Catalog 2011-2012


Advanced Placement and Credit by Examination/Experience

NCTC awards credit on the basis of local and national examinations, prior military experience, and professional certifications, subject to general limitations. A maximum of 18 semester hours of credit earned by examination—College Board Advanced Placement Program (AP), College Level Examination Program (CLEP) Subject Examinations, USAFI, and professional certifications—may be applied toward the award of a degree or certificate at NCTC.

Courses completed in the Armed Forces and will be evaluated and credit will be awarded based on the recommendation in ACE (American Council on Education) Guide to Evaluation of Educational experiences in the Armed Services. Such credit is not included in determining grade point averages and has the following restrictions:

  1. May not be used to reduce the 18 semester hours required in residence for any degree or certificate;
  2. May not be earned in any course the student is enrolled in after the official date of record or has previously attempted (W or F grades) or completed;
  3. State laws specifies that the degree requirement of 6 semester hours in American history and 6 semester hours may not be reduced below 3 semester hours in each area by examination credit.
  4. Credit is awarded only in areas offered within the current curriculum of NCTC, and is appropriately related to the student's educational program;
  5. Credit by examination may be attempted only once for any given course;
  6. Students utilizing AP credit are required to do so at the beginning of their first long semester at NCTC.

Advanced placement and credit by examination/experience may be offered for the following:

  1. Students who have completed police academies and have passed the Texas Certified Law Enforcement Officer Standards (TCLE-OSE) Basic Peace Officer Licensing Examination may be granted credit.
  2. Student who have served on active duty in the military service of the United States for a period of at least six (6) months and who have been honorably discharged or released, as verified by the DD214, will receive four (4) semester hours of credit for physical activity courses. Personnel on active duty with at least six (6) months in the military service may also receive this credit by presenting a certified letter from their commanding officer attesting to their period of active service.
  3. Partial degree requirements may be waived for industry certifications such as A+, Linux+, Network+, Security+. CCNA, or similar certifications issued by a qualified authority (COMPTIA, Microsoft, Cisco, etc.). The appropriate Program Coordinator will maintain a list of the appropriate equivalent NCTC courses.

Professional certifications must meet current industry standards, be equivalent to the current college course that is requested, and have the appropriate number of classroom training hours required of the college course. Documentation must include a syllabus or other documents that specify topics taught, learning outcomes, and the number of clock hours required for the certification. Credit will be granted only for documented learning that demonstrates achievement of all outcomes for specific courses in an approved degree program. Program faculty will conduct evaluations of all requests and make recommendations for the amount of credit to be awarded. Recommendations will be forwarded to the Vice President of Instruction for final approval.

All student requests for CLEP examinations must be made prior to registration into the class for which credit is being requested. Once registration has been completed, no credit by industry certification or by CLEP examinations will be allowed.

For new students, credit will be recorded at the end of their first semester of enrollment in which they earn credits through regular scheduled classes. Returning students will have their credit recorded as soon as official score reports are available. Students wishing to use test results for courses that are prerequisite to courses they wish to take are responsible for having official examination scores sent to the college in time to be processed by the admissions office.

NCTC sets the scores required for credit and the particular courses that may be challenged to receive credit. Testing and posting fees may be charged.

NCTC Credit for AP Examination
History of Art 3, 4, or 5 Art History I & II ARTS 1303, 1304 6
Biology 3, 4, or 5 General Biology BIOL 1408 4
Chemistry 3, 4, or 5 General Chemistry I & II CHEM 1411, 1412 8
Computer Science 3, 4, or 5 Business Computer Applications BCIS 1305 3
Macro Economics 3, 4, or 5 Principles of Macroeconomics ECON 2301 3
Micro Economics 3, 4, or 5 Principles of Microeconomics ECON 2302 3
Engl-Lang & Comp 3 or 4 Composition I ENGL 1301 3
Engl-Lang & Comp 5 Composition I & Composition II ENGL 1301 & ENGL 1302 6
French Language 3, 4, or 5 Elementary French FREN 1411,1412 8
German Language 3, 4, or 5 Elementary German GERM 1411,1412 8
Govt &US Politics 3, 4, or 5 American National Govt GOVT 2305 3
History - US 3, 4, or 5 US History to 1865 HIST 1301 3
History - US 3, 4, or 5 US History from 1865 HIST 1302 3
Statistics 3,4, or 5 Elementary Statistics MATH 1342 3
Math-Calculus AB 3, 4, or 5 Calculus I MATH 2413 4
Math-Calculus BC 3, 4, or 5 Calculus II MATH 2414 4
Music Theory 3, 4, or 5 Music Theory I & II MUSI 1311, 1312 6
Psychology 3, 4, or 5 Intro to General Psychology PSYC 2301 3
Spanish Lang 3, 4, or 5 Elementary Spanish I & II SPAN 1411,1412 8
Physics B 3, 4, or 5 General Physics I & II PHYS 1401, 1402 8