Credit by Testing, Extension and Examination

Traditional Undergraduate Programs

Credit by Examination (maximum: 36 units)

Vanguard University grants a maximum of thirty-six (36) units from Advanced Placement (AP), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), International Baccalaureate (I.B.), other testing organizations, or from non-Vanguard University extension and correspondence programs. Vanguard University grants credit to students who receive a grade of “3” or higher on tests administered in the AP program of the College Board unless otherwise indicated by the appropriate department. Credit for exams taken through CLEP will be awarded based on recommendations by CLEP and the appropriate department. Typically, a minimum score of 50 is required. Vanguard University grants credit to students who receive a score of “4” or higher on the higher-level exams in the I.B. program. Work taken through any regionally accredited extension, online, or correspondence program may be recognized for fulfilling graduation requirements. Go to for more detailed information.

Professional Education Undergraduate Programs 

Credit by Examination (maximum: 45 units)

For students enrolled in Professional Education programs, the University offers several means by which a maximum of forty-five (45) educational units may be earned. These include nationally recognized testing organizations such as AP (Advanced Placement), CLEP (College Level Examination Program), IB (International Baccalaureate), DANTES (Defense Activity for Traditional Educational Support), USAFI (United States Armed Forces Institute). For RN to BSN students, 10 units will be granted for passing the NCLEX exam (National Council Licensure Exam for Registered Nurses). These units will be applied to the general education and elective categories. See Credit by Examination for more information.

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