Credit for Prior Learning Program

Alverno recognizes that some students already have the knowledge to pass some courses, which is why the college has a Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) Program. Students who successfully complete CPL assessments earn credits without having to enroll in the course.

Assessments for prerequisite courses 

These assessments are FREE and typically take less than four hours to complete. Students must complete assessments and receive results before attending their first class. Click the assessment links below for assessment details as well as practice assessments. 

Communications Assessment

Communication Seminar I (CM 120)

Math-based Assessments

College Algebra (MT 123)

Trigonometry (MT 124)

Quantitative Literacy in the Modern World (QL 122)

Mathematical Connections (QL 156) (eligibility required)

Science Assessments

Foundations of Chemistry (SC 119)

Foundations of Biology (SC 120)

Assessments for other courses

These assessments often require students to submit experiential essays or portfolios. Students must meet eligibility requirements. The fee for these assessments is $150.

Life and Work Experiences

Students do not earn credits based solely on their experiences. Students must demonstrate that the knowledge they gained outside the classroom, e.g., professional or volunteer experience, has given them the knowledge to meet course outcomes.

Spanish Language

Students must major or minor in Bilingual Education, Global Studies, Spanish in the Professions, or Spanish Language and Cultures to be eligible to complete these assessments.