Prior Learning Assessment

Delaware Valley University's Prior Learning Assessment process grants you the ability to attain college credit for experiences and achievements outside of the traditional classroom. This opportunity can save you money and time, and get you closer to graduation based on learning that has already been completed.

There are many different options for you to take advantage of prior learning assessment. You are encouraged to meet with their academic advisors and department chair(s) to discuss whether or not your experience, certificate, or other learning opportunity could qualify you to receive credit toward graduation. Please follow the links below to learn more about your prior learning assessment options.

Assessment Options

If you have participated in Advanced Placement courses in high school and took the final examination you may be eligible to receive college credit based on your scores. Please visit https://www.collegeboard.org/ to have your scores sent to:

Delaware Valley University
Office of the Registrar
700 East Butler Avenue
Doylestown, PA 18901

Listed below are the courses and/or credits awarded for receiving a minimum of a 3 on an AP Exam:

AP Course

Score of 3 or 4 Equivalent

Score of 5 Equivalent

Art History

LA-1060 (3 credits)

LA-1060 (3cr) + 3 cr Elective

Art-Drawing

3 cr Elective

6 cr Elective

Art-General

3 cr Elective

6 cr Elective

Biology

BY-1113 (4cr) OR

BY-1113 (4 cr) + BY-1214 (4 cr) OR

 

BY-1116 (4cr)

BY-1116 (4 cr) + BY-1217 (4 cr)

Calculus AB

MP-1204 (4 cr)

MP-1204 (4 cr) +Elective (4 cr)

Calculus BC

MP-1204 (4 cr)

MP-1204 (4 cr) + Elective (4 cr)

Calc AB+BC

MP-1204 (4 cr)

MP-1204 (4 cr) + MP-2121 (4 cr)

Chemistry

CH-1103 (3 cr)

CH-1103 (4 cr) + CH-1203 (4 cr)

Computer Science A

IT-2218 (3 cr)

IT-2218 (3 cr) + Elective (3 cr)

 

Computer Science AB

IT-2218 (3 cr)

IT-2218 (3 cr) + IT-3117 (3 cr)

Microeonomics

BA-2210

BA-2210 + Elective (3 cr)

Macroeconomics

BA-2008

BA-2008 + Elective (3 cr)

English Lang/Comp

EN-1101

EN-1101 + EN-1201

English Lit/Comp

EN-1101

EN-1101 + EN-1201

English Lang&Lit

EN-1101 + EN-1201

EN-1101 + EN-1201 + Elective (6 cr)

Environmental Science

Elective (3 cr) OR

Elective (6 cr) OR

 

BY-1216

BY-1216 + Elective (3 cr)

French Language

Elective (3 cr)

Elective (6 cr)

French Literature

Elective (3 cr)

Elective (6 cr)

European History

LA-2040

LA-2040 + Elective (3 cr)

German Language

Elective (3 cr)

Elective (6 cr)

 

Govt and Politics US

LA-1032

LA-1032 + Elective (3 cr)

Govt and Politics COMP

LA-4037

LA-4037 + Elective (3 cr)

Human Geography

LA-3240

LA-3240 + Elective (3cr)

International English Language

Elective (3 cr)

Elective (6 cr)

Latin- Vergil

Elective (3 cr)

Elective (6 cr)

Latin- Lit

Elective (3 cr)

Elective (6 cr)

Music Theory

LA-1060

LA-1060 + Elective (3 cr)

Physics B

MP-2119 (4 cr)

MP-2119 (4 cr) MP-2219 (4 cr)

Physics C- Mech

MP-2123 (4 cr)

MP-2123 (4 cr) + Elective (4 cr)

Physics C- Mech and Elec

MP-2123 (4 cr)

MP-2123 (4 cr) + Elective (4 cr)

Psychology

PY-2036

PY-2036 + Elective (3 cr)

 

Spanish Language

Elective (3 cr)

Elective (6 cr)

Spanish Literature

Elective (3 cr)

Elective (6 cr)

Statistics

MP-2215 (4 cr) OR

MP-2215 (4 cr) + Elective (4 cr) OR

 

MP-2114 (3 cr)

MP-2114 (3 cr) + Elective (3 cr)

US History

LA-1032

LA-1032 + Elective (3 cr)

World History

LA-4037

LA-4037 + Elective (3 cr)

 

Undergraduate students have the option of taking Math and English placement tests to bypass the remedial level courses required. For information on placement testing please contact the Office of Student Success. They can be reached at Success@delval.edu.

All incoming students are placed into Fundamentals of Writing (EN 0012) or College Writing I (EN 1101) based on their SAT score, ACT score, OR overall high school GPA.

