IU Kokomo offers various options for students to earn credit towards their degree. If you are interested in reviewing these options, read on!
Prior learning assessment process
Any form of college credit that is awarded through things other than coursework is called prior learning assessment. Indiana University Kokomo uses PLA to recognize excellence in academic preparation and achievement in several ways. Advanced placement credit and exemption, college-level examination programs, military credit, and portfolio reviews are among the available opportunities. However, each academic program is different in how PLA is used. If you have specific questions on how to receive your credit, you’ll want to work closely with your academic advisor. If you have general questions about PLA, you can email our Admissions office.
Policies governing PLA
Indiana University’s general policy governing PLA can be found at their website.
Our Academic Bulletin also contains information about PLA, under the heading of “Special Credit.”
Credit by examination
Achieving certain scores on a standardized test can earn PLA. Examples include Advanced Placement (AP), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), Cambridge Assessment International Education (Cambridge), DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST), and International Baccalaureate (IB) exams. Scores can sometimes apply for specific courses offered by our campus, or be considered UNDIS (undistributed) credit, depending on the exam and score.
- Advanced Placement (AP)
- College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
- Dantes Standardized Subject Tests (DSST)
- Cambridge Assessment International Education Credits
- International Baccalaureate (IB)
Portfolio, military, and other special credit
Indiana University Kokomo awards a limited number of special credit hours in the specific instances noted below. Contact the Office of Admissions for details and be sure to talk with your academic advisor about how this credit might apply to your degree.
Veterans of military service may be eligible for academic credit as a result of their military training and experience. Students must provide a Joint Services Transcript to our Office of Admissions for consideration. Military credit, basic training credit, and advanced military training are recognized. The campus utilizes the ACE Military Guide in making credit determinations, with some of the most common coursework being awarded in chemistry, physics, or computer science. Credit is reviewed by academic advisors for application to specific program requirements, so be sure to consult with your advisor to learn how your credit can apply to your degree. There is typically no cost for this credit to be applied at IU Kokomo.
Completion of Indiana Law Enforcement Academy Training
Students who have successfully completed the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy can receive 12 credit hours toward a B.S. degree in Criminal Justice.
Students will receive credit for the following courses:
- CJHS J 301 Substantive Criminal Law (3 cr.)
- CJHS J 320 Criminal Investigation (3 cr.)
- CJHS J 260 Introduction to Law Enforcement (3 cr.)
- CJHS J XXX Undistributed elective credit in criminal justice (3 cr.)
If a student receives the above credit from their academy work, they cannot repeat the course for additional credit at IU Kokomo. If they have already taken one of the above classes and then complete the academy, they would not receive IU Kokomo credit for the course a second time. Students must request their transcript directly from the police academy and provide it to our Admissions office for processing. There is typically no cost for this credit to be applied at IU Kokomo. To learn more about the program please visit their website.
Foreign Language – up to 14 credit hours
Students who wish to earn credit in Spanish can complete the WebCAPE Assessment offered by Emmersion. This test assesses student knowledge of basic communication competency in Spanish. There is no cost to students for taking the exam, and the cost of awarded credit is governed by the Special Credit Processing policy below. Credits can be applied to campus General Education and/or Spanish minor requirements as appropriate.
Medical Imaging certification
The MIT program may award transfer students who have passed the national radiography certification exam (ARRT) up to 48 credit hours. Certification by examination such as, but not limited to, the following medical imaging and radiation therapy bodies are included:
- American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT)
- American Registry of Diagnostic Medical Sonography (ARDMS)
- Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board (NMTCB)
- American Registry of Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologists (ARMRIT)
To obtain this credit, the student petitions the Coordinator for Medical Imaging Technology and the Program Director of Radiologic Sciences for AHLT-R 431 Special Credit by Second Certification. The Coordinator for Medical Imaging Technology requests the student submit verification of their certification by examination from the registration body. Once the scores have been received, the Program Director petitions the Dean of the School of Nursing and Allied Health Professions to begin the process for providing the student with credit for AHLT-R 431 Special Credit by Second Certification. There is a maximum of 6 credit hours that a student would be allotted for this AHLT-R431. Cost of credit is governed by the Special Credit Processing policy below.
New Media, Art, and Technology portfolio review
Students with an AS or AAS in Visual Communication from Ivy Tech Community College can have a portfolio of work reviewed for up to 9 credits of NMAT program Foundation Tier 1 coursework. Cost of credit based on portfolio review is governed by the Special Credit Processing policy below. See your academic advisor for details.
Costs for Special Credit Processing
If the credit is given for credentials or experience (including portfolio review), a flat per-credit-hour rate of $21.50 is assessed with a ceiling of 5 credit hours per class. Therefore, the maximum cost per course is $107.50.
If the credit is given by examination (including foreign language), charges differ based on student circumstance:
- If within the first two semesters following matriculation, no charge
- If within the first semester as a new transfer to our campus from a non-IU institution, the hourly rate scheme listed above for special credit applies (up to $107.50 per course)
- If neither of these applies, the full instructional credit hour rate is assessed