Oct 27, 2021  
2021-2022 College Catalog 
    
2021-2022 College Catalog

Credit for Prior Learning/Advanced Standing Guide


Thomas Nelson Community is committed to lifelong learning that provides students with opportunities to receive credit for prior learning while still maintaining the academic integrity of academic programs. Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) policies are consistent with Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) principles and with Virginia Community College System (VCCS) policy. 

The information provided describes the mechanisms for obtaining credit for prior learning at Thomas Nelson. The term “credit for prior learning” generally refers to the process of granting college credit for learning gained in nontraditional ways. Credit for Prior Learning is the process of awarding credit for competency in subject matter that has been achieved through previous academic study, experiential learning or occupational experience.

This may include, but is not limited to, credit for external advanced placement such as the Advanced Placement Program (AP), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), and International Baccalaureate (IB), credit for non-traditional professional certifications, and credit for educational/training programs (military, industry, state and federal government). This guide also provides procedures for granting various kinds of credit earned at other colleges and universities in this country and abroad.

Advanced Placement (AP) Credit by Challenge Exam
Cambridge International Program    Arts, Business, Humanities & Social Science Division
College Level Exam Program (CLEP)    Public Safety, Allied Health & Human Services Division
Credit for Certfication or Licensure    Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics Division
   Arts, Business, Humanities & Social Science Division DSST/DANTES Program
   Public Safety, Allied Health & Human Services Division International Baccalaureate (IB) Program
   Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics Division Workforce Development

Advanced Placement (AP)

Advanced Placement (AP) exams are administered by the College Board to high school students enrolled in “AP” designated courses throughout the United States. Each exam has a course guide that provides an overview of the course including learning objectives and concept outlines. Exam scores range from 1-5 with 5 being the highest. For a complete description of Advanced Placement exams, visit the website at https://aphighered.collegeboard.org.

Thomas Nelson Community College awards advanced standing credit for Advanced Placement (AP) exams in accordance with Virginia Community College System (VCCS) policy (section 5.6.5.1) , which sets the minimum acceptable exam score at three (3) on AP exams. Credit may be awarded differently for scores that exceed the minimum. Faculty within the subject area review the learning objectives for Advanced Placement exams and determine equivalent courses offered at the College. Credits are awarded as follows:

Advanced Placement (AP) Exam Title Equivalent
Course/s
Minimum
Score
Credits
Awarded
Art History ART 101 & 102 3 6
Biology BIO 101 3 4
Biology BIO 101 & 102 4 8
Calculus AB MTH 263 3 4
Calculus BC MTH 263 3 4
Calculus BC MTH 263 & 264 4 8
Chemistry CHM 111 3 4
Chemistry CHM 111 & 112 4 8
Chinese Language & Culture No Equivalent Course - 0
Comparative Government & Politics No Equivalent Course - 0
Computer Science A CSC 200 3 3
Computer Science Principles CSC 200 3 3
English Language & Composition ENG 111 3 3
English Literature & Composition ENG 125 3 3
Environmental Science BIO 107 3 4
European History HIS 102 3 3
French Language & Culture FRE 101 & 102 3 8
French Language & Culture FRE 101, 102, & 201 4 11
French Language & Culture FRE 101, 102, 201 & 202 5 14
German Language & Culture No Equivalent Course - 0
Human Geography GEO 210 3 3
Italian Language & Culture No Equivalent Course - 0
Japanese Language & Culture No Equivalent Course - 0
Latin No Equivalent Course - 0
Macroeconomics ECO 201 3 3
Microeconomics ECO 202 3 3
Music Theory MUS 111 3 4
Physics I: Algebra Based PHY 201 4 4
Physics II: Algebra Based PHY 202 4 4
Physics I & II PHY 201 & 202 4 8
Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism PHY 242 4 4
Physics C: Mechanics PHY 241 4 4
Psychology PSY 200 3 3
Spanish Language & Culture SPA 101 & 102 8
Spanish Language & Culture SPA 101, 102 & 201 4 11
Spanish Language & Culture SPA 101, 102, 201 & 202 5 14
Spanish Literature & Culture No Equivalent Course - 0
Statistics MTH 245 3 3
Studio Art: 2D or 3D Design No Equivalent Course - 0
Studio Art: Drawing See “Challenge Exams” section for further instructions - -
US Government & Politics PLS 135 3 3
US History HIS 121 & 122 3 6
World History: Modern HIS 111 & 112 3 6

Students seeking credit for AP Exams should complete the following steps:

  1. Complete and submit the Request for Transfer Evaluation form to Enrollment Services, Griffin Hall, Room 208 (Hampton campus) or Student Services, Room 117 (Historic Triangle campus). 
  2. Review the options for requesting official scores reports on the AP College Board website.
  3. Request that the official reports be mailed to the one of the addresses included on the Request for Transfer Evaluation Form.
  4. Students will be notified by a representative from Enrollment Services (Hampton campus) or Student Services (Historic Triangle campus) when the process is complete.

Cambridge International (A/AS Level) Program

Cambridge International exams commonly known as A levels or AS levels, are administered by the University of Cambridge and completed by students in the United Kingdom and international education programs in 160 countries. Each exam has a syllabus that provides an overview of the course including learning objectives and content outlines. Exam scores range from A-E with A being the highest. For a complete description of Cambridge International exams, visit the Cambridge Assessment International Education website: www.cambridgeinternational.org/

Thomas Nelson Community College awards advanced standing credit for Cambridge International exams in accordance with Virginia Community College System (VCCS) policy (section 5.6.5.1), which accepts “C” as the minimum acceptable exam score. Credit may be awarded differently for the AS level as compared to the A level exam. Faculty within the subject area review the learning objectives for Cambridge International exams and determine equivalent courses offered at the College. Credits are awarded as follows:

