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Alternative College Credit

College Level Examination Program (CLEP) Armed Forces Credit Non-Accredited Transfer Credit
Advanced Placement (AP) Credit through TECH PREP International Baccalaureate Diploma Credit
Credit by Exam Credit for Experience  

Credit by Exam

Credit by Exam
 
Frank Phillips College offers students an opportunity to earn college credit by examination. Students must petition for credit through the Office of Student Services. Credit earned through examination will be placed on the student's permanent record when the number of hours earned in residence equals the number of credits earned by examination. Course credit will be listed on the student's transcript along with the course number, title, and the grade "CE." A footnote will indicate that the credit was obtained by examination. Credit will not be awarded for any exams taken more than five years prior to a student's enrollment at Frank Phillips College. Complete information concerning the program of credit by examination may be obtained through the Dean of Student Services. Students intending to transfer should contact the transfer institution regarding alternative college credit as each institution determines its policy individually and may not accept alternative college credit from another institution.

Advanced Placement (AP)

Advanced Placement (AP)
 
The College Board Advanced Placement (AP) Program examinations are offered in participating secondary schools. Frank Phillips College may accept AP test scores for comparable course work within an academic discipline. Credit may be granted for a score of three or above. The student is responsible for forwarding an official report from Educational Testing Services (ETS) to the Office of Student Services.

Minimum Scores for AP Credit

FPC Course

AP Test

Score

Biology 1406 General Biology I

Biology

3

BIOL 1407 General Biology II

Biology

4-5

CHEM 1405  Introductory Chemistry I

Chemistry

3

CHEM 1407  Introductory Chemistry II

Chemistry

4-5

ECON 2301  Economic Principles Macro-Economics

Principles of Macro Economics

4

ECON 2302  Economic Principles Micro-Economics

Principles of Micro Economics

4

ENGL 1301 Composition I

English Language & Composition

3

ENGL 1301 Composition I

English Language & Literature

3

ENGL 1302 Composition II

English Literature & Composition

4

GOVT 2305 Federal Government

US Government & Politics

3

HIST 1301 United States History I

US History

3

HIST 1302 United States History II

US History

4-5

MATH 2312 PreCalculus

Calculus AB

4

MATH 2412 PreCalculus

Calculus BC

4

MATH 2413 Calculus I

Calculus BC

4

PHYS 1415 Physical Science I

Physics B

3

PHYS 1417 Physical Science II

Physics B

4-5

PSYC 2301 General Psychology

Psychology

3

SPAN 1411 Basic Spanish I

Spanish

3

SPAN 1412 Basic Spanish II

Spanish

4-5


College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
 
Frank Phillips College accepts the subject examinations of the CLEP in most areas. Effective August 1, 2003, Frank Phillips College will grant credit on subject examinations with the following scores:

CLEP Subject Required

FPC Examination

Score Course

Accounting, Principles of

50

ACCT 2301, 2302

American Government

50

GOVT 2305

Biology, General

50

BIOL 1406, 1407

Calculus w/ Elementary Functions

50

MATH 2413, 2414

Chemistry, General

50

CHEM 1411, 1412

College Algebra

50

MATH 1314

English Literature

50

ENGL 2332, 2333

Freshman College Composition

50

ENGL 1301

History of the United States I

50

HIST 1301

History of the United States II

50

HIST 1302

Macroeconomics, Principles of

50

ECON 2301

Microeconomics, Principles of

50

ECON 2302

Psychology, Introductory

50

PSYC 2301

Sociology, Introductory

50

SOCI 1301

Spanish Language, College Level

50

SPAN1411,1412

Trigonometry

50

MATH 1316

All CLEP required scores and hours granted are subject to revision.

Credit through TECH PREP

Credit through TECH PREP
 
Frank Phillips College grants credit for approved high-school courses to students enrolled in articulated programs. To earn credit, the students must:

  • successfully complete specified high school courses and receive a grade of 80 or above with high school teacher approval;
  • graduate from high school;
  • enroll and request credits within 28 months after high school graduation;
  • initiate an official college education plan with an appropriate point-of-entry counselor; and
  • complete at least nine hours of college degree courses that include one technical course from their declared TECH PREP program of study prior to the awarding of any Tech Prep articulated credit to the student's official record.

Once these criteria are met, students may petition for credit by bringing a copy of their high school transcript to the Office of Student Services.

Armed Forces Credit

Armed Forces Credit
 
Frank Phillips College may award credit for military experience and training. Credit may be awarded when learning achieved through military experiences is consistent with the educational objectives of the student and the requirements of the curriculum. Students who wish to obtain such credit must submit official documentation to the Office of Student Services.

