Non-Traditional Credit

Non-Traditional Credit Policy

Students may apply up to 65 credit hours from non-traditional sources toward the BGS degree. “Non-traditional” refers to sources other than college or university classroom or laboratory settings. Some non-traditional categories have lower maximum allowances.


Source of Credit (Maximum Credit Granted)

Credit by Examination (30)

Includes UNO examinations, CEEB Advanced Placement, CLEP and DANTES

Credit for non-collegiate-sponsored instruction (65)

Includes sources of college-equivalent knowledge outside traditional classroom settings


Credit by Examination

Earn credits toward a BGS degree by successfully completing various examinations, including:

  1. UNO’s special examination procedure. “Challenge” a subject taught at UNO via departmental examinations.
  2. College-Level Examination Program
    1. Subject Examinations (CLEP/SE)
    2. General Examinations (CLEP/GE)
      • Only scores earned on the first attempt at each test will be considered. Tests may not be repeated. Failed tests will not appear on the student’s record.
      • The CLEP/GE Humanities test must be taken before completing 27 credit hours at UNO.
      • CLEP/GE Humanities credit will not be accepted from students who have completed 65 or more credits toward a BGS degree before the CLEP/GE test date. course work taken after the CLEP test date generally will not reduce CLEP credit already awarded; however, exceptions exist. Please consult a DCS academic advisor.
  3. DANTES subject standardized tests (DSSTs) cover certain academic subject areas and may be taken at any time during the academic career. UNO is an authorized CLEP/DANTES test administration center. For more information, contact the UNO Testing Center, 402-554-4800.


Credit for Non-Collegiate-Sponsored Instruction

The Division of Continuing Studies grants academic credit for selected college-equivalent knowledge acquired outside the college classroom. Credits granted by DCS derive from two sources of authorization: one national and one local. The national authority is the American Council on Education (ACE). The Division of Continuing Studies honors ACE credit recommendations for educational programs conducted by branches of the United States Armed Services and by an increasing number of business, governmental and professional organizations. Locally, the Division of Continuing Studies makes recommendations for granting credit; however, the DCS faculty academic policy committee must first approve the recommendation. A listing of credit earning, non-collegiate sponsored sources follows. Contact a DCS academic advisor for further information.


Source of Instruction or Validating Examination

U.S. Armed Services Training Programs

  • One continuous calendar year of enlisted active duty service including basic training
  • Evaluations by American Council on Education


Federal Aviation Administration Programs

  • Flight or Airframe and Powerplant certificates
  • Evaluations by American Council on Education


American Council on Education Evaluations

  • Professional Secretaries International
  • Professional bank training programs
  • Professional insurance training programs
  • Training by some federal agencies
  • Plus many more


Health Training Programs and Examinations

  • Diploma Registered Nurses
  • Radiologic Technologist programs
  • Clinical Laboratory Technologists examinations


Local Organizations

  • Nebraska or Omaha Police Training Academies
  • Boys Town
  • First Data Corporation
  • AT&T and other telephone company training
  • Union Pacific