Nontraditional Studies is composed of ten (10) programs. 

Each program has regulations and criteria concerning admission and academic credit.

Nontraditional Studies is not a "short-cut" enabling students to avoid attending classes or obtain quick academic credits. Students who qualify for Nontraditional Studies academic credit are unique in their learning and educational experiences.

While the specific components of each program may differ, the following guidelines apply to all programs unless otherwise stated:
  1. Students must be high school graduates, or have passed the GED equivalency test, and be 18 years of age or older.
  2. Students using Nontraditional academic credit to fulfill graduation requirements must complete 15 academic credit hours in residence at the College and maintain a 2.00 grade-point average.
  3. Students must be enrolled and successfully complete other course(s) at the College during the semester they plan to receive Nontraditional academic credit.
  4. Academic credits granted through Non-traditional Studies count towards graduation but are not calculated in a student's grade-point average. The only exception to this rule is for Independent Study.
  5. Students can accumulate no more than 30 credit hours of Nontraditional course work.
  6. To graduate with honors, students can use only 21 hours of Nontraditional academic credit.
  7. Nontraditional Studies (except for Life Experience Learning) can be used to repeat D, F, or W grades.
Requests for Nontraditional credit should be submitted to the Registrar in the Admissions Office, unless stated otherwise in the following program descriptions.
Departmental Credit by Examination

Departmental Credit by Examination

Students may obtain specific information and apply for Departmental Credit by Examination through their Instructional Dean's office. This program is available for students who can document their competency in the subject by meeting the same course requirements as students attending classes. The Instructional Dean or a designated department coordinator determines whether credit by examination can be used to meet a student's graduation requirements.

  1. Application forms must be approved by the instructor giving the examination, the Instructional Dean and/or designated department coordinator, and the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Application is valid for one year from date initiated.
  2. Students pay the cost of tuition and fees for the course before the examination is administered. Tuition is determined by the number of credit hours being granted for the departmental exam. Examination fee is non-refundable.
  3. Student must be currently enrolled and successfully complete other course(s) at KCKCC during the semester the exam is taken.
  4. Credit hours awarded are posted on the transcript upon successful completion of the exam. The College's course numbers are shown on the transcript with a notation that Departmental Credit by Examination was granted. A grade of CR indicates the student was awarded academic credit for the course.
  5. Student does not enroll in or attend Credit by Exam courses.
  6. Students can accumulate 15 credit hours through Departmental Credit by Examination.
Life Experience Learning Program

Life Experience Learning Program

This program is designed for students who have received formalized and/or individualized training in a non-collegiate setting. If the learning experience is commensurate with the student's educational goals and existing curricular guidelines, college credit may be granted. We do not grant credit for living or for work experience that cannot be translated into some type of academic learning.

Life Experience Learning puts emphasis on the application of knowledge and the demonstration of its application through documentation. Specific guidelines are as follows:

  1. Documentation for Life Experience Learning should be submitted to the Dean of Student Services and approved by the appropriate Academic Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs.
  2. Furnishing documented evidence of Life Experience Learning is the responsibility of the applicant desiring academic credit. It should consist of a portfolio containing all pertinent documentation of life experience and specific examples of the applicant's work (in whatever form it exists.) Examples of documented Life Experience Learning might be: workshops, CEU credit, publications, performance evaluations, etc. Each applicant's learning through life experience is different, and the evidence supporting or documenting the learning is evaluated on an individual basis.
  3. Academic credit is posted on transcripts by the College's course number. The notation on the transcript reads: Life Experience Learning. A grade of CR is recorded. Credit will not be posted until the student has completed 15 hours of academic credit in residence.
  4. Students must be enrolled and successfully complete course(s) at the College during the semester they plan to receive academic credit.
  5. A total of 15 credit hours can be granted for Life Experience Learning.
  6. Academic credit is only granted for Life Experience Learning if the College offers an equivalent course.
  7. Tuition and fees are charged for Life Experience Learning based on the number of credit hours approved for academic credit. Tuition and fees must be paid before credit hours are posted on the transcript.
Advanced Standing

Advanced Standing

This program is designed for students who have received professional certification or licensure from an authorized state or national certification board. If the professional certification is commensurate with the student’s educational goals and existing curricular guidelines, college credit may be granted.  We do not grant credit for professional certifications that cannot be translated into an equivalent course at KCKCC.