Cambridge International Exam Title (#) Level Equivalent
Course/s
Minimum
Score
Credits
Awarded
Accounting (9706) A Level ACC 211 & 212 C 6
Accounting (9706) AS Level ACC 211 C 3
Afrikaans (8779 & 9679) AS Level No Equivalent Course - 0
Applied Information & Communication Technology (9713) No Equivalent Course - 0
Arabic (8680 or 9680) A Level No Equivalent Course - 0
Art & Design (9479) AS & A Level No Equivalent Course - 0
Biblical Studies (9484) AS & A Level No Equivalent Course - 0
Biology (9700) AS & A Level BIO 101 & 102 C 8
Biology (9700) AS Level No Equivalent Course - 0
Business (9609) AS & A Level BUS 100 3
Chemistry (9701) AS & A Level CHM 111 C 4
Chinese (9715) A Level No Equivalent Course - 0
Chinese Language (8681) AS Level No Equivalent Course - 0
Classical Studies (9274) A Level No Equivalent Course - 0
Computer Science (9608) AS & A Level CSC 200 C 3
Computer Science (9618) AS & A Level No Equivalent Course - 0
Design & Technology (9705) AS & A Level No Equivalent Course - 0
Design & Textiles (9631) AS & A Level No Equivalent Course - 0
Digital Media & Design (9481) AS & A Level No Equivalent Course - 0
Divinity (8041) AS Level No Equivalent Course - 0
Divinity (9011) A Level No Equivalent Course - 0
Drama (9482) AS & A Level No Equivalent Course - 0
Economics (9708) AS & A Level ECO 201 & 202 C 6
English General Paper (8021) AS Level ENG 111 C 3
English Language (9093) AS & A Level ENG 111 C 3
English Language & Literature (8695) AS Level ENG 111 & 125 C 6
English Literature (9695) AS & A Level ENG 125 C 3
Environmental Management (8921) AS Level BIO 107 C 4
Food Studies (9336) No Equivalent Course - 0
French (9716) A Level No Equivalent Course - 0
French Language (8682) AS Level No Equivalent Course - 0
French Literature (8670)  No Equivalent Course - 0
Geography (9696) AS & A Level No Equivalent Course - 0
German (9717) A Level No Equivalent Course - 0
German Language (8683) AS Level No Equivalent Course - 0
Global Perspective (8987) No Equivalent Course - 0
Global Perspectives & Research (9239) AS & A Level No Equivalent Course - 0
Hindi (9687) A Level No Equivalent Course - 0
Hindi Language (8687) AS Level No Equivalent Course - 0
Hindi Literature (8675) AS Level No Equivalent Course - 0
Hinduism (8058) AS Level No Equivalent Course - 0
Hinduism (9487) A Level No Equivalent Course - 0
History (9389) AS & A Level No Equivalent Course - 0
History (9489) AS & A Level No Equivalent Course - 0
Information Technology (9626) AS & A Level ITE 120 C 3
Islamic Studies (9013) AS & A Level No Equivalent Course - 0
Islamic Studies (9488) AS & A Level  No Equivalent Course - 0
Islamic Studies (8053) AS Level No Equivalent Course - 0
Japanese Language (8281) AS Level No Equivalent Course - 0
Law (9084) AS & A Level No Equivalent Course - 0
Marine Science (9693) AS & A Level No Equivalent Course - 0
Mathematics Further (9231) AS & A Level No Equivalent Course - 0
Mathematics (9709) A Level MTH 161 & 263 C 7
Mathematics (9709) AS Level MTH 161 C 3
Media Studies (9607) AS & A Level No Equivalent Course - 0
Music (9483) AS & A Level No Equivalent Course - 0
Physical Education (9396) AS & A Level No Equivalent Course - 0
Physics (9702) AS & A Level PHY 100* 4
Portuguese (9718) A Level No Equivalent Course - 0
Portuguese Language (8684) AS Level No Equivalent Course  - 0
Psychology (9990) AS & A Level PSY 200 C 3
Sociology (9699) AS & A Level SOC 200 C 3
Spanish (9719) A Level No Equivalent Course - 0
Spanish First Language (8665) AS Level No Equivalent Course - 0
Spanish Language (8685) AS Level No Equivalent Course - 0
Spanish Literature (8673) AS Level No Equivalent Course - 0
Tamil (9689) A Level No Equivalent Course - 0
Tamil Language (8689) AS Level No Equivalent Course - 0
Thinking Skills (9694) AS & A Level No Equivalent Course - 0
Travel & Tourism (9395) AS & A Level No Equivalent Course - 0
Urdu (9676) A Level No Equivalent Course - 0
Urdu Language (8686) AS Level No Equivalent Course - 0
Urdu Pakistan Only (9686) A Level No Equivalent Course - 0

*Credit awarded once student enrolls in and completes a laboratory section with a grade of “C” or higher.

Students seeking credit for Cambridge International Exams should complete the following steps:

  1. Complete and submit the Request for Transfer Evaluation form to Enrollment Services, Griffin Hall, Room 208 (Hampton campus) or Student Services, Room 117 (Historic Triangle campus). 
  2. Download, complete and submit the Priority Results Information form available on the Cambridge International Exams website.
  3. Request that an official score report be mailed to one of the campus addresses included on the Request for Transfer Evaluation form. 
  4. Students will be notified by a representative from Enrollment Services (Hampton campus) or Student Services (Historic Triangle campus) when the process is complete.

College Level Exam Program (CLEP)

The College Level Exam Program (CLEP) is administered by the College Board and offers subject level examinations to allow students to document their existing knowledge for 100 and 200 level collegiate courses. A fact sheet is published for each exam that provides a description of the exam content, required knowledge and skills, and study materials. For a complete description of CLEP offerings, visit the College Board exam website: clep.collegeboard.org/exams.

Thomas Nelson Community College awards advanced standing credit for CLEP exams in accordance with Virginia Community College System (VCCS) policy (section 5.6.5.1), which sets 50 as the minimum acceptable exam score. Credit may be awarded differently for scores that exceed the minimum. Faculty within the subject area review the learning objectives for CLEP exams and determine equivalent courses offered at the College. Credits are awarded as follows: 

