Prior Learning Assessment

Get College Credit for Your Life Experiences

Credit for What You Have Learned

Success for Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) is a term used to describe the assessment of college level learning for credit that is gained outside a traditional academic environment.

  • Credit for Work Experience
  • Credit for Life Experiences
  • Credit for Experiential Learning
  • Military Credit

Types of PLA available to students enrolled at Southwest

  • College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
  • Advance Placement (AP)
  • American Council on Education (ACE) Guides–Credit for Military and Civilian Training
  • Institutional Course Challenge Exams
  • Locally Evaluated Industry and Workplace Credit
  • State and Nationally Recognized Certification and Professional Licensure
  • Dual Credit Program
  • Dual Enrollment
  • Portfolio Review Credit

For more information contact the Career Studies Division at 901-333-4121 or view the Academic Policies and Procedures section in the Academic Catalog.