In order to place into College Writing I, students must meet at least ONE of the following:

  • Score of 480 or higher on the SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing exam (EBRW)
  • Score of 18 or above on the ACT English Language Arts exam (ELA)
  • Overall high school GPA of 2.6 or above

Students who do not meet the above criteria are placed into Fundamentals of Writing (EN 0012).

Exceptions are as follows:

  • Students who have received transfer credits in English Composition
  • Students who have received a score of 3 or better on the AP English exam

Note: College Writing I (EN 1101) is the first college-level writing course. It is worth 3 credits which count toward a student’s required credits for graduation. The grade received in this class is calculated into a student’s GPA. EN 1101 is also a prerequisite for several courses.

Fundamentals of Writing (EN 0012) is a pass/no pass remedial writing course whose aim is to prepare students for success in College Writing I (EN 1101). Students receive three credits, but those credits will not count toward required credits for graduation, and the grade received in the class will not be calculated into a student’s GPA.

If a student places into Fundamentals of Writing (EN 0012) but believes they have strong writing skills and could do well in College Writing I (EN 1101), they have the option to challenge their English placement by taking a diagnostic essay exam during orientation.

All incoming students will be placed in a mathematics course based on standardized test scores or an online placement exam.

Standardized Test Placement:

  • Students who score below 500 on the SAT Mathematics section will be enrolled in MP 0010, Fundamentals of Algebra. The ACT Score range for this placement is 0-16.
  • Students who score between 501 and 640 on the SAT Mathematics section will be enrolled in MP 1102, College Algebra. The ACT Score range for this placement is 17-24. Students in this range whose academic programs prefer that they begin with MP 1203, Elementary Functions, or MP 1210, Applied Mathematics, can complete an online diagnostic assessment to determine appropriate course selection.
  • Students who score 640 or higher on the SAT-Mathematics section may enroll in MP 1204, Calculus I, or a lower-level Mathematics course based upon program requirements. For this placement, ACT scores must be 25 or greater.

Some exceptions to these placements include the following:

  • Students who have received advanced placement (AP) credit for Calculus I
  • Students who have received transfer credit for a mathematics course taken at another institution and approved by the Mathematics and Physics Department as equivalent to any of the above courses.

For students who were admitted to Delaware Valley University in programs not requiring standardized test scores, the results of a placement exam will determine the mathematics course in which they will be enrolled. Students who pass Part 1 of the Exam will be enrolled in College Algebra. Students who pass Part 2 of the Exam will be enrolled in Elementary Functions or Applied Mathematics. Students who pass Part 3 will be enrolled in Calculus I. Students wanting to take placement exams beyond Part 1 must pass Part 1 before attempting Part 2. Part 2 of the Exam must be passed before Part 3 is attempted.

*Fundamentals of Algebra (MP 0010) is a pass/no pass remedial algebra course whose aim is to prepare students for success in College Algebra (MP 1102). Students receive three credits, but those credits will not count toward required credits for graduation, and the grade received in the class will not be calculated into a student’s GPA. Students assigned to this course are required to take MP 1102 and MP 1203 or MP 1210.

CLEP Exams are an optional test offered to high school students to receive college credit for subjects students already excel in. For more information on how to take a CLEP test or order your scores please visit this link.

Listed below are the courses and/or credits DVU awards students who take the CLEP examination and score above the 50th percentile:

CLEP Examination

DVU Course Equivalent

American Government

LA-3032 Mod American History and Gov't

History of the United States I

Elective

History of the United States II

Elective

American Literature

EN-2028 Literature Requirement

Analyzing and Interpreting Literature

EN-2028 Literature Requirement

Calculus with Elementary Functions

MP-1204 Calculus I

College Algebra

MP-1103 College Algebra

College Algebra- Trig

MP-1203 Elementary Functions

Pre-Calculus

MP-1203 Elementary Functions

Calculus

MP-1204 Calculus I

Information Systems and Computer Apps

IT-1011 and 1012 Info Tech and Computer Apps

Educational Psychology

ED-2230 Educations Psychology

English Literature

EN-2028 Literature Requirement

French Language

LA-1113 and LA-1214 French I and II

 

College Composition Modular with Essay

EN-1101 Comp I

General Biology

Science Requirement (Business IT majors only)

General Chemistry

Science Requirement (Business IT majors only)

