTG A214 with a grade of C or better. To receive this credit, students must submit the appropriate form to the Office of the Registrar and pay an administrative fee.