About the College

    PLA Options

     

    Greenville Technical College has several options available to enable students to earn credit based on prior learning. To receive such credit, students must have completed a Greenville Technical College admissions application and paid the appropriate fees to be enrolled in the college.

    1. Advanced Placement Testing (AP)

    The College Board's Advanced Placement (AP) Program offers students the opportunity to complete college-level coursework while still in high school. 

    To obtain credit for AP courses, a request that scores be sent to Greenville Technical College can be made when taking the AP exam. Requests can be made after completion of the AP exam by contacting the Grade Reporting Service of the College Board at (888) 308-0013. See the link below for more information.

    http://www.collegeboard.com/student/testing/ap/exgrd_rep.html

    College-level credit will be awarded at Greenville Technical College as noted below:

    Advanced Placement Equivalent Scores (pdf)

    Courses exempted through AP Placement tests will be designated on the student transcript as "EO".


    2. Articulation With Business and Industry

    Agreements with business and industry give qualified students the ability to receive credit for specific courses. This is often done through industry certification which incorporates college-level learning that meets the outcomes of a particular course.

    For example, a Computer Technology student who has earned the Sun Microsystems Certification - Java Programmer can receive credit for CPT 236 (Introduction to Java Programming).

    Courses exempted through Articulation With Business and Industry will be designated on the student transcript as "EI".

    Please check with the head of the academic department which offers courses for additional information.


    3. Articulation With Non-Traditional Institutions

    High school juniors and seniors who are enrolled in the Greenville Technical College Early College (formerly Jump Start) program can earn dual college credit while still in high school. Grades will be reflected on the Greenville Technical College transcript as a letter grade.

    Students may also exempt some courses through articulation agreements with non-traditional institutions, such as vocational schools, the South Carolina Fire Academy, hospitals, etc.

    Courses exempted through Articulation With Non-Traditional Institutions will be designated on the student transcript as "EA".

    Please check with the head of the academic department which offers courses for additional information.


    4. College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

    The College Level Examination Program (CLEP) give students the opportunity to receive credit for prior learning in a variety of subject areas, such as Accounting, English, History, Math, Sociology, Management, and Speech.

    CLEP examinations are available at the following sites in upstate South Carolina:

    5008 Director of Evening Admissions
    Anderson University

    316 Boulevard
    Anderson, SC 29621
    (864) 328-1814

    5366 Coordinator of Testing
    Limestone College
    1115 College Drive
    Gaffney, SC 29340
    (864) 488-8376

    747 LRC Manager
    Strayer University - Greenville
    555 North Pleasantburg Drive, Suite 300
    Greenville, SC 29607
    (864) 298-6895 www.strayer.edu

    5363 Director of Instructional Services
    Lander University
    320 Stanley Avenue
    Greenwood, SC 29649
    (864) 388-8317

    College-level credit will be awarded at Greenville Technical College as noted below:

    CLEP Course Equivalencies (pdf)

    Courses exempted through CLEP will be designated on the student transcript as "EO".

    5. Course Substitution

    Course exemption due to course substitution occurs when the department head determines that a student has taken another course which meets the requirements of the course being exempted. The course being used as a substitution must carry a grade of "C" or higher.

    Courses exempted through Course Substitution will be designated on the student transcript as "ES".

    Please check with the head of the academic department which offers courses for additional information.

    6. Departmental Proficiency Exemption Exam

    Some Greenville Technical College departments offer students the opportunity to exempt a class on the basis of satisfactory performance on a Departmental Proficiency Exemption Exam. The department head determines eligibility of a student to take a departmental examination (written or practical), administers the exam and sets minimum passing scores.

    A nonrefundable fee of $50 per credit hour is required before taking the exam. Exemptions will not be granted for a course in which a student is currently enrolled, for a course in which a student was previously enrolled, or for a course which has been audited.

    Exemption Form  (pdf)

    Exemption Examination Exceptions: Nursing program students who have completed work at an institution accredited by the NLNAC and have successfully completed course competency exams will pay a fee of $125 for one semester of credit, or $75 for each five-week period. Health Science program students who have successfully completed course competencies equivalent to those required in the professional courses will pay $50 per credit hour, not to exceed $125 per semester in order to receive exemption credit by examination for professional courses.

    If a student does not perform satisfactorily on the exam, the test fee does not apply to the tuition cost of taking the class.

    Courses exempted through the Departmental Proficiency Exemption Exam will be designated on the student transcript as "EE".

    Please check with the head of the academic department which offers courses for additional information.

    7. Foreign Transcripts

    Students transferring from foreign countries must have official transcripts sent directly from their foreign college to World Evaluation Services (WES). The student must request a course-by-course evaluation. WES sends a translated copy to the Office of Transcript Evaluation acknowledging whether the foreign college is considered regionally accredited and lists all courses completed, American hours earned, and a latter grade. English is never accepted from a foreign country unless it is the native language of that country.

    Courses exempted through Foreign Transcripts will be designated on the student transcript as "TR".

    Please check with the head of the academic department which offers courses for additional information.

    8. International Baccalaureate (IB) Examinations

    Students who earn a minimum score of "4" on Higher level International Baccalaureate (IB) course examinations can receive college-level credit at Greenville Technical College.

    College-level credit will be awarded at Greenville Technical College as noted below:

    IB Course Equivalencies (pdf)

    Courses exempted through International Baccalaureate (IB) examinations will be designated on the student transcript as "EO".

    Please check with the head of the academic department which offers courses for additional information.

    9. Military Experience Through the American Council on Education

    With department head approval, students with military education may be able to exempt courses as recommended by the American Council on Education (ACE).

    Courses exempted through Military Experience Through the American Council on Education will be designated on the student transcript as "EM".

    Please check with the head of the academic department which offers courses for additional information.

    10. Transfer of Credits From Other Accredited Postsecondary Institutions

    Students can earn credit for courses completed with a grade of "C" or higher from other accredited postsecondary institutions. Official transcripts from the institution where the course was taken must be submitted to the Transcript Evaluation Office for evaluation.

    Courses exempted through Transfer of Credits From Other Accredited Postsecondary Institutions will be designated on the student transcript as "TR".

    Please check with the head of the academic department which offers courses for additional information.

    11. Waiver of course requirement

    At the discretion of a Dean of Department head, there may be cases where the requirement for course is waived. For additional information, contact the Department Head for individual programs.