CLEP EXAM TITLE Equivalent
Course/s
Minimum
Score
Credits
Awarded
American Government PLS 135 50 3
American Literature ENG 241 & 242 50 6
Analyzing & Interpreting Literature ENG 125 50 3
Anatomy & Physiology No Equivalent Course - 0
Applied Managerial Accounting No Equivalent Course - 0
Basic Genetics No Equivalent Course - 0
Biology BIO 101 & 1021 50 8
Business Communications No Equivalent Course - 0
Business Ethics No Equivalent Course - 0
Business Math No Equivalent Course - 0
Business Statistics No Equivalent Course - 0
Calculus MTH 263 50 4
Chemistry CHM 111 & 1121 50 8
Chemistry I w/Lab No Equivalent Course - 0
Chemistry II w/Lab No Equivalent Course - 0
Classroom Management No Equivalent Course - 0
Clinical Microbiology w/Lab No Equivalent Course - 0
College Algebra No Equivalent Course - 0
College Composition I ENG 111 50 3
College Composition II No Equivalent Course - 0
College Composition Modular ENG 1112,3 50 3
College Mathematics MTH 154 50 3
Comparative Politics No Equivalent Course - 0
Corporate Finance No Equivalent Course - 0
Criminal Law No Equivalent Course - 0
Critical Thinking & Analysis No Equivalent Course - 0
Differentiated Instruction No Equivalent Course - 0
Discrete Mathematics No Equivalent Course - 0
Earth Science No Equivalent Course - 0
English Composition I No Equivalent Course - 0
English Literature ENG 243 50 3
English Literature ENG 243 & 244 62 6
Environment & Humanity No Equivalent Course - 0
Ethics in America No Equivalent Course - 0
Ethics in the Social Sciences No Equivalent Course - 0
Ethics - Theory & Practice No Equivalent Course - 0
Financial Accounting ACC 211 50 3
Financial Management No Equivalent Course - 0
Food & Beverage Service & Operations No Equivalent Course - 0
Forensic Science No Equivalent Course - 0
Foundations of Education No Equivalent Course - 0
Foundations of Gerontology No Equivalent Course - 0
French Language FRE 101 & 102 50 8
French Language FRE 101,102, 201 & 202 59 14
General Chemistry No Equivalent Course - 0
German Language No Equivalent Course - 0
Globalization & International Management No Equivalent Course - 0
History of the US I: Colonization to 1877 HIS 121 50 3
History of the US II: 1865 to Present HIS 122 50 3
History of the Vietnam War No Equivalent Course - 0
History of Western Art I No Equivalent Course - 0
History of Western Art II No Equivalent Course - 0
Human & Cultural Geography No Equivalent Course - 0
Human Growth & Development PSY 230 50 3
Humanities No Equivalent Course - 0
Human Resources No Equivalent Course - 0
Information Literacy No Equivalent Course - 0
Information Systems ITE 120 50 3
Information Systems & Computer Applications No Equivalent Course - 0
Intermediate Accounting I No Equivalent Course - 0
Intermediate Spanish No Equivalent Course - 0
International Business No Equivalent Course - 0
Interpersonal Communication No Equivalent Course - 0
Intro to Astronomy No Equivalent Course - 0
Intro to Biology No Equivalent Course - 0
Intro to Biology w/Lab No Equivalent Course - 0
Intro to Computing No Equivalent Course - 0
Intro to Criminal Justice No Equivalent Course - 0
Intro to Genetics No Equivalent Course - 0
Intro to Geometry No Equivalent Course - 0
Intro to Government No Equivalent Course - 0
Intro to Humanities No Equivalent Course - 0
Intro to Managerial Accounting No Equivalent Course - 0
Intro to Meteorology No Equivalent Course - 0
Intro to Natural Science No Equivalent Course - 0
Intro to Philosophy No Equivalent Course - 0
Intro to Political Science No Equivalent Course - 0
Intro to Physics No Equivalent Course - 0
Intro to Sociology No Equivalent Course - 0
Intro to World Religions No Equivalent Course - 0
Introduction to Business No Equivalent Course - 0
Introduction to Criminology No Equivalent Course - 0
Introduction to Early Childhood Education No Equivalent Course - 0
Introduction to Educational Psychology No Equivalent Course - 0
Introduction to Entrepreneurship No Equivalent Course - 0
Introduction to Hospitality No Equivalent Course - 0
Introduction to Management No Equivalent Course - 0
Introduction to Retail Merchandising No Equivalent Course - 0
Introduction to Tourism & Travel Industry No Equivalent Course - 0
Introductory Business Law BUS 241 50 3
Introductory Psychology PSY 200 50 3
Introductory Sociology SOC 200 50 3
Labor Relations No Equivalent Course - 0
Leadership & Organizational Behavior No Equivalent Course - 0
Macroeconomics No Equivalent Course - 0
Medical Terminology No Equivalent Course - 0
Microbiology No Equivalent Course - 0
Natural Science No Equivalent Course - 0
Organizational Behavior No Equivalent Course - 0
Pathophysiology No Equivalent  Course - 0
Personal Finance No Equivalent Course - 0
Physical Geology No Equivalent Course - 0
Physics I No Equivalent Course - 0
Physics II No Equivalent Course - 0
Precalculus MTH 161 & 162 60 6
Precalculus Algebra No Equivalent Course - 0
Principles of Finance No Equivalent Course - 0
Principles of Health No Equivalent Course - 0
Principles of Macroeconomics ECO 201 50 3
Principles of Management BUS 200 50 3
Principles of Marketing No Equivalent Course - 0
Principles of Microeconomics ECO 202 50 3
Principles of Physical Science No Equivalent Course - 0
Principles of Statistics No Equivalent Course - 0
Principles of Supervision No Equivalent Course - 0
Project Management No Equivalent Course - 0
Public Speaking No Equivalent Course - 0
Quantitative Literacy No Equivalent Course - 0
Science of Nutrition No Equivalent Course - 0
Social Science and History No Equivalent Course - 0
Spanish Language: Level I SPA 101 & 102 50 8
Spanish Language: Level II SPA 101,102, 201 & 202 63 14
Spanish for the Workplace No Equivalent Course - 0
Special Education History & Law No Equivalent Course - 0
Strategic Human Resources Management No Equivalent Course - 0
Teaching Elementary Math No Equivalent Course - 0
Technology in the Classroom No Equivalent Course - 0
The Civil War & Reconstruction No Equivalent Course - 0
US History II No Equivalent Course - 0
US History from Settlement to Present Day No Equivalent Course - 0
Western Civilization from Prehistory to Post WWII No Equivalent Course - 0
Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East to 1648 HIS 101 50 3
Western Civilization II: 1648 to Present HIS 102 50 3

1Credit awarded once a student enrolls in and completes a laboratory section with a grade of “C” or better.
2The College Composition Modular exam includes two essays that must be graded by the College. This may prolong the time to receive a decision on awarding of credit. 
3Students who complete the College Composition Modular exam within 18 months of requesting transfer credit evaluation need to request that the College Board send the essays to Thomas Nelson. Students who completed the exam more than 18 months prior to requesting transfer credit evaluations or who previously had their essays sent to other institutions will need to take the optional essay portion of the exam and have those essays sent to Thomas Nelson.

Students seeking credit for CLEP should complete the following steps:

  1. Complete and submit the Request for Transfer Evaluation form to Enrollment Services, Griffin Hall, Room 208 (Hampton campus) or Student Services, Room 117,(Historic Triangle campus). 
  2. Review the options for requesting official score reports on the CLEP College Board website.
  3. Request that an official score report be mailed to one of the campus addresses included on the Request for Transfer Evaluation form. 
  4. Students will be notified by a representative from Enrollment Services (Hampton campus) or Student Services (Historic Triangle campus) when the process is complete. 

DSST (DANTES) Program

DSST, also known as DANTES, offers subject level examinations. DANTES is the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Educational Support, which promotes educational opportunities for service members and veterans. These exams are available to anyone seeking college credit in a non-traditional format. DSST A fact sheet is published for each exam that provides a description of the exam content, sample questions, references, and scoring information. DSST exams use scaled scores and each test has a different scale. Visit the DSST exams website getcollegecredit.com/testprep/#courses for a complete description.

