Health Sciences
Alternative Credit

Credit by Examination

Our school offers a credit by examination for any 100-or 200-level course, provided all prerequisites for the courses are met. (See the Alternative Credit Options page of the Catalog for more information and restrictions.) A $50 nonrefundable fee per exam must be paid prior to taking an exam. Requests and the exam must take place prior to completion of 20 percent of the scheduled instruction for that course (prior to the end of the third week of instruction for a full-semester course, during which time the refund policy applies).

  1. Prior to requesting and attempting to earn credit-by-exam, we strongly encourage you to examine the course abstract. Evaluate your competence against the course objectives and expected outcomes.
  2. After consultation with an academic adviser and course instructor(s), students wishing to attempt to "test out" of a 100- or 200-level course should contact the appropriate Health Science Program Director or Department Head for eligibility verification.
  3. Pay a non-refundable evaluation fee of $50.00 (per course) at the Bursar's Office (SASC 2098).
  4. Bring your receipt back to the Program Director/Department Head.
  5. Arrange a time and place to attempt the credit by examination.
  6. The Program office/Department Head will notify the student and School office via college email of his/her success or failure on the exam.
  7. If successful, the Program office/Department Head will forward the appropriate verification of nontraditional credit form to the School office for final approval.
  8. Posting of that credit will follow the College's policy.

Credit for work Life Experience

A student requesting credit for life experience will be asked to document work and life experiences to show that the experiences are equal to the objectives established for the related Penn College course(s). Include any supportive background information such as copies of certifications, assessments, workshops attended, etc. To ensure that your documentation and rationale meets the course objectives, obtain a copy of the course abstract or syllabus from the school office. A $50 evaluation fee is payable in advance of the School's review.

  1. After consultation with an academic adviser and course instructor(s), students wishing to have a review of their work life experience for possible course credit should contact the appropriate Health Science Program Director or Department Head for consultation.
  2. Pay a non-refundable evaluation fee of $50.00 (per course) at the Bursar's Office (SASC 2098).
  3. Bring your receipt back to the Health Sciences School office ATHS W241.
  4. The School Dean or Associate Dean will appoint a committee to assess the candidate's educational and work background.
  5. The committee may interview the student and also may require the completion of practical exercises and/or tests where applicable. The committee will recommend the number of credits to be awarded if any.
  6. The School office will notify the student via college email of his/her success or failure on the exam.
  7. If successful, the School office will complete the appropriate verification of nontraditional credit form for final approval.
  8. Posting of that credit will follow the College's policy.

Additional Alternative Credit Information

Visit the College Alternative Credit FAQ Web page for general requirements and procedures, such as how alternative credit affects GPA, how it is reflected on transcripts.

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