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Sources of credit for work & life experience

Your accomplishments matter

We recognize the academic value of your professional achievements. We give credit for work experiences such as technical training, professional licensure and certification.

ACE Accredited Corporate Courses

The American Council on Education's College Credit Recommendation Service (CREDIT®) connects workplace learning with colleges and universities. CREDIT® helps adults gain access to academic credit for formal courses and examinations taken outside traditional degree programs.

For decades, colleges and universities have trusted ACE to provide reliable course equivalency information to facilitate credit award decisions. Participating organizations include corporations, associations, schools, training suppliers, labor unions and government agencies.

To see if any of your professional development courses will potentially yield college level credit, please contact your advisor.

EMT - Emergency Medical Technician

Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)

A student may receive credit for an EMT program based on the number of hours on the certificate. 
Credit is granted as follows:

EMT-B, Emergency Medical Technician – Basic

110 hours of instruction
6 hours of ELEC 144

EMT-I*, Emergency Medical Technician – Intermediate

175-225    hours of Classroom/Practical Lab
  50-75     Clinical
  75-100   Field Internship
300-400   total instruction hours
6 hours of ELEC 144

*Not available in all states—including Missouri

Note: 6 hours of ELEC 144 maximum granted for EMT-B and/or EMT-I

EMT-P, Emergency Medical Technician – Paramedic

1000-12000 total instruction hours
-Not a set number of hours
-Emphasis based on competence of graduate
9 hours of ELEC 144

Credit for Prior Learning

Many students who participate in learning experiences outside the classroom wish to earn college credit for their work. Columbia College offers a number of ways students may earn such credit. CLEP tests, ACE credit and course test-outs are preferred because they require a theory base, have national norms/criteria or both. If none of the above credit-awarding methods are an option, Columbia College awards credit for prior learning.

Please see the credit for prior learning page for more specifics.

Law Enforcement Training

Partners In Law Enforcement Program

For students desiring to become law enforcement officers (or if already in law enforcement), Columbia College offers Partners in Law Enforcement.  This collaborative initiative between Columbia College and the state’s police academies is designed to give students up to 24 semester hours in course equivalencies for successful completion of the academy. To qualify, students must successfully complete a minimum of 400 hours at a state certified, basic police academy. Academies completed over five years prior to applying for equivalency credit will not be considered unless the applicant can demonstrate adequate work experience in the field since completion of the academy. An approved demonstration of work experience is a letter on appropriate letterhead from a supervisor or human resources administrator confirming employment in the field. The letter should include employment dates/history and current position. The specific course equivalencies are listed below:

CJAD 301  Criminal Law 3 UL 
CJAD 311  Police in a Democratic Society 3 UL
CJAD 415  Criminal Procedures 3 UL
CJAD 144 Criminal Justice Electives  9 LL
ELEC 144 General Electives  6 LL 

The equivalency policy is effective based on the following provisions:

  1. Basic law enforcement academies must be a minimum of 400 hours in length and must have been completed within the five years prior to applying for equivalencies;
     
  2. Students who complete a basic law enforcement academy of less than 400 hours will be eligible to earn up to 12 semester hours of criminal justice elective credit in which one semester hour will be awarded for each 20 hours of training;
     
  3. Students may not be awarded credit for both the Partners in Law Enforcement (PILE) program and the Partners in Corrections (PIC) program.  Students may not be awarded credit for one of the Partners programs and awarded criminal justice electives for other training.
     
  4. If a student completes an acceptable academy for one of the Partners programs and then subsequently completes a state cross-over training program for the other, then as long as the original academy training meets the eligibility rules for acceptance, the students may choose which program (PILE or PIC) for which to be awarded credit.  Students cannot be awarded credit for both programs.
     
  5. If a student has completed basic academy training for both programs but neither training meets the eligibility rules for PILE or PIC, then the student may be eligible to earn up to 12 semester hours of criminal justice elective credit in which one semester hour will be awarded for 20 hours of basic law enforcement and corrections academy training.  Total credit may not exceed 12 semester hours.
     
  6. Students must have successfully completed 15 semester hours of college coursework at Columbia College before equivalencies may be applied.  Students must notify the Evaluations Office when they are eligible for credit to be applied.
     

NOTE:  Completion of the police academy within the last 36 semester hours of a student’s degree program may reduce the number of hours applied under the partners in Law Enforcement Program.

Corrections Training

Partners In Corrections Program

The Columbia College Partners in Corrections Program is designed to give students interested in becoming correctional officers up to 24 semester hours in course equivalencies for successful completion of the corrections basic training academy.To qualify, students must successfully complete a departmentally mandated corrections academy in any of the 50 states or U.S. territories.  The academy must be a departmentally-mandated basic training academy with a minimum 275 hours in length.  Academies complete over five years prior to applying for equivalency credit will not be considered unless the applicant can demonstrate adequate work experience in the field since completion of his or her academy. An approved demonstration of work experience is a letter on appropriate letterhead from a supervisor or human resources administrator confirming employment in the field; the letter should include employment dates/history and current position. The specific course equivalencies are listed below:

CJAD 320   Cultural Diversity in Criminal Justice 3 UL 
CJAD 345  Ethics and Morality in Criminal Justice 3 UL
CJAD 144   Criminal Justice Elective 9 LL
ELEC 144  General Elective 9 LL

The equivalency policy is based on the following provisions:

  1. The academy must be one of basic correction and required for employment by the respective state in question and must have been completed within five years prior to applying for equivalencies.
     
