Office for Prior Learning Assessment

Major Specific PLA Information

Below you will find information that outlines USM major-specific PLA options for certain programs.  Please contact the PLA office at priorlearningusm@maine.edu or 207-780-4663 for more information on these or other majors not listed below.

 

Get Credit for What You've Learned!

How it Works:

If you have college-level learning from work, volunteer, or life experience, you may be able to use Prior Learning Assessment to earn academic credit at USM. In the Leadership and Organizational Studies (LOS) major, students typically use learning from management, human resources, conflict resolution, law enforcement, and informal leadership experiences to earn credit.

In order to earn credit, learning must be demonstrated through one of the following processes:

Credential Review

  • Students who have completed Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLETP) at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy can earn 6 credits of LOS 3XX (LOS elective), in addition to 9 credits of GEL 1XX (general elective). Students who have completed full-time law-enforcement training in other states should contact the PLA Office to have their program reviewed for credit.

  • Students who have passed the SHRM-CP or the SPHR exam can earn credit for LOS 312 Human Resource Management (3 cr). Credit will only be granted for one of these certifications. Students must submit proof of the credential to the PLA office.

  • Credential review credit is posted to your transcript at no charge.

Dantes Standardized Subject Test (DSST)

Students may take standardized multiple-choice exams remotely or on the Portland campus for the following required courses:

  • LOS 302 Organizational Behavior
  • LOS 312 Human Resources Management
  • MAT 120 Introduction to Statistics (equivalent to LOS 120 Statistics for Informed Decision-Making)

In addition to any fees charged by the testing company, USM charges a $30 administration fee per exam. These charges are assessed whether a student passes the exam or not.

Academic Portfolio

Students with appropriate learning from experience can gain Leadership faculty approval to complete up to 6 hours of LOS credit through a written portfolio process. Before beginning a portfolio, students must meet with the PLA office to enroll in the required, free, non-credit bearing, online portfolio workshop in Brightspace.

Students will also need to access the textbooks listed on the relevant course syllabi.

Undergraduate portfolios are charged $50.00 per credit hour for the final LOS faculty evaluation.

Please Note:

  • LOS 299, 300, 350, the LOS practicum and the LOS 400 Capstone may NOT be completed through PLA.
  • Students must complete LOS 300 and 350 with a grade of B- or better and must pass LOS 299 before beginning academic portfolio work within the major.

For more information, please visit:  https://usm.maine.edu/prior-learning-assessment

Contact us at priorlearningusm@maine.edu

Get Credit for What You've Learned!

How it Works:

If you have college-level learning from work, volunteer, or life experience, you may be able to use Prior Learning Assessment to earn academic credit at USM. In the School of Nursing, students typically use learning from previous work, non-credit academic or volunteer experience to earn credit.

In order to earn credit, learning must be demonstrated through one of the following processes:

Standardized Exam

Students may take standardized multiple-choice exams remotely or on the Portland campus for the following required courses:

  • College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)

        CHY 113 Principles of Chemistry I
        HRD 200 Multicultural Human Development
        PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology
        SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology

  • Dantes Standardized Subject Tests (DSST)

         HRD 200 Multicultural Human Development
         MAT 120 Introduction to Statistics 

In addition to any fees charged by the testing company, USM charges a $30 administration fee per exam. These charges are assessed whether a student passes the exam or not.

Challenge Exam

Students with the appropriate background in Genetics and/or Pharmacology may be offered a USM faculty-designed challenge exam for NUR 424 Clinically-Applied Genetics and/or NUR 302 Pharmacology.  Students who feel they have the necessary learning to pass either or both of these exams (for example, if they have successfully earned credit for BIO 201 Genetics or have successfully completed previous Pharmacology courses) should fill out the Prior Learning Review form at the following link: 

https://sites.google.com/maine.edu/usm-undergraduate-nursing/students/prior-learning

Students who have been approved for a challenge exam will be charged $100.00 prior to taking each exam.

