Advanced Placement Exam: There are 34 exams available and students must score at least a 3 on the exam to receive credit. The exams consist mostly of general education classes. See approved list under Academic Services pages 64-65 of the KCTCS catalog.

Automotive Technology: Students may earn up to 54 credit hours within the Automotive Technology program by passing the Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) exams. A copy of their ASE scores with their student ID number should be given to their advisor.

Certified Professional Secretarys Exam: Students who pass the CPS exam may receive a maximum of 21 credit hours after they've completed 12 credit hours at Gateway. See approved list under Academic Services pages 65 of the KCTCS catalog.

Child Development Associate: Students can receive credit for IEC 101, 102 and 190 for completing the Child Development Associate (CDA) certificate. They should turn in a copy of their certificate to the Education department.

Commonwealth Child Care Credential: Students can receive credit for IEC 101 if they hold a Commonwealth Child Care credential from the State of Kentucky and complete one IEC course. They should turn in a copy of their certificate to the Education department.

College Level Exam Program (CLEP): Students can receive test credit for general education classes by completing a CLEP exam. There are 31 exams available. See approved list under Academic Services pages 66 of the KCTCS catalog.

Computer and Information Technologies: Students who complete and pass an industry standard certification exam administered by an authorized testing center may earn credit hours equivalent to the course within the program. Credit is granted upon receipt of an official proof of certification showing the date the student passed the exam. It must be turned in within five years of completing the exam. See approved list.

CPR: Students who have completed an authorized CPR course, and present a copy of their current CPR card, will be given CPR 100 credit. They should make a copy of their CPR card, put their student ID number on it, and turn it in to their advisor for approval.

Criminal Justice: An agreement with the Department of Criminal Justice Training, grants students 13 credit hours if they complete a 16 week basic training program administered by DOCJT. An official transcript from the Department of Criminal Justice Training should be sent to the Registrars office for processing.

Culinary Arts: An agreement with Western Kentucky University gives credit for certain culinary arts and general education classes when a student completes CUL 299, CFS 313, and completes 140 hours of work experience.

Diesel Technology: Students who receive certification through the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) may earn up to a maximum of 42 credit hours in diesel technology classes. A copy of the certificate with the students ID number on it should be given to their advisor.

Dual credit: Students can earn dual credit for classes taken through their high school that were offered by Gateway. Students should contact the Gateway Regional Academy office if they are interested.

EMS Paramedic Program: Students who are a licensed paramedic may receive up to 38 semester hours in the EMS Paramedic program. Students must submit a copy of the license and a letter of intent and complete at least nine hours before credit is awarded. Students should turn these in to their advisor.

Family & Consumer Sciences Education: An agreement with Kentucky Department of Education gives students credit for CUL 100 and 230 if they receive a career major certificate from KDOE in culinary food services, earn a 3.0 GPA or higher in their culinary classes, pass the culinary and food service KOSSA skills standards assessment, and submit paperwork. They can also receive CUL 200 credit if they earn the national ServSafe certificate. A copy of these certificates with their student ID number should be given to their advisor.

Family & Consumer Sciences Education: This agreement allows students to receive credit for EDU 110 and 120 if they receive a major certificate in Fundamentals of Teaching, earn a 3.0 GPA, pass the Education Fundamentals AAFCS Pre- PAC national assessment, and submit the necessary forms. Students should talk to their advisor.

Human Development Institute: Students who complete the Para-educator of Kentucky modules PA 101 through PARA 108 will receive credit for ED 101.

Human Services: Students who have met the competency level defined in the agreement with Murray State University will receive SWK 120 and 121 toward the Resource Parenting Certificate. Students who have met the competency level defined in the agreement with Eastern Kentucky University will receive CDR 106 and LSCI 423 or COR 423 toward the Youth Care Work Certificate.

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers: This agreement allows students who have completed at least five years apprenticeship, are working toward an AAS in Electrical Technology, and have shown computer literacy to earn 47 credit hours toward the degree. Students should provide a copy of their license or apprenticeship paperwork with their student ID number on it to their advisor.