Thomas Nelson Community College awards advanced standing credit for DSST exams in accordance with the minimum recommended scores provided by the American Council on Education (ACE) for courses that have equivalencies at the College. Faculty within the subject area review the learning objectives for DSST exams and determine equivalent courses offered at the College. Credits are awarded as follows:

DSST/DANTES EXAM TITLE Equivalent
Course/s
Minimum
Score
Credits
Awarded
Art of the Western World No Equivalent Course - 0
Astronomy NAS 131 400  3
Business Ethics & Society No Equivalent Course - 0
Business Law II BUS 241 400 3
Business Mathematics BUS 121 400  3
The Civil War and Reconstruction HIS EEE  400 3
Computing & Information Technology ITE 120 400 3
Criminal Justice ADJ 100 400  3
Environmental Science BIO 1071  400 4
Ethics in America No Equivalent Course - 0
Ethics in Technology No Equivalent Course - 0
Foundations of Education No Equivalent Course - 0
Fundamentals of College Algebra No Equivalent Course - 0
Fundamentals of Counseling HMS 121 400  3
Fundamentals of Cybersecurity ITN 250 400 3
General Anthropology No Equivalent Course - 0
Health & Human Development HLT 110 400 3
History of the Soviet Union No Equivalent Course - 0
History of the Vietnam War No Equivalent Course - 0
Human Resources Management BUS 205 400 3
Human/Cultural Geography GEO 210 400 3
Introduction to Business BUS 100 400  3
Introduction to Geography No Equivalent Course - 0
Introduction to Geology No Equivalent Course - 0
Introduction to Law Enforcement No Equivalent Course - 0
Introduction to Modern Middle East No Equivalent Course - 0
Introduction to World Religions No Equivalent Course - 0
Lifespan Development Psychology PSY 230 400 3
Management Information Systems ITE 120 400 3
Math for Liberal Arts MTH 154 400 3
Money and Banking No Equivalent Course - 0
Organizational Behavior BUS 201 400 3
Personal Finance FIN 107 400  3
Principles of Advanced English Composition ENG 111 400 3
Principles of Finance FIN 215 400 3
Principles of Financial Accounting No Equivalent Course - 0
Principles of Physical Science I PHY 1001 400 3
Principles of Public Speaking CST 100 400 3
Principles of Statistics MTH 245 400 3
Principles of Supervision BUS 111 400 3
Substance Abuse No Equivalent Course - 0
Technical Writing ENG 115 400 3

1Credit awarded when a student enrolls in and completes a laboratory section with a grade of “C” or better.

Students seeking credit for DSST exams should complete the following steps:

  1. Complete and submit the Request for Transfer Evaluation form to Enrollment Services, Griffin Hall, Room 208 (Hampton campus) or Student Services, Room 117 (Historic Triangle campus). 
  2. Review the options for requesting official score reports on the DSST website.
  3. Request that official score reports be mailed to one of the campus addresses included on the Request for Transfer Evaluation form. 
  4. Students will be notified by a representative from Enrollment Services (Hampton campus) or Student Services (Historic Triangle campus) when the process is complete.

International Baccalaureate (IB) Program 

International Baccalaureate (IB)  exams are completed by high school students enrolled in “IB” courses in schools approved to offer the International Baccalaureate curriculum. The coursework is typically completed during the junior and senior years of high school. The courses occur at two levels, “SL” and “HL” which refer to “standard level” and “higher level” respectively. The standard level “SL” may only require one complete year of coursework; the higher level “HL” course is of more depth and complexity and typically requires two complete years of coursework. Each IB course has a subject outline and detailed course guide. Exam scores range from 1-7 with seven being the highest. For a complete description of International Baccalaureate (IB) exams, visit the website at https://ibo.org

Thomas Nelson Community College awards advanced standing credit for International Baccalaureate (IB) exams in accordance with Virginia Community College System (VCCS) policy, which sets the minimum acceptable exam score at five (5) for these exams. Credit may be awarded differently for scores that exceed the minimum. Faculty within the subject area review the learning objectives for International Baccalaureate (IB) exams and determine equivalent courses offered at the College. Credits are awarded as follows: 

IB Exam Title (Level) Equivalent
Course/s
Minimum
Score
Credits
warded
Art Design (SL or HL) No Equivalent Course - 0
Biology (SL or HL) BIO 101 5 4
Business & Management (SL or HL) BUS 100 5 3
Business Management (SL or HL) No Equivalent Course - 0
Chemistry (HL) CHM 111 5 4
Chemistry (HL) CHM 111 & 112 6 8
Computer Science (HL) CSC 200 5 3
Computer Science (SL) No Equivalent Course - 0
Dance (SL or HL) No Equivalent Course - 0
Design Technology (SL or HL) No Equivalent Course - 0
Economics (HL) ECO 201 & 202 5 6
Economics (SL) ECO 120 5 3
Environmental Systems & Societies (SL) BIO 107 5 4
Film (SL or HL) No Equivalent Course - 0
Geography (SL) GEO 210 5 3
Global Politics (SL or HL) No Equivalent Course - 0
History (SL or HL) No Equivalent Course - 5
History 20th Century World (SL or HL) No Equivalent Course - 0
IT in a Global Society (SL or HL) No Equivalent Course - 0
Language A: English Lit (HL) ENG 125 5 3
Language A: Language & Literature (SL or HL) No Equivalent Course - 0
Language A: Literature (SL or HL) No Equivalent Course - 0
Language B: (SL or HL) No Equivalent Course - 0
Language B: Classical (SL or HL) No Equivalent Course - 0
Language B: French (HL) Waiver/placement into FRE 201 5 0
Language B: French (HL) FRE 201 6 3
Language B: French (HL) FRE 201 & 202 7 6
Language B: German (HL) No Equivalent Course - 0
Language B: Spanish (HL) Waiver/placement into SPA 201 5 0
Language B: Spanish (HL) SPA 201 6 3
Language B: Spanish (HL) SPA 201 & 202 7 6
Literature & Performance (SL) No Equivalent Course - 0
Math: Applications & Interpretation (SL or HL) No Equivalent Course - 0
Math: Analysis & Approaches (SL or HL) No Equivalent Course - 0
Math Methods (SL) No Equivalent Course - 0
Math Studies (SL) No Equivalent Course - 0
Mathematics (HL) MTH 263 5 4
Music (SL or HL) No Equivalent Course - 0
Philosophy (SL or HL) No Equivalent Course - 0
Physics (HL) PHY 201 & 202 5 8
Physics (SL) PHY 201 5 4
Psychology (SL or HL) PSY 200 5 3
Social & Cultural Anthropology (HL) No Equivalent Course - 0
Social & Cultural Anthropology (SL) SOC EEE 5 3
Sports, Exercise & Health Science (SL or HL) No Equivalent Course - 0
Theatre Arts (SL or HL) No Equivalent Course - 0
Visual Arts (SL or HL) No Equivalent Course - 0
World Religions: (SL) Option 1: Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism REL 231 5 3
World Religions: (SL) Option 2: Judaism, Christianity, Islam REL 232 5 3
World Religions: (SL or HL) Option 3: Taoism, Jainism, Baha’i Faith No Equivalent Course - 0

Students seeking credit for IB exams should complete the following steps:

  1. Complete and submit the Request for Transfer Evaluation form to Enrollment Services, Griffin Hall, Room 208 (Hampton campus) or Student Services, Room 117 (Historic Triangle campus). 
  2. Review the options for requesting official score reports on the CLEP College Board website.
  3. Request that an official score report be mailed to one of the campus addresses included on the Request for Transfer Evaluation form. 
  4. Students will be notified by a representative from Enrollment Services (Hampton campus) or Student Services (Historic Triangle campus) when the process is complete.

