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Alternative Credit Options

Alternative Credit Options/Credit for Prior Learning

The Alternative Credit Option/CPL Progam aims to assist students in identifying alternative low-cost opportunities to earn credits towards the completion of their degrees. We recognize that many of our students have a considerable amount of learning, work, and life experience that might be applicable for college credit. For further information regarding the below alternative options you may contact:

Alisa Cooper
Program Coordinator

Nikaury Paulino
Program Assistant

Zenden Nimmons
Credit Processor

For general inquiries on Alternative Credit Options please contact:
College.CompletionCredit@lehman.cuny.edu

For AP inquiries and submissions ONLY, please contact:
Test.Scores@lehman.cuny.edu

Alternative Credit Option Information

Students are recommended to speak with their Academic Advisor, Program Director, or a member of the Alternative Credit Option Team before purchasing or registering for an exam or certificate. Students should also keep the following information in mind:

  • Alternative Credit Options do not count towards full-time enrollment, are not calculated in your cumlative GPA, and are not covered by Financial Aid
  • Alternative Credit Options are offered by platforms outside of Lehman College, although we do recognize them for credit. Cost of options and length of completion will vary based on Certificate or exam.
  • Students who choose to complete Independent Study Courses through FEMA's Emergency Management Institute must Familiarize themselves with procedures listed on EM Studies website for obtaining a transcript. Procedures, dates, and deadlines for transcript requests are subject to change and the latest information will be posted directly through EM Study.

AP (Advanced Placement) | CLEP (College Level Examination Program) | COURSERA | FEMA | HSA COURSERA | IB International Baccalaureate | Military Service Credits


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Undergraduate students who have completed Advanced Placement (AP) courses in high school and have passed the AP exam administered by the College Board with grades of 4 or 5 are welcome to submit their scores to the Alternative Credit Option Program via email. Once a copy of their score has been received, students will be exempt from taking the equivalent courses required at Lehman College.

Eligibility Criteria Completed AP courses in High School and successfully passed the AP test of the College Entrance Examination Board
How to Register? For a list of AP exams, the Lehman Equivalent and the necessary score to earn credit, please click here.
How to Submit for Credit? Incoming Freshman should request their scores to be sent electronically through College Board. When requesting an eletronic copy of your scores, kindly ensure you include Lehman's School Code: 2312. Current students may submit scores (in PDF format only) labeled with your full name and student EMPLID to Test.Scores@lehman.cuny.edu.

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The College Board's College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) allows students to test their proficiency in college-level material in introductory subjects and earn college credit. Earn college credits for the information you already know through The College Level Examination Program®. CLEP is nationally recognized standardized testing based on intro-level course material. Lehman College provides credit for successful scores on specified CLEP exams. These exams have been reviewed and are approved to satisfy Lehman course equivalents. Some courses may not be considered equivalent but will count as elective credit at Lehman College

Eligibility Criteria Open General Education Electives/Liberal Art Electives
How to Register? To view a step-by-step registration guide and a list of CLEP, the Lehman Equivalent and the credit amount, click here.
How to Submit for Credit? Send a copy of your CLEP scores directly to the college (in pdf format only) labeled with your full name and student EMPLID to College.CompletionCredit@lehman.cuny.edu.

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Build your career and expand your professional knowledge through Coursera while earning college credits. Coursera is nationally recognized as an online educational platform providing University and College students with an online range of video lectures taught by university professors and company staff around the nation. Lehman College offers the opportunity to complete specific online courses through Coursera that have been reviewed and are approved to satisfy the Lehman College Liberal Arts credit requirements.

Students seeking to earn credit through the Lehman-approved Coursera certificates MUST purchase their certificate from Coursera to submit to the Alternative Credit option program. Courses completed without proof of certification will not be awarded credit.

Eligibility Criteria Open Liberal Art Credits/Gen Ed Electives
How to Register? Register for approved Coursera courses and purchase certificate once completed to submit for credit. Click here.
How to Submit for Credit? Submit certificate of completion in PDF format labeled "FirstnameLastname_EMPLID" with subject line" COURSERA _ course name" to College.CompletionCredit@lehman.cuny.edu

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Through their online Emergency Management Institute, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) allows students to earn transferable academic credit by taking Independent Study Courses. Once completed, Frederick Community College will evaluate your scores for college credit, and you will be able to request a transcript (see steps below). Credits earned through FEMA/EMI courses can be used to fulfill general electives only and will not be considered liberal arts credits.

Eligibility Criteria General Education Electives ONLY
How to Register? Click here.
How to Submit for Credit? Submit FEMA certificate if 1 credit ONLY. If more than 1 credit is being fulfilled, please visit https://macem.org/Independent-Study-Credit-Conversion-Programs.aspx to convert to college credit.

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Build your career and expand your professional knowledge through Coursera while earning college credits. Coursera is nationally recognized as an online educational platform providing University and College students with an online range of video lectures taught by university professors and company staff around the nation. Lehman College offers the opportunity to complete specific online courses through Coursera that have been reviewed and are approved to satisfy the Lehman College General Education elective requirements.

Students seeking to earn credit through the Lehman-approved Coursera certificates MUST purchase their certificate from Coursera to submit to the Alternative Credit option program. Courses completed without proof of certification will not be awarded credit.

Eligibility Criteria Open General Electives/ HSA Elective Credit

Students seeking Health Services Administration (HSA) elective credit should do so under the guidance of an HSA advisor. Students seeking to earn credit for General Education electives MUST contact their academic advisor or reach us at College.CompletionCredit@lehman.cuny.edu
How to Register? Register for approved Coursera courses and purchase certificate once completed to submit for credit.

Click here.
How to Submit for Credit? Submit certificate of completion in PDF format labeled "FirstnameLastname_EMPLID" with subject line" COURSERA_course name" to College.CompletionCredit@lehman.cuny.edu

Click Here To OpenIB International Baccalaureate

Lehman College admits students who have completed the International Baccalaureate diploma. Following the CUNY policy, a student at Lehman College can earn credit from an International Baccalaureate (IB) program. The credits awarded will apply towards the overall number of credits required for graduation.

Eligibility Criteria Lehman College students can earn IB credits in two ways:
  • 30+ Points with an IB Diploma: Students who have completed an IB Diploma with 30 points or higher will be awarded 30 credits.
  • 29 Points or less, and students who did not complete the Diploma: Students with a score of 29 or less, and students that did not complete the IB diploma, may be awarded college credits for Higher-Level IB exams with scores of "5" or better per the Lehman equivalencies.
How to Register? To request IBO transcript and diploma, please click here.
How to Submit for Credit? An official IB transcript and diploma (if applicable) are required for credit review.

Please submit an official IB transcript to Wanda.Majette@lehman.cuny.edu in PDF format, labeled with Full name and EMPLID.

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The college follows the recommendations of the American Council on Education (ACE) in granting credit for military training based on the review of a student’s military transcripts. If you are a veteran and wish to apply for military service credit, please file an Application for Military Service Credit through the Office of Military and Veterans Affairs, located in Shuster Hall, Room 201B. Veterans enrolled at the college may also be eligible to earn credits for select military training and education according to the rules governing the evaluation of transfer credits as presented in the Undergraduate Bulletin.

Eligibility Criteria Military Training
How to Register? File an Application for Military Service Credit through the Office of Military and Veterans Affairs
How to Submit for Credit? Please contact the Office of Military and Veterans Affairs: Office of Veteran and Military Affairs at Veterans.Affairs@lehman.cuny.edu