May 26, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nontraditional Credit Options

Non-collegiate Credit Options

The University will grant credit for the following nontraditional credit options under prescribed conditions. Students should consult an Advisor or the Registrar’s Office for additional guidelines and procedures. Official score reports/testing results must be sent to the Registrar’s Office directly from the testing service, unless noted below.

Internal Options

Competency Examination

Students admitted to Davenport University can complete examinations in several subjects to verify knowledge and apply for direct credit for equivalent coursework.

Students may take each of the University’s standardized competency examinations only once to attempt earning credit for specified courses. Students may not take this option if they have previously received a failing grade in the course. Students who pass the assessment will be granted credit in the course. Competency examination assessments count toward residency.

Students should contact their advisor for scheduling information and to verify testing requirements.

College of Arts and Sciences

  • BIOL 120 - Essentials of Anatomy and Physiology 
  • BIOL 131 - Introduction to Human Disease 
  • ENGL 110 - Advanced Composition (Credit may only be earned if ENGL 109 has been successfully completed previously.)

College of Health Professions

  • HLTH 110 - Medical Terminology 
  • HLTH 220 - Pharmacology 

Prior Learning Assessment (PLA)

Academic credit for a course may be awarded to those students who produce a completed petition detailing college-level learning gained through experience. Consideration will be given to learning gained through career and personal experience in job-related activities and community participation, or from training at specialized schools or testing programs. The petitions are assessed by faculty evaluators, and credit is assigned based on merit. Students must use the University’s format. Regardless of success or failure, students will incur an administrative fee to their student account for all PLA attempts. Students may use the PLA process for up to 50% of their major course credit requirement.

These hours may be applied toward the residency requirement.

Students should contact their Academic Advisor, Internship Manager or PLA Coordinator to receive additional information on this option.

External Testing and Experience Options

Will appear as Transfer Credit on the transcript. Credit will not be counted toward residency.

Advanced Placement Exams (AP)
The University will, under prescribed conditions, grant credit for the Advanced Placement Exams (AP) subject examinations and/or coursework that are administered by the College Board.

College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB)
Advanced credit will be granted when the student earns qualifying scores on the Advanced Placement tests of the College Entrance Examination Board.

College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)
The University will, under prescribed conditions, grant credit for the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) subject examinations that are administered by the College Board.

Corporate/Non-collegiate Training
Based on the recommendation of the National Program on Non-collegiate Sponsored Instruction and/or the American Council on Education (ACE), credit may be granted for educational programs sponsored by non-collegiate organizations (labor, government, business, associations, private training organizations).

DSST (formerly DANTES) Examination Program
The University will, under prescribed conditions, grant credit for the DSST Examination Program that is administered by the Educational Testing Service.

International Baccalaureate (IB)
The University will, under prescribed conditions, grant credit for the International Baccalaureate (IB) program coursework when qualifying scores are achieved.

Military Service Training
The University recognizes learning gained from specialized training and experiences in the military service. A timely evaluation will be done using the American Council on Education’s (ACE) Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services. Credits will be applied to the student’s degree program as substantiated by appropriate military records submitted to the Registrar’s Office.

Proficiency Examination Program (ACT-PEP)
The University will, under prescribed conditions, grant credit for the Proficiency Examination Program (PEP) examinations that are administered by the American College Testing Program (ACT).

Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC)
The University is an institutional member of SOC and meets all SOC criteria in awarding degrees to servicemembers and veterans. Students should contact the Registrar’s Office for further information.

Professional Certifications/Licenses
Credit may be granted upon receipt of certain professional certifications/licenses. A copy of a license/certification may be accepted for certain programs. Those who feel this may apply should consult an Advisor or the Registrar’s Office for additional information.

College of Arts and Sciences Credit for Professional Certifications

Six Sigma

Green or Black Belt Certification

College of Business Credit for Professional Certifications

American Institute of Banking (AIB)

AIB Principle of Finance

AIB Analyzing Financial

  • General Finance Credit

AIB Financial Accounting

American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers

Certified Bookkeeper

American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS)

Certified in Integrated Resource Management (CIRM)

Certified Resource Improvement

  • 6 Business elective credits Manager

Delivering Products and Services

Designing Products and Proc.

  • 3 Business elective credits Paired with: Identifying and Creating Demand

Integrated Enterprise Mgmt

  • 2 Business elective credits

Certified in Production and Inventory Control (CPIM)

Certified Production and Inventory Manager

  • MGMT 413  + 2 Business elective credits

Basics of Supply Chain Mgmt

Detailed Scheduling and Planning

  • 2 Business elective credits

Execution and Control of Operations

  • 2 Business elective credits

Master Planning of Resources

  • 2 Business elective credits

Strategic Mgmt of Resources

American Society for Quality

Certified Quality Manager

  • MGMT 412  + 5 Business elective credits

Certified Quality Auditor

Certified Quality Improvement Assoc.

Certified Quality Engineer

Certified Quality Technician

Digital Marketing Institute (DMI)

Certified Digital Marketing Professional

Financial Industry Regulatory Authority

Investment Company Products/

Variable Contract

Representative Qualification

Exam (Series 6)

H & R Block

H & R Block Income Tax Course

Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI) (Founded by SHRM)

Professional in HR (PHR)

Senior Professional in HR (SPHR)

Global Professional in HR (GPHR)

Institute of Certified Professional Managers (James Madison Univ.)

