Credit for Prior Learning

A student must enroll at the college and meet all admission requirements for the program in which credit for prior learning is sought.

Students must complete a minimum of 15 credit hours at Oakton to earn an associate degree or certificate of 30 hours or more. A minimum of one-half of the credits required for a certificate of less than 30 credit hours must be earned at Oakton. A combination of transfer credits and credits awarded via the Prior Learning Assessment process may constitute the remaining credit.

Equivalency credits will be posted on the student’s transcript with the Oakton course prefix and number for which such equivalency credit is granted and with a notation that such credits were earned through proficiency.

The College may levy a fee for assessing credit for learning experiences, and if credit is awarded, it may charge tuition and/or additional related fees.

Other transfer institutions may not accept credit awarded for alternate learning. Some academic programs may require grades of A or B in specific courses required for certificate or degree completion.

Credit for prior learning provides various options to increase the likelihood of more students completing credentials. 

For more information about credit for prior learning experiences, contact Advising Services at 847.635.1700.