ATU offers credit for life experience but in a very acceptable way. Once your experience is verified, you will be given a series of essay questions for the courses. An essay is graded and that grade is assigned for the course.
Here are the policies for this program:
1. A resume and biography with three verifiable references that can attest to the experience presented for essay question development must be provided to the registrar’s office by the student’s assigned tutor.
2. Exam development for life experience is limited by the following criteria:
a. No more than nine (9) semester units can be tested-out for each year of life experience offered for review.
b. Nine (9) units may be tested out for each year of complex life and work experience and at the low end of the range are three (3) units per year for simple tasks.
3. Questions will be developed and answers graded based upon a match of life experience to the equated course offered within a given program.
4. In addition, the following serves as an additional limitation on work experience:
a. 33% of the semester credit hours (40 Units) for the Bachelor degrees may be tested based upon life experience without the need for completing the required readings and reviews.
b. 37% of the semester credit hours (18 Units) for the Masters may be tested based upon life experience without the need for completing the required readings and reviews.
c. 50% of the semester credit hours for the Doctorate (30 Units) may be tested based upon life experience without the need for completing the required readings and reviews. Dissertation credit and data technique courses cannot be substituted with life experience.