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Credit for Prior Learning Options

Advanced Placement (AP) Exams: AP exams are a series of standardized tests that enable high school students to complete college-level courses and demonstrate college-level achievement. Students must score 3 or higher on the exams to receive credit. See the approved list in the KCTCS catalog.

Automotive Technology: Students may receive up to 54 credit hours within the Automotive Technology program by passing the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) exams. These hours may be applied to the AAS degree upon successful completion of 15 credit hours at Bluegrass Community and Technical College. Students should submit a copy of the ASE scores and their BCTC Student ID number to the Automotive Technology Coordinator for review.

Certified Professional Secretary: Students who successfully pass the Certified Professional Secretary (CPS) Examination may receive a maximum of 21 credit hours in specified courses after completing 12 credit hours at Bluegrass Community and Technical College. See the approved list of courses in the KCTCS catalog.

Child Development Associate (CDA): After successfully completing one 3-credit hour IEC course, a student enrolled in the IEC program who holds a current Child Development Associate (CDA) credential from the Council for Professional Recognition will be granted credit for IEC 101, IEC 102, and IEC 190.  Students should submit a copy of their credential and BCTC Student ID number to the Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education Coordinator for review.

Commonwealth Child Care Credential: After successfully completing one 3-credit hour IEC course, a student enrolled in the IEC program who holds a current Commonwealth Child Care Credential (CCCC) from the State of Kentucky will be granted credit for IEC 101. Students should submit a copy of the credential and their BCTC Student ID number to the Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education Coordinator.

College Level Exam Program (CLEP): CLEP exams test mastery of college-level material learned through general academic instruction such as classes, significant independent study, or extracurricular work. Students can receive credit for general education classes by successfully passing a CLEP exam. See the approved list of exams under Academic Services in the KCTCS catalog.

Cosmetology: Students who have passed the Kentucky State Board of Hairdressers & Cosmetologists licensure exam and hold an active license in Kentucky may receive 54 semester hours applied to the AAS degree upon completion of 15 credit hours at Bluegrass Community and Technical College. Students should submit a copy of their license and BCTC Student ID number to the Cosmetology/Esthetics Program Coordinator for review.

Dual Credit: Dual credit is concurrent enrollment in high school and Bluegrass Community and Technical College with credit awarded by both.  A high school student may earn both high school and college credit (dual credit) for the same course upon completion of course requirements.  Additional information is available on the Opportunity College website or by contacting an Opportunity College advisor at (859) 246-6367. 

Respiratory Care: Students who have passed the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) Examination will be awarded 37-39 semester hours of credit after completing at least 15 credit hours of general education classes at Bluegrass Community and Technical College. The student must also provide proof of successful completion of the American Heart Association Basic Life Support course for Health Care Providers. A copy of the course completion and BCTC Student ID number should be submitted to a Respiratory Care advisor for review.

Portfolio Assessment Credit:  The portfolio is a collection of information gathered by the student and presented in an organized format to demonstrate practical learning that has occurred.  A portfolio can include documentation such as certificates of training, work samples, awards and honors, job descriptions, performance evaluations, samples of artwork, evidence of self-directed learning, and resumes.  The Portfolio Development Student Handbook provides the guidelines for compiling the portfolio.   

STEP or Challenge Exams: These institutional exams are developed and administered by Bluegrass Community and Technical College to award credit toward specific program requirements. Students must be accepted for admission and enrolled in the college prior to applying for the exam(s) through the individual program areas where credit is  being sought. Additional information is available in the STEP Exam Rules outlined below.

Special Examination: STEP or Challenge
Charges and Instructions

KCTCS colleges offer students institutionally developed special examinations to demonstrate mastery of course content and receive credit toward program requirements. Special examinations are course specific and charges are separate from regular tuition charges. A $20 non-refundable per course charge is required for a written assessment exam and a $40 non-refundable per course charge for a practical assessment exam. Special exam charges are payable in full at the time the exam is scheduled.

Students who are enrolled in a course from which they elect to take a special examination in lieu of completing the course must officially withdraw from the course. The withdrawal date determines the status of the student's assessment, refund, and grade for the enrollment period. All special examination credit is awarded using the test credit process. In such instances, a grade will not be awarded on the current term grade report. Please contact the college's office of Student Records for application requirements. (KCTCS catalog)

Some examinations may require only a written assessment while others may require both the written assessment and a practical assessment. A minimum written score of 75% is required to receive credit for the course. On exams requiring the additional practical assessment component, students must receive the minimum score on the written assessment to continue on to the practical component. Practical scores must receive a minimum score of 75%. On examinations requiring both assessment components, the final score will be an average of both examinations.

To apply for a special examination, students must be accepted for admission (enrolled) in the college and apply for the exam through the Student Records Office. The student must pay in full in Student Billing for the examination and obtain required signatures when scheduling the exam at the college Assessment Center.

All special examinations are a one time attempt.