SUNY Broome Community College provides its matriculated students with the potential opportunity to gain credit for Prior Learning. Prior Learning is a means of assessing knowledge acquired outside the traditional college and classroom environment. It includes: Prior Learning Assessment (PLA), Credit by Examination (CBE), and Portfolio Review (PORT).
Prior Learning Assessment credit (PLA, CBE, and PORT) is issued at the prerogative of the Department Chair where the academic program is located. If the student changes majors/academic programs, Prior Learning Assessment credit will be reviewed/reassessed. If the course discipline is located in a program where the student is not enrolled, the Prior Learning Assessment credit will need to be reviewed and approved by the appropriate Department Chair for that discipline.
While the Health Studies Division unanimously endorses the concept of prior learning, many of the accredited programs in the division due to patient safety concerns and accreditation requirements cannot utilize the (PLA) for awarding course credit. Specifics about PLA, CBE, and PORT in the Health Studies Division are listed within each section.