Academic Portfolio

Students in the traditional Nursing program with appropriate learning from experience may gain School of Nursing faculty approval to complete some degree requirmements through a written portfolio process.  Most often, School of Nursing portfolios are completed for one of two required Community Partnership courses (NUR 339 and 341).  This process is reserved for students who have extensive learning from community-based work or volunteer projects.  Experience as a CNA or EMT is not sufficient.  Accelerated Nursing students are not eligible for Community Partnership portfolios.  Before beginning a portfolio students must meet with the PLA office to enroll in the required, free, non-credit bearing, online portfolio workshop in Brightspace.

Students who wish to complete a portfolio for Nursing degree requirements should contact Netty Provost at netty.provost@maine.edu.

Undergraduate portfolios are charged $50.00 per credit hour for the final Nursing faculty evaluation.

For more information, please visit:  https://usm.maine.edu/prior-learning-assessment

Contact us at priorlearningusm@maine.edu

 

Get Credit for What You've Learned!

How it Works:

If you have college-level learning from work, volunteer, or life experience, you may be able to use Prior Learning Assessment to earn academic credit at USM. In the Social and Behavioral Science (SBS) major, students typically use learning from human resources or related work/volunteer experience to earn credit.

In order to earn credit, learning must be demonstrated through one of the following processes:

Standardized Exam

Students may take standardized multiple-choice exams remotely or on the Portland campus for the following required courses:

  • College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)

        HRD 200 Multicultural Human Development
        PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology
        SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology

  • Dantes Standardized Subject Tests (DSST)

    MAT 120 Introduction to Statistics (equivalent to LOS 120 Statistics for Informed Decision-Making)
    SBS 302 Organizational Behavior
    SBS 343 Substance Abuse

In addition to any fees charged by the testing company, USM charges a $30 administration fee per exam. These charges are assessed whether a student passes the exam or not.

Academic Portfolio

Students with appropriate learning from experience can gain Social and Behavioral Science faculty approval to complete some SBS requirements through a written portfolio process. Before beginning a portfolio students must meet with the PLA office to enroll in the required, free, non-credit bearing, online portfolio workshop in Brightspace.

Undergraduate portfolios are charged $50.00 per credit hour for the final SBS faculty evaluation. You will also need to access the textbooks listed on the relevant course syllabi.

For more information, please visit:  https://usm.maine.edu/prior-learning-assessment

Contact us at priorlearningusm@maine.edu

Get Credit for What You've Learned!

How it Works:

If you have college-level learning from work, volunteer, or life experience, you may be able to use Prior Learning Assessment to earn academic credit at USM. In the Department of Technology, students typically use learning from previous technical occupations or training to earn credit.

In order to earn credit, learning must be demonstrated through one of the following processes:

Standardized Exam

Students may take standardized multiple-choice exams remotely or on the Portland campus for the following required courses:

  • College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)

        ACC 110 Financial Accounting for Decision-Making - ALT and Tech Mgmt majors
        BIO 101/102 Biological Foundations/Experiences - Science Exploration (SE) core for CYB and Info Tech majors
        ECO 101/102 Introduction to Macro/Microeconomics
        MAT 108 College Algebra

  • Dantes Standardized Subject Tests (DSST)

        ITT 181 Computing and Information Technology
        ITP 250 Management Information Systems
        MAT 120 Introduction to Statistics 

In addition to any fees charged by the testing company, USM charges a $30 administration fee per exam. These charges are assessed whether a student passes the exam or not.

Credential Review

Industry credentials such as A+, Security+ and CCNA do not result in course credit through credential review.  They can be used as a significant part of an academic portfolio (see below).

Academic Portfolio

Students with appropriate learning from experience may gain Department of Technology faculty approval to complete up to 9 credits of ITP/ITS/ITT requirements.  Before beginning a portfolio students must meet with the PLA office to enroll in the required, free, non-credit bearing, online portfolio workshop in Brightspace.

Undergraduate portfolios are charged $50.00 per credit hour for the final Technology faculty evaluation.

For more information, please visit:  https://usm.maine.edu/prior-learning-assessment

Contact us at priorlearningusm@maine.edu

The USM PLA Office is committed to helping students with documented disabilities gain equitable access to PLA processes.  Students with questions should contact the  Disability Services Center directly.

Resources

Leadership and Organizational Studies (LOS) - Printable PDF
School of Nursing - Printable PDF
Social and Behavioral Sciences (SBS) - Printable PDF
Department of Technology - Printable PDF