The face of today’s college students is changing. Increasingly, older adults are returning to college. With so much more life experience under their belts, these adults are finding ways to turn their real world experiences into college credit.
Many colleges, like Antioch University Midwest, offer credit for job experiences attained outside the classroom. Here are five ways you can obtain the credit you deserve for the work experience you bring to the table.
1) Training Programs: Many businesses, industries, unions, and governments offer professional training programs, which may be equivalent to college-level learning. Thousands of courses like these have been evaluated by the American Council on Education and the National Program on Noncollegiate Sponsored Instruction, which give credit recommendations for these programs.
2) Exam Credits: If you are willing to sit for an examination, you can use your prior learning to take a CLEP or DANTES examination, which test your mastery in particular subjects. Qualifying scores earned for subjects related to your degree program may then be applied to your transcript.
3) Military Experience: Credit may be granted toward your degree for experiences in the Armed Services that are relevant to your degree requirements. At Antioch University Midwest, we follow the guidelines published by the American Council on Education for evaluating education in the military.
4) Nursing and Health Programs: If your area of study is healthcare, many nursing and health programs provide basic science and social science education, which may be transferable. If you have already passed a nursing licensure exam, you may be qualified for even more credit.
5) Professional Licenses and Credentials: Many professional licenses and credentials have been evaluated for college credit. These can include certifications for basic and advanced computer courses, some emergency medical technician, paramedic training, and law enforcement training courses. Many others may be accepted depending on the university or program you choose. Check with your admissions office.