Introductory Psychology

LA-2036 Intro to Psych

German Language

LA-1160 and LA-1261 German I and II

Human Growth and Development

LA-2036 Intro to Psych

Principles of Accounting

BA-2123 Accounting I

Introductory Business Law

BA-2161 Business Law I

Principles of Management

BA-1005 Intro to Business

Principles of Microeconomics

BA-2210 Microeconomics

Principles of Macroeconomics

BA-2008 Macroeconomics

Principles of Marketing

BA-2017 Principles of Marketing

Introductory Sociology

LA-2012 Introduction to Sociology

Spanish Language

LA-1112 and LA-1212 Spanish I and II

Trigonometry

Elective

 

Wester Civilization I

Elective

Wester Civilization II

LA-2040 Modern History of Western Societies

Humanities

EN-2028 Literature Requirement

College Mathematics

MO-1102, MP-1203 College Algebra and Elementary Functions

Natural Sciences

BY-1115 and BY-1216 Natural Science I and II

Social Sciences and History

LA-2012, LA-2036 and LA-4203 Social Science Requirement

 

For students who have a mastery of a subject area, they can take advantage of the Course Challenge opportunity. A matriculated student with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.00 who believes s/he has the competence in the subject matter of a course worthy of a grade of “C” or better in that course may petition the Registrar for the opportunity to demonstrate that competence via a course challenge. After reviewing the student’s academic record, the Registrar will establish whether the student has the right to challenge the course based on the restrictions / criteria outlined in the college catalog.
A course challenge is not permitted if the student has been enrolled in the course for any period of time. Also, all prerequisites must be satisfied prior to the approval of a course challenge. Unsuccessful challengers will have no opportunity to challenge the course again. If a qualified instructor is not available, the course challenge will not take place.
The student will consult with the chair of the department that teaches the course to request an appropriate faculty member to administer the challenge. If a qualified instructor is not available, the course challenge will not take place.
The fee for a course challenge is not included in the regular tuition charges. Contact the Bursar’s Office for the fees associated with challenging a course.

Students may petition to challenge up to five courses while attending Del Val. Not all courses may be challenged. Courses may be challenged only with the consent of the department that teaches the course. Please follow this link to review the form.

Students who have completed International Baccalaureate (IB) courses at either the "Higher Level" (HL) or "Standard Level" (SL) and have successfully completed the corresponding IB examinations and obtained a score of 5 or higher on the Higher Level (HL) or a 7 or higher on Standard Level (SL) examinations may be entitled to credit at Delaware Valley University.

Articulation Agreements with Area High Schools

Avella Area School District students who successfully complete the Agriculture Science curriculum can receive University credit from Delaware Valley University for the following courses:

  • Animal Science (1 credit)– Animal Science. This course satisfies 1 credit restricted elective within the Animal Science major.
  • Horticulture (1 credit)– Horticulture (Plant Science). This course satisfies 1 credit restricted elective within the Plant Science major.
  • In addition, students passing the NOCTI exam at the proficient level or above will receive 1 Plant Science credit for Production Agriculture 3063 and/or 1 Horticulture credit for Applied Horticulture 8157.

Acceptance of the curriculum by Delaware Valley University for these credits is based on the following:

  • Upon completion of the curriculum for the Vocational-Agricultural program, a finalized curriculum along with syllabi and other course materials be sent to Delaware Valley University.

Biglerville High School students who successfully complete the Agriculture Science curriculum can receive University credit from Delaware Valley University for the following courses:

  • Animal Care I and II: This course satisfies 3 credits of restricted electives within the Large Animal Science major.
  • Ag Science: This course satisfies 3 credits of restricted electives within the Plant Science major.

Acceptance of the curriculum by Delaware Valley University for these credits is based on the following:

  • Biglerville High School students must successfully complete the Agriculture Science curriculum with a “B” average or better (3.0 GPA on a 4 point scale).
  • Submit an official transcript to the Delaware Valley University Transfer Coordinator, listing the courses and grades received by the student.

Blackhawk High School Agriculture Science students who successfully complete the Agriculture Science curriculum can receive University credit from Delaware Valley University for the following courses:

  • Principles of Agricultural Science - Plant : This course satisfies 3 credits within the Plant Science or Landscape Architecture & Environmental Science (LAES) major or 3 credits with restricted electives.
  • Large Animal Science: This course satisfies requirements in Large Animal Science Electives or 3 credits with restricted electives.

Acceptance of the curriculum by Delaware Valley University for these credits is based on the following:

  • Blackhawk High School Agriculture Science students must successfully complete the Agriculture Science curriculum with a “B” average or better (3.0 GPA on a 4 point scale).
  • Submit an official transcript to the Delaware Valley University Transfer Coordinator, listing the courses and grades received by the student.

