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Prior Learning Assessment

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Students may earn college credit through the prior learning assessment process for life experience.

This process includes completing a non-credit course, PLA-201 - Prior Learning Assessment, focusing on adult and experiential learning theory. Instructor guidance through this course will help you identify and evaluate prior learning experiences and outcomes leading to your successful completion of one portfolio. Your portfolio will be reviewed for college credit by a qualified St. Ambrose University faculty member.

The fees for this process include:

PLA-201 course – No tuition fee (includes first portfolio)
Transcripting fee – $30/credit awarded
Subsequent portfolios – $100/portfolio plus transcripting fee 

Some of the courses in which adult students have received college credit for prior learning include:

  • Legal Environment of Business
  • Principles of Public Speaking
  • Interpersonal Communication
  • Written Business Communication
  • Principles of Finance
  • Principles of Management
  • Business Ethics
  • and Introduction to Religion.

For more information about the prior learning assessment, please contact Laurie Harrison, academic advisor at 563/333-5707 or