Prior Learning Assessment

Earn College Credit for Your Prior Learning

Students and Faculty sharing their personal testimony on the Makers Lab at MDC


Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) provides MDC students an opportunity to earn college credit for professional experience. Even if you're not ready to apply yet, MDC is here to help. We have staff on hand who have experience in helping students with prior learning assessment credit.

PLA Options

Standardized Credit-by-Exams

Earn credits by proving your knowledge through exam programs such as the CLEP, DSST, AP, Excelsior/UExcel, and more.

Military Training

Boot camp, basic training, officer training school, and other military training and experience are often eligible for credit.

Credit for Online Classes

MDC has partnered with educational providers to accept a select number of online courses that have been evaluated by the American Council on Education.

Institutional Credit-by-Exams

Students who have been admitted to the College may receive credit for courses through departmental examinations.

Portfolio-based Assessments

A portfolio is a great way to demonstrate knowledge earned through work experience or community and volunteer activities.

Certifications and Licenses

On-the-job and corporate training can be applied toward a degree through articulation agreements or other evaluations.