Eastern York High School students who successfully complete the Agriculture Science curriculum can receive University credit from Delaware Valley University for the following courses:

  • Animal Science and Management: This course satisfies 2 restricted elective credits total within the Animal Science major.
  • Horticulture and Greenhouse Management: This course satisfies 2 restricted elective credits total within the Plant Science major.
  • Pre-Veterinary Science - This course satisfies 2 restricted elective credits total within the Animal Science major.

Acceptance of the curriculum by Delaware Valley University for these credits is based on the following:

  • Eastern York High School students must successfully complete the Agriculture Science curriculum with a “B” average or better (3.0 GPA on a 4 point scale).
  • Submit an official transcript to the Delaware Valley University Transfer Coordinator, listing the courses and grades received by the student.

Fort Cherry School District students who successfully complete the Agriculture Science curriculum can receive University credit from Delaware Valley University for the following courses:

  • Horticulture (3 credits) – Horticulture Science. This course satisfies 3 credits within the Plant Science major and 3 credits with restricted electives.
  • Animal Science (3 credits) –This course satisfies requirements in Livestock Science and Management, Equine Science and Management and Science Specializations and Dairy Science.

Acceptance of the curriculum by Delaware Valley University for these credits is based on the following:

  • Fort Cherry School District students must successfully complete the Agriculture Science curriculum with a “B” average or better (3.0 GPA on a 4 point scale).
  • Submit an official transcript to the Delaware Valley University Transfer Coordinator, listing the courses and grades received by the student.

Garden Spot High School students who successfully complete the Agriculture Science curriculum can receive University credit from Delaware Valley University for the following courses:

  • Horticulture – Plant : This course satisfies 3 credits within the Plant major or 3 credits with restricted electives
  • Food Science – This course satisfies 3 credits within the Food Science major or 3 credits with restricted electives.

Acceptance of the curriculum by Delaware Valley University for these credits is based on the following:

  • Garden Spot High School students must successfully complete the Agriculture Science curriculum with a “B” average or better (3.0 GPA on a 4 point scale)
  • Submit an official transcript to Delaware Valley University Transfer Coordinator, listing the courses and grades received by the student.

 Juniata High School students who successfully complete the Agriculture curriculum can receive University credit from Delaware Valley University for the following courses:

  • Ag Mechanics I, II, III (3 credits) This course satisfies a requirement of PS 2013 (Agricultural Machinery) in the Plant Science Department
  • Large Animal Science (3 credits) – This course satisfies 3 credits total within the Animal Science major.
  • Plant Science (3 credits) - This course satisfies 3 credits total within the Plant Science major.
  • Forestry (3 Credits) – This course satisfies 3 restrictive elective credits within the Plant Science major.

Acceptance of the curriculum by Delaware Valley University for these credits is based on the following:

  • Juniata High School students must successfully complete the Agriculture curriculum with a “B” average or better (3.0 GPA on a 4 point scale).
  • Submit an official transcript to the Delaware Valley University Transfer Coordinator, listing the courses and grades received by the student.

Northern Burlington County Regional School District students who successfully complete the Agriculture Science curriculum can receive University credit from Delaware Valley University for the following courses:

  • Advanced Plant Science (2601) This course satisfies 3 credits within the Plant Science major or 3 credits with restricted electives.
  • Advanced Animal Science (2600)–This course satisfies requirements in Large Animal Science Electives or 3 credits with restricted electives.

Acceptance of the curriculum by Delaware Valley University for these credits is based on the following:

  • Northern Burlington County Regional School District students must successfully complete the Agriculture Science curriculum with a “B” average or better (3.0 GPA on a 4 point scale).
  • Submit an official transcript to the Delaware Valley University Transfer Coordinator, listing the courses and grades received by the student.

 Northern Lebanon High School students who successfully complete the Agriculture Science curriculum can receive University credit from Delaware Valley University for the following courses:

  • Large Animal Science and Production: This course satisfies requirements in Large Animal Science Electives or 3 credits within restricted electives.

Acceptance of the curriculum by Delaware Valley University for these credits is based on the following:

  • Northern Lebanon High School students must successfully complete the Agriculture Science curriculum with a “B” average or better (3.0 GPA on a 4 point scale).
  • Submit an official transcript to the Delaware Valley University Transfer Coordinator, listing the courses and grades received by the student.

Northern York High School students who successfully complete the Agriculture Science curriculum can receive University credit from Delaware Valley University for the following courses:

  • Agriculture Management and Economics: This course satisfies 3 restricted elective credits total within the Agribusiness major.

