Prior Learning Assessment (PLA)

Prior Learning Assessment (PLA)

Alvin Community College recognizes the benefits of Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) in helping students reach their goals in a more efficient way. Additionally, the College is cognizant of the diverse ways in which students obtain knowledge and skills outside of the traditional classroom setting. The primary goal of PLA is to evaluate a student's knowledge and skill-set to be awarded college credit through alternative pathways such as national and local examinations, industry certifications and work experience, military training, articulation agreements and non-credit mirror course conversion. 

PLA Requirements for Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Courses
(Towards AEMT/Paramedic Certificate and AAS)

Any applicant requesting PLA credit for EMT level courses must fully meet the following requirements:
   A. provide documentation of a high school diploma or GED
   B. provide copies of relevant academic transcripts: high school, college or university, military service schools, and other (proprietary school; consortium programs; private EMS education companies)
   C. possess a VALID, CURRENT, and ACTIVE Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Emergency Medical Technician certification 
   D. submit a valid certificate of completion from the educational institution where the student completed his/her EMT course
   E. submit a resume’ or curriculum vitae outlining work history with an emphasis on EMS or other health care experience
   F. submit a VALID and CURRENT American Heart Association BLS CPR certification card (No other CPR instruction entity certification cards accepted; only American Heart Association)
   G. applicants whose course completion certificate is greater than 1 calendar year old (regardless of work experience) must submit to departmental skills assessment and receive a pass rating within 3 attempts for the following skills prior to the registration deadline:
           a. BVM of and Apneic Patient
           b. Oxygen Administration by Non-Rebreather Mask
           c. Small-Volume Nebulizer
           d. Cardiac Arrest management and AED
           e. EpiPen Auto-Injector Administration
           f. Bleeding Control and Shock Management
           g. Joint Immobilization
           h. Long Bone Immobilization
           i. Traction Splint
           j. Spinal Immobilization – Supine
           k. Spinal Immobilization – Seated
           l. Patient Assessment – Medical
          m. Patient Assessment –Trauma
   H. applicants whose course completion is greater than 2 years old and whose Emergency Medical Services (EMS) work experience is less than 1 year or greater than 2 years from the date of application must complete the skills assessment outlined in section G and complete a departmental written exam with a score of 80% or above prior to the registration deadline
   I. Applicants who meet or exceed the criteria outlined in sections G and H do not have to submit to skills and/or written testing, but must fulfill all requirements outlined in A-F

Should an applicant successfully fulfill the above requirements, PLA credit shall be awarded for the following:

Course # Course Name Hours
EMSP 1160 Clinical Emergency Medical Technician - Basic 1
EMSP 1501 Emergency Medical Technician - Basic 5
  TOTAL CREDIT HOUR 6

 

PLA Requirements for Advanced Emergency Medical Technician (AEMT) Courses
(Towards Paramedic Certificate and AAS)

Any applicant requesting PLA credit for AEMT level courses must fully meet the following requirements:
   A. provide documentation of a high school diploma or GED
   B. provide copies of relevant academic transcripts: high school, college or university, military service schools, and other (proprietary school; consortium programs; private EMS education companies)
   C. possess a VALID, CURRENT, and ACTIVE Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Emergency Medical Technician or AEMT certification 
   D. submit a valid certificate of completion from the educational institution where the student completed his/her AEMT course
   E. submit a resume’ or curriculum vitae outlining work history with an emphasis on EMS or other health care experience
   F. submit a VALID and CURRENT American Heart Association BLS CPR certification card (No other CPR instruction entity certification cards accepted; only American Heart Association)
   G. applicants whose course completion certificate is greater than 1 calendar year old (regardless of work experience) must submit to departmental skills assessment and receive a pass rating within 3 attempts for the following skills prior to the registration deadline:
      a. Patient Assessment – Trauma
      b. Patient Assessment – Medical
      c. Supraglottic Airway Device
      d. Pediatric Respiratory Compromise
      e. Cardiac Arrest management – Advanced
      f. Intravenous Therapy
      g. Intravenous Therapy – Bolus Medication Administration
      h. Pediatric Intraosseous Infusion
      i. Spinal Immobilization – Supine
      j. Random EMT Skill (Skills evaluator choice on day of testing)
         i. Spinal Immobilization – Seated
         ii. Long Bone Immobilization
         iii. Joint Immobilization
         iv. Bleeding Control and Shock Management
   H. applicants whose course completion is greater than 2 years old and whose Emergency Medical Services (EMS) work experience is less than 1 year or greater than 2 years from the date of application must complete the skills assessment outlined in section G and complete a departmental written exam with a score of 80% or above prior to the registration deadline
   I. Applicants who meet or exceed the criteria outlined in sections G and H do not have to submit to skills and/or written testing, but must fulfill all requirements outlined in A-F

