Prior Learning Assessment

Ashland University provides several ways to obtain credit for experiences outside the traditional classroom.

  • Credit by exam
  • Military credit
  • Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy credit
  • Prior learning portfolio assessment

Details about AU’s prior learning options are found in the most current academic catalog. And, to learn more about this program, submit the Prior Learning Portfolio Interest Form to schedule a consultation with the PLA Coordinator.

Ashland police officers in meeting room

Contact Information

Kristy Tipton
Testing Center Director; Prior Learning Assessment Coordinator

Credit by Exam

Ashland University recognizes a number of exams that can lead to credit. Minimum scores apply and transfer by examination is subject to academic department and registrar review before acceptance. Discuss credit by exam options with your academic advisor.

Students in the testing center

Military Credit

Your submitted official military transcript is automatically evaluated for potential credit transfer upon admission to the university. Up to 90 credit hours can transfer  towards a bachelor's degree.

Military veteran and Criminal Justice major, Corey Kaufman

Criminal Justice Training

Up to 30 credit hours of PLA credit from the Ohio Peace Officer Training Academy can be applied towards an Ashland University criminal justice degree. To get started, submit an Unofficial Transcript Evaluation Request

Police officer Miguel Baez

Prior Learning Portfolio Assessment

Ashland University uses a Prior learning portfolio assessment process to evaluate prior learning experiences that occurred outside the college/university classroom. Request a Prior Learning Portfolio Consultation


Prior Learning Assessment Webinar

September 21, 2023 at 6 p.m. EST

Student reviewing testing procedure with instructor