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Credit by Evaluated Program / Credential


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Credits may be awarded for non-traditional educational/training programs such as military, industry, state and federal government, courses or programs offered by employers, professional organizations and other agencies. 

In order to receive credit, the courses or programs must have been evaluated by NOVA faculty or an evaluating agency such as the American Council on Education (ACE) College Credit Recommendation Service (CREDIT) or National College Credit Recommendation Service (NCCRS).

Before proceeding with any prior learning options, please speak with your advisor or counselor to confirm the best option for your personal situation.

Evaluated Program / Credential

Programs Evaluated by NOVA Faculty

NOVA Faculty have reviewed and made recommendations about specific NOVA courses to which outside training is equivalent. Some of the included programs are listed below, but please reference the Prior Learning Manual for a complete listing, along with requirements for each program.

  • Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)>
  • Clinical Coding
  • Criminal Justice
  • Early Childhood Development
  • Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
  • Fire Sciences
  • Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)
  • Marketing
  • Military Services
  • Office Skills
  • Physical Education
  • Respiratory Therapist

Programs Evaluated by the American ACE and NCCRS

ACE and NCCRS are national agencies that evaluate workplace courses or programs to recommend them for college credit.These programs help adults gain access to academic credit for formal courses and certifications taken outside the traditional classroom.

To determine whether or not ACE has evaluated the employer's training program, students should visit the online ACE National Guide to College Credit for Workforce Training or National College Credit Recommendation Service (NCCRS).