Prior Learning Assessment

Ashland University provides several ways to obtain credit for experiences outside the traditional classroom.

  • Credit by Exam

  • Military Credit

  • OPATA Training

  • PLA Portfolio Assessment

Details about Ashland University's prior learning options are found in the most current academic catalog.

Schedule a PLA consultation with the PLA Coordinator

Credit by Exam

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Ashland University recognizes a number of exams that can lead to credit. Minimum scores apply and transfer by examination is subject to academic department and registrar review before acceptance.

Next Step: Discuss credit by exam options with your academic advisor.

Military Credit

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Your submitted military transcript is automatically evaluated for potential credit transfer upon admission to the university. Only official transcripts are evaluated.

Up to 90 credit hours of transfer credit towards a bachelor's degree (varies by program)!

Criminal Justice Training

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Up to 30 credit hours of PLA credit from the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy (OPATA) can be applied towards an Ashland University Criminal Justice degree.

SAMPLE Form with PLA OPATA equivalencies.

Next Step: Submit an Unofficial Transcript Evaluation Request

Prior Learning Portfolio Assessment

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Ashland University uses a PLA Portfolio Assessment process to evaluate prior learning experiences that occurred outside the college/university classroom.

Next Step: Request a PLA portfolio consultation using the link below.