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Prior Learning Assessment Policy

The Wright State University Faculty Senate adopted a Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) policy in August 2015 that recognizes that students may acquire knowledge equivalent to that obtained through completion of courses through their professional experience or other methods of instruction. 

Prior knowledge may be demonstrated in three ways:

  1. External testing
  2. Faculty administered tests
  3. Faculty administered portfolios

Discuss these options with your advisor.


External Testing

The first way is by nationally recognized external testing organizations. The results of the test must be sent to the Wright State Admissions Office. Each testing site has a fee for taking the test.

There are five external examinations honored by Wright State: 

Advanced Placement (AP)

The AP tests are taken in high school. AP scores of 3 or better are considered passing, and you will receive college credit. An AP score of 4 or better in certain areas is recommended for students pursuing a major in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Wright State’s course equivalency chart for AP (PDF) Request your official scores be sent to Wright State Undergraduate Admissions through the College Board website.

College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)

Wright State accepts only College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) Subject exams. There are 28 subject tests available. Academic departments at Wright State determine how credit will be awarded for CLEP exams. Some departments at Wright State may require higher scores from certain CLEP exams. If you will be taking CLEP exams in Spring 2019 or later, please review Wright State's CLEP Equivalencies Effective Spring 2019 (PDF).

To find a testing site, visit the College Board CLEP website. Request your official scores be sent to Wright State University's Office of Undergraduate Admissions with the College Board transcript request form.

DANTES Standardized Subject Test (DSST)

If you're in the military, you can earn college credit with the DANTES (Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support) program. There are 37 DSST exams available to you. Academic departments at Wright State determine how credit will be awarded for DSST exams. Here is Wright State’s course equivalency chart for DSST (PDF).

For information about testing sites and examinations, visit the DSST website. Request your official scores be sent to Wright State Undergraduate University's Office of Undergraduate Admissions through the DSST website.

Excelsior College Credit by Examination (ECE)

Wright State recognizes Excelsior College’s credit by exams. There are 50 subject tests available. Academic departments at Wright State determine how credit will be awarded for Excelsior College Credit by Examinations (ECE). Wright State’s course equivalency chart for Excelsior College Credit-by-Examinations (PDF) Request your official scores be sent to Wright State Undergraduate Admissions through the Excelsior College Credit-by-Exams website. Simply follow the instructions in the ECE Registration Guide (login required).

International Baccalaureate (IB)

Wright State University awards credit for scores of 5 or better on the higher level examinations in Geography, Latin, Greek, Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics; and a score of 6 or better in Language Al (English). Students who have completed IB courses in Spanish, French or German are encouraged to complete departmental examinations for advanced credit and placement. Wright State's course equivalency chart for IB (PDF)

Note: The Department of Modem Languages encourages students who have completed an IB course in a foreign language to complete the departmental examinations for advanced credit and placement. Wright State will not award credit in a foreign language to a student based only on IB examination scores.

Note: The History Department has concluded that Wright State University does not have a comparable course to the IB World History course; therefore, credit will not be awarded for this subject area.


Faculty-Administered Exams and Portfolios

The other two PLA options are:

  1. examinations administered internally by Wright State faculty and
  2. portfolio assessment administered by Wright State faculty.

Either of these options is initiated by completing the  Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) form (PDF) and paying the non-refundable fee of $150. These must be submitted prior to taking the exam or submitting the portfolio. The PLA must be completed in the same semester in which the fee is paid and the PLA form is submitted. Students are able to submit PLA up to two times. There is a $75, non-refundable fee for submitting the second PLA for the same course.  

Below is the list of PLA options at Wright State. The tables are organized by college. Students must demonstrate mastery of the learning outcomes for the Wright State course listed by either exam or portfolio. The contact person, campus address, and campus telephone number are listed for each course. The tables (DOCX) below displaying Wright State University courses that are eligible for prior learning assessment may be downloaded. The tables will be updated annually in July. Changes may occur during the academic year. 

Please contact Dr. Carl Brun, the Wright State PLA Coordinator, if there are changes to this table or if you have any questions about the Wright State University Prior Learning Assessment policy. Dr. Brun, Academic Affairs, may be reached at (937) 775-2155. 

Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) By College

College of Education and Human Services

Wright State Course  

Credit Hours

PLA Method

Minimum Score

 Contact Person

ASL 1010-2020 – American Sign Language

3-12

Exam

C

Barbara Dunaway
108T Allyn
(937) 775-4166

OL 2010 – Leading Self                         

3

Portfolio

C

Dr. Mindy McNutt
461 Allyn
(937) 775-2447

OL 4025 – Community Based Internship 

3

Portfolio

C

Dr. Mindy McNutt
461 Allyn Hall
(937) 775-2447

KNH 2500 – Basic Anatomy and Physiology 

 

Portfolio

C

Dr. Drew Pringle or
Dr. Beth Hersman
Nutter Center 316
(937) 775-3223

KNH 2600 – First Aid 

 