Credit for Certification or Licensure

Credit may be awarded when a student holds an industry certification or professional license that is deemed equivalent to a course or series of courses within a program offered at Thomas Nelson Community College.  Students must be enrolled in a program at the College for which the course is required and, in most cases, have earned at least six (6) credits in the program before applying to receive advanced standing credit for certification or licensure.

Students seeking credit for Certification or Licensure should complete the following steps: 

  1. Review the certification and licensure list for the appropriate academic division to determine if the certification or license held is applicable to their program of study. 
  2. Complete and submit the Request for Transfer Evaluation form to Enrollment Services, Griffin Hall, Room 208 (Hampton campus) or Student Services, Room 117, (Historic Triangle campus).
  3. Enrollment Services will confirm the student is enrolled in a program at the College for which the courses are required, attach a degree progress report, and forward along with a Transcript Evaluation Form to the academic division dean or designee for review and approval. 
  4. Students will be notified by a representative from Enrollment Services (Hampton campus) or Student Services (Historic Triangle campus) when the process is complete.

Arts, Business, Humanities and Social Science Division
Division Advising Center: Hampton Campus, Hampton III, Room 725; Phone: 757-825-2883; email: abhs@tncc.edu

Credit for Certification is offered in the following programs:

Accounting (203) AAS  
Management (212) AAS  

Curriculum Number Certification or License/Credentialing Agency Equivalent
Course/s
Credits
Awarded
Accounting, Management
203 Quickbooks Certified ProAdvisor ACC 215 3
203 
212
Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) on Microsoft Excel 2019/Microsoft Office 365 (Excel Exam MO-200/MO-201)/ Microsoft1  ITE 140 3

Required Documentation and Special Conditions for Credit for Certification and Licensure

Public Safety, Allied Health and Human Services Division
Division Advising Center: Hampton Campus, Hampton III, Room 747; Phone 757-825-2993; email: psahhs@tncc.edu

Credit for certification and licensure is offered in the following programs:

Administration of Justice (400) AAS    Emergency Medical Services (146) AAS  
Administration of Justice (221-400-01) CSC   Emergency Medical Services: Intermediate to Paramedic (221-146-05) CSC  
Administrative Support Technology (298) AAS   Emergency Medical Technician (221-146-01) CSC  
Administrative Support Technology w/Communications Management (298-01) AAS   Emergency Medical Technician Advanced (221-146-08) CSC  
Administrative Support Technology w/Medical Office Admin (298-02) AAS   Fire & Emergency Medical Services Leadership (221-427-54) CSC  
Child Development (221-636-04) CSC   Fire Science Technology (427) AAS  
Critical Care Education (221-146-10) CSC    Fire Sprinkler Systems (221-427-11) CSC  
   
Certification/Licensure Abbreviations:      
AEMT Advanced Emergency Medical Technician   NETC National Emergency Training Center
AHA American Heart Association   NFA National Fire Academy
ARC American Red Cross   NREMT National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians
EMT Emergency Medical Technician   VA Commonwealth of Virginia
EMT-I Emergency Medical Technician Intermediate   VDEM Virginia Department of Emergency Management
FESHE Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education   VDFP Virginia Department of Fire Programs
IFSAC International Fire Service Higher Education   VDH Virginia Department of Health
NAEMT National Association of Emergency Medical Technician   VOEMS Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services
NBFSPQ National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications “Pro Board”   VFMA Virginia Fire Marshal Academy
         
Curriculum
 
Curriculum
Number
Certification or License/Credentialing Agency Equivalent
Course/s
Credits
Awarded
Administration of Justice
400

Department of Criminal Justice - Virginia (DCJS) Certification - Entry Law Enforcement Training2

ADJ 100 3
400

Department of Criminal Justice - Virginia (DCJS) Certification - Entry Law Enforcement Training2

ADJ 229 3
400

Department of Criminal Justice - Virginia (DCJS) Certification - Entry Law Enforcement Training2

ADJ 236 3
400

Completion of Virginia State Police Academy3

ADJ 100 3
400 
221-400-01

Completion of Virginia State Police Academy3

ADJ 211 3
400

Completion of Virginia State Police Academy3

ADJ 236 3
400

Department of Criminal Justice - Virginia (DCJS) Certification - Entry Level Jailor/Court Services2

ADJ 140 3
Administrative Support Technology
298-02 Certified Professional Coder (CPC)/American Association of Professional Coders1 AST 242 & HLT 143 6
298 
298-01
Certified Administrative Professional/International Association of Administrative Professionals1 AST 101, AST 102, AST 230, AST 234, AST 243 & BUS 235 18
298
298-02
Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) on Microsoft Office 2019 (Word 2019, Exam 77-725); Excel 2019 (Exam 77-727); PowerPoint 205 (Exam 77-729); Access 2019 (Exam 77-730) Microsoft1 AST 232 3
298-01 Certified Internet Webmaster (CIW) Site Development Associate Exam (Exam 1D0-61B)/ Associate Internet Professionals1 ITD 110 3
298-01 Certified Internet Webmaster (CIW) Web Design Specialist (Exam 1D0-520) Associate Internet Professionals1 ITD 210 4
298-01 Adobe Dreamweaver CC 2015 ACE Exam/Adobe1 ITD 210 4
Child Development
221-636-04

Based on experiential learning/work experience, must have CDA or equivalent, take course challenge exam, and receive a passing grade of 70%, to receive credit. Must see Program Head to provide documentation review and have Divisional Approval5

CHD 120 3
221-636-04

Based on experiential learning/work experience, must see Program Head to provide documentation review to receive credit, and have Divisional Approval5

