Non-Traditional Credit

Credit earned through non-traditional means, including CLEP, AP, departmental test-out, retroactive credit, correspondence study, military credit, and non-collegiate instructional programs, is limited to a maximum of 45 credit hours applicable to the student's degree program. Limits have also been established within each of the areas as defined below.

Departmental Test-Out - 15 credit hours

Students may receive credit for successfully demonstrating competency in a particular course through a proficiency exam. Academic departments assume responsibility for developing and administering such exams.

Retroactive Credit - 15 credit hours

Students entering UNK with a particularly high level of achievement in a given subject area, may be awarded credit upon completion of a "confirming" course at UNK. Restrictions apply.

Military Credit - 15 credit hours

Students who have completed military training, including Basic Training, may receive credit for their experiences based upon the recommendations of the American Council of Education in The Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services.

Correspondence Courses - 12 credit hours

No more than 12 credit hours of correspondence credit may be applied to a bachelors degree.

AP - Advanced Placement - 30 credit hours

Talented high school students may participate in national examinations administered by the College Entrance Examination Board. Credit can be earned in college-level courses when the student achieves a passing score on the exam. (See Advanced Placement and Credit by Examination.)

CLEP - College Level Examination Program - 30 credit hours

Students may earn credit by successfully passing a nationally standardized exam in a specific subject area. (See CLEP Test-University of Nebraska at Kearney.)

Other forms of experiential learning will be evaluated on an individual basis. Students will be required to provide verification of content, duration, method of evaluation, etc. Credit may be granted upon recommendation of an academic department.

Advanced Placement and Credit by Examination

A student entering the University with a particularly thorough background from high school may apply for advanced placement and/or credit in one or more subjects in which his/her preparation is superior.

Advanced placement and/or credit may be achieved by three different methods. Each of the three methods is described as follows:

  1. Passing a proficiency examination administered by an academic department of UNK.

Where exceptional circumstances warrant, a student may receive credit by demonstrating a superior level of competence on a proficiency-based examination.

Assessment of a student's competence may assume a variety of formal and informal techniques as designed by the department and shall be subject to the approval of the department head and dean of the college. A fee is assessed for each course examination before credit is awarded. A student may not take an examination for credit in any course which:

  1. is a prerequisite,
  2. has a lower level of required proficiency, or
  3. involves significantly similar content to courses completed.

Credit earned by examination is applicable toward degree requirements and is awarded after successfully completing 30 semester credit hours in residence. Petition to take such examinations should be submitted to the appropriate department chair.

  1. Earning a prescribed grade on an Advanced Placement Program examination administered by the College Entrance Examination Board.

Recognition of special competencies by the College permits a student to receive Advanced Placement and college-level credit for satisfactory performance on subject matter proficiency tests of the College Entrance Examination Board. Credit will be granted for those College courses most nearly equivalent to the Advanced Placement tests. An applicant who has taken an Advanced Placement examination should request that his/her score be reported to the Office of Student Records and Registration.

Advanced Placement examinations are recognized in the following areas: Art, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, English, European History, French, Geography, German, Mathematics, Music Theory, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Spanish, Statistics, United States History and World History. For a complete list of Advanced Placement Test credit and scores, visit the website of the Office of Student Records and Registration at www.unk.edu/offices/registrar/academic_policies_handbook/Advanced_Placement_Credit_and_Scores.php.

A student may not take an examination for credit in any course which:

  1. is a prerequisite,
  2. has a lower level of required proficiency, or
  3. involves significantly similar content to courses completed.
  1. By demonstrating proficiency in subject areas selected by successfully completing the College Level Examination Program (CLEP).

The University of Nebraska offers students an opportunity to earn college credit in selected areas by demonstrating proficiency in subject areas by completing the College Level Examination Program (CLEP). Academic departments which have approved the program will grant credit for CLEP tests to those students who pass the test at the 50th percentile or above, according to the national norms. A fee of $105.00, with $80.00 payable to CLEP and $25.00 payable to UNK, is charged for each test. For additional information regarding the CLEP examination, contact the Office of the Student Records and Registration.

Credit may be obtained through the College Level Examination Program on courses listed below.

A student may not take an examination for credit in any course which:

  1. is a prerequisite,
  2. has a lower level of required proficiency, or
  3. involves significantly similar content to courses completed.

CLEP Test - University of Nebraska at Kearney

CLEP Examination Course Equivalent Credit Hours
American Government PSCI 110 3
Biology BIOL 103 4
Calculus MATH 115 5
College Algebra MATH 102 3
Chemistry CHEM 160, CHEM 160L, CHEM 161, CHEM 161L 8
Financial Accounting ACCT 250 3
History of the United States I HIST 250 3
History of the United States II HIST 251 3
Information Systems MIS 182 3
Introductory Business Law ACCT 311 3
Introductory Psychology PSY 203 3
Precalculus MATH 102 3
Principles of Economics ECON 271 3
Principles of Macroeconomics ECON 270 3
Principles of Management MGT 301 3
Principles of Marketing MKT 300 3
Introductory Sociology SOC 100 3
Western Civilization I HIST 210 3
Western Civilization II HIST 211 3

Recording Credit for Test-Out

Students who achieve a satisfactory score on any of the following exams, CLEP, AP, Departmental Test-Out or Retroactive Credit, may have corresponding course credit recorded on their UNK transcript by paying a fee of $20 per credit hour. When score reports are received by the Office of Student Records and Registration, students are notified of their options for receiving credit.