How to Earn Credits for Work Completed Before College

Posted: June 03, 2021 | Author: Kenzie Lundberg | Read Time: 1 minutes

What is SUU's Prior Learning Assessment?

Southern Utah University recognizes that not all learning is done in a classroom. Many students have experiences before and during their academic careers, like earning licenses and certificates, that enhance their education both academically and professionally. Credit for prior learning gives students the chance to earn college credit for their educational efforts outside of the classroom.

How do I earn credits for prior learning?

SUU students can earn credits for work completed before their time at SUU in multiple ways.

Credit by Examination

First, students may earn credit by examination through taking tests like the ACT and SAT, College Level Examination Program (CLEP), NCLEX, and departmental test-outs. Students can also earn credit by examination for an International Baccalaureate Diploma.

Credit by Portfolio

Second, credit by portfolio offers students who have experience documented by personal work by records or letters from those aware of the activity to create a portfolio. Credit by portfolio is available for FAA pilots in the Aviation program and students in the Utah Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) program.


Additionally, students can earn credits through internships, independent study, serving in the U.S. armed forces, and transferring courses. For more information on how to earn credit for prior learning visit

Students come from many walks of life and backgrounds, and SUU recognizes the educational efforts of each student both in and out of the classroom. If you are getting close to graduation, or if you simply want to get a jumpstart on your electives, credit for prior learning can help accelerate your degree and prepare you for a successful career.


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