CHD 165 3
Emergency Medical Services
146
221-146-01
221-146-08
Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers/AHA1,7,8,9 EMS 100 1
146
221-146-01
221-146-08
EMT/National Registry or Virginia Department of Health Office of EMS1,7,8,9 EMS 111 & 120 8
146 AEMT/National Registry or Virginia Department of Health Office of EMS1,7,8,9 EMS 111, 120, 121, 125, & 126 12
146 EMT-I/Virginia Department of Health Office of EMS1,7,8,9 EMS 111, 120, 121, 123, 125, 126, 127, 128, 135, 136, 137, 138, 139, 140, 141, 142 & 175 26
146 Paramedic/National Registry or Virginia Department of Health Office of EMS1,7,8,9 EMS 111, 120, 121, 123, 125, 126, 127, 128, 135, 136, 137, 138, 139, 140, 141, 142, 175, 202, 203, 204, 206, 210, 212, 216, 247, 248, 249 & BIO 145 46
146 
221-146-10
Prehospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS)/NAEMT1,7,8,9 EMS 163 1
146 
221-146-05
221-146-10
Advanced Medical Life Support (AMLS)/NAEMT1,7,8,9 EMS 164 1
146
221-146-05
Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS)/AHA1,7,8,9 EMS 165 1
146 or
221-146-05
Emergency Pediatric Care (EPC)/NAEMT1,7,8,9 EMS 167 1
Fire Science
427 Firefighter I/VDFP, NBFSPQ, NFA, NETC, FESHE, IFSAC FST 100 3
427
221-427-11
Firefighter II/VDFP, NBFSPQ, NFA, NETC, FESHE, IFSAC or VCCS FST 105 FST 110 6
427 Hazardous Materials (HM) Technician/ VDFP, VDEM, NBFSPQ, NFA, NETC, FESHE, or IFSAC; or HM Specialist/VDFP,VDEM, NBFSPQ, NFA, NETC, FESHE, or IFSAC; or HM Chemistry or Chemistry of HM/VDFP, VDEM, NBFSPQ, NFA, NETC, FESHE or IFSAC   FST 112 3
427 Fire Inspector I (1031)/VDFP, VFMA, NBFSPQ, NFA, NETC, FESHE or IFSAC; or NFA Executive Analysis of Community Risk Reduction (R0274); or NFA Managing Effective Fire Prevention Programs (R0671)   FST 115 3
427 Incident Safety Officer (ISO) or Health and Safety Officer (HSO)/ VDFP, VFMA, NBFSPQ, NFA, NETC, FESHE or IFSAC or VCCS FST 121   FST 120 3
427
221-427-54
Fire Instructor I/ VDFP, NBFSPQ, NFA, NETC, FESHE or IFSAC   FST 135 3
427  Fire Officer I/VDFP, NBFSPQ, NFA, NETC, FESHE or IFSAC   FST 140 4
427
221-427-11
Driver Operator – Pump or Fire Protection Hydraulics/VDFP, NBFSPQ, NFA, NETC, FESHE or IFSAC   FST 205 3
427 
221-427-54
Legal Aspects of Emergency Services or Fire Services/NFA, NETC, FESHE    FST 210 3
427 
221-427-11
Fire Inspector I (1031)/ VDFP, NBFSPQ, NFA, NETC, FESHE or IFSAC   FST 215 3
427 
221-427-11
221-427-54
Building Construction Combustible and Non-Combustible/VDFP, NBFSPQ, NFA, NETC, FESHE or IFSAC   FST 220 3
221-427-54 Fire Investigator (1033)/ VDFP, VFMA, NBFSPQ, NFA, NETC, FESHE or IFSAC   FST 230 3
221-427-54 Decision Making for Initial Company Operations (DMICO) & Strategy and Tactics for Initial Company Operations (STICO)/ VDFP, NBFSPQ, NFA, NETC, FESHE or IFSAC; or Preparation for Initial Company Operations (RICO) & Strategy and Tactics for Initial Company Operations (STICO)/ VDFP, NBFSPQ, NFA, NETC, FESHE or IFSAC   FST 235 3
427  NFA Leadership I, I & III (all three certifications required)/VDFP, NBFSPQ, NFA, NETC, FESHE or IFSAC   FST 237 3
427
221-427-54
NFA Executive Development (R0123) or Fire Administration I/VDFP, NBFSPQ, NFA, NETC, FESHE or IFSAC   FST 240 3
427 or
221-427-54
Fire Inspector I (1031)/VDFP, VFMA, NBFSPQ or IFSAC; or NFA Executive Analysis of Community Risk Reduction (R0274); or NFA Managing Effective Fire Prevention Programs (R0671)   FST 245 3

Required Documentation and Special Conditions for Credit for Certification and Licensure

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Division
Division Advising Center: Hampton Campus, Hastings Hall, Room 321; Phone 757-825-2898; e-mail stemoffice@tncc.edu

Credit for certification is offered in the following programs:​

Advanced Mechatronics (221-736-05) CSC   Information Systems Technology (299) AAS  
Air Conditioning & Refrigeration (903) Certificate   Information Technology (340) AS  
Air Conditioning & Refrigeration (221-903-10)   Introduction to Cloud (221-299-50) CSC  
Application Development for Mobile Devices (221-299-45)   Manufacturing Technology (221-990-50) CSC  
Automotive Technology (909) AAS   Mechanical Engineering Technology w/Mechatronics (956-02) AAS  
Automotive Technology (902) Certificate   Mechatronics Technology (221-736-01) CSC  
Computer-Aided Drafting & Design Technology (729) AAS    Programming Applications & Gaming (221-299-70) CSC  
Computer-Aided Drafting & Design Technology (727) Certificate   Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (221-810-05) CSC  
Computer-Aided Drafting & Design Technology (221-729-01) CSC   Technical Studies w/HVAC (718-02) AAS  
CISCO Networking (221-732-10) CSC   Technical Studies w/Technical Supervision (718-08) AAS   
Cybersecurity of Enterprise (221-732-15) CSC   Web Design Specialist (221-352-02) CSC  
Cybersecurity for LAN (221-732-16) CSC   Welding Technology Advanced (221-995-02) CSC   
Cybersecurity Networking Foundations (221-732-08)    Welding Technology Basic (221-995-01) CSC  
Electrical Engineering Technology (941) AAS   Multiple Programs: ITE 115  course
Geographical Information Systems Technology (221-719-71) CSC    
   
Curriculum
Name
Curriculum
Number
Certification or License/Credentialing Agency Equivalent 
Course/s
Credits
Awarded
Advanced Mechatronics
221-736-05 Siemens Mechatronics Certification (Level2) Siemens1 ETR 230 3
Air Conditioning & Refrigeration (HVAC)
718-02  
903 
221-903-10

HVAC Technician - Workforce Credential

AIR 176 3
718-02
903
221-903-10

Experiential Learning/Work Experience3

AIR 176 3
718-02 
903

Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation (DPOR) Master HVAC Tradesman License1

