Alternative Methods of
Earning Credit

Preliminary Notes and Cautions

The normal method of obtaining credit for a college course at BBC is to enroll in and successfully complete the course with a passing grade. BBC does offer other means of obtaining credit for some courses required in BBC’s degree programs.

You are cautioned to consult with the Academic Dean and/or the Registrar prior to pursuing alternative methods of earning credit since some courses and some students may not be eligible for such credit. Furthermore, many of the decisions regarding alternative methods of receiving credit are made on a case-by-case basis.

Many of the methods for receiving credit described below are available only to students already enrolled at BBC as degree-seeking students.

There are charges for testing and for updating your transcript. See the tuition and fee schedule.

Credit by Transfer

Courses taken at another accredited post-secondary institution may be accepted to meet requirements for our degrees at the discretion of the registrar. Normally, to have credits transfer, classes taken at other institutions must be equivalent to or exceed our course requirements and you must have achieved a grade equivalence of “C” (2.00) or better. We do not transfer credits assigned a “Pass/Fail” grade. Transfer credits apply toward graduation requirements, but not toward your GPA; see page 34 for limits on the number of transfer credits applicable towards graduation.

If you are transferring from an unaccredited institution with which BBC has had no experience, you may be required to provide some or all of the following: course syllabus, notes, faculty credentials, and college catalog.

Some institutions give credits in quarter hours rather than semester hours. A quarter hour is considered to equivalent to two-thirds of a semester credit hour.

Credit by Examination

This method of earning credit is available to students who have successfully passed AP, CLEP, or similar examinations. If the Registrar approves the transfer, a grade of CR (credit, or pass) will be listed on the student’s transcript for the appropriate course.

Credit for Military Experience

Students who have taken exams through the DANTES examination program may have those exams evaluated through a similar process as the CLEP exams listed above.

No credit will be given for GED proficiency. Military technical programs will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis through the Registrar’s office.

Challenging a Course

You may request to challenge a course if you believe you are already competent in a particular subject matter because of your past education, training, or experience. The course in question should have fairly narrowly-defined content (e.g. OT or NT Introduction), and as a general rule successful challengers should be able to demonstrate awareness of the field's terminology, key concepts, major contributors, contemporary issues and contributors, etc.

To challenge a course you must gain approval from the Academic Dean and the teacher of the course. You must then achieve a minimum score on an examination in the subject. After completing the above requirements you will be assigned the grade you earned on the challenge examination. The grade will be recorded for the class on your BBC transcript and will be factored into your GPA.

General education courses such as English or Math are challenges via CLEP exams (see"Credit by Examination" above). Challenges of practical courses are handled via credit through experiential learning (see below).

See page 16 in the catalog for charges associated with challenging a course.

Credit for Experiential Learning

If you believe that you already have achieved competencies in an area covered by a particular course through extensive practical experience, you may request through the Academic Dean to have your experience evaluated in relation to the course in question.

The evaluation process will require you to demonstrate that you have already achieved the objectives listed in that course’s syllabus. The screening process involves an interview, development of a portfolio (including documentation of past experiences and references), and payment of a processing fee. If sufficient competency is determined following the process above, you will be assigned a grade to be recorded for the class on your transcript and factored into your GPA.

Online Courses

BBC currently offers a few courses that can be taken in an online format (see p.83). The College also refers students to other institutions that provide quality external studies courses when such work is needed or desired.

A limited number of distance education credits can be applied toward BBC degrees: 32 hours for a four-year program, 16 hours for a two-year program, and 8 hours for a one-year Bible Certificate.