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Get college credit for what you already know.
You're an experienced adult with valuable skills, so why should you start your SJC degree with a blank slate? Through Prior Experiential Learning Assessment (PELA), qualified students who have gained college-level knowledge and competence through learning experiences outside of a traditional classroom can earn credits toward their degree.
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Either way, many students begin their degree program at St. Joseph’s College with more than half the credits they need to graduate. A total of 90 credits may be transferred from all sources combined—including prior learning and traditional transfer credit . To earn a bachelor's degree from St. Joseph’s College, students must complete a minimum of 30 credits* in residence.
* Certain majors may require a minimum of 32 credits be completed at St. Joseph's College.
Professional Studies students, except for Nursing majors, with extensive and varied experiential learning may participate in the Prior Experiential Learning Assessment (PELA) Program, which gives students the opportunity to apply for credit for their prior experiential learning. Validated learning, not the experience alone, is the basis for awarding credit. Professional Studies does not award credit for “having lived,” but rather for having mastered—through professional, creative, volunteer or other experience—knowledge and skills that are deemed to be at the college level and are applicable in the context of the student’s degree program.
St. Joseph’s College recognizes that adult learners, through their professional training and experience, attain knowledge and skills that can translate into collegiate credit. Professional Studies students with comprehensive experiential learning may participate in the Prior Experiential Learning Assessment Program (PELA), which gives students the opportunity to earn credit for their prior learning by:
The above options can be discussed after the student is enrolled, and has had his/her official transcripts evaluated. The Prior Learning Assessment Coordinator can then meet with the student to discuss optimum pathways to degree completion.