Capella University values the knowledge you bring to your degree program. Our Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) program allows you to earn credit when you demonstrate relevant, college-level knowledge gained through:
Your enrollment counselor can help you determine how your prior learning can save you time and money on your degree. Email us, or call 1.866.679.9682 for more information.
To earn credit toward your degree from knowledge you've already learned on the job, you'll need to demonstrate your mastery of specific Capella course competencies through our Prior Learning Assessment petition process. In it, you'll describe how you've previously mastered the concepts of a specific course and how you applied that knowledge.
A Capella faculty expert will then review the completed petition to determine if credit should be awarded. Rest assured, Capella's Prior Learning Assessment lab will take you step-by-step through the development of your petition.
Keep in mind, your enrollment counselor is a valuable resource as you consider your options and eligibility for Capella's Prior Learning Assessment.
Capella University delivered as promised. The university's commitment of excellence to its learners was exemplified in the Prior Learning Assessment process from beginning to end.- Michael
Let's say you're well into your career, and you've already earned a certification recognized by Capella, such as your CCNA. You decide to enroll in a bachelor’s program at Capella. By going through the documented credit process, you earn 12 quarter credits for the knowledge demonstrated by your certification. Next — based on the knowledge and experience you've gained during your career — you decide to submit two petitions demonstrating your mastery of the competencies for two courses in your program. The petitions are reviewed by faculty experts and approved, resulting in 12 additional credits. These 24 total credits would save you approximately $7,800 and move your graduation date up by about one year.
PLA is available when the following criteria are met:
Your enrollment counselor can help you determine if you are eligible for our Prior Learning Assessment. Email us, or call 1.866.679.9682 to learn more.
View Capella's Prior Learning Assessment policy.
Fees for Prior Learning Assessment
Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) fees are charged to evaluate and award academic credit for the knowledge you've demonstrated. Reference the tuition and fees page in the Capella course catalog for current PLA assessment fees. Residents of Washington may receive credit through our prior learning assessment only in the bachelor's and MBA programs.