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Credit by Exam or Experience

Students can establish proficiency in subject areas through several College-approved programs. Students may be awarded a maximum of 30 semester hours in any one or any combination of these sources. In the event a student has earned more than 30 hours by examination or experience, the student may appeal to the Vice President of Academic Affairs for review to determine if additional credit may be awarded.

Advanced Placement (AP)

Entering students who wish to receive advanced placement credit may do so by completing an advanced placement examination in high school and earning a minimum score as established by the College Board. Students should request that a copy of the score report be sent to the Registrar at Piedmont College.
See a list of acceptable AP courses and minimum scores.

College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)

CLEP is designed to measure knowledge acquired through non-traditional means such as the workplace, as well as through formal study. Credit is awarded for satisfactory scores earned on certain subjects and selected general examinations. Credit for CLEP exams must be earned prior to a student’s final semester of enrollment.
See a list of courses for which CLEP credit may be awarded at Piedmont College.

Experiential Credit

Learning acquired outside of classroom participation can be a valuable contribution to a liberal arts education, and Piedmont provides an opportunity for enrolled students to receive academic credit for such learning.
The portfolio is the method used whereby students can demonstrate learning prior to and during their time at the College. Because portfolio assessment is competence based, students need to demonstrate mastery of transferable skills acquired through the professional work experience and/or community service. An experiential credit information packet may be obtained from the Registrar’s Office. The charge for experiential credit is $50 per credit hour. No experiential credit will be granted during a student’s final semester.

International Baccalaureate Program (IB)

Piedmont College recognizes the quality of the International Baccalaureate Program, and credit towards the undergraduate degree will be awarded on a course-by-course basis. Course credit will be awarded for satisfactory scores earned on certain subjects as shown on the IB Course Equivalencies page. Students should request a copy of the official score report be sent to the Registrar at Piedmont College. IB credits do not fulfill residency requirements.


Military Credit

Veterans of the U.S. Armed Services and members of the military reserve may receive academic credit for military training based on recommendations of the American Council of Education (ACE). Please submit an official Joint Services Transcript (JST) to the Registrar at Piedmont College.

POST-Certification Training

If students complete POST-Certification Training completion credit and send their official transcript as proof, Piedmont will award them credit for CRJU 1290, CRJU 3330, CRJU 2335, and POSC 4415.