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Academic Credit for Life & Work Experience, CLEP & DSST

SoPA recognizes that many of its students come with extensive professional and other experiences that have the potential to translate into advanced standing or exemptions from certain academic requirements and coursework in both undergraduate and graduate degree and certificate programs.

At this point, SoPA uses two primary methods of awarding credit for previous experiences: the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST).

Qualified SoPA students may receive up to 24 credits by testing out of courses through CLEP tests and through DSST. Credit earned through CLEP or DSST does not count toward the School's residency requirement, and may not be transferrable to other divisions within Tulane. Please consult your academic advisor for additional information about the process.

In addition, SoPA can award 12 elective credits to individuals who are graduates of training academies for police officers, firefighters and paramedics. Individuals applying for these credits must be able to document their graduation from a training academy and/or certification as a firefighter, policy officer or paramedic.