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    Kaplan University Course Assessments

    You can demonstrate proficiency in the learning outcomes of specific Kaplan University courses by passing a comprehensive assessment. Kaplan University course assessments, also known as "challenge exams" can be used to waive prerequisites, determine class placement, and earn college credit. 

    Undergraduate students can test out of a course and still earn credit by attaining a predetermined score on a Kaplan University course assessment. In addition, students enrolled in the following graduate programs may apply course assessment credit toward select courses:

    Not all courses provide this option, and course assessments or their equivalent from other colleges or universities will not be accepted. A fee is charged for taking a course assessment. Official results of course assessments must be received by the Office of the Registrar prior to your final term.

     Available Course Assessments

    AB 102X: Principles of Retailing

    AB 104X: Personal Financial Management

    AB 114X: Accounting I

    AB 116X: Accounting II

    AB 140X: Introduction to Management

    AB 202X: Building Customer Sales and Loyalty

    AB 256X: Federal Tax

    AC 114X: Accounting I 

    AC 116X: Accounting II

    AC 239X: Managerial Accounting

    AC 256X: Federal Tax

    AC 300X: Intermediate Accounting I

    AC 420X: Cost Accounting

    CE 100X: Preparing for a Career in Early Childhood Development

    CE 101X: Introduction to Early Childhood Education

    CE 114X: Early Childhood Development

    CJ 100X: Preparing for a Career in Public Safety

    CJ 101X: Introduction to the Criminal Justice System

    CJ 150X: Juvenile Delinquency

    CJ 526X: Academic and Professional Communications in Public Safety

    CM 107X: College Composition I

    CM 206X: Interpersonal Communications

    CM 214X: Public Speaking for the Professional

    CM 220X: College Composition II

    CM 241X: Foundations of Technical Communication

    CS 113X: Academic Strategies for the Business Professional

    CS 204X: Professional Presence

    GB 512X: Business Communication

    GB 513X: Business Analytics

    HA 255X: Human Resources in Health Care Administration

    HA 405X: Leadership and Ethics in Health Care

    HA 415X: Health Care Policy and Economics

    HA 510X: Organizational Development for Health Care

    HE 547X: Effective Online Instruction Design and Practice

    HI 150X: Automation of Health Information

    HI 230X: Quality Assurance and Statistics in Health Information

    HI 253X: Medical Coding I

    HI 300X: Information Technology and Systems for Health Care

    HI 305X: Management of Health Information

    HI 410X: Advanced Reimbursement Methodology

    HN 115X: Human Services Program and Profession

    HN 200X: Survey of Social Problems

    HN 220X: Prevention and Crisis Intervention

    HS 100X: Challenge Exam for Introduction to Health Science

    HS 101X: Challenge Exam for Medical Law and Bioethics

    HS 111X: Challenge Exam for Medical Terminology

    HS 140X: Pharmacology

    HS 200X: Challenge Exam for Diseases of the Human Body

    HS 220X: Medical Coding and Insurance

    HS 230X: Health Care Administration

    HS 240X: Medical Office Accounting

    HS 305X: Research Methods in Health Science

    HS 311X: Epidemiology and Biostatistics

    HS 312X: Epidemiology and Biostatistics II

    HS 315X: Public Health

    HS 410X: Organization and Management for Health Care

    HS 415X: Environmental Health

    HS 420X: Advanced Health Informatics

    HS 440X: Finance for Health Care

    HU 245X: Ethics

    HU 250X: Humanities and Culture

    IT 111X: Programming Fundamentals for Beginners

    IT 117X: Introduction to Web Design

    IT 133X: Microsoft Office Applications on Demand

    IT 153X: Spreadsheet Applications

    IT 163X: Database Management

    IT 190X: Foundations in Information Technology

    IT 213X: Software Development Concepts

    IT 214X: Foundations of Web Design

    IT 234X: Database Foundations

    IT 247X: Interactive Web Graphics

    IT 273X: Network Concepts

    IT 275X: Linux System Administration

    IT 278X: Network Administration

    IT 286X: Introduction to Network Security

    IT 301X: Project Management I

    IT 302X: Human Computer Interaction

    IT 390X: Intrusion Detection and Incidence Response

    IT 391X: Advanced Software Development including Web and Mobility

    IT 402X: IT Consulting Skills

    IT 411X: Digital Forensics

    IT 412X: Information Security Systems

    IT 503X: Principles of Information Technology

    IT 504X: Critical Concepts and Competencies for the IT Professional

    IT 513X: Writing and Critical Thinking for the IT Professional

    IT 535X: Advanced Networking Systems

    IT 540X: Management of Information Security

    LS 100X: Introduction to the Law and the Legal Profession

    MM 150X: Survey of Mathematics

    MM 207X: Statistics

    MM 212X: College Algebra

    MM 255X: Business Math

    MO 260X: Medical Office Applications

    MT 140X: Introduction to Management

    MT 450X: Marketing Management

    PA 110X: Civil Litigation

    PA 130X: Contracts

    PA 201X: Introduction to Legal Research

    PS 115X: Psychology Program and Profession

    PS 124X: Introduction to Psychology

    PS 210X: History of Psychology

    PU 120X: Introduction to Public Health

    SC 115X: Principles of Nutrition

    SC 121X: Anatomy and Physiology I

    SC 131X: Anatomy and Physiology II

    SC 235X: General Biology I

    SS 144X: Introduction to Sociology 

    SS 211X: The 1960’s Reshaping the American Dream

    SS 236X: People, Power, and Politics: An Introduction to American Government


    External Examinations

    Externally administered examinations may also be considered for credit. Kaplan University students may qualify to receive credit by examination through the following:

    • DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSSTs)
    • College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
    • Advanced Placement Program (AP)
    • Defense Language Proficiency Tests (DLPTs)
    • International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme
    • Other similar exams

    Credit may be awarded for each test in which the recommended minimum score is earned and based on program guidelines and course outcomes. Official results of standardized tests must be received by the Office of the Registrar prior to your final term.

    DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSST)

    The DSST program is a nationally recognized credit by examination program developed by the Chauncey Group International, a subsidiary of the Educational Testing Service. Over 35 DSSTs are available to military and nonmilitary students in the areas of business, physical sciences, humanities, social sciences, and applied technology.

    Learn more about DSST requirements and testing procedures at the DSST website. You also may call DSST at 877.471.9860 (Toll Free).

    College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

    CLEP exams are liberal arts and business subject tests offered by the College Board and proctored at sites across the nation. Visit the College Board website or call 800.257.9558 (Toll Free) for testing information.

    Review the CLEP Scores and Transcripts page to learn more about CLEP exams and obtain transcripts of your scores. Kaplan University’s CLEP code is 8633.

    Review the full External Exam Equivalency Charts to see which external exams and scores earn credit for Kaplan University courses.

    Advanced Placement (AP) Program

    The AP program is a series of college-level examinations administered to high school juniors and seniors. For more information about AP exams, visit the College Board website or call 800.257.9558 (Toll Free).

    Read the Grade Reporting Services page to find out how to send your AP score report to Kaplan University.

    International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme Graduates

    The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme is an advanced curriculum program for students age 16 to 19, completed at participating high schools worldwide. Students who have graduated from an IB Diploma Programme may receive transfer credit for the completion of higher-level exams with a grade of a “5” or higher according to the International Baccalaureate Equivalency Chart.

    For more information on how to submit an IB Diploma Programme transcript to Kaplan University, please review the IB transcript request procedure.

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