Academic Advising and Career Exploration Center
Prior Learning Assessment

FHSU has instituted numerous programs and policies that afford students the opportunity to accelerate their degree programs if they so desire. These programs and policies are:

Advanced Placement (AP) 

The university cooperates with high schools offering courses in the Advanced Placement Program of the College Entrance Examination Board. Students who have completed College Board Advanced Placement Tests should have a report of the scores sent to the Office of the Registrar. The university accepts scores of 5, 4, or 3 on selected examinations. A grade of "CR" is awarded on the student's transcript. The list of examinations is provided here.

Advanced Standing Credit-Local Examinations
An enrolled student or prospective student who subsequently enrolls will be permitted to earn university credits or advanced standing by examination if the student appears to have unusual qualifications. A prospective student or a regularly enrolled student of college rank who, because of maturity, wide reading, courses taken in nonaccredited colleges, or other off-campus preparation, believes to have superior knowledge and knows the content of a given university course, may petition the appropriate department chair for an advanced standing examination. No petition can be granted after the student has enrolled in, or taken for credit, or audited courses which in any degree duplicate the course sought or courses which may be considered in advance of the course requested without permission of the department chair. If in support, the chair will make a recommendation to the provost. If the petition is granted, the student will pay the non-refundable fee and will arrange with the appropriate department chair to prepare and administer the examination. A grade of "CR" credit will be recorded on the transcript for an enrolled student who successfully completes an examination. An interested student should consult the department chair on eligibility and for more information.  

Procedures
1. Must be a regularly enrolled student or a prospective student who subsequently enrolls.
2. Student submits request to department chairperson to take advanced standing examination.
3. Appropriate department chairperson submits letter via campus or e-mail to provost giving permission for student to take advanced standing examination. Letter should include:
a. Student's local address
b. Student's social security number
c. Course title, number, and credit hours
d. Very brief explanation as to why student is requesting permission to test out
4. Provost approves/disapproves and sends letter to department chairperson with a copy to student.
5. Student takes copy of approval letter to Student Fiscal Services Cashier Office (SH110-G) and pays fee of $25 for each course.
6. Student then takes receipt from Student Fiscal Services Cashier Office to the department chairperson who makes arrangements for the exam.
7. Department chairperson notifies the Registrar's Office if student passes or fails exam. If student passes, student is given appropriate number of hours of credit for the course. "CR" is recorded on the transcript indicating the student passed.
 

American Council on Education (ACE)
Military Service Credit
Enrolled students may earn college credit for educational experiences in the armed services. Credit is awarded based on the recommendations in the American Council on Education Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services. It is suggested that veterans attach a copy of DD Form 214 to the application for admission. Veterans also may wish to consult a transcript analyst in the FHSU Office of the Registrar to determine the appropriate military records required for an evaluation of the armed services experience. A grade of CR (Credit) will be recorded on the transcript for all approved credit. Credit will count toward fulfilling degree requirements. However, no credit will be awarded that is a pre-requisite for a course previously passed.

American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)
The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) offers Oral Proficiency Interviews in a number of languages that are not taught at FHSU.  If a student has achieved considerable proficiency through study or experience outside of the university, the enrolled student can receive credit-and a "CR" grade recorded on the transcript-for successful completion of an examination in one of these languages.  However, no credit is awarded for an examination in the English language nor for a course that is a prerequisite for a course previously passed.  A student who completes the ACTFL OPI with a score of "Novice Mid" or higher can receive 5 hours of credit for MLNG 390, Topics in Foreign Languages:  Beginning [language name] I; and if the student receives a score of "Intermediate Mid" or higher the student can receive credit for both 5 hours of MLNG 390, Topics in Foreign Languages:  Beginning[language name] I, and 5 hours of MLNG 390, Topics in Foreign Languages:  Beginning [language name] II.
The ACTFL Web site maintains comprehensive information on the ACTFL testing program.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
The College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) is a national credit-by-examination program that enables students to demonstrate a level of achievement and competency for the purpose of obtaining university credit. CLEP tests are designed to measure the extent of knowledge a student has already acquired and to reward it by awarding university credit. Students enrolled in a regular semester or summer term may earn credit hours toward fulfilling degree requirements through successful completion of CLEP examinations. A grade of "CR" (Credit) is recorded on the transcript for successful completion of an examination that is accepted for credit. However, no credit is awarded for an examination that is a prerequisite for a course previously passed. Students should consult their academic advisors and/or the transcript analysts in the Registrar's Office for specific information on how the successful completion of an examination applies to their degree program. Students should contact the Kelly Center Testing Services Office for information on test appointments, requirements, and cost. The national CLEP Web site maintains comprehensive information on the CLEP testing program. A list of official CLEP policies at FHSU is available on the CLEP Credit Policy Chart.  

