Alternative Opportunities for Earning Credit
Prior Learning Assessment is a process through which students may earn credit for college-level learning previously acquired through employment, professional experience, or other training and study. Credit is given only for prior learning that corresponds to a particular course offered at MMC. To apply for credit, students prepare a portfolio to be assessed by the faculty, which provides evidence of achievement of the learning goals for course(s) for which the student is seeking credit.
To be eligible for credit through prior learning, students must be matriculated at Marymount Manhattan College and in good academic standing, have completed 24 college credits, with at least 12 credits earned at MMC. Also, students must have completed the requirements of MMC's foundational skills courses (WRIT 101, WRIT 102, and MATH 113 or equivalent).
The following restrictions obtain:
- No more than 30 credits approved through PLA may be applied to the completion of the degree;
- PLA credits may not be used as part of the 30-credit college residency requirement or the 12-credit residency requirement in the major;
- CLEP credits and other proficiency test scores combined with PLA credits awarded may not total more than 30 credits;
- Students may not seek PLA credit for courses for which testing options already exist (CLEP, Language Equivalency Exams, etc.; see the Advisement Office for further information);
- Students may not seek PLA credit for MMC courses already attempted or completed;
- PLA credits do not receive grades and are not applied to the minimum number of credits required to earn honors at graduation;
- Because not all colleges recognize prior learning credits, students who plan to attend graduate school after completing their MMC degree are advised to check with respective schools.
To determine if the PLA process is appropriate for you, please confer with your faculty advisor and Department Chair.