Credit for Prior Learning

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Blue Mountain Community College acknowledges that students learn in many different ways and through a variety of experiences, both in and outside of the classroom; therefore, has approved the following options for students to receive college credit for prior learning in the following areas: Institutional Challenge Exams and other forms of assessment, Military Credit, Portfolio, and Credit for Prior Certification. This procedure is in accordance with Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities standard 2.C.7 and State of Oregon, Higher Education Coordinating Commission’s Credit for Prior Learning standards.

Note: See BMCC's Tuition and Fee Schedule for associated costs 

  • AP: Advanced Placement: Credits will be awarded based on the scores received from Advanced Placement program of the College Board. AP test scores must be dated within three (3) years of the date the exam was completed. Scores must be sent directly to BMCC from the College Board.  See BMCC's AP Credit chart for credits offered by exam type and minimum score.
    • To apply for creditHave exam scores sent to BMCC from the College Board. 
  • CH: Credit-by-Exam (Institutional Challenge): Credit will be awarded based on the scores received from a comprehensive examination or series of examinations. Not all courses are eligible for CH. A list of eligible courses will be listed in the Academic catalog each year, online, and can be obtained from the Office of Instruction.   Exam must be taken the term and year payment is made.  Fee is non-refundable.
    • To apply for credit: Contact BMCC's Office of Instruction at (541) 278-5930 for list of exams available. 
  • CLEP: College-Level Examination Program - Credits will be awarded based on the official CLEP scores received from the College-Level Examination Program of the College Board. CLEP test scores must be dated within three (3) years of the exam completion date. The BMCC course number, title, and the number of credits awarded will be based on BMCC’s approved CLEP credit chart.
    • To apply for credit: Have exam scores sent to BMCC from the College Board. 

  • CPL: Criminal Justice
  • CPL: Early Childhood Education - Credits will be awarded to students who have obtained the Child Development Associate Credential or Step 7 of the Oregon Registry for Childhood Care and Education. The BMCC course number, title, and the number of credits awarded will be based on BMCC’s approved ECE credit chart.   
    • To apply for credit:  Complete BMCC's Application for CPL: ECE.   Contact BMCC's Early Childhood Education Department Chair, Dawn Kennison-Kerrigan, for review of prior certification documents.
  • CPL: EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) - Credits will may be awarded for EMT151 and EMT152.

Military Credit: No cost to transcribe credits   

  • MIL: Military - Credits will be awarded based on American Council of Education guidelines for evaluation of military training. The BMCC course number, title, and number of credits awarded will be determined by the Records Office and the appropriate instructional departments.
    • To apply for credit: Have official military (JST or SMART) transcript sent or made available to BMCC.   

Credit for Prior Certification

  • CPL: Apprenticeship - Credits will be awarded for a valid (not expired) Journeyman’s JBAC card. The BMCC course number, title, and the number of credits awarded will be based on BMCC’s approved APR course. 
    • To apply for credit: Provide copy of valid JBAC card to BMCC's Registrar at studentrecords@bluecc.edu  
  • CPL: National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) - Credits will be awarded for completion at the silver, gold or platinum level. NCRC certificate must be dated within three years of the exam completion date. Credit will be granted for RD120.  Students must be sure to have their scores marked as "share with employers".  Guide to having Workkeys scores accessible by college.  
    • To apply for credit:   Have official scores made accessible to BMCC (see instructions listed above), complete and return NCRC Credit for Prior Certification form, and pay for credits (RD120).  

Portfolio: Note:  Currently, BMCC does not offer this option. 

  • EL: Portfolio (Experiential Learning) - Credits will be awarded for specific courses based on the recommendation of the faculty assessment of the students completed portfolio.

Questions?  Please contact Enrollment Services at (541) 278 - 5789 or by email to studentrecords@bluecc.edu