Advanced Standing puts emphasis on the application of knowledge and the demonstration of its application through professional certification. An example of such a procedure would be the granting of credit in the LPN Bridge Program for persons who have already passed the Kansas State licensure exam. Specific guidelines are as follows:

  1. Documentation for Advanced Standing should be submitted to the Program Coordinator and approved by the governing departmental discipline Dean and the Vice President for Academic Affairs.
  2. Academic credit is posted on transcripts by the College’s course number. The notation on the transcript reads: Credits Awarded based on Credential Evaluation. A grade of CR is recorded. Credit will not be posted until the student has completed 12 hours of academic credit in residence.
  3. Students must be enrolled and successfully complete course(s) at the College during the semester they plan to receive academic credit.
  4. Academic credit is only granted for Advanced Standing if the College offers an equivalent course.
  5. The credit will count toward graduation and maybe used to fulfill curriculum requirements in designated programs.
Independent Study

Independent Study

Independent Study is a contract which clearly specifies the content and objectives of the course, applicable competencies, procedures for completing the course, the amount of time necessary to complete the course, the course text, any reference and supplemental materials associated with the course, and the method of student evaluation to be used.

  1. All Independent Study must be approved by the instructor, Instructional Dean, and the Vice President for Academic Affairs.
  2. Academic credit is posted on the transcript in terms of the College's course number with a letter grade.
  3. No more than two courses can be taken through Independent Study.
  4. Tuition and fees are charged for Independent Study courses determined by the number of credit hours enrolled in for Independent Study course(s).
Military

Military

Academic credit for military service is granted for Military Occupational Specialties (MOS) and Service Schools in accordance with the American Council on Education guidebook. Veterans interested in claiming academic credit through this program should check with the Director of Admissions and Records and active duty military should contact the Executive Director of the Leavenworth Center.

  1. Military service credits are evaluated after satisfactory completion of one semester or six (6) credit hours at KCKCC.
  2. Applicants wanting military service credit must be approved by the Director of Admissions and Records or the Executive Director of the Leavenworth Center, the appropriate instructional dean and the Vice President for Academic Affairs, and be currently enrolled in classes at KCKCC.
  3. Academic credit is posted on transcripts according to the American Council on Education guidebook. It is used as elective credit hours toward graduation. The notation on the transcript reads: Credit granted for military service. A CR grade is recorded on the transcript.
  4. Students can accumulate a maximum of 15 credit hours for military service credit.
  5. A flat fee of $25.00 is charged to post credits to the KCKCC transcript.
  6. For posting to the KCKCC transcript, the student:
    • Must pay a $25 fee;
    • Must have completed a minimum of 6 credit hours at KCKCC; and
    • Must be currently enrolled and satisfactorily complete the semester of posting.
Military (SOCAD)

Kansas City Kansas Community College is a member of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) Consortium and the SOC Degree Network System.

Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges Consortium

The SOC Consortium consists of colleges and universities committed to expanding and improving voluntary postsecondary educational opportunities for service members worldwide. SOC Consortium members subscribe to principles and criteria to ensure that quality academic programs are available to active-duty military students, their family members, and veterans. A list of current SOC Consortium member institutions can be found on the SOC Web site at http://www.soc.aascu.org/.

SOC Degree Network System Membership

Kansas City Kansas Community College is a member of the SOC Degree Network System, a subgroup of SOC Consortium member institutions selected by the military Services to deliver specific associate and bachelor’s degree programs to service members and their families. As a member of the DNS, we have agreed to adhere to academic policies intended to support military students in their academic endeavors toward degree completion.

Kansas City Kansas Community College is approved for membership in SOCAD at the associate degree level.

If you have questions or would like further information about SOC and SOCAD at KCKCC, contact the Executive Director, KCKCC-Leavenworth Center at (913) 651-2111 or lvc@kckcc.edu.

DANTES (Defense Activity for Nontraditional Education Support)

DANTES

DANTES are standardized tests available to all military personnel. KCKCC Veteran Affairs Representative approves the subjects for academic credit.

