Awarding Experiential Credit

North Central Texas College offers credit for experiential learning towards Level I and Level II Certificates and Associate of Applied Science career and technical degrees. Experiential learning is a process through which students develop knowledge, skills, and values from direct experiences outside a traditional academic setting and have those skills applied to course requirements. Military personnel, veterans, and adult learners may also be eligible to receive experiential credit based upon appropriate documentation and institutional guidelines. All credit granted for experience must be supported by official and verifiable documentation.

Guidelines for Receiving Credit

  • Have met NCTC admissions requirements.
  • Have transferred all previous credit(s) to NCTC.
  • Must declare a major. Students seeking credit in Career & Technical programs must declare a Career & Technical Major. Career & Technical program degree plans are listed in the NCTC catalog under Career & Technical Education and Health Sciences.
  • Students seeking credit in Career & Technical programs must submit documentation to Division Chair(s).
  • Military personnel and veterans must submit transcripts and course description(s) to the Office of Admissions.

Determination of competence standards and the decision to award credit will be made by appropriate academic and subject experts (Program Coordinators, Division Chairs, Deans).

Students can receive credit for up to 18 semester hours towards an Associate of Applied Science degree. This includes experiential credit and credit by examination. This credit may not be used to reduce the 15 semester hours required in residence for any degree or certificate. A maximum of 30% of experiential credit can be applied for students seeking to complete a Level I or Level II certificate. Experiential credit may not be earned in any course the student is enrolled in after the official date of record or has previously attempted ("W" or "F" grades) or completed.

Students will be awarded experiential credit upon applying for graduation at North Central Texas College. It is recommended that the application for credit be completed within the first semester of enrollment.

Students can submit documentation for evaluation to receive experiential credit within the first semester of being enrolled, however, credit will not be applied until the application for graduation is complete. Once the evaluation process is complete, students will receive a letter from the Division Chair or Program Coordinator listing the awarded credits.

Division Chairs will provide the student with a letter that will exhibit a list of courses for which the student will receive credit. The letter will be good for five years. If the student does not graduate within the five years, the student will have to reapply for the credit or obtain written approval from the Division Chair stating the credit is still good.

A copy of the credit approval letter and proof of payment must be submitted to the Registrar's Office before credit is applied.  Once documentation is submitted, the grade of "S" (Satisfactory) will be posted to the NCTC transcript.

Note: Policies and procedures may differ at other colleges and universities. Students transferring to another college or university should become familiar with the policies and procedures at that college or university in regards to awarded credit and transfer of nontraditional course credits.