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Experiential Learning Credit

Credit for your Professional Experience


At Tiffin University, your work experiences and skills may qualify you for low-cost Course credit. Up to 3 hours (1 course) of credit may be awarded for each FIVE years of your related professional, military, or community service experience.

To Apply:

For Credit for specific courses, browse through the related professional fields from the options below to display potential courses and learning outcomes. Or, you can review a complete list of potential courses.

For open elective credit, click “Do you need Open Elective credit?” at the bottom of the page to view available competencies. Or, review a complete list of potential competencies.

  • Select the courses or competency whose skills align with AT LEAST 5 years of your professional experience (this may span multiple jobs).
  • Prepare a written statement that clearly indicates the course credit you are applying for and details how you demonstrated the skills in your professional experience. Include a reference from the specific place(s) of employment who can confirm your statements. Download the written statement example.
  • Include a separate statement for each course you are applying for. Up to 1 course may be awarded for each FIVE years of relevant experience.
  • Review the CPL Step-by-step page for detailed instructions on creating and submitting your portfolio. You may wish to speak with your advisor or admissions counselor to ensure you are maximizing your benefits.

A maximum of 3 hours (1 course) of credit may be awarded for each FIVE years of professional experience.

Accountant, Bank Teller, Bookkeeper, Financial Consultant

ACC210 – Financial Accounting

  • Prepare journal entries for transactions, for adjusting entries, and for closing entries.
  • Prepare an accounting worksheet.
  • Prepare financial statements.

COM130 – Introduction to Speech Communication

  • Describe and appreciate communication as both a human activity and as a human process.
  • Perform the basic skills of small group problem solving, discussion, and public speaking.
  • Research and organize effective presentations that inform or motivate a targeted audience.

FIN101 – Personal Finance

  • Provide a background on money management.
  • Examine the role insurance plays in risk management strategies.
  • Examine stock, bond and mutual fund fundamentals.
Personal Assistant, Event Coordinator, Fundraising

MGT201 – Management of Organizations

  • Describe general management principles.
  • Explain ethics in management practice.
  • Express the skill necessary in managing organizations.

PHI110 – The Art of Reasoning

  • Apply basic concepts, rules, and skills for logical reasoning in natural language.
  • Create a code of intellectual conduct.
  • Distinguish between effective and ineffective arguments and rhetorical strategies.

PHI215 – Ethics

  • Acquire basic knowledge, skills, and theoretical tools for identifying practical ethical problems.
  • Recognize and apply basic knowledge and tools to analyze ethical problems.
  • Develop basic skills and tools for evaluating different solutions to ethical problems.
Customer Service, Retail, Social Work

MGT201 – Management of Organizations

  • Describe general management principles.
  • Explain ethics in management practice.
  • Express the skill necessary in managing organizations.

PHI110 – The Art of Reasoning

  • Apply basic concepts, rules, and skills for logical reasoning in natural language.
  • Create a code of intellectual conduct.
  • Distinguish between effective and ineffective arguments and rhetorical strategies.

PHI215 – Ethics

  • Acquire basic knowledge, skills, and theoretical tools for identifying practical ethical problems.
  • Recognize and apply basic knowledge and tools to analyze ethical problems.
  • Develop basic skills and tools for evaluating different solutions to ethical problems.
Health & Fitness, Healthcare, Personal/Athletic Trainer

HCA140 – Survey of the Healthcare Industry

  • Identify the steps in the payment process identifying the differences and intricacies of insurance third party payers.
  • Distinguish similarities and differences between primary, secondary and tertiary care.
  • Identify and define the broad overview of the healthcare industry from a business perspective, the challenges to create and sustain a competitive advantage, and the ethical issues present.

NAT124 – Introduction to Athletic Training

  • Practice correct athletic training medical terminology.
  • Properly tape and wrap extremities.
  • Identify basic signs and symptoms of common athletic injuries.

NAT130 – Foundations of Healthy Living

  • Explain the importance of a healthy lifestyle in preventing premature disease and in promoting wellness.
  • Understand the importance of a global perspective on health, and recognize how gender, racial, and cultural background influence disparities in health status, research and risk.
  • Identify the key components of personal fitness and describe the benefits of regular physical activity and healthy diet.
Construction, Electrician, Hair Stylist
EMT, Firefighter, Police Dispatcher, Safety Officer
Computer Technologist, Data Analyst, Troubleshooter, Web Developer
Digital Media, Marketing, Video Production
Editing, Grant Writing, Technical Writing, Historical Writing
NACE Competencies