  1. Students must score at the 50th percentile or above on the DANTES Subject Standardized Tests (DSSTs) to be eligible for academic credit.
  2. DANTES scores must be submitted during a student's first semester of enrollment at KCKCC. Test scores over two years old are evaluated on an individual basis.
  3. Academic credit is posted on student transcripts by the College's course number with a notation that DANTES credit was earned. A grade of CR indicates academic credit was awarded for the course.
  4. Students can accumulate a total of 15 hours of credit through the DANTES program. No DANTES exam earns more than five (5) academic hours of credit.
  5. Students awarded credit hours through the DANTES program are not charged for tuition and fees at KCKCC. They are only required to pay those costs charged by the Educational Testing Service to take the exam(s).
  6. No academic credit is granted to students who take DANTES exams in Composition I and Composition II.
College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

KCKCC recognizes that students in degree programs have unique background experiences and offers students the opportunity to obtain college credit by successfully completing any or all of the CLEP General Examinations in Math, Natural Science, Social Science, and/or the Humanities.

  1. CLEP scores above the 50th percentile rank for sophomore norms are eligible for academic college credit.
  2. General exam scores must be submitted before completion of the first semester of attendance at KCKCC. Test scores over two years old are evaluated on an individual basis.
  3. Academic credit is posted on transcripts for the General Exams as follows: Intermediate College Algebra MATH0104 if student has had Algebra I and II in high school; Pre-Calculus Mathematics MATH0108 if student has had Algebra I and II and a math analysis course or its equivalent in high school; Introduction to Physical Science NASC0103; Art Appreciation FNAR0101; Introduction to Literature ENGL0104 (depending upon sub-score on the exam); and Introduction to Social Science SOSC0103. A grade of CR indicates academic credit was awarded for the course.
  4. Students must be currently enrolled and satisfactorily complete the semester credits are posted to KCKCC transcript.
  5. A total of 15 credit hours can be granted for CLEP examinations. No single CLEP exam earns more than five (5) academic hours of credit.
  6. No academic credit can be earned for the CLEP exam in Composition I or in Composition II.
  7. Students awarded credit hours through the CLEP program are not charged for tuition and fees at KCKCC. They are only required to pay those costs charged by the Educational Testing Service to take the exam(s).
  8. The appropriate Instructional Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs approve academic credit for subject exams.
Advanced Placement Examination (AP)

Advanced Placement Examination (AP)

High school students may earn college credit by signing up for Advanced Placement courses. These classes are taught at the high schools by high school teachers. College credit is earned if students meet the score requirements listed on the chart below. When students complete the course, an AP examination is given to determine if the student will be eligible for college credit. The exams are given at the high schools during the spring of a student's junior or senior year.

  1. AP Exams are accepted for credit if students score a four (4) or better on the exam. Official scores must be sent directly from the College Board to KCKCC for students to receive academic credit for taking the exam.
  2. Students must submit their AP test scores prior to enrolling at the College. Test scores over two years old are evaluated on an individual basis.
  3. Academic credit is posted on the transcript upon successful completion of the exam. The College's course number is recorded on the transcript with a notation that Advanced Placement Examination credit was granted. A grade of CR indicates the student was awarded academic credit for the course.
  4. Students can accumulate a total of 30 credit hours through Advanced Placement. Prior to transferring from KCKCC to a four-year institution, students should check the policy of the four-year college concerning acceptance of AP credits.
  5. Students awarded credit hours through the AP program are not charged for tuition and fees at KCKCC. They are only required to pay those costs charged by the Educational Testing Service to take the exam(s).
  6. Students must be enrolled at the college and satisfactorily complete course(s) during the semester they plan to receive AP credits.

The chart below shows KCKCC/Advanced Placement equivalency courses, the AP Score, and the number of credit hours students may earn at KCKCC:

Advanced Placement Equivalency

KCKCC
Course
Number

KCKCC
Course
Title

AP
Course

AP
Score

Credit
Hours


MATH0122 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I Calculus A B 3 or better
5
CHEM0111 College Chemistry I and Lab Chemistry 3 or better
5
ENGL0101 Composition I English Lit/Comp 3 or better
3
ENGL0102 Composition II English Lit/Comp 4 or better
3
NASC0231 General Physics Physics B & C 3 or better
5
MUSC0102 Music Literature Music Listening & Literature 3 or better
3

Students can receive additional credit hours for scores of 4 and 5 on other courses listed below.