  2. Students who complete a basic corrections academy consisting of less than 275 hours will be eligible to earn up to 12 semester hours of criminal justice elective credit in which one semester hour will be awarded for each 20 hours of basic training.
     
  3. Students may not be awarded credit for both the Partners in Law Enforcement (PILE) program and the Partners in Corrections (PIC) program.  Students may not be awarded credit for one of the Partners programs and awarded criminal justice electives for other training.
     
  4. If a student completes an acceptable academy for one of the Partners programs and then subsequently completes a state cross-over training program for the other, then as long as the original academy training meets the eligibility rules for acceptance, the students may choose which program (PILE or PIC) for which to be awarded credit.  Students cannot be awarded credit for both programs.
     
  5. If a student has completed basic academy training for both programs but neither training meets the eligibility rules for PILE or PIC, then the student may be eligible to earn up to 12 semester hours of criminal justice elective credit in which one semester hour will be awarded for 20 hours of basic law enforcement and corrections academy training.  Total credit may not exceed 12 semester hours.
     
  6. Students must have successfully completed 15 semester hours of college coursework at Columbia College before equivalencies may be applied.
     

NOTE:  Completion of the corrections academy within the last 36 semester hours of a student’s degree program may reduce the number of hours applied under the Partners in Corrections Program.
 

FRTI - MU Fire and Rescue Training Institute

MU FRTI Courses for the Columbia College

Associate in Science in Fire Service Administration

The Associate in Science in Fire Service Administration is a comprehensive two year program designed to allow students to apply college credit hours that they have earned from the University of Missouri’s Fire & Rescue Training Institute (FRTI) toward their degree. To have credit awarded you will need to submit an an official MU FRTI transcript to Columbia College 

The Associate in Science in Fire Service Administration degree is available at the following locations:
Home Campus; Columbia, MO; Springfield, MO; Moberly, MO; Lake of the Ozarks, MO; Rolla, MO; St. Louis, MO; Kansas City, MO; & Jefferson City, MO

(FSAD courses in Italics in this section are offered at the National Fire Academy.)

 

Course

Course Title 

Credit

 FSAD 101 Fire (Service) Instructor I 2
 FSAD 110 Fire Officer I 2
 FSAD 120 Incident Management System (NIMS can be Substituted) 1
 FSAD 130 Incident Safety Officer 1
 FSAD 135 Health and Safety Officer 1
 FSAD 140 Introduction to Emergency Management (for Fire Services) 2
 FSAD 145 Introduction to Volunteer Emergency Service Mgmt 2
FSAD 146 Executive analysis of Fire Service Operations in Emergency Management  3
 FSAD 150 Principles of Building Construction: Combustible 1
 FSAD 155 Principles of Building Construction: Noncombustible  1
 FSAD 160 Introduction to Fire Prevention Inspection (Intro to Fire Inspection Principles and Practices)  2
 FSAD 161 Fire Inspection Principles  3
FSAD 162 Principles of Fire Protection: Structures & Systems  3
FSAD 163 Management of Fire Prevention Programs  3
FSAD 164 Management of Arson Prevention & Control  3
FSAD 165 Plans Review for Inspectors 3
FSAD 166 Strategic Analysis of Community Risk Reduction  3
 FSAD 170 Introduction Wildland & Wildland/Urban Interface 1
 FSAD 180 Emergency Response to Terrorism: (Tactical Considerations): Company Officer 1
 FSAD 181 Emergency Response to Terrorism:  (Tactical Considerations): EMS 1
 FSAD 182 Emergency Response to Terrorism:  (Tactical Considerations): Hazardous Materials  1
 FSAD 183 Hazardous Materials Incident Response: Operations  1
FSAD 184 Command and Control of Fire Department Operations at Natural and Man-Made Disasters  1
FSAD 185 Command and Control of Fire Department Operations at Target Hazards  3
 FSAD 201 Fire (Service) Instructor II 2
FSAD 202 Challenges for Local Training Officers  2
FSAD 203 Community Education Leadership 3
 FSAD 210 Fire Officer II 3
 FSAD 220 Advanced Incident Management System: Command Staff; Operations; Logistics/Finance; Planning 1
 FSAD 230 Managing Company Tactical Operations: Preparation  1
 FSAD 231 Managing Company Tactical Operations: Decision Making  1
 FSAD 232 Managing Company Tactical Operations: Tactics 1
 FSAD 240 Leadership: Company (Leadership I: Strategies For Company Success)  1
 FSAD 241 Leadership: Personal  (Leadership II: Strategies For Personal Success) 1
 FSAD 242 Leadership: Supervisory (Leadership III: Strategies for Supervisory Success)  1
FSAD 243 Executive Skills Series: Influencing  1
FSAD 244 Executive Skills Series: Leading Diverse Communities  1
FSAD 245 Executive Skills Series: Managing & Leading Change  1
 FSAD 250 Managing in a Changing Environment 1
FSAD 251 Fire Service Communication  1
FSAD 252 Leadership & Administration 1
FSAD 253 Training Operations in Small Departments  1
 FSAD 260 Shaping the Future
FSAD 270 Initial Fire Investigation 
FSAD 271 Fire Cause Determination for Company Officers  2
FSAD 272 Fire/Arson Investigation  3
FSAD 273 Interviewing/Interrogating & Courtroom Testimony 3

