Prior Learning Assessment

This Prior Learning Assessment webpage provides information to students and faculty regarding the Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) process at Northwest University.  PLA is a general term used by the University to describe all college-level credit awarded or recognized for learning acquired in non-college settings.  The University considers PLA credit by two methods based on whether a recognized organization has assessed the learning (Certified Prior Learning) or whether Northwest University faculty must individually evaluate the student’s learning (Credit by Portfolio). All credits earned through PLA must be completed prior to earning 60 semester credits. Transfer students entering with 60 or more credits will be allowed one semester to apply for PLA credits.

If you have questions, please contact the Associate Provost at or the College of Adult and Professional Studies at 425.889.7825 or