Students enrolled in an academic program at BCC may receive credit for college-level learning in a number of ways consistent with the CUNY Policy on Credit for Prior Learning (CPL) and/or section XX of the BCC Academic Rules and Regulations.

In addition to credit granted based on courses completed at another college (see our Transfer Credit policy), students may also receive credit for a number of exams (e.g., AP, CLEP, DSST), as well as training evaluated by the American Council of Education (e.g., military training, police academy).

BCC has also established unique Prior Learning Pathways that students may use to receive credit toward specific degree programs. In some cases, these are based on industry certifications, in others portfolio review. Students must meet all specified criteria to receive credit.

The following is a listing of existing Prior Learning Pathways for students to earn credit toward specific programs:

BCC Program: Prior Learning Pathway
Automotive Technology (AAS and Certificate) Automotive certifications as an outcome of a completed CTE High School Automotive program. Contact Mr. Clem Drummond for more information.
Business Administration (AS) Fonseca Group McDonald’s employees who have completed Archways training in Leadership Transitions, Advanced Shift Leadership, and/or Developing the Leader in Me. For more information about receiving credit, please contact Prof. Howard Clampman.
Cybersecurity and Networking (AAS and Certificate) IT Certifications, including A+, NET+, CCNA, and Linux Plus. For more information, see here.
Digital Design (AS) Portfolio meeting criteria as an outcome of completed CTE High School Design program. For more information, contact Prof. Lisa Amowitz.
Education (AS) Completed Child Development Associate (CDA) certification. Please contact Dr. Tonya Johnson and Dr. Stephen Powers for more information.
Human Services (AAS) Completed Navigator Certificate as an outcome of the Navigator program offered by the Institute for Justice and Opportunity at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Please contact Prof. Gregory Cobb for more information.
Media and Digital Film Production (AS) Portfolio meeting criteria as an outcome of completed A/V Technology and Film program at the Theatre Arts Production Company School (TAPCo). For more information, contact Prof. Jeffrey Wisotsky
Public Health (AS) Completed CRPA-Provisional Certification as an outcome of the BHOP Program. For more information, please contact Dr. Stacia Reader.
Multiple Programs (e.g., Criminal Justice, Education, Dietetics and Nutrition Science, Exercise Science and Kinesiology, Health Sciences, Public Health, Therapeutic Recreation) Completed Basic Life Support credential from the American Heart Association. Please contact Dr. Alex Ott  for more information.

Note that students must enroll in the appropriate degree program at BCC and meet all other applicable criteria to be considered for credit for prior learning.

If you have questions, please contact Alexander Ott, Associate Dean, Curriculum and Academic Programs at or 718.289.5497.

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