Utah Tech University

Prior Learning Assessment (PLA)

Get credit for prior learning.

Utah Tech University (UT) recognizes that learners in higher education come from varied backgrounds with a wide variety of life experiences that might qualify for college course credit. At DSU, our students have multiple pathways toward receiving credit for prior learning. You can learn more about these pathways from your program advisor, the UT catalog and UT Policy 523.

Some restrictions apply to all UT prior learning credit.

  • Only matriculated UT students are eligible to receive UT prior learning credit.
  • All credit by examination or for prior learning is graded as “Pass” rather than a letter grade.
  • In compliance with accreditation standards, no more than 25% of credit by examination and prior learning (up to 15 credits of experiential learning credit) can be applied toward a degree (15 credits for associate’s, 30 for bachelor’s).
  • Not all UT courses are eligible for credit by examination or prior learning.
  • The Prior Learning Assessment Portfolio for experiential learning may not be used for General Education courses.
  • Prior learning credit cannot be awarded for courses where a student has already received a grade.

Transfer Credit

American Council on Education (ACE) – Evaluated Military Training Credit

College-level courses transferred in from a regionally accredited institution according to articulation standards.

Vertical Foreign Language Credit

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Exam Credit

Advanced Placement (AP)

BYU Foreign Language FLATS Credit

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

Course Challenge

DANTES Subject Standardized Test (DSST) Credit

International Baccalaureate (IB)

Testing Out – No Credit

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Experiential Learning Credit

Experiential Learning Credit is credit awarded for college-level learning that has been attained outside of a legally authorized and accredited post-secondary educational institution; learning which will then be backed up by documentation.

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