Credit for Prior Learning


Through a process called Credit for Prior Learning, you can demonstrate knowledge that you have gained through training, work experience, volunteer opportunities, MOOCs or other non-academic activities prior to enrolling at Bristol. You can earn credit for life learning if you demonstrate knowledge that meets course outcomes of your academic program in one of these three ways:

  • Credit By Credential
 - You may earn equivalent course credit for prior learning, including instruction sponsored by the military, business and industry, public and private agencies, associations and educational institutions, and licensure preparation by regulatory agencies and associations.
  • Credit By Examination
 - Advanced Placement (AP) program and departmental challenge exams provide students with an opportunity to earn college credit for subject matter learned through means other than formal college work. View the CLEP Equivalency Policy.
  • Credit by Portfolio - You can apply to earn credit by with a written portfolio that documents college-level competencies acquired through educational, vocational, or personal learning experiences.

Click here to view the Bristol Credit for Prior Learning Course Equivalency Table


While PLA credit is not available for all courses, you can complete up to 30 credits of your degree program with PLA and/or transfer credits.


Helpful Links

To complete a PLA Intake and learn more about your eligibility, visit the Lash Center for Teaching and Learning (A -115, Fall River Campus) or call 774.357.2511 with questions. You can also visit the My Experience Counts website here. Once on this page, you must enter your Bristol email address, Bristol student ID, and the course name and number you are requesting credit for prior learning.

For information about articulated credit with Massachusetts high schools, visit the Career/Vocational Technical Education (CVTE) page.