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Admission for Transfer Students

CCBC will accept a maximum of 45 credits through Credits by Examination, CLEP, Transfer Courses, Advanced Standing, Prior Learning Assessment and Military Programs or any combination is applicable to the student’s degree program.

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Credit by Examination

Credit for certain courses may be established through a proficiency exam. Students pursuing credit by exam should not register for the course in which they hope to establish credit. In addition, students should not have taken the course, or its equivalent, previously either at CCBC or another school.  Full-time students receiving financial aid should note that opting for credit by exam may influence and reduce their financial aid awards. The credits will appear on the transcript designated “Credit by Examination”. Students who have received credit by examination for a course are permitted to subsequently register for the course. However, the last grade issued will be the only grade included in their cumulative quality point average. For these purposes, the “last grade” refers to A, B, C, D or F only.

Credit by Examination can be completed in every term. Students must complete the exam within the term they receive the authorization. 


1.Meet with the Faculty member to determine eligibility for taking the examination. 

2.Complete the Student Information Portion of the credit by examination form. 

3.Obtain the signature from the appropriate Dean for authorization to take the examination and pay the appropriate fees at the cashier’s office prior to the test. 

4.Present the credit by examination form to the faculty administering the test. 

The examination results are recorded on the student transcript by the Student Records Office. 



The fee is $75 per exam for the courses of 1-3 college credits.  For courses of 4 credits or more the charge is $75 plus $25 for each credit above three. The maximum charge is $200. 


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The College Level Examination Program of the College Entrance Examination Board is recognized by CCBC. This program enables individuals who have acquired education in a non-traditional way to become eligible for credit consideration on the basis of performance on the College Level Examination. In accepting CLEP credits, credits shall be limited to the selective specialized subject area examinations and not include the general examinations except for the General Examination English Composition with Essay.

The College will accept the minimum cut-off score recommended by the American Council on Education (ACE) for awarding credit.

Although CLEP examinations are not offered at CCBC, they are available at several local colleges and universities for a fee. Students interested in taking CLEP examinations should contact the Counseling Office.

Any student who desires to transfer subject examination CLEP credits to CCBC should submit all official test scores to:

Admissions and Registration 
1 Campus Drive
Monaca, PA 15061-2588

Note: If a different name appears on the official transcripts, please notify the Admissions and Registration at 724-480-3504.

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Those individuals seeking to enroll in credit certificate and/or degree programs who have previously attended another college or university will be accepted for enrollment under the category of Transfer Student.

Such individuals will be required to submit all official college transcripts to:

Admissions and Registration 
1 Campus Drive
Monaca, PA 15061-2588

Note: If a different name appears on the official transcripts, please notify the Admissions and Registration at 724-480-3504.

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Various industry certifications and ratings are recognized by CCBC as having equivalent knowledge and competencies and can be used towards the requirements of a degree or certificate.

Such individuals will be required to submit all official documentation to:

Admissions and Registration 

1 Campus Drive

Monaca, PA 15061-2588

Note: If a different name appears on the official transcripts, please notify the Admissions and Registration at 724-480-3504.

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Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) enables adult students to earn college credit for learning they have done on the job, in the military, or on their own, reducing the time and costs associated with earning a degree.

Application Form for Prior Learning Assessment

Through PLA, students may substitute life experience for formal classes related to their program of study. Students should not have taken the course(s) for which they are applying to receive, either at CCBC or another school.

To be considered for PLA, the student must submit a request form for each class in the college catalog that is to be considered for PLA and build a portfolio. When compiling the portfolio, the best place to start is with the master syllabus for the particular course for which the request is being made. If requesting credit for more than one course, the student must detail what experience applies to each course. In addition to the course content, a close review of the objectives for the course will help coordinate experience with courses. The portfolio must demonstrate experience in the content field and the attainment of course objectives.

Documentation that is acceptable in support of the request:

  • A narrative that outlines the case clearly and in detail by paralleling course objectives with personal experiences
  • A chart that parallels personal experience with course objectives
  • Job descriptions
  • Employer evaluations
  • Letters of documentation from employers and colleagues
  • Documents that were produced by way of work assignments or personal initiative
  •  Certificates of completion or documentation for any relevant training together with the content of the training and the number of hours of training
  • Résumé

A separate application and portfolio should be submitted for each class. The request will be submitted to the Director of Enrollment Services. The  appropriate College Division will assess the portfolio. The decision of the College Division is final. 
Please note that the cost of submitting a portfolio is $129.00 per course. You will be paying this non-refundable fee when you submit your portfolio. 
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Reverse Transfer

It is the transfer of credits from a four-year institution to any two-year institution from which a student transferred. It doesn't matter if the student transferred to another associate degree granting or bachelor's level institution first, attended public or private institutions, or transferred across state lines. If eligible, the student is awarded an associate degree.

Students who began their studies at Community College of Beaver County before transferring to a university within Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education might already have earned enough credits to receive their first degree.  Previous CCBC students can transfer back credits earned at a State System university in order to be awarded an associate degree.

The State System universities are Bloomsburg, California, Cheyney, Clarion, East Stroudsburg, Edinboro, Indiana, Kutztown, Lock Haven, Mansfield, Millersville, Shippensburg, Slippery Rock and West Chester Universities of Pennsylvania. 

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For additional information please inquire at your state system school or contact CCBC at 724-480-2222.