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Credit for Prior Learning

CLEP/DSST Subject Tests

The knowledge you've gained from personal interests, college-level training, and other experiences may give you an opportunity to earn college credits for a fraction of the cost of tuition. Whitworth has a test center for administering both CLEP (College Level Examination Program) and DSST exams, which provide an avenue for you to complete your degree sooner and avoid repeating material you've already learned. For around $100 per exam, CLEP and DSST allow you to earn college credits by passing individual subject exams. To find a complete list of subject exams offered, visit one of these sites:

For more information or to schedule a CLEP or DSST exam at Whitworth, please call us at 509.777.3222.

Prior Learning Portfolio

If you've obtained knowledge through experience outside of the traditional classroom, you may earn up to 31 semester credits toward your degree through portfolio assessment. Examples of appropriate college-level learning might be work-related training seminars, police academy or self-directed study.

Portfolio credit is offered for the following programs:

  • Business Management
  • Management & Accounting
  • Criminal Justice Administration

For more details about portfolio credit, please speak with an advisor in the School of Continuing Studies.