Prior Learning Assessment

Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) allows students who can demonstrate college-level knowledge and competencies gained outside traditional post-secondary education to be awarded up to 25 college credits toward a college degree.  These competencies can include military training, employer training programs, union apprenticeships, professional certifications, licensure, and independent study. The Technical Studies Associate in Applied Science degree is uniquely designed to give students an accelerated route to an associate's degree.

Military Training

Credits may be awarded for military training based on an evaluation by the American Council on Education (ACE).  Students are responsible for submitting a Joint Services Transcript (JST).  Transcripts may be requested through Joint Services Transcript (JST) and should be sent directly to Atlantic Cape Community College.  Once transcripts are requested, students must submit to the Admissions Office.  Military training may also be reviewed through Prior Learning Assessment (PLA). 

Police Academy/Corrections Academy Training

Graduates of a New Jersey Police Academy may be eligible for up to 18 credits toward the Criminal Justice A.S. degree. Graduates of a New Jersey Corrections Academy may be eligible for up to 10 credits toward the Criminal Justice, A.S. degree.  Students must enroll in the Criminal Justice, A.S. degree program and submit a copy of their Police Academy Certificate or proof of completion to the Admissions Office.

For admission information and an application, contact the Admissions Office at 609-343-5006 or