Portfolio

C

Dr. Drew Pringle or 
Dr. Beth Hersman
Nutter Center 316
(937) 775-3223

SAA 7650 – Internship in Student Affairs I

1-3

Portfolio

C

Dr. Mindy McNutt
461 Allyn Hall
(937) 775-2447

SAA 7670 – Internship in Student Affairs II

1-3

Portfolio

C

Dr. Mindy McNutt
461 Allyn Hall
(937) 775-2447

College of Engineering and Computer Science

Wright State Course 

Credit Hours

PLA Method

Minimum Score

 Contact Person

CS 1150 – Intro to
Computer Science

4

Exam

C

Karen Meyer
344 Russ Engineering
(937) 775-5104

CS 1160 – Intro to
Computer Programming

4

Exam

C

Karen Meyer
344 Russ Engineering
(937) 775-5104

CS 1180 – Computer Science I

4

Exam

C

Dr. Michelle Cheatham
343 Russ Engineering
(937) 775-3723

CS 1181 – Computer Science II

4

Exam

C

Dr. Michelle Cheatham
343 Russ Engineering
(937) 775-3723

CS 2160 – Visual Basic Programming

3

Exam

C

Karen Meyer
344 Russ Engineering
(937) 775-5104

CS 2200 – Discrete Structures and their Algorithms

4

Exam

C

Karen Meyer
344 Russ Engineering
(937) 775-5104

CS 2800 – Web Development I

3

Exam

C

Karen Meyer
344 Russ Engineering
(937) 775-5104

CS 3100 – Data Structures & Algorithms

3

Exam

C

Karen Meyer
344 Russ Engineering
(937) 775-5104

CS 3700 – Intro to Oracle/SQL Databases

3

Exam

C

Karen Meyer
344 Russ Engineering
(937) 775-5104

CEG 2170 – Intro to Computer Programming for Scientists and Engineers

4

Exam

C

Karen Meyer
344 Russ Engineering
(937) 775-5104

CEG 2350 – Operating System Concepts and Usage

4

Exam

C

Karen Meyer
344 Russ Engineering
(937) 775-5104

CEG 2400 – Intro to PC Networking

3

Exam

C

Karen Meyer
344 Russ Engineering
(937) 775-5104

CEG 3310 – Computer Organization

4

Exam

C

Karen Meyer
344 Russ Engineering
(937) 775-5104

EGR 1010 – Intro Mathematics for Engineering Apps.

4

Exam

C

Angela Griffith
405J Russ Engineering
(937) 775-5003

ENG 2140 – Research, Technical Writing, and Presentation for Scientists and Engineers

3

Portfolio

C

Brandy Foster
405 Russ Engineering
(937) 775-5246

EGR 3350 – Technical Communications for Engineers and Scientists

3

Portfolio

C

Brandy Foster
405 Russ Engineering
(937) 775-5246

EE 2000/L – Digital Design with HDL

4

Exam

C

Nikki Brown
311 Russ Engineering
(937) 775-5037

EE 2010/L – Circuit Analysis I

4

Exam

C

Nikki Brown
311 Russ Engineering
(937) 775-5037

EE 3210/L – Linear Systems I

4

Exam

C

Nikki Brown
311 Russ Engineering
(937) 775-5037

ISE 2211 – Statistics for Engineers

3

Exam

C

Angela Griffith
405J Russ Engineering
(937) 775-5003

ME 1020 – Engineering Programming with Matlab

3

Exam

C

Dr. Joseph Slater
209 Russ Engineering
(937) 775-5040

ME 1040 – Engineering Design and Solid Modeling

4

Exam

C

Dr. Joseph Slater
209 Russ Engineering
(937) 775-5040

College of Liberal Arts

Wright State Course  

Credit Hours

PLA Method

Minimum Score

 Contact Person

ENG 1100 – Academic Writing and Reading

3

Portfolio

C

Becca Webb
470 Millett
(937) 775-2279

ENG 2100 – Research Writing and Argumentation

3

Portfolio

C

Becca Webb 
470 Millett 
(937) 775-2279

ENG 3000 – Business Writing

3

Portfolio

C

Becca Webb 
470 Millett 
(937) 775-2279

ENG 3610 – Technical Writing

3

Portfolio

C

Becca Webb 
470 Millett 
(937) 775-2279

Languages

 

 

 

 

