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 University. The additional 90 hours must come from transfer credit hours, credit by examination or additional City Vision University courses. CityVision University 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
- College Board’s College-level Examination Program (CLEP)
- DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST)
- Excelsior Exams
- TECEP Exams
- We accept any military credit listed in the ACE Military Credit Guide up to 30 credits. Student requesting credit should order transcripts from jst.doded.mil sent to our registrar's address.
- American Council on Education (ACE) Credit Recommendation Service
- NCCRS (National College Credit Recommendation Service)
- Advanced Placement Exams
- International Baccalaureate Exams
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 university admissions office for more information at 816-960-2008.
Prior Learning Assessment for Life Experience
City Vision University 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:
- 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.
- 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
- Sign up for a Prior Learning Assessment online and pay the fee of $700 to have up to 30 credits evaluated ($300 for 30 credits in developing countries). Note, this fee is based on the evaluation, not on the number of credits awarded. See: http://www.cityvision.edu/prior-learning-assessment
- You will take an 8 week course where you will gather and submit documentation in a portfolio. We will provide a portfolio template with instructions on how to develop the portfolio.
- City Vision will evaluate credits after payment has been made and all required information has been received. You will have up to 6 months after the course to submit additional portfolios for evaluation up to a maximum of 30 credits.
- Students may appeal the credit determination or resubmit material if they are unsatisfied with the credit determination within 4 weeks of the ruling.
In addition to other graduation requirements, all students must take at least 10 courses at City Vision in order to graduate. Prior Learning Assessment only counts as 1 of those courses, regardless of how many credits are earned as a part of a student’s Prior Learning Portfolio. Prior learning credits may satisfy requirements in the major or general education. Any additional credits beyond the first 3 that are earned count the same as if they were transfer credits.