(PLA) Prior Learning Assessment by Portfolio

PLA by Portfolio allows students to request course credit for knowledge and skills acquired through employment, cooperative (co-op) education, and/or training. Lone Star College will not award credit based solely on years of employment. Experiences must be verifiable and demonstrate achievement of learning objectives for the requested course credit to be awarded. In addition to documentation, students may be asked to display specific skills and/or complete an interview to assess content knowledge.

Advisors will verify students meet general PLA criteria then refer them to a program contact (faculty member, department chair, or dean). In this process, students interact closely with a program contact to complete the following:

  • Determine whether credit assessment through portfolio is suitable
  • Identify eligibility requirements specific to portfolio assessment
  • Review LSC course learning objectives that must be mastered through the prior learning experience
  • Receive guidance on documenting learning and collecting evidence

Courses Approved for Credit

Portfolio is a suitable credit assessment option for a number of courses. PLA by portfolio is not limited to the academic programs and courses listed below. Students must speak with a program contact to identify course credit opportunities within a content area.


EDUC 1301 Introduction to The Teaching Profession

Eligibility Requirements - Students must have successfully completed the following high school courses

  1. Instructional Practices in Education and Training (INPREDTR) 
  2. Practicum in Education and Training (PRACEDTR)

Fire Science

FIRT 1315 Hazardous Materials I

Eligibility Requirements - Students must have the following National Emergency Training Center (NFA), International Association of Fire Fighters and Dept. of Homeland Security certificates:

  1. NFA - Recognizing and Identifying Hazardous Materials
  2. NFA - An Introduction to Hazardous Materials
  3. Dept. Homeland Security - WMD Unified Command 
  4. International Association of Fire Fighters - Incident Management Certificate

Human Services

Eligibility Requirements

  1. Certificate from the Institute of Chemical Dependency Studies (ICDS) 
  2. Pursuing an AAS degree in Human Services 

If you have successfully completed the following courses at ICD, you may qualify to apply for up to 15 credit hours by portfolio. Please contact your Human Services faculty or the department chair for more information.

Course Required at ICDS for Basic Certificate Lone Star Course Recommended
The Basics of Addiction Counseling & The Physiology of Addiction DAAC 1319 – Introduction to Alcohol & Other Drugs
Basic Counseling Skills & Methods DAAC 1417 – Basic Counseling Skills
Chemical Dependency and the Family CMSW 1353 – Family Intervention Strategies
Advanced Counseling Skills & Methods DAAC 1311 – Counseling Theories
Practicum DAAC 2360 – Clinical Practicum


BMGT 2303 Problem Solving and Decision Making

HRPO 2307 Organizational Behavior

Pharmacy Management

PHRA 1361 Clinical I

Eligibility Requirements - Students will need to provide acceptable documentation for the internship experience. Acceptable documentation to prove the completion of the above internship experience would be a letter from an employer or instructor under whom the student completed the hours of community pharmacy internship experience.  The letter should include the name of the retail pharmacy the student completed the hours with, a description of the types of activities the student participated in, the dates of the clinical experience, and the total number of hours completed by the student.  The letter should also indicate the supervisor verifies that the clinical experience completed by the student provided them with adequate experience to prepare them for employment in the industry.