Palm Beach State College has many opportunities for you to earn course credits or course hours for prior learning.
One way to obtain credit or hours for prior learning is through having your transcript sent to Palm Beach State College. This type of transfer is managed through the Admissions office in Student Services.
There are other ways to recognize prior learning. Please read through each of the descriptions below to see if these might apply to you and your educational program.
Palm Beach State College has identified certain courses within the curriculum as being eligible for earning credit or hours through a challenge examination. If the student achieves a passing score on the examination, credit or hours will be awarded to the student's transcript. Please
for more details on this process.
CLEP (College Level Examination Program) is available at the Belle Glade, Boca Raton, and Palm Beach Gardens campuses. CLEP is a series of examinations that allow individuals to earn college credit for what they know, regardless of where they gained knowledge. CLEP is the most widely accepted credit-by-examination program in the United States. Go to the CLEP website for complete information on this prior learning exam process.
Palm Beach State Course Equivalency
This is a process for granting college credit or clock hours for previously earned PSAV or credit course work towards a PSAV or credit certificate or an AA or AS degree. Also, students who have taken and passes courses in certain PSAV programs at Palm Beach State may apply for granting of credit by following this process. Please
for the detailed instructions on how to apply for such credit.
Prior Learning Portfolio
Palm Beach State College has developed a portfolio-based system of demonstrating that a student has achieved the course outcomes for AS and PSAV courses. This process involves a written portfolio which is prepared under the guidance of a program instructor or faculty member. Please
for more details.
Career Pathways Articulation from the School District of Palm Beach County
Palm Beach State College has an agreement with the School District of Palm Beach County to accept certain combinations of course work taken at the high school along with an assessment to qualify for awarding of college credits. Please
for details on this process.
Advanced Placement of Apprenticeship Courses
Students enrolled in Palm Beach State apprenticeship programs may be advanced placed into the curriculum by awarding hours for courses in which they been evaluated as meeting the competencies of the course. Please
for details on this process.
Health Core Courses for PSAV Programs
Each student enrolled in a health credit or PSAV program where HSC0003 or PRN 0022 is required may meet this requirement by documentation of having the course competencies achieved through coursework or work experience. Please click here for details on this process.
Dental Assisting to Dental Hygiene AS Degree
Students who have earned the Dental Assisting credential and are graduates of an ADA (American Dental Association) accredited dental assisting program will be granted 19 hours of coursework. The student must have passed all dental science courses with a grade of “C" or higher no more than five years prior to the Dental Hygiene application deadline date. Please click here for details on this process.
Radiologic Technologist AS Degree
Students who have earned their ARRT (American Registry of Radiologic Technologists) credential and are graduates of a JRCERT (Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology) accredited radiography program have the opportunity be granted 45 hours of coursework towards the AS degree in Radiography. Please
for details on this process.
FDLE Corrections Academy or Law Enforcement Academy to Criminal Justice AS Degree
Students who have taken classes through a FDLE Corrections Academy or Law Enforcement Academy and have passed the Florida State Certification Exam will be granted credits toward the Criminal Justice AS degree. The student requesting credit for prior learning credit must complete the prior learning assessment form and present it to the Chair of the Criminal Justice Program for approval. If the application is approved by the Chair, and the Academic Dean, it will be forwarded to the registrar for processing. Please click here for the Corrections Prior Learning Form and click here for the Law Enforcement Prior Learning Form.
Florida State Fire College to Fire Science AS Degree
Students who have taken classes through the FSFC (Florida State Fire College) from a credentialed instructor will be granted the appropriate credit hours for FFP courses that are approved by the Fire Science Director. The student requesting credit for FFP classes taken through the FSFC must complete the prior learning assessment form and present it to the Fire Science Director for approval. If the application is approved by the Director, and the Dean of Public Safety, it will be forwarded to the registrar for processing. Please click here for details on this process.
Educator Preparation Institute Equivalency for EPI 0010
Students who have successfully taken and documented FOR-PD Reading Competency 2 through the School District of Palm County within the last five (5) years or have passed [with a “C" or higher] and documented a course from an accredited college or university with an outline comparable to EPI 0010 within the last five (5) years may qualify for this equivalency. The student must also complete a portfolio. The student requesting the credit for EPI 0010 must complete the prior learning assessment form and present it to the Institute for Teacher Education manager for approval. Please click here for details on this process.
Online Course Equivalency
Students may wish to have online courses they have taken through massive online open courses or other such modalities assessed for their potential to earn credit. Click here for more information on this process.
Professional Pilot License Credit Course Equivalencies
Students who provide proof of various specific professional pilot licenses may qualify for credit toward the Professional Pilot AAS/AS degree. Click here for further details.
to download the Prior Learning Policies & Procedures Manual.