KCKCC Course Number

KCKCC Course Title

AP Course Credit

Hours


HIST0104
HIST0105
United States to 1877
United States Since 1877
5
6
HIST0104 United States to 1877
5
4
HIST0107 Modern Europe
5
4
POSC0111 American Government
5
4
Certified Administrative Professional Exam (CAP®)

Certified Administrative Professional Exam (CAP®)

Certified Administrative Professional® (CAP®) rating is available through The International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP®). Academic credit is based on the Certification Review Guide.

  1. The CAP® rating is accepted for Non- traditional academic credit providing the student makes a score of 500 or better on the exam. Official score reports must be sent directly to the College in order for the student to be awarded credit.
  2. Students must be high school graduates, or have passed the GED equivalence test, and be 18 years of age.
  3. Students using Nontraditional academic credit to fulfill graduation requirements must complete 15 academic credit hours in residence at the College and maintain a 2.00/4.00 grade-point average.
  4. Students must be enrolled at the College during the semester they plan to receive Nontraditional academic credit.
  5. Students can receive up to 31 hours of academic credit through the CAP® ratings November 2004 and after. Credit hour evaluation for students who achieved CPS® ratings November 2011 and before is determined on an individual basis by the Administrative Office Professional (AOP) coordinator.
  6. Academic credits granted through Nontraditional Studies count towards graduation but are not calculated in a student’s grade-point average. The only exception to this rule is for Independent Study.
  7. Students passing the CAP exam must make a decision on which courses listed here to use for academic credit. Requirements for graduation should be the prime factor when making this determination.
  8. Students awarded academic credits through this program are not charged tuition and fees. They are only required to pay those costs charged by the IAAP®3 Certification Department.
  9. Academic credit is posted on the transcript in terms of the College’s course number. The notation on the transcript will read: Certified Administrative Professional Exam. Grades of CR are recorded on the transcript. The exam parts eligible for KCKCC academic credit are listed below with the course equivalence.

  10. Certified Administrative Professional® (CAP®) Equivalencies
    CAP® Exams

    CIST0111 Microcomputer Business Software 3 credit hrs.
    BUSN0191 Microcomputer Applications I-II: (Word ) 2 credit hrs.
    BUSN2251 Office Simulations 3 credit hrs.
    BUSN0285 Occupational Internship I 3 credit hrs.
    BUSN2201 Records Management 1 credit hr.
    BUSN2202 Business English 1 credit hr.
    BUSN2203 Proofreading 1 credit hr.
    BUSN0211 Business Communications 3 credit hrs.
    BUSN0101 Accounting I 3 credit hrs.
    BUSN2253 Customer Service 2 credit hrs.
    BUSN0108 Human Relations in Business 3 credit hrs.
    BUSN0280 Human Resource Management 3 credit hrs.
    BUSN0286 Principles of Management 3 credit hrs.
    TOTAL  31 credit hrs.
International Baccalaureate Program

International Baccalaureate Program

High school students may earn college credit by signing up for the International Baccalaureate Program during their junior and/or senior year of high school.

  1. KCKCC accepts higher level I.B. exam credit providing students make a 6 or 7 on the exam. Official score reports must be sent directly to the College in order for students to receive academic credit.
  2. Scores must be submitted prior to enrollment, and if the examination was completed more than two years earlier, credit evaluation is determined on an individual basis by a faculty member in the related discipline, the instructional dean, and the Vice President for Academic Affairs.
  3. Academic credit is posted on the transcript in terms of the College's course number. The notation on the transcript reads: International Baccalaureate Examination. A grade of CR is recorded on the transcript.
  4. Thirty (30) credit hours can be earned through the I.B. program. Students should check with four-year institutions concerning their transfer policies.
  5. Students awarded credit hours through this program are not charged tuition and fees. They are only required to pay the costs charged by the Educational Testing Service to take the exam.
  6. Students must be enrolled and satisfactorily complete course(s) at the College during the semester they plan to receive IB credits.
KCKCC Courses Hours Credit
ENGL0101 Composition I
3
LANG0203 French III
3
LANG0223 German III
3
LANG0243 Spanish III
3
MATH0122 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I
5
CHEM0111 College Chemistry I and Lab
5
NASC0231 General Physics I
5
NASC0232 General Physics II
5
ECON0201 Principles of Macroeconomics
3
ENGL0104 Introduction to Literature
3
MATH0108 Pre-Calculus Mathematics
3
NASC0130 Introductory Physics
3
NASC0131 Introductory Physics Laboratory
1
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