Should an applicant successfully fulfill the above requirements, PLA credit shall be awarded for the following:

Course # Course Name Hours
EMSP 1166 Practicum I - EMT Paramedic 1
EMSP 1261 Clinical I - EMT Paramedic 2
EMSP 1356 Patient Assessment and Airway Management 3
EMSP 1355 Trauma Management 3
EMSP 1338 Introduction to Advanced Practice 3
  TOTAL CREDIT HOURS 12

 

PLA Requirements for Paramedic Courses (Certificate to AAS or Other as needed on case by case basis)

Any applicant requesting PLA credit for Paramedic level courses must fully meet the following requirements:
   A. provide documentation of a high school diploma or GED
   B. provide copies of relevant academic transcripts: high school, college or university, military service schools, and other (proprietary school; consortium programs; private EMS education companies)
   C. possess a VALID, CURRENT, and ACTIVE Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) Paramedic certification 
   D. submit a valid certificate of completion from the educational institution where the student completed his/her AEMT/Paramedic course
   E. submit a resume’ or curriculum vitae outlining work history with an emphasis on EMS or other health care experience
   F. submit a VALID and CURRENT American Heart Association BLS CPR certification card (No other CPR instruction entity certification cards accepted; only American Heart Association)
   G. applicants whose course completion certificate is greater than 1 calendar year old and whose EMS work experience is less than 1 year must submit to departmental skills assessment and receive a pass rating within 3 attempts for the following skills prior to the registration deadline:
      a. Patient Assessment – Trauma
      b. Dynamic Cardiology
      c. Static Cardiology
      d. Oral Station – A
      e. Oral Station – B
      f. Integrated Out-of-Hospital Scenario
      g. Random EMT Skill (Skills evaluator choice on day of testing)
         i. Spinal Immobilization - Supine
         ii. Spinal Immobilization – Seated
         iii. Long Bone Immobilization
         iv. Joint Immobilization
         v. Bleeding Control and Shock Management
      h. Random AEMT Skill (Skills evaluator choice on day of testing)
         i. Supraglottic Airway Device
         ii. Pediatric Respiratory Compromise
         iii. Intravenous Therapy
         iv. Intravenous Therapy – Bolus Medication Administration
         v. Pediatric Intraosseous Infusion
   J. applicants whose course completion certificate is greater than 1 calendar year old and whose EMS work experience is less than 1 year must submit to a departmental written exam with a score of 80% or above prior to the registration deadline
   K. Applicants who meet or exceed the criteria outlined in sections G and H do not have to submit to skills testing, but must fulfill all requirements outlined in A-F
   L. Applicants requesting PLA credit for the following courses must pay an examination fee and successfully pass the course final exam with an 80% or higher as per the course syllabus:
      • EMSP 2434 – Medical Emergencies
      • EMSP 2444 – Cardiology
      • EMSP 2206 – Emergency Pharmacology
      • EMSP 2243 – Assessment Based Management
      • EMSP 2143 – Assessment Based Management
      • EMSP 2330 – Special Populations
      • EMSP 2305 – EMS Operations


Should an applicant successfully fulfill the above requirements (A-K), a MAXIMUM of 6 Credit Hours may be awarded in any combination (based on need) for the following courses:

Course Credit Hours
EMP 2434 - Medical Emergencies 4
EMSP 2444 - Cardiology 4
EMSP - Emergency Pharmacology 2
EMSP 2330 - Special Populations 3
EMSP 2243 - Assessment Based Management 2
EMSP 2143 - Assessment Based Management 1
EMSP 2305 - EMS Operations 3
EMSP 2160 - Clinical II - EMT Paramedic 1
EMSP 2261 - Clinical III - EMT Paramedic 2
EMSP 2166 - Practicum II - EMT Paramedic 1

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