Prior Learning Credit


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Prior Learning Credit

Prior learning credit is another means through which students can receive credit for college-level knowledge that has been gained or achieved outside of the classroom. This knowledge may have been gained through military activities, the attainment of an industry-recognized credential, or the completion of academic assessments that evaluate this level of knowledge.

Students who wish to seek a degree at NPRC may be eligible to apply for prior learning credit. Prior learning credit may be awarded for the following:

Achievement of an established minimum score on certain nationally recognized exams, such as an Advanced Placement Exam (AP), DSST credit-by-exam, Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES), International Baccalaureate Program (IB), or College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)

An active industry credential or licensure, such as Pennsylvania Firefighter I, Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technician (NREMT), Municipal Police Officers' Education and Training Commission (MPOETC) Certification, Pennsylvania Sherrif and Deputy Sheriff Basic Training Certification, Child Development Associate (CDA), and PA School-Age Professional Credential (SPAC).

Career and Technical Education Program Completion

Military training through the Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) or Joint Services Transcript

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NPRC’s Prior Learning Credit Agreements

Corry Area School District – – Early Childhood Education (2023-24)

Erie County Technical School – Early Childhood Education (2022-25)

Erie High School – Early Childhood Education (2022-25), Criminal Justice – Police Science (2023-24), and Criminal Justice – Protective Services (2023-24)

Seneca Highlands Career and Technical Center – Early Childhood Education (2023-24)

Warren County Career Center (Warren County School District) – Criminal Justice – Police Science (2023-24)

Evaluation of some prior learning credit opportunities requires advance payment of a non-refundable processing fee. For more information on how to request for prior learning credit, contact an advisor at

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Growing up in rural Potter County, Pennsylvania meant if I wanted good educational and employment opportunities, I would have to move. When NPRC started offering classes less than 30 minutes from my home (almost an hour closer than the next closest college), my future was no longer dependent on living in a more urban area. I received a quality education without spending the tens of thousands of dollars on room and board a traditional school would have required. And now, I feel incredibly blessed to be a part of the team making this story possible for so many other people in rural Pennsylvania. NPRC’s mission is a necessary one, helping serve a part of the population that has lacked affordable and quality higher education for decades. This school helped me avoid debt, find my path in life, and now, I have a job I love and opportunities I never expected.

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I started with NPRC right after graduating high school in 2018. I was not sure what I wanted to do career-wise, but the criminal justice field had always piqued my interest. Before finishing my two-year degree with NPRC, I decided to transfer to a four-year university to further my education in both sociology and criminal justice. Without the affordability of NPRC and their knowledgeable staff, I would never have dreamed of being where I am today. I will be graduating from RIT in August of 2022 having majored in Sociology and Criminal Justice, as well as having minored in Criminal Justice. I am excited to start a career in the federal Criminal Justice system or within admissions/counseling in higher education. I plan to put myself through law school while working full time after graduating from RIT.

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