Credit for Prior Learning & Assessment

Earning Credit for What You Already Know.

At Bay State College, what matters is that you possess college-level knowledge – not how you acquired it. We provide our students the opportunity to earn credit when they demonstrate that they possess college-level knowledge in a specific subject area. We have several methods to help students do just that. These methods include:

Testing: Students can earn credit by taking exams without taking a course. These include programs, such as the College Board’s Advance Placement (AP) tests and College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), Excelsior College Exams, and DANTES DSST exams.

Prior Learning Assessment (PLA): For this method of earning credit, students work with a Learning Counts, course mentor who has expertise in the specific course subject.  With the mentor’s guidance, students develop and electronically submit a portfolio that articulates and proves they possess the subject matter knowledge that corresponds with the requirements noted in the PLA course description. 

Military Training: Students with military experience may earn credit, depending on the military training documented in Army American Council on Education Transcript System (AARTS) and Sailor-Marine American Council on Education Registry Transcript (SMART), transcripts from the Community College of the Air Force, or the Coast Guard Institute.

Professional Training: Students may earn credit for professional training programs they have completed that have been evaluated by the American Council on Education's College Credit Recommendation Service or the National College Credit Recommendation Service.

For more information please contact your admissions representative at 617-217-9186.






When do online classes begin?


Online terms begin every eight (8) weeks. There are six (6) terms each year: Fall I & II, Spring I & II, and Summer I & II.