ARA 1010-2020 – Arabic

3-12

Exam

C

Lauren Wolfe
225 Millett
(937) 775-2641

CHI 1010-2020 – Chinese

3-12

Exam

C

Lauren Wolfe
225 Millett
(937) 775-2641

FR 1010-2020 – French

3-12

Exam

C

Lauren Wolfe
225 Millett
(937) 775-2641

GER 1010-2020 – German

3-12

Exam

C

Lauren Wolfe
225 Millett
(937) 775-2641

GR 1010-2020-Greek

3-12

Exam

C

Rebecca Edwards or
Dr. Ava Chamberlain
370 Millett
(937) 775-2274

ITA 1010-2020 – Italian

3-12

Exam

C

Lauren Wolfe
225 Millett
(937) 775-2641

JPN 1010-2020 – Japanese

3-12

Exam

C

Lauren Wolfe
225 Millett
(937) 775-2641

LAT 1010-2020-Latin

3-12

Exam

C

Rebecca Edwards or
Dr. Ava Chamberlain
370 Millett 
(937) 775-2274

PHL 3000 – Critical Thinking

3

Exam

C

Siobhan Semmett or
Dr. Ava Chamberlain
370 Millett
(937) 775-2274

RUS 1010-2020 – Russian

3-12

Exam

C

Lauren Wolfe
225 Millett
(937) 775-2641

SP 1010-2020 – Spanish

3-12

Exam

C

Lauren Wolfe
225 Millett
(937) 775-2641

College of Nursing and Health

Wright State Course  

Credit Hours

PLA Method

Minimum Score

 Contact Person

HLT 3400 – Concepts of Pharmacology

3

NLN Exam proctored at Wright State

75%

Theresa Haghnazarian
174 University Hall
(937) 775-2592

NUR 4810 – Nursing Care in Genomics Era

3

Portfolio

C

Theresa Haghnazarian
174 University Hall
(937) 775-2592

NUR 4830 – Wholistic Nursing Practices Using Complementary and Alternative Therapies

3

Portfolio

C

Theresa Haghnazarian
174 University Hall
(937) 775-2592

NUR 4850 – Collaborating for Improving Patient Health Outcomes

3

Portfolio

C

Theresa Haghnazarian
174 University Hall
(937) 775-2592

NUR 4860 – Policy and Politics: Leading and Managing Health Care

3

Portfolio

C

Theresa Haghnazarian
174 University Hall
(937) 775-2592

NUR 4870: Advancing Communities Towards Healthy Outcomes

3

Portfolio

C

Theresa Haghnazarian
174 University Hall
(937) 775-2592

NUR 7002 – Information Technology in Health Care

3

Portfolio

C

Theresa Haghnazarian
174 University Hall
(937) 775-2592

NUR 7005 – Nursing Research and Evidence for Practice

3

Portfolio

C

Theresa Haghnazarian
174 University Hall
(937) 775-2592

College of Science and Math

Wright State Course  

Credit Hours

PLA Method

Minimum Score

 Contact Person

ANT 2100/L – Human Anatomy and Physiology I

4

Exam

C

Ms. Bridgett Severt, (937) 775-2126
Dr. Nick Ritucci, (937) 775-4238
105 White Hall

ANT 2120/L – Human Anatomy and Physiology II

4

Exam

C

Ms. Bridgett Severt, (937) 775-2126
Dr. Nick Ritucci, (937) 775-4238
105 White Hall

ANT 3100/L – Human Structure and Function I

4

Exam

C

Ms. Bridgett Severt, (937) 775-2126
Dr. Nick Ritucci, (937) 775-4238
105 White Hall

ANT 3120/L – Human Structure and Function II

4

Exam

C

Ms. Bridgett Severt, (937) 775-2126
Dr. Nick Ritucci, (937) 775-4238
105 White Hall

MTH 2240 – Applied Calculus

4

Exam

C

Abby Sharp
120 Mathematical and Microbiological Sciences Bldg.
(937) 775-2785

MTH 2280 – Business Calculus

4

Exam

C

Abby Sharp
120 Mathematical and Microbiological Sciences Bldg.
(937) 775-2785

MTH 2300 – Calculus I

4

Exam

C

Abby Sharp
120 Mathematical and Microbiological Sciences Bldg.
(937) 775-2785

MTH 2310 – Calculus II

4

Exam

C

Abby Sharp
120 Mathematical and Microbiological Sciences Bldg.
(937) 775-2785

MTH 2320 – Calculus III

4

Exam

C

Abby Sharp
120 Mathematical and Microbiological Sciences Bldg.
(937) 775-2785

MTH 2330 – Differential Equations

3

Exam

C

Abby Sharp
120 Mathematical and Microbiological Sciences Bldg.
(937) 775-2785

MTH 2350 – Differential Equations with Matrix Algebra

4

Exam

C

Abby Sharp
120 Mathematical and Microbiological Sciences Bldg.

(937) 775-2785

MTH 2530 – Elementary Linear Algebra

3

Exam

C

Abby Sharp
120 Mathematical and Microbiological Sciences Bldg.
(937) 775-2785

MTH 2570 – Discrete Mathematics

3

Exam

C

Abby Sharp
120 Mathematical and Microbiological Sciences Bldg.
(937) 775-2785

MTH 3320 – Complex Variables

3

Exam

C

Abby Sharp
120 Mathematical and Microbiological Sciences Bldg.
(937) 775-2785

MTH 3330 – Partial Differential Equations

3

Exam

C

Abby Sharp
120 Mathematical and Microbiological Sciences Bldg.
 (937) 775-2785

Raj Soin College of Business

Wright State Course  

Credit Hours

PLA Method

Minimum Score

 Contact Person

MGT 3210 – Human Resources Management

3

Portfolio

Proof of Passing the HR Professional Certification

Dr. David Bright,
Chair, Management
250 Rike
(937) 775-2291

MGT 3210 – Human Resources Management

3

Exam

Pass internal placement exam

Dr. David Bright, 
Chair, Management
250 Rike 
(937) 775-2291