Students: Prior Learning Credit-Exam and Experience

The policy of the Nevada Board of Regents governing credit for prior learning is set forth under Title 4, Chapter 14, Section 22.  This policy states that the following examinations are permissible for determining credit for prior learning:

  • AP Exams:  College Board Advanced Placement Examination (CBAPE or “AP” Exams)

For these exams, Board policy also states that beginning with the 2016-2017 academic year, scores of 3, 4, and 5 on the exam shall be accepted for credit to satisfy electives, general education requirements, or major requirements.  Institutions must publish their policies governing these exams in their course catalogs;

  • College-Level Examination Program (CLEP);
  • Excelsior College Exam;
  • National League for Nursing Placement Examination (NLN), Profile II;
  • National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI);
  • International Baccalaureate (IB);
  • Dantes Subject Standardized Tests (DSST);
  • ACE Military Credit;
  • ACE Corporate Credit; and
  • Special examinations administered by an academic department.


Institutional Determination on Awarding Credit for Prior Learning

Under Board policy, each NSHE institution determines whether or not to accept credit for prior learning through one of these exams and/or for other types of exams or experience, including military experience.  These determinations are generally made through a collaborative process involving faculty, the registrar’s office and other academic staff at the institution.  The process and acceptance for credit of all types of prior learning (with the exception of AP exams, as noted above) varies by institution. 

Following are links to information for each NSHE institution for more detailed information on awarding of credit for prior learning/non-traditional education for students in general, as well as for military and veteran students: