The Community College of Allegheny County provides a supportive and transformative learning environment that prepares graduates to meet critical needs in the region’s workforce.
At CCAC, we believe that life outside the classroom is an important part of your college experience. Each CCAC campus has a variety of activities to enhance your lifestyle – including athletics, cultural events and personal development seminars.
The CCAC Educational
Foundation is the fundraising and benefactor arm of the college. It seeks to
create vital connections between the college and the wider community
to ensure the ongoing viability of the college.
CCAC recognizes credit earned in several ways, including college coursework in high school, transferred credits from other institutions, standardized subject tests, and various industry and agency training and certifications.
Advanced Placement Exams (AP)AP provides high school students with the opportunity to take college-level courses and take the AP exams for college credit or advanced placement.
you have earned credits at a different institution, you may be able to
transfer some or all of those credits. See Transferring Credits to CCAC.
College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)The College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) offers you the opportunity to receive college credit for what you already know. Earn qualifying scores on any of the 33 introductory-level college subject examinations.
Military Coursework & TrainingCCAC recognizes and will grant credit for relevant coursework/training completed per the JST (Joint Services Transcript).
DSST (Formerly DANTES)The nationally recognized DSST Program helps you receive college credits for learning acquired outside the traditional classroom through a suite of more than 30 exams.
Portfolio Review through College Credit Fast TrackCollege Credit Fast Track is dedicated to assisting current and prospective students in obtaining college credit at one of Pennsylvania's Community Colleges based on prior work or life experience. CCAC students can create and submit an e-portfolio, which enables you to document and compile your prior learning for evaluation of credit. See CCAC procedures and guidelines to learn
more about the e-portfolio process. Visit www.ccfasttrack.org/ to submit your
petition for review of an e-portfolio. See Introduction to Prior Learning Assessment video
Credit-By-Exam (CBE)Students in good standing who feel they can demonstrate knowledge equivalent to what is taught in a college class may petition the appropriate academic dean for the privilege of taking a special examination for college credit.
If a student wishes to challenge a course for which there is no standardized test, the student will contact the appropriate academic department at CCAC to inquire as to whether or not a test is offered for credit. The course must be listed in the CCAC college catalog and available at the campus. A student may not challenge a course that he/she has already completed, or for which he/she is currently registered. A student may only challenge and test once for any given course.
LPN to RNStudents applying for the LPN–RN transition program must have a current, valid LPN license from the state of Pennsylvania at the time of application.
Non-Credit Programs / CourseworkCCAC awards credit for completion of certain non-credit programs and/or coursework, applied to specific credit degree programs. Includes credit for completion of workforce program courses in mechatronics, renewable energy, ASL, US Steel welding courses, and EMT certification.
SOARStudents Occupationally and Academically Ready is a set of articulation agreements linking secondary and postsecondary Career and Technical Education.
Pittsburgh Job CorpsUpon review of the competency-based curricula of the Pittsburgh Job Corps, advanced standing will be awarded to students who successfully complete the Job Corps training programs listed below. Applicants for advanced credit must meet CCAC requirements for admission and register as a CCAC student. Applicants must submit official high school transcripts, related test results, plus an application for credit by articulation within two years after completing coursework at Job Corps. Students who do not meet the minimum grade requirement of the articulation may apply for credit by examination.
Act 120 CCAC recognizes the Police Training Certificate. CCAC students who have completed that certification will be awarded 15 credits as follows:
Allegheny County Bureau of Corrections CCAC students who have completed the Basic Training curriculum offered by the Allegheny County Bureau of Corrections will be awarded nine credits as follows:
CIT Certifications and Standardized TestsVarious certification programs are recognized by CCAC as having the equivalent knowledge of certain CIT courses, and can be used to meet the prerequisites of