AP 4235 Credit by Examination - Administrative Procedures, Chapter 4 Academic Affairs

  • Reference: Title 5 Section 55050

Credit by Examination may be obtained by one of the following methods:

  • Achievement of a score of 3 or higher on an Advanced Placement Examination administered by the College Entrance Examination Board
  • Credit by satisfactory completion of an examination administered by the college in lieu of completion of a course listed in the college catalog
  • Achievement of an examination administered by other agencies approved by the college

Determination of Eligibility to Take the Examination:

  • The student must be currently registered in the college and in good standing;
  • The course is listed in the college catalog;
  • Credits acquired by examination are not applicable to meeting of such unit load requirements as Selective Service deferment, Veteran's, or Social Security benefits.

Credits acquired by examination shall not be counted in determining the 12 semester hours of credit in residence required for an associate degree, the 6 unit requirement for the Certificate of Achievement, or the 50% requirement for the Certificate of Accomplishment. 

Not all Ohlone College courses are offered for Credit by Examination.  Final determination of which courses are available for credit by examination will be made by the faculty member(s) who teaches the course and the appropriate division dean. 

Units awarded through Credit by Examination are so annotated on the student's transcript and assigned a grade of Pass (P).  Credit is not given for any class which the student has previously attempted and failed or for which the student has previously sought Credit by Examination.

Students seeking advanced standing in Registered Nursing or Respiratory Therapy based on certificates or licenses already held in those fields may challenge a maximum of 19 units (first‑year major courses in each program).  Applications to qualify for Credit by Examination in Registered Nursing or Respiratory Therapy are made directly to the Health Sciences and Environmental Studies Division Office.  R.N.s seeking credit by exam for transfer to a four‑year college or university may challenge first‑and second‑year major courses in nursing after completing six or more units at Ohlone College. 

Faculty Senate Approved: February 6, 2013
Adopted: February 2013