Credit by Examination - Excelsior Examinations (formerly ACT PEP and Regents College)
Enrolled students also may earn college credit through Excelsior exams. A grade of "CR" is recorded on the transcript for successful completion of each exam. Credit counts toward fulfilling degree requirements; however, no credit is awarded for exams in a course that is a pre-requisite for a course previously passed. FHSU accepts credit by examination as described above. Departments determine minimum test levels. If a student meets those minimums, a grade of "CR" is recorded on the student's transcript. A list of official Excelsior Examinations policies at FHSU is available on the Excelsior Examinations Credit Policies page. Students should consult the Office of the Registrar for specific information on test scores and how the successful completion of the examinations apply to their degree programs. Contact Excelsior College, 7 Columbia Circle, Albany, New York, 12203-5195, 578-464-8500, for application forms, costs, and testing dates.  

DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSSTs)
DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSSTs) provide an opportunity for students to obtain college credit for what they have learned in non-traditional ways. Designed originally for the military, DSSTs are available to civilian students and adult learners as well. The DSST program is used by colleges and universities to award college credit to those who demonstrate that they have knowledge comparable to someone who completed the classroom course in the subject. Students enrolled in a regular semester or summer term may earn credit hours toward fulfilling degree requirements through successful completion of DSSTs. A grade of "CR" (Credit) is recorded on the transcript for successful completion of an examination that is accepted for credit. However, no credit is awarded for an examination that is a prerequisite for a course previously passed. Students should consult their academic advisors and/or the transcript analysts in the Registrar's Office for specific information on how the successful completion of an examination applies to their degree program. Students should contact the Kelly Center Testing Services Office for information on test appointments, requirements, and cost. The national DANTES Web site maintains comprehensive information on the DSST testing program. A list of official DANTES policies at FHSU is available on the DANTES Credit Policy Chart.  

International Baccalaureate (IB)
The International Baccalaureate subject test is one way to earn college credit by examination. These exams are given in high schools by International Baccalaureate. Credit (CR) will be recorded on the transcript as transfer credit would come in. Student who have completed any of the IB tests should have International Baccalaureate forward an official report of their scores to the Office of the Registrar at Fort Hays State University. Students completing IB studies in the United States should request an official score report from International Baccalaureate North America, 200 Madison Avenue, Room 2403, New York, NT 10011, (212) 696-4464.

National Council Licensure Exam for RN
The Nursing Department at Fort Hays State University will grant Advanced Standing to students who have passed the NCLEX-RN Exam. Courses (total of 37 credit hours) FHSU grants for Advanced Standing after students pass the NCLEX-RN exam are:

N104L Nursing Fundamentals
N290 Math Calculations for Drug Administration
N310L Nursing Skills Lab
N311L Nursing Skills Practicum
N330 Older Adult and the Family in Retirement
N330L Older Adult and the Family in Retirement Practicum
N340 Pharmacology
N420 Young Adult and the Childbearing Family
N420L Young Adult and the Childbearing Family Practicum
N422 Child/Adolescent and the Parentinf Family
N422L Child/Adolescent and the Parentinf Family Practicum
N430 Middle Adult and the Launching Family
N430L Middle Adult and the Launching Family Practicum

World Education Service (WES)
World Education Service provides credential evaluation converting foreign academic credits to the United Stated or Canadian educational equivalents. Students should contact the FHSU Office of the Registrar or World Education Services Inc., 22 Prince Street, PMB #101, New York, NY 10012 or telephone: 212-966-6311.

American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL)
The American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) offers Oral Proficiency Interviews in a number of languages that are not taught at FHSU.  If a student has achieved considerable proficiency through study or experience outside of the university, the enrolled student can receive credit-and a "CR" grade recorded on the transcript-for successful completion of an examination in one of these languages.  However, no credit is awarded for an examination in the English language nor for a course that is a prerequisite for a course previously passed. A student who completes the ACTFL OPI with a score of "Novice Mid" or higher can receive 5 hours of credit for MLNG 390, Topics in Foreign Languages:  Beginning [language name] I; and if the student receives a score of "Intermediate Mid" or higher the student can receive credit for both 5 hours of MLNG 390, Topics in Foreign Languages:  Beginning [language name] I, and 5 hours of MLNG 390, Topics in Foreign Languages:  Beginning [language name] II.

The ACTFL Web site maintains comprehensive information on the ACTFL testing program.