Partners in Corrections for MSCJ Corrections Administration Track

National Institute of Corrections: Management Development for the Future Series

Students pursuing a Master of Science in Criminal Justice with Management track in Corrections Administration (MSCJ.CA) or with the dual track option of Management tracks in Corrections Administration and Law Enforcement Administration (MSCJ.CA.LE) are eligible to receive credit for completion of the NIC’s Management Development for the Future Series.
 
There is no restriction on home campus or course location. Any student pursuing an MSCJ that includes the Management track in Corrections Administration is eligible for this credit.
 
Completion of the training qualifies the student for:

Course   

 Title 

 Hours 

 
MSCJ-550  Readings in Criminal Justice Administration   3 hrs.
MSCJ-587  Corrections Administration   3 hrs.
MSCJ-589  Community Corrections   3 hrs.

 
To receive credit the student must submit a certificate of completion from the National Institute of Corrections that includes the following information:

  • Name of course
  • Length of course
  • Date of completion
  • Location of training
     
    If any of the above information is missing, the student must submit supporting documentation (letter from supervisor on certified letterhead with a signature) in order to receive credit.
     
    This credit can be transferred in whole or in part. If the student has already completed one or more of the requirements that completion of this training would provide, they can still receive credit for the other(s) via completion of this training, without losing previously earned credit.
     
    This credit can be completed at any time during the student’s academic career, but Evaluations will not apply it to the student record until the degree is posted. Once the training has been reviewed for credit, a notation will be added to the student's degree audit indicating the receipt of credit and its future application.

Pilot's License

Pilot's License

A Pilot’s License has been institutionally evaluated as a former course here.  The student must submit a copy of his Pilot’s License for evaluation. 

Credit is granted as follows:

Credit Awarded

Columbia College Equivalency 

Credit Hours

 Ground School/Intro to Aeronautics/Pilot Training  ELEC 144
 6

Real Estate License

Real Estate License

Transfer equivalency credit will be granted for students with a current, state-issued real estate agent's or broker's license.

A photocopy of the license, which must list dates of validity indicating the student's current licensure, will be accepted as official documentation for credit-granting purposes.

Credit Awarded 
Columbia College Equivalency
Credit Hours
Real Estate Agent/
Real Estate Broker
 FINC 397  3

RN and LPN Certifications

Nursing License (Non- Nursing Degree Students)

Note: This credit will be granted to students with an RN or LPN license that are not pursing a nursing degree at Columbia College.

Nursing school graduates will be awarded credit upon completion of the nursing program when a copy of the license is provided along with an official transcript from the nursing school.  The license verifies state approval and therefore will be given credit as follows:

LPN License:

Hygiene……………………..….3 hours of ELEC 144
Medical Terminology………….2 hours of ELEC 144
Sociology…………………...….3 hours of SOCI 111
Anatomy & Physiology………..3 hours of BIOL 444

RN License:

All students having an RN License get the following 30 hours.  Additional credit is granted based on the 2-year or 3-year program.

Chemistry………………………5 hours of CHEM 110
Microbiology……………….......4 hours of BIOL 312
Anatomy & Physiology………...5 hours of BIOL 444
Diet & Nutrition………………..1 hour of ELEC 144
Sociology……………………….3 hours of SOCI 111
Psychology……………………..3 hours of PSYC 101
Medical Ethics……………….…1 hour of ELEC 144
Professional Adjustments………1 hour of ELEC 144
Fundamentals of Nursing……….5 hours of ELEC 144
Pharmacology…………………..2 hours of ELEC 144
Additional credit for completing the 2-year RN program:
Medical & Surgical Nursing I…….……6 hours of ELEC 144
Medical & Surgical Nursing II…………5 hours of ELEC 144
Obstetrics/Gynecology…………………3 hours of ELEC 144
Medical & Surgical Nursing III………..10 hours of ELEC 444
Pediatrics……………………………….3 hours of ELEC 444
Psychiatric & Neuro……………………3 hours of ELEC 444

Additional credit for completing the 3-year RN program:

Medical & Surgical Nursing I…………..13 hours of ELEC 144
Medical & Surgical Nursing II………….8 hours of ELEC 144
Obstetrics/Gynecology………………….6 hours of ELEC 144
Medical & Surgical Nursing III…...……21 hours of ELEC 444
Pediatrics…………………………..……6 hours of ELEC 444
Psychiatric & Neuro………………...…..6 hours of ELEC 444

Other

You  may be eligible to receive college level credit from other sources of non-traditional education. Please contact your advisor if you have questions regarding credit from sources not listed on this page.

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