Advanced Standing - Credit for Prior Learning

Students may be awarded credit for prior educational experiences in which college-level learning may be verified through documentation or assessment. A maximum of 45 credit hours may be transferred for any one associate degree, of which not more than 30 credits may have been earned through nontraditional or noncollegiate sources.

Transfer Credit for Work at Other Colleges and Universities

Students who enroll at Prince George’s Community College after completing one or more semesters at another college or university may be eligible to receive credit toward their community college degree without regard to the age of the prior credits. The following guidelines apply:

  • The student must request an evaluation by completing a Request for Transfer Evaluation form available online or from the Admissions and Records Office or at any extension center. The student must clearly indicate the curriculum to which the incoming credits are to be applied and all institutions from which transcripts will be coming.
  • The student must arrange to have official transcripts from United States colleges previously attended sent to the Admissions and Records Office. No evaluation of transfer credits will be done until official transcripts are received from each source from which credits are to be transferred. Transcripts should be mailed to Prince George’s Community College, Transfer Evaluator, 301 Largo Road, Largo, MD 20774.
  • Transcripts from colleges and universities outside the United States must be sent to a college-recognized evaluation service such as World Education Service for translation and credit recommendations. Email for more information.
  • All credits earned previously with passing grades are transferable provided they are applicable to the student’s program of study at Prince George's Community College (refer to program requirements in Chapter 8 of academic catalog). However, the overall grade-point average for the courses transferred must be at least 2.00.Note: No grade below a C will transfer from any out-of-state institution when the student’s cumulative GPA at that institution was below a 2.00.

Prince George's Community College will honor waivers of required courses by the sending institution due to the student’s demonstrated proficiency, but an equal number of credits must be earned in other coursework in order to meet the published credit hour requirement for graduation in the student's chosen program.

Transfer Evaluation Process

The Office of Admissions and Records is responsible for the evaluation of documents submitted for transfer credit, regardless of the source. Evaluators use catalogs from other colleges, a state-wide shared list of equivalencies, recommendations from entities such as The American Council on Education and the College Board, military transcripts, and recommendations from other nationally recognized accrediting bodies in order to provide an accurate evaluation. In cases where the course comes from an accredited source, but for which no equivalency can be determined, course descriptions may be forwarded to the academic department
responsible for the course content area for a determination of equivalency and transferability. International transcripts are evaluated in accordance with the recommendations made by AACRAO or WES or other external groups approved to evaluate such documents.


Students who believe that a course has been unfairly evaluated by the Office of Admissions and Records may appeal directly to the chair of the academic department responsible for that course’s subject area for a second evaluation. Any outcome disagreements at this level will be directed to the academic dean over the content area and, ultimately, to the vice-president for Academic Affairs, whose decision is final.

Credit for Nontraditional Learning:


Work and Military Experience

A maximum of 30 college credits may be awarded for various educational and training activities conducted by such noncollegiate organizations as the military, businesses and government agencies, and proprietary schools. In general, the college conforms to the credit recommendations of the American Council on Education (ACE), which has undertaken the evaluation of noncollegiate learning experiences available through industry and various government agencies as published in The National Guide, available through ACE. The college also will grant credit for military training that has been evaluated by the Office of Educational Credit and Credentials of ACE. For further information or assistance, contact the Admissions and Records Office, email if you have questions.

Credit for Military Training

To receive credit for military training, students must complete the Request for Transfer Evaluation form, attach a copy of the DD-214 and have military transcripts (AARTS, SMARTS, CCAF) sent to the Admissions and Records Office. Note: Students receiving veterans educational benefits are required by the Department of Veterans Affairs to do this before the end of their second semester of attendance to avoid interruption of benefit payments.

Credit Through Examination:


AP, IB, and CLEP Examinations

Students may earn nontraditional credit through three national testing programs. The College Board’s Advanced Placement program (AP), available to high school students, gives the opportunity to enter college with credit already earned toward a degree. The International Baccalaureate (IB) accomplishes the same thing. The College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) affords that same opportunity to adults who have expertise in a subject.

Students who wish to have their AP, IB, or CLEP results evaluated for transfer credit should have official score reports sent directly to the college’s Office of Admissions and Records and complete a Request for Transfer Evaluation form, also available from that office.

For more information, including a current listing of AP, IB, or CLEP exams honored by the college for award of credit, contact the Office of Admissions and Records, Bladen Hall, Room 126, or e-mail

Challenge Examinations

Students who wish to earn college credit by demonstrating their prior mastery of the content of certain courses may participate in the college’s Challenge Examination Program. Challenge examinations are prepared and graded by college faculty members and administered by Student Assessment Services. If a passing score is obtained, credit is granted for the course, although no grade is assigned and the credit awarded is designated on the student’s transcript as having been earned by examination. A 15-credit limit per degree exists for portfolio and challenge exams. For further information, including a list of available examinations, contact Student Assessment Services, Bladen Hall, Room 100, or call 301-546-0147.

Credit Through Examination/Portfolio Restrictions

A student may not use a credit-through-examination procedure, which includes CLEP, challenge or competency examinations, or portfolio assessment, for the purpose of improving a grade or removing a withdrawal or incomplete from the academic record. A 15-credit limit per degree exists for any combination of portfolio or challenge exams.

Prince George's County Tech-Prep

Prince George’s Community College, Prince George’s County Public Schools, Prince George’s County Chamber of Commerce, and Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation participate in a consortium designed to ensure that high school students acquire more rigorous academic and technical competencies. A coordinated sequence of courses prepares students for lifelong learning and provides a choice of career options including employment, advanced study at Prince George’s Community College, and transfer to four-year colleges and universities.

Students who have completed an approved Tech-Prep program in high school may be eligible for credit at the college, provided they enroll within two years of graduation, enter a program directly related to the high school program, and submit their high school transcript and Tech-Prep certificate of completion for evaluation.