Credit for Prior Learning
At National Louis University, your personal and professional experience and knowledge may be worth college credit. Colleges and universities often refer to this knowledge as prior learning. NLU's Prior Learning Assessment office offers several programs for students to demonstrate prior college-level learning including; Credit by Portfolio, Credit by Examination, Credit by Licenses and Certifications.
Credit by Portfolio
ACL301 - Perspectives on Prior Learning: This 2QH course provides a structured experience in which students learn to recognize, document, and validate learning from life and work experiences for potential college credit. Throughout this course, students are offered group and individual assistance in the development of a portfolio documenting their prior learning experiences and evidence of achievement of specific learning outcomes. This course is offered on a quarterly basis, both online and at various site locations. Undergraduate students enrolled in the BSM, BSMIS, ABS, HCL, Human Services, Criminal Justice and Communication programs are currently eligible to take this course.
Student learning outcomes are assessed and credit awarded through the institution's faculty evaluation process. Submission and assessment of one Portfolio essay is included in ACL301 tuition.
For more information, please contact us at 630-874-4319/1-800-443-5522, x4319.
Credit by Examination
NLU awards credit to students who achieve acceptable scores on standardized tests such as College Board's College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and the DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSSTs). Tests measure learning in a variety of academic disciplines. The CLEP and DANTES testing hotline is 800.443.5522 x4316. Test schedules and registration information can be found on the upper right side of this website.
Credit by Licenses and Certifications
A list of faculty approved, nationally recognized licenses and certifications is available upon request. For more information, please contact 800.443.5522 x4320.