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Challenge Credit

To successfully challenge a course, a student must submit a written request to the applicable academic administrator prior to the start of the program. The request will be reviewed according to the following criteria, and if approved, the challenge examination will be administered. If the challenge exam is not successfully passed based on the listed criteria, the student must enroll and complete the course.

Note: Challenge Credit is available for courses in the degree programs only.

Criteria regarding challenge credit include the following:

  • A student must complete the examination prior to the start of the program
  • A student may not challenge courses in which they are currently enrolled in or have previously taken at ACC
    • A minimum grade must be achieved on the exam as follows:
    • 75% for the ADN and AOS-PTA programs
    • 70% for AOS-OTA, AOS-RAD, AOS-RT, and AOS-ST
  • No more than 18 quarter credits may be earned through challenge exams
  • Students may attempt to challenge a course only one time
  • Credits/Hours earned through a challenge exam count towards rate of progress (ROP), however do not count toward CGPA
  • A student’s financial aid may be affected if challenge credit is awarded
  • A fee will be charged per exam
  • The student’s ability to progress in the program may be based on space availability
  • The College’s decision on the challenge exam is final



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