Alternative Credits

The purpose for awarding credit for prior learning at BMCC is to acknowledge and validate knowledge, skills and competencies acquired by students through experience.

The maximum number of credits which may be earned through credit for prior learning (a combination of Course Challenge, CLEP, Advanced Placement (AP), and Military Credit) is 45 quarter hours in an Associate Degree program and 24 quarter hours in a certificate program. The total number of CLEP credits cannot exceed 24 quarter hours.

Advanced Placement Test (AP)

Students may earn credits in certain courses by taking the tests administered by the Advanced Placement Program of the College Board. The Admissions & Records Office will determine the exact number of credits in cooperation with the appropriate instructional department at BMCC. Scores must be in the range of 3-5 to earn any credit. Advanced Placement (AP) credits are transcripted with a "P" grade. All "AP" credits must be reflected on BMCC transcripts. Please see the Admissions & Records Office for "AP" credit application processes.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

Please contact the Admissions & Records Office at (541) 278-5774 for information about the CLEP.


Cooperative Work Experience (CWE)

– A student may earn college credit for cooperative work experience (CWE) related to their occupational goal. Such work experience must take place at work sites approved by the College. The experience may be in business, industry, agriculture, education, or with public service agencies that are willing to enter into work experience agreements with the college.

To find out more about the CWE program, check with the course instructor, your advisor, or contact the Admissions & Records Office.


Credit By Examination

Currently enrolled students may obtain credit for certain courses by satisfactorily passing a comprehensive examination or series of examinations. A student may not obtain credit by examination for a course at a lower level than one in which they have already demonstrated competency. Some courses are not eligible for this program. Students wishing to obtain credit in this manner must pay $20 per credit (limited to 15 credits), in addition to any other tuition and fees the student may have paid in that quarter. The Office of Instruction has all forms and makes all arrangements for credit by examination.


Dual Credit

BMCC, in cooperation with most local area high schools, has a State of Oregon approved dual credit program. In public school courses that have an articulation agreement with BMCC, high school students may meet the requirements of both the public school curriculum and the curriculum of a companion course at BMCC if they are enrolled for dual credit and if they earn a grade of A or B in the course. This challenging coursework offers high school students the opportunity to begin a college transcript while still enrolled in high school. Dual credit courses/credits appear on a BMCC transcript as though they were actually taken at Blue Mountain Community College since the public school teachers must be approved as adjunct BMCC faculty and since the coursework must meet the requirements of college’s courses. Consequently, all dual credit courses normally transfer to four-year institutions the same way as any other BMCC course work. Not all courses are available at every high school. High school students may check with their high school counselors and teachers for course availability, costs, and other requirements, or they may check with Admissions & Records for further information.


Military Credit

Military credit will be evaluated according to the American Council of Education guidelines. Typically, credit is considered only when it is equivalent to regular course offerings at BMCC and when it is not duplicated.


Transfer Credits

Transferring credits to BMCC

Students wishing to transfer credits to BMCC should complete an Academic Transcript Evaluation Request form in Admissions & Records. Official transcripts are required to complete this process. The Academic Transcript Evaluation Request form may also be obtained from BMCC’s website at

Transferring credits from BMCC

Up to 120 lower division transfer credit hours earned at a community college could transfer and be accepted toward graduation requirements by colleges and universities of the Oregon University System (University of Oregon, Oregon State University, Portland State University, Eastern Oregon University, Western Oregon University, Southern Oregon University and Oregon Institute of Technology).

Discuss transferability of courses with your academic advisor, the Director of Admissions & Records, or the school to which you wish to transfer to facilitate transition from BMCC to a four-year institution.