Prior Learning is the knowledge and skills gained through: work and life experience; military training and experience; and formal and informal education and training from in-state and out-of-state institutions, including foreign institutions. Identifying credit for prior learning can be accomplished by a assessment process conducted at Lake Washington Institute of Technology (LWTech), by qualified faculty and may result in a course or several courses being posted and credited to a student's transcript.
Up to 25% of the credits for a degree or certificate may be earned through the Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) process. Awarding of PLA credits by Lake Washington Institute of Technology does not guarantee or imply that other institutions will accept such credit.
Instructional programs allow Prior Learning Assessment as specified on the table below (and on the Prior Learning Assessment Request form).
|Program of Study||PLA Accepted?|
|Auto Body Technician||No|
|Auto Repair Technician||Yes|
|Behavioral and Social Services||Yes|
|Civil Design and Engineering Technology||Yes|
|Computer Security and Network Technology||Yes|
|Computing and Software Development||AAS/Cert, No. BAS, No|
|Design||AAS/Cert, Yes. BAS, No|
|Diesel and Heavy Equipment Technician||Yes|
|Digital Gaming and Interactive Media||AAS/Cert, Yes. BAS, No|
|DTA/MRPs (Biology, Business, Computer Science, Construction Mgt, Math Ed, Pre Nursing)||No (CLEP* options)|
|Early Childhood Education||Yes|
|Fitness Specialist/Personal Trainer||Yes|
|Funeral Service Education||No|
|General Education Requirements||No (CLEP* options)|
|Human Resource Management||Yes|
|Mechanical Design Technology||Yes|
|Medical Assisting / Medical Billing & Coding||Yes, for up to two courses from following list: MEDA 118, MEDA 125, MEDA 139, MEDA 212|
|Occupational Therapy Assistant||No|
|Physical Therapist Assistant||No|
|Transportation, Logistics, and Supply Chain Management||Yes|
*CLEP: The College Level Examination Program allows you to take nationally recognized exams for college credit in academic disciplines. Please see the LWTech Assessment Center in West Building, W204 for more information.
Full Prior Learning Assessment for up to 25% of a degree or certificate
Prior Learning Assessment for an individual class
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