Acceptance of the curriculum by Delaware Valley University for these credits is based on the following:

  • Northern York High School students must successfully complete the Agriculture Science curriculum with a “B” average or better (3.0 GPA on a 4 point scale).
  • Submit an official transcript to the Delaware Valley University Transfer Coordinator, listing the courses and grades received by the student.

Penn Manor High School students who successfully complete the Agriculture Science curriculum can receive University credit from Delaware Valley University for the following courses:

  • Unit 1- Animal Science 1: This course satisfies 3 credits total within the Animal Science major.:
  • Plant Science 1: 1.5 credits; Plant Science 2: 1.5 credits (3 credits total in the Plant Science major)
  • General Ag Business - This course satisfies 2 credits within the Biotech & Food Science major

Acceptance of the curriculum by Delaware Valley University for these credits is based on the following:

  • Penn Manor High School students must successfully complete the Agriculture Science curriculum with a “B” average or better (3.0 GPA on a 4 point scale).
  • Submit an official transcript to the Delaware Valley University Transfer Coordinator, listing the courses and grades received by the student.

Phillipsburg School District students who successfully complete the Agriculture Science curriculum can receive University credit from Delaware Valley University for the following courses:

3 Credits Survey of Animal Agriculture or 3 Credits Sustainability: Saving the Earth, People and Plants or 2 Credits Exploring Hort, Science and the Environment

Acceptance of the curriculum by Delaware Valley University for these credits is based on the following:

  • Phillipsburg School District students must successfully complete the Agriculture Science curriculum with a “B” average or better (3.0 GPA on a 4 point scale).
  • Submit an official transcript to the Delaware Valley University Transfer Coordinator, listing the courses and grades received by the student.

Salem County Vocational Technical High School students who successfully complete the Agriculture Science curriculum can receive University credit from Delaware Valley University for the following courses:

  • Animal Science (CASE): This course satisfies requirements in Large Animal Science Electives or 3 credits within restricted electives.

Acceptance of the curriculum by Delaware Valley University for these credits is based on the following:

  • Salem County Vocational Technical High School students must successfully complete the Agriculture Science curriculum with a “B” average or better (3.0 GPA on a 4 point scale).
  • Submit an official transcript to the Delaware Valley University Transfer Coordinator, listing the courses and grades received by the student.

Somerset County Vocational School students who successfully complete the Agriculture Science curriculum can receive University credit from Delaware Valley University for the following courses:

  • CASE –Principles of Agricultural Science - Plant This course satisfies 3 credits within the Plant Science major or satisfies the PS 2101-201 Botany of Vascular Plants Course

Acceptance of the curriculum by Delaware Valley University for these credits is based on the following:

  • Somerset County Vocational School students must successfully complete the Agriculture Science curriculum with a “B” average or better (3.0 GPA on a 4 point scale).
  • Submit an official transcript to the Delaware Valley University Transfer Coordinator, listing the courses and grades received by the student.

Turkeyfoot Valley School District students who successfully complete the Agriculture Science curriculum can receive University credit from Delaware Valley University for the following courses:

  • Advanced Animal Science (3 credits) –This course satisfies requirements in Livestock Science and Management, Equine Science and Management and Science Specializations and Dairy Science and/or 3 credits restricted electives

Acceptance of the curriculum by Delaware Valley University for these credits is based on the following:

  • Turkeyfoot Valley School District students must successfully complete the Agriculture Science curriculum with a “B” average or better (3.0 GPA on a 4 point scale).
  • Submit an official transcript to the Delaware Valley University Transfer Coordinator, listing the courses and grades received by the student.

Union County Vocational Technical School students who successfully complete the Articulation curriculum can receive University credit from Delaware Valley University for the following courses:

  • Sustainability: Saving the Earth and Feeding the People (LAES-1120)
  • Exploring Horticulture, Science, and the Environment (PS-1101)

Acceptance of the curriculum by Delaware Valley University for these credits is based on the following:

  • Union County Vocational Technical School students must successfully complete the Agriculture Science curriculum with a “B” average or better (3.0 GPA on a 4 point scale).
  • Submit an official transcript to the Delaware Valley University Transfer Coordinator, listing the courses and grades received by the student.

Waynesburg Central High School students who successfully complete the Agriculture curriculum can receive University credit from Delaware Valley University for the following courses:

  • Horticulture: This course satisfies 3 restricted elective credits within the Plant Science major.

Acceptance of the curriculum by Delaware Valley University for these credits is based on the following:

  • Waynesburg Central High School students must successfully complete the Agriculture curriculum with a “B” average or better (3.0 GPA on a 4 point scale).
  • Submit an official transcript to the Delaware Valley University Transfer Coordinator, listing the courses and grades received by the student.