Frequently Asked Questions
What is Prior Learning Assessment (PLA)?
Prior Learning Assessment is the process in which you may be able to earn college credit through obtaining a recognized, national third party certification or license.
How is my third party certification/license transcribed?
In order to get your certification/license transcribed, you must take 12 credit hours of 1000 level courses or higher of resident credit at OCCC, and earn passing grades. At that point, you will be eligible to have your certification/license transcribed for a nominal fee.
What's the next step?
Now that you have completed 12 credit hours and have your credit transcribed, you can focus on taking the rest of your program requirements at OCCC. The first thing you should do is go to the Cooperative Alliance Programs Office for advising. Please note, after your PLA credit has been applied, you will still need to complete the courses that remain in the program to earn the degree. In order to graduate from OCCC, you will need to complete a minimum of 15 credit hours of resident credit; the rest may be transferred in from other institutions. Since you've already completed 12 credit hours to get the PLA credit, that means only an additional 3 credit hours are needed to meet the resident credit minimum. Once you have received the information you need to complete your degree, register for classes and you're well on your way!
Can I transfer in credit from another college?
Yes, you can transfer in college credit from other accredited institutions. Keep in mind that you still need to meet the 15 credit hour minimum residency requirement.