AIR 134, 154,
158, 171, 176,
181, & 235
21
Automotive Technology  
909 or 902 A1 Engine Repair/ Automotive Service Excellence (ASE)1,2   AUT 111 4
909 or 902 A2 Automatic Transmissions & Transaxles/ Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) 1,2   AUT 251 4
909 or 902 A3 Manual Drive Train & Axles/ Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) 1,10 AUT 141 4
909 or 902 A4 Suspension & Steering/ Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) 1,10 AUT 266 4
909 or 902 A4 & A5 Combined 1,10 AUT 267 4
909 or 902 A6 Electrical & Electronic Systems/ Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) 1,10 AUT 242 4
909 or 902 A7 Heating & Air Conditioning/ Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) 1,10   AUT 236 4
909 or 902 A8 Engine Performance/ Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) 1,10 AUT 273 3
Computer Aided Drafting & Design Technology
729 
727 
221-729-01

Newport News Apprentice School Course D111 drafting completion

CAD 151 3
Cisco Networking
221-732-10 CISCO Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT), Exam ICND1, 100-105/CISCO 1   ITN 154 (4) &
ITN 155 (4)
8
221-732-10 CISCO Certified Network Associate Routing & Switching (CCNA R&S), Exam ICND2, 200-105/ CISCO 1   ITN 156 (4)  4
221-732-10 CISCO Certified Network Associate Exam 200-301

ITN 154 (4)
ITN 155 (4)
ITN 156 (4)

12
Cloud Computing
221-299-50 AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner or Certified Solutions Architect ITN 257 3
Cybersecurity  
221-732-08 
221-732-16
Based on experiential learning/work experience, wave requirement to take ITE 120 in CSC. Must see Program Head for documentation review to receive credit, and have Divisional Approval ITE 120 3
221-732-08 
221-732-16
CompTIA A+ (2020-1001 & 220-1002) Certification1 ITE 221 3
221-732-08 
221-732-16

CompTIA Network+ (N10-007) Certification and/or CIW Certification1

ITN 109 3
221-732-08 
221-732-15
221-732-16
Security+ Certified Professional (SY0-601 or SY0-501) GCompTIA1, or GIAC Information Security Fundamentals (GISF)1   ITN 260 3
Electrical Engineering Technician, Technical Supervision
941
221-941-02
Fiber Optic Installer and Technician/ Electronics Technicians Association International 1   ETR 231 3
941 
718-08
CertTEC Basic Electricity & Electronics, Basic Digital Electrical/National Science Foundation 1   ETR 279 4

718-08

SpaceTEC Certified Aerospace Technician Core/National Science Foundation 1   IND 145 3
 718-08 CertTEC Basic Electricity & Electronics, AC and DC Components/National Science Foundation 1   ETR 113 &
ETR 114
8
Geographical Information Systems, Information Systems Technology, Web Design Specialist
299 
221-719-71
221-352-02
Microsoft Office Specialist: Microsoft Access Expert (Access and Access 2019) ITD 130 3
299 or
221-352-02
221-299-45
Certified Internet Webmaster (CIW) Site Development Associate (Exam 1D0-61B)/Association of Internet Professionals1   ITD 110 3
299 or
221-352-02
221-299-45

Certified Internet Webmaster (CIW) Network Technology Associate (Exam 1D0-61C)/Association of Internet Professionals1 

ITN 109 3
299 or
221-299-50
221-352-02

Network + Certified Professional (Net+), Exam N10-006/N10-007/CompTIA

ITN 109 3
299 or
221-299-70

Oracle Java SE8 Programmer II (Exam #1Z0-809)/Oracle1 

ITP 220 4
299

Project Management Professional (PMP)/ Project Management Institute1 

ITP 258 (3) &
ITP 170 (3)
6
221-352-02

Certified Internet Webmaster (CIW) Web Design Specialist (Exam 1D0-520)/Association of Internet Professionals1

ITD 210 4
221-352-02

Adobe Dreamweaver CC 2015 Ace Exam/Adobe1

ITD 210 4
Information Technology
340

A+ Certified Professional (Exam 220-1001/220-1002)/CompTIA1 

ITE 221 3
Manufacturing Technology, Mechanical Engineering
221-990-50

Manufacturing Technician Level 1/ Awaiting credentialing agency 

IND 106, 165, & 181 10
956-02 or
221-736-01

Siemens Mechatronics Certification (Level 1)/ Siemens 

IND 243 3
956 or 956-02

CertTEC Composites Certification/ National Science Foundation1   

MEC 220 3
Mechatronics  
227-736-01

Siemens Mechatronics Certification (Level 1)/ Siemens

IND 243 3
221-736-05

Siemens Mechatronics Certification (Level 2)/ Siemens

ETR 230 3
Technical Supervision  
718-08

Based on experiential learning/work experience, must see Program Head for permission to enroll in course, have Divisional Approval. Students enroll in IND 198 to develop a portfolio to determine how much academic credit to be awarded up to 23 credits toward the degree12

  3-23
Unmanned Systems  
221-810-05

Federal Aviation Agency (FAA) Remote Pilot Certificate1

UMS 107 3
Welding
221-995-01

American Welding Society (AWS) Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) - 3F and 4F position designation

WEL 123 3
221-995-02

American Welding Society (AWS) Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) - 3G and 4G position designation

WEL 124 4
221-995-02

American Welding Society (AWS) Flux Core Arc Welding (FCAW) - 3F and 4F position designation

WEL 210 3
221-995-01

American Welding Society (AWS) Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) - 1G and 2G position designation

WEL 160 3
221-995-02

American Welding Society (AWS)Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) - 3G and 4G position designation

WEL 175 3
221-995-01

American Welding Society (AWS) Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (SMAW) - 1G and 2G position designation

WEL 164 3
221-995-02

American Welding Society (AWS) Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (SMAW) - 3G and 4G position designation

WEL 166 3
221-995-02

American Welding Society (AWS) Certified Welding Inspector (CWI)

WEL 146 3
221-995-01

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) - 3F and 4F position designation

WEL 123 3
221-995-02

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW) - 3G and 4G position designation

WEL 124 4
221-995-01

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Flux Core Arc Welding (FCAW) - 3F and 4F position designation

WEL 161 3
221-995-02

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Flux Core Arc Welding (FCAW) - 3G and 4G position designation

WEL 210  3
221-995-01

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) - 1G and 2G position designation

WEL 160 3
221-995-02

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) - 3G and 4G position designation

WEL 175 3
221-995-01

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (SMAW) - 1G and 2G position designation

WEL 164 3
221-995-02

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (SMAW) - 3G and 4G position designation