Certified Manager Certification (CM)

Institute of Supply Management

Certified Purchasing Manager

  • MGMT 413  + 6 Business elective credits

Accredited Purchasing Professional

  • MGMT 413  + 1 Business elective credit

Institute of Financial Education (IFE)

The University will grant transfer credit for appropriate IFE courses.

Jackson-Hewitt Tax Service

Jackson-Hewitt Basic Income Tax Courses (BIT1-3)


Quickbooks Certification

College of Technology Credit for Professional Certifications

Note: all certifications must have been earned within the last three years prior to articulation.


  • Professional Ps Adobe Certified Professional in Visual Design using Adobe Photoshop® 2021 (V22.x), OR
  • Adobe Certified Expert Exam: Visual Communication Using Adobe Photoshop® CC

  • Professional Ai Adobe Certified Professional in Graphic Design & Illustration using Adobe Illustrator® 2021(V25.x) OR
  • Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) Illustrator® Cs6
  • Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) InDesign® CS6 OR
  • Professional Id Adobe Certified Professional in Print and Digital Media Publication using Adobe InDesign® 2021 (V16.x)
  • Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) Dreamweaver® Cs6C, or
  • Dw Adobe Certified Professional in Web Authoring Using Adobe Dreamweaver 2021 (v21.x)

The Institution of E-commerce Certified Consultants (CEC Institute)

CEC™ Certified E-Commerce Consultant

Certified Wireless Network Professionals (CWNP)

Certified Wireless Network Administrator (CWNA)

Computing Technology Industry Association (COMPTIA)

CompTIA A+

CompTIA Server+

CompTIA Network+

CompTIA Linux+

CompTIA Security+

Cisco Corporation#

Cisco Certified Network Administrator (CCNA)

Cisco Certified Network Administrator (CCNA)

Cisco Certified Network Administrator (CCNA) Collaboration

Cisco Certified Network Administrator (CCNA) Wireless

Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP)

  • Varies - up to 8 credits

Cisco Certified Internet Expert (CCIE) Routing & Switching

  • Varies - up to 21 credits

DevNet Associate

#This list does not include all possible Cisco certifications. Please submit any that you have earned for evaluation at time of admission to the University.

International Council of E-commerce Consultants (EC Council)

Certified Ethical Hacker CEH312-50

Certified VoIP Professional ECVP312-78

Disaster Recovery Professional EDRP312-76

Network Security Administrator ENSA312-38

International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium (ISC)2

Certified Systems Security Professional (CISSP)

  • Various* (up to 24 credits)

International Association of Administrative Professionals

Certified Professional Secretary (CPS)

  • Various*

Certified Administrative Professional (CAP)

  • Various*

Linux Professional Institute



Microsoft Corporation#

Administering Windows Server 2012 70-411 Infrastructure

Configuring Advanced Windows Windows Server 2012 70-412

Installing and Configuring Server 2012 70-410

MOS: Exam MO-500: Microsoft Access Expert (Office 2019)

MOS: Exam MO-200: Microsoft Excel Expert (Office2019)

MOS: MO-300: Microsoft PowerPoint (Office 2019)

 MOS: Exam MO-100: Microsoft Word Expert (Office 2019)

#This list does not include all possible Microsoft certification. Please submit any that you have earned for evaluation at time of admission to the University.


Oracle Certified Java SE 8 Programmer

  • CSCI 239  Object-Oriented Programming with Java


Project Management Professional (PMP®) Offers the Following for Course Equivalencies:

PMP®:Project Management Professional Certification

PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP®): PMI® Agile Certified Professional OR

PMI Scheduling Professional (PMI-SP)®

Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)® OR

PMI Project Management Ready™     

PROJECT MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE, Project Management Professional (PMP,), Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM), PMI Agile Certified Practitioner (PMI-ACP),  and PMI Scheduling Professional (PMI-SP) are registered marks of the Project Management Institute, Inc.  
PMI Project Management Ready is a mark of the Project Management Institute, Inc.  


VMWare Certified Professional (VCP)

World Organization of Webmasters (WOW)

Web Designer Novice (CWDSA-Novice)

*Please check with an Advisor for complete details on industry certifications and equivalent College of Technology courses.

Note: all certifications must have been earned within the last three years prior to articulation.

College of Health Professions Credit for Professional Certifications

American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)

Certified Healthcare Technology Specialist (CHTS)

  • GNHS General Health Science Credit

Certified Coding Associate (CCA)

Certified Coding Specialist (CCS)

Certified Coding Specialist - Physician based (CCS-P)

Certified Medical Assistant (CMA)

Registered Medical Assistant (RMA)

Certified Tumor Registrar (CTR)

Registered Health Information Technician (RHIT)+ HLTH 110 - Medical Terminology  

+ Students may also submit AMRA American Medical Records Association’s Accredited Records Technician (ART) Certification. Credit is evaluated based on the age of the initial certification. A current annual membership and/or documented work experience must also be submitted.

American Academy of Professional Coders

Certified Professional Coder (CPC)

American Heart Association

*BLS/CPR Health Care Provider and Heartsaver First Aid

*It requires both the approved CPR card and First Aid card from one of these associations to be awarded HLTH 100 .