Credit for Experience

Credit for Experience
 
Credit will be awarded for learning achieved through experience outside typical educational settings when it is consistent with the educational objectives of the student, the requirements of the curriculum, and the policy on granting credit for experience. Awarding of credit will be considered for the following experience:

  • Students who have completed one year of active duty in the Armed Forces of the United States and who have been discharged or released honorably may receive three semester hours of physical education credit. Students who wish to obtain this credit should submit an original copy of their DD-214 and/ or DD-2586 to the Office of Admissions and Records;
  • Military training and experience;
  • Professional certificates, licenses, and credentials such as FAA licenses, medical field licenses, etc.;
  • Learning achieved through proprietary schools, apprenticeship, or other in-house training programs;
  • Selected work experiences;
  • Learning achieved through noncredit workshops, seminars, and conferences; and/ or
  • Other experiences with appropriate documentation.

Students must be enrolled at the time they apply for credit. The credit, if awarded, must apply to the student's declared major. Students should:

  • Contact the Dean of Instruction/Chief Academic Officer to answer questions and to assist with the request.
  • Prepare application for credit by experience, identifying course petitioned for credit.
  • Each application/portfolio must include a written justification by the student.
  • Prepare portfolio documenting experience, which should include, but is not limited to the following:
    • Previous education related to course;
    • Previous work experience, military, etc. including dates, titles, job descriptions;
      In-service training workshops, including dates, topics, certificates, or transcripts;
    • Professional certificates, licenses; and
    • Letter from employers, volunteer agencies, regulatory agencies supporting experience.
  • Return application form to the Dean of Instruction/Chief Academic Officer.

The first three (3) credit hours for experience that are approved will be free. For any credits beyond the first three (3), students will be required to pay $10 per credit hour granted, which will be transcripted. Only credits that are approved as "credit for experience" will be charged a fee.

Students are to consult with their advisors regarding "credit for experience" and complete the application form. The Dean of Instruction/Chief Academic Officer will have the final authority in approving credit for experience.

Non-Accredited Transfer Credit

Non-Accredited Transfer Credit
 
Students with college credit from an institution of higher education not accredited by the Southern Association, New England Association, North Central Association, Northwest Association, Middle States Association, or Western Association may submit their transcripts for evaluation. Generally courses taken from a non-accredited institution will count neither as a general education core requirement nor an elective at FPC. Students, however, may still petition their requests by completing the form for "Non-Accredited Transfer Credit." Students are encouraged to notify their academic advisors as soon as possible to process their requests. The Dean of Instruction/Chief Academic Officer will have the final authority in approving credit from non-accredited institutions of higher education.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Credit

International Baccalaureate Diploma Credit

Frank Phillips College will grant a maximum of 24 semester credit hours (SCH) to any new student having an International Baccalaureate Diploma based on the table below. Frank Phillips College may grant fewer than 24 SCH to a student if the student has scored less than 4 on any IBD examination administered as part of the diploma program. Applicants with the IB diploma must provide a completed IB official transcript with exam title and score to the Instructional Services Office before enrolling in order to receive credit.
 
Students who participate in the International Baccalaureate Program may receive college credit for exam scores of 4 or better on most Higher Level (HL) Exams and for a 5 or better on most Standard Level (SL) Exams. The amount of credit awarded will depend upon the exam scores and the level of the courses.
 
In compliance with SB 111, students will be granted a minimum of 24 hours of credit if they have earned the IB Diploma and have no scores lower than 4 on the Standard Level and Higher Level Exams. Applicants with the IB diploma must provide a complete IB official transcript with exam title and score to the Instructional Services Office before enrollment in order to receive credit.
 
Frank Phillips College will include the IBD Policy in the college catalog and on the web site.
 

IB Subject

SL Score

HL Score

FPC/TCCN

Credit Hours

English A1

 

4

ENGL1301 or 1302

3

 

5+

ENGL1301 & 1302

6

Spanish A2 or B

5

4

SPAN1411 & 1412

8

 

5+

SPAN1411 & 1412 & 2311 & 2312

14

Business & Management

5

4

BUSI1301

3

Economics

5

4

ECON2301 & 2302

6

Geography

5

4

GEOG1303

3

History

5

4

HIST1301 or 1302

3

 

5+

HIST1301 & 1302

6

Philosophy

5

4

PHIL1301

3

Psychology

5

4

PSYC2301

3

 

5+

PSYC2301 & 2314

6

Anthropology

5

4

ANTH2346 or 2351

3

 

5+

ANTH2346 & 2351

6

Biology

4

5

BIOL1406

4

Chemistry

5

 

CHEM1405

4

 

6

CHEM1411

4

Physics

 

6

PHYS1401 & 1402

8

Mathematics (HL only)

 

5

MATH2413

4

Computer Science

5

4

COSC1301

3

Visual Arts

5

4

HUMA1315

3

Music

5

4

MUSI1306

3

Theatre Arts

5

4

DRAM1310

3

 
 
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