Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

Community College of Allegheny County

Advanced Placement Credit - Prior Learning Assessment

CCAC recognizes credit earned in several ways, including college coursework in high school, transferred credits from other institutions, standardized subject tests, and various industry and agency training and certifications.

Advanced Placement Exams (AP)
College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)
DSST (Formerly DANTES)
Credit By Exam (CBE)
Credit Transfer From Other Institutions
Non-Credit Programs or Coursework
Students Occupationally and Academically Ready (SOAR)
ACT 120 - Police Training Certificate
CIT Certifications and Tests
Homeland Security Programs
Joint Services Transcript (JST) Military Coursework & Training

Advanced Placement Exams (AP)
AP provides high school students with the opportunity to take college-level courses and take the AP exams for college credit or advanced placement.

College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)
The College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) offers you the opportunity to receive college credit for what you already know. Earn qualifying scores on any of the 33 introductory-level college subject examinations.

  • To review CCAC's CLEP Credit-Granting Policy, see CCAC/CLEP Course Equivalents.
  • To learn how and where to take a CLEP test, logon or create an account at College Board/CLEP.
  • When registering for a CLEP test, choose to report your score to "CC of Allegheny County" (Any Campus).

DSST (Formerly DANTES)
The nationally recognized DSST Program helps you receive college credits for learning acquired outside the traditional classroom through a suite of more than 30 exams.

  • To review CCAC's DSST Credit-Granting Policy, see CCAC/DSST Course Equivalents.
  • To learn how and where to take a DSST test, logon or create an account at DSST/getcollege credit.
  • When taking a DSST exam, choose to report your score to Community College of Allegheny County.

Credit-By-Exam (CBE)
If you would like to challenge a course for which there is no standardized test, please contact the appropriate academic department at CCAC to inquire as to whether or not a test is offered for credit.

  • If a test is available, obtain permission to test from the appropriate academic department.
  • If you pass the test, the appropriate course and credits will be posted to your transcript.
  • A fee equal to the tuition for one credit is charged.

Credit Transfer
If you have earned credits at a different institution, you may be able to transfer some or all of those credits to CCAC by submitting an Application for Credit Transfer.

  • Be sure to carefully follow the instructions as outlined on the form.
  • An application and an official transcript are required for each institution you attended.

Students applying for the LPN–RN transition program must have a current, valid LPN license from the state of Pennsylvania at the time of application.

  • If accepted, your LPN License entitles you to credit for NUR110 & NUR120 (8 credits).
  • Credits will be posted after successful completion of NUR130 and NUR140 (next level courses).
  • For complete details regarding the LPN-RN transition program, see LPN to RN.

Non-Credit Programs / Coursework
CCAC awards credit for completion of certain non-credit programs and/or coursework, applied to specific credit degree programs. Includes credit for completion of workforce program courses in mechatronics, renewable energy, ASL, US Steel welding courses, and EMT certification.

Students Occupationally and Academically Ready is a set of articulation agreements linking secondary and postsecondary Career and Technical Education.

  • Earn a high school diploma with a minimum 2.50 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale in the technical courses.
  • Complete the secondary component of SOAR (all required high school technical courses).
  • Achieve a competent or advanced level on the secondary school end-of program assessment, the National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI) test.
  • Achieve proficiency on all items on the approved PDE SOAR Secondary Competency Task List.
  • Submit documentation to verify qualification to the CCAC admissions office.
  • For further program details, see SOAR Agreements.

Act 120
CCAC recognizes the Police Training Certificate. CCAC students who have completed that certification will be awarded 15 credits as follows:

CJC-101 Introduction to Criminal Justice & Criminology (3 credits)
CJC-151 Criminal Justice System Law (3 credits)
CJC-201 Fundamentals of Criminal Investigation (3 credits)
CJC-203 Evidence & Procedures (3 credits)
CJC-206 Police Operations (3 credits)

CIT Certifications and Standardized Tests
Various certification programs are recognized by CCAC as having the equivalent knowledge of certain CIT courses, and can be used to meet the prerequisites of other courses or advanced standing towards the requirements of a degree or certificate. Includes credit for CIT100 through ICDL testing, available at Goodwill's private licensed school.

Homeland Security Programs
CCAC will grant credit for courses in the Associate of Science and Certificate programs in Homeland Security as follows:

  • Completion Certificate from a State Certified Policy Academy = CJC-101 Introduction to Criminal Justice/Criminology (3 credits)
  • PA Firefighter 1 Certification = FSA-102 Principles of Emergency Service (3 credits).
  • PA Emergency Medical Technician Certificate = HLS-203 Emergency Medical Services (3 credits).
  • Proof of certification is required by the Director of Registration at your campus.

Military Coursework & Training
CCAC recognizes and will grant credit for relevant coursework/training completed per the JST (Joint Services Transcript).

  • An official Joint Services Transcript must be submitted to the Director of Registration at your CCAC campus for evaluation.
  • For details on the JST program, including the procedure for transcript requests, please visit: JST System or Joint Services Transcript