Credit for Prior Learning

Get credit for what you already know.

Ivy Tech Community College offers Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) for students with select qualifications and expertise. Ivy Tech evaluates your credentials to see how much credit you are qualified to receive. When you earn credit through PLA, you may save a significant amount of money and complete your degree more quickly.

Work experience, military service, technical training service in AmeriCorps or the Peace Corps are all examples of ways you may have developed the experience and knowledge needed to earn PLA credit. The exact credit awarded is determined using one of three methods:

Certification Crosswalk
Ivy Tech acknowledges certification credentials by providing a "certification crosswalk." This means that certifications may also qualify for college credit.

Credit by Examination
Programs like the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) and the DANTES Subject Standardized Test (DSST) give you the chance to prove your proficiency in general education areas like introductory math, writing, business, and science. These exams are available for just a fraction of the cost of a college course, and if you're in the military, you may be able to take the exam for free.

PLA Portfolio
A PLA Portfolio is a detailed documentation illustrating what you have been taught and how successfully you completed the work. The required documentation varies from course to courses, but may include samples of your work, an essay explaining your experience and knowledge, or certificates showing successful completion of workshops or seminars.

When you pursue PLA Portfolio Credit, Ivy Tech will assist you throughout the process. Faculty and staff members will help you determine which courses are the best fit for your skills and will help you develop your portfolio. The portfolio will then be reviewed to determine what credit you can be awarded.

Check out the answers to some Frequently Asked Questions

Who can earn PLA credit?
PLA credit is available to students of all ages. You must be admitted as a degree-seeking student at Ivy Tech Community College to receive credit.

What's the difference between PLA credit and transfer credit?
You can receive transfer credits for classes you have taken at another college or university. PLA credit is earned when you prove competency in a specific area of study, including knowledge you obtained outside of a college classroom. if you have previous college credit, you can inquire about credit transfer by contacting the Office of Student Affairs at your local Ivy Tech campus.

Will the credit Ivy Tech awards for prior learning transfer if I want to pursue a Bachelor's degree?
The receiving institution will determine what credits will transfer. Just like transferring other credits, it is important to discuss this with your academic advisor.

How much does it cost to receive credit for prior learning?
The cost per credit hour varies depending on the PLA credit method that you choose. There is a $50 fee for each PLA portfolio you submit, for example. It costs $97 to take a CLEP non-essay exam and $107 to take a CLEP essay exam. There is no charge for your credit earned through certification crosswalk.

How much PLA credit can I earn?
You can earn PLA credit for multiple classes if you have the right credentials, experience or knowledge. In order to complete your degree, however, at least 15 of your total credits must be earned in courses taken at Ivy Tech, and not through PLA credit or advanced placement.

Need more information? Contact the Student Affairs Office at your local Ivy Tech Community College campus or call 888-IVY-LINE to contact your local campus.

For more information about any of these Credit for Prior Learning options, please click on your region below:

Bloomington
Marjie Bea Risen
Associate Professor/Department Chair
mrisen@ivytech.edu
812-330-6109
Central Indiana (Franklin, Greencastle, Indianapolis, Noblesville)
Rhonda Angsman
Director Academic Support Services
rangsman@ivytech.edu
317-921-4479
Columbus
Corrie McGuckin
Registrar
cmcguckin@ivytech.edu
812-374-5173
East Central (Anderson, Marion, Muncie, New Castle)
Jeremy Brown
Asst. Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs
jbrown113@ivytech.edu
765-289-2291 ext. 1312
Kokomo (Kokomo, Logansport, Wabash)
Ethen Heicher
Assistant Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs
eheicher@ivytech.edu
(765) 459-0561 ext. 320
Lafayette (Crawfordsville, Lafayette)
Christina Coon
Registrar
ccoon@ivytech.edu
765-269-5260

North Central (Elkhart, South Bend, Warsaw)
Randy Maxson
Executive Director, Institutional Effectiveness
rmaxson@ivytech.edu
574-289-7001 ext. 6854
Northeast (Fort Wayne)
Claudia Alexander
Assistant Director of Admissions
calexand@ivytech.edu
260-480-4229

Northwest (East Chicago, Gary, Michigan City, Valparaiso)
Natalie Pugh
Associate Director of Academic Affairs Support
npugh@ivytech.edu
219-981-4403
Richmond (Connersville, Richmond)
Melissa Kircher Smith
Director Academic Affairs Support
msmith@ivytech.edu
765-966-2656 ext. 1126
Southeast Indiana (Lawrenceburg, Madison)
Matt Probst
mprobst@ivytech.edu
812-537-4010 x5231
Southern Indiana (Sellersburg)
Kathy Nelson
Assistant Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs
knelson4@ivytech.edu
812-246-3301 ext 4224
Southwest (Evansville, Princeton, Tell City)
Mary Ann Sellars
Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs
msellars2@ivytech.edu
Wabash Valley (Terre Haute)
Allen Shotwell, Ph.D.
Professor/Dean
rshotwel@ivytech.edu
812-298-2203