WEL 166 3
221-299-01

Experiential Learning/Work Experience

WEL 123 or 160 or 161 or 164 3
221-299-02

Experiential Learning/Work Experience

WEL 124 or 166 or 175 or 210 3-4
Multiple Programs
 

Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) on Microsoft Office 2019 (Word 2019 Exam; Excel 2019 Exam; PowerPoint 2019 Exam; Access 2019 Exam

ITE 115 3

Required Documentation and Special Conditions for Credit for Certification or Licensure

1A copy of the unexpired certificate or certification card (front and back) indicating student name and date of certification. Must see Program Head for documentation review and have divisional approval. 
2Students must have documentation of successful completion of VA State Police Academy or a Regional and Independent Certified Training Academy. Must see Program Head for documentation review and have divisional approval.
3Students must have documentation of successful completion of VA State Police Academy. Must see Program Head for documentation review and have divisional approval. 
4Based on experiential learning/work experience, must see Program Head to provide documentation review to receive credit, and have Divisional Approval. 
5Based on experiential learning/work experience, must have CDA or equivalent, or take course challenge exam, and receive a passing grade of 70%, to receive credit. Must see Program Head to provide documentation review and have Divisional Approval. 
6Based on experiential learning/work experience, wave requirement to take ITE 120 in CSC. Must see Program Head for documentation review and have Divisional Approval. 
7Advanced standing credit for EMS 111 & 120 may not be used to satisfy the requirements for the EMT career studies certificate. 
8Students presenting Emergency Medical Services (EMS) certifications will be required to provide copies of their certifications to Enrollment Services, as well as to the Fire and EMS Education Department prior to enrollment. 
9Students entering the Emergency Medical Services Education Program with current EMS certifications must meet the Fire and EMS Education Department’s current policies and procedures for advanced standing entry and course credit award. For additional information regarding the current Department policies and procedures, please contact the Health Professions Division via email at healthprofessions@tncc.edu. 
10The maximum credit a student with no related occupational experience may receive for ASE certifications is 17 credits. When the student qualifies for credit in more than four courses, the selection of courses for credit is at the discretion of the automotive program head. For the automotive technician with practical work experience, up to 30 credits are available with ASE Master Automotive Recertified with the above documentation AND proof of employment in the automotive field (i.e., letter from employer verified by automotive program chair). 
11Currently certified Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT-Basic) will be required to complete six (6) credits required for the associate degree in Emergency Medical Services prior to being awarded advanced standing credit for EMT-Basic certification. Advanced standing credit for EMS 111 & 120 cannot be used to fulfill the requirements for the EMT-Basic career studies certificate.  
12Based on experiential learning/work experience, see Program Head and receive divisional approval. Students enroll in IND 198 to develop a portfolio to determine how much academic credit to be awarded up to 23 credits toward the degree.

Credit by Challenge Examination

Challenge examinations are available for selected courses offered at Thomas Nelson Community College. A challenge examination provides the student with an opportunity to demonstrate mastery of course learning objectives based on previous learning experiences. Students must be enrolled in a curriculum at the College for which the course is required and, in most cases, have earned at least six (6) credits in the program before applying to receive advanced standing credit. A passing score on the examination will result in credit being awarded for the selected course.

Visual arts challenge exams are completed in the form of a portfolio review.  A satisfactory review of the portfolio will result in credit being awarded for the selected course(s).

NOTE: Students may not complete a challenge examination for a course in which they have previously enrolled or audited within the Virginia Community College System.

Arts, Business, Humanities and Social Science Division
Division Office Location: Hampton Campus, Hampton III, Room 725; Phone 757-825-2799; email: abhs@tncc.edu

Visual Arts portfolio reviews are offered by for the following courses:

  • ART 121 Drawing I & ART 223 Life Drawing
  • ART 131-132 Two-Dimensional Design & Three-Dimensional Design
  • ART 283 Computer Graphics I
  • PHT 164 Introduction to Digital Photography

Students are encouraged to submit visual arts portfolios for review as soon as they enroll in a curriculum in which the above course are required.

Public Safety, Allied Health and Human Services Division
Challenge examinations are not currently offered by this academic division.

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Division
Challenge examinations are not currently offered by this academic division.

Students seeking credit by Challenge Examinations should complete the following steps.

  1. Review the challenge examinations offered to determine if an examination is available for their program of study.
  2. Secure and complete the Challenge Examination Form. The form can be obtained from the appropriate academic division office or on the College website.
  3. Submit the Challenge Examination Form to the appropriate academic division office.  A separate form is required for each challenge examination. The division dean or designee will confirm enrollment in the curriculum for which the course is required, confirm the student has not previously been enrolled in or audited the course, and notify the designated faculty member of a request for challenge examination or visual arts portfolio review.
  4. The designated faculty member will contact the student to make an appointment for the challenge examination or visual arts portfolio review.
  5. Upon completion of the challenge examination or visual arts portfolio review, the designated faculty member will record the results and submit the results to Enrollment Services, Griffin Hall, Room 208 (Hampton campus) or Student Services, Room 117 (Historic Triangle campus). Credit for the appropriate course(s) is documented on the academic transcript.
  6. The student will be notified by a representative from Enrollment Services (Hampton campus) or Student Services (Historic Triangle campus) when the process is complete.

Workforce Development Non-Credit to Credit Crosswalk
Division Office Location: Hampton Campus, 600 Butler Farm Road; Phone 757-825-4070; email: wfdinq@tncc.edu
Division Office Location: Williamsburg, 4135 Ironbound Road, Second Floor; Phone 757-345-2855; email: wfdinq@tncc.edu

Workforce Curriculum Name Certification or License Credentialing Agency Equivalent Course/s Credits Awarded
Business & Entrepreneurship
  Enrolled Agent - Workforce Credential - Part I (Individual Taxation) ACC 261 3
  Enrolled Agent - Workforce Credential - Part 2 (Business) ACC 262 3
Cybersecurity Technology
  A+ Certification - Workforce Credential (A+ ITEC 5100001-H01) ITE 221 3
  Ethical Hacking - Workforce Credentials ITN 261
ITN 262
ITN 263
3
  Microsoft Office Applications Specialist - Workforce Credential, (Keyboarding I & II (ITEC 5400001-H30)1 ITE 115
AST 101 & 102
3
  Network + Certification - Workforce Credential (Network + ITEC 5100002 - H01/H02) ITN 109 3
  Security + Certification - Workforce Credential (Security + ITEC 5100003-H30) ITN 109 3
Healthcare
  Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers - Workforce Credentials EMS 100 3
Manufacturing Construction Trades
  HVAC Technician - Workforce Credential2 AIR 176 3

1Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts (NOTE: Student must successfully complete all 10 WFD courses before credit is awarded). 
2Workforce students complete both Level I and Level II courses to receive credit.