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Credit by Examination and Prior Learning Assessment Credit for Life Experience

Many students have extensive knowledge through prior training and experience. Through City Vision, you may be able to earn additional credits toward your degree.  

The bachelor's degree requires a total of 120 credit hours.  To graduate, students must earn a minimum of 30 credit hours from City Vision College. The additional 90 hours must come from transfer credit hours, credit by examination or additional City Vision College courses. CityVision College will accept up to 30 hours of transfer credit earned through these credit-by-examination and credit recommendation services:

Credit by Examination & Credit Recommendation Services

The charge for the exams is about $80.00.  Study guides can also be purchased to prepare for the exams. Sites may also charge a modest administrative fee.

The amount of credit awarded is based on the American Council on Education (ACE) recommendations for the minimum scores required.

Contact the college admissions office for more information at 816-960-2008.

Prior Learning Assessment for Life Experience 

City Vision College will accept up to 30 hours of transfer credit for learning life experience as a prior learning assessment. This may be used for students that have:

  1. Received non-accredited training where they can demonstrate that they have achieved the learning outcomes and developed the same level of expertise and comparable to a similar accredited course.
  2. Where they have developed skills or knowledge through work or life experience that they can demonstrate that they have achieved the learning outcomes and developed the same level of expertise and comparable to a similar accredited course.

Example 1. Ministry Training. a student took a very intensive Old Testament survey course that involved rigorous tests as a part of their ministry training. She can demonstrate that this course was of comparable intensity to a 3 credit course (135 hours of effort between reading, class time and assignments). She does this for 10 different courses for a total of 30 credits.

Example 2. Learning Demonstrated from Work. An individual has been working as a professional fundraiser for 15 years. He can demonstrate that there level of competency is above that of students completing accredited courses in Fundraising and Grant writing. He does this for 3 different, 3-credit courses in fundraising for a total of 9 credits.

Steps to receive Credit for Prior Learning Assessment

  1. Contact Ken Heitland at 816-359-3314 or kheitland@cityvision.edu to let him know that you are interested in Prior Learning Assessment and to ask any questions.
  2. Sign up for a Prior Learning Assessment online and pay the fee $100 per 3 credits to be evaluated ($50 per 3 credits in developing countries). Note, this fee is based on the evaluation, not on the number of credits awarded. For example a student would pay $200 to submit 6 credits for evaluation, and only received 3 credits if the evaluation shows that only 3 credits should be awarded. See: http://www.cityvision.edu/prior-learning-assessment
  3. Gather and submit documentation in a portfolio. We will provide a portfolio template with instructions on how to develop the portfolio.
  4. City Vision will evaluate credits after payment has been made and all required information has been received.
  5. Students may appeal the credit determination or resubmit material if they are unsatisfied with the credit determination within 4 weeks of the ruling.