Kentucky Head Start Association: Students can receive 6 credit hours for the KHSA Cornell Family Development credential and applied toward an Associate degree if a student has earned at least a 2.0 GPA in 6 hours of KCTCS credit toward the degree and meet KCTCS residency requirements. Students should talk to their advisors regarding this.

Marine Technology: A student who has passed an official U.S. Coast Guard exam and obtained a license of Apprentice Mate of Towing Vessel or any license higher or has obtained a Chief Engineer will be given credit for MRN 100, 101, 200, 201, 202, and 208 upon completion of 12 credit hours from KCTCS. A student having serviced in the U.S. Coast Guard or U.S. Navy can receive additional hours based on their occupation in the Coast Guard or Navy, after completion of 12 credit hours through KCTCS. A copy of the license with their student ID number should be given to the students advisor.

Medicaid Nurse Aide: Students who have completed the Medicaid Nurse Aide and can provide a copy of their status from the Board of Nursing registry will be given NAA 100 credit. Students should go into the Kentucky Board of Nursing website and print out a copy of their MNA standing. They should put their student ID number on it and turn it in to their advisor.

Military credit: Comes through American Council on Education through a Joint Services transcript. Students may also take a DSST exam to receive credit. They must have a minimum score of 46 and an official DSST transcript must be received before credit can be posted. Transcripts can be ordered at the Joint Services website, which is https://jst.doded.mil.


Military School Age (MSA): After successfully completing one three credit hour IEC class, a student who holds the MSA from the Council of Professional Recognition will be granted credit for IEC 101, 102, and 250. Proof should be given to the students advisor.

National Board for Respiratory Care Exam: Students who pass the NBRC exam will be awarded 37-39 semester hours of credit after completing 15 credit hours of general education classes in the curriculum. The student must provide evidence of successful complete of the American Heart Association Basic Life Support course for health care providers. A copy with the students ID number on it should be given to their advisor.

Nursing: A student who has passed the National Council Licensure Exam PN and holds an unrestricted license may be awarded credit for the first semester nursing course in a KCTCS nursing degree program. A student has passed the National Council Licensure Exam PN, has an unrestricted license, and successfully completes NSG 201 will be awarded credit for the second semester nursing course. A student who has passed the National Council Licensure Exam PN, holds an active unrestricted license, and successfully completes NSG 198 will be awarded credit for the second semester nursing course. A student who holds an active unrestricted license for PN and successfully completes all components of the NRS 200 LPN-ADN transition course will be awarded credit for nursing courses in the first year of the program. A student who has passed the National Council Licensure Exam PN, holds an active unrestricted license, and successfully completes NSG 196 will be awarded credit for the second semester nursing course. A student who has passed the National Council Licensure Exam PN, holds an active unrestricted license and successfully completes NSG 197 will be awarded credit for the second semester nursing course. A student who has passed the National Council Licensure Examination PN, and holds an active unrestricted license and completes NSG 199 will be awarded credit for the second semester nursing course. Proof should be given to the students advisor.

Prior Learning: Students may put together a portfolio for evaluation for credit for prior experience. The Prior Learning Handbook will give you the information necessary to put together this portfolio.

Radiography: Students who hold the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist (ARRT) Registration may be awarded 45 credit hours of radiography coursework for Option 1 program and 43 credit hours for Option 2 program. A copy of the certification with the students ID number should be given to the students advisor.

Respiratory Care: Students who have passed the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC) Exam will be awarded 37 to 39 semester hours of credit after completing at least 15 credit hours of general education courses. They must also show successful completion of the American Heart Association Basic Life Support course for health care providers. Proof should be given to the students advisor.

STEP or Challenge exams: These are institutional exams developed and administered by the college to receive credit toward specific program requirements. Students should contact Gateway's Testing Center at 859-442-1159 for more information.

Work Based Learning Experiences: These include internships, externships, practicums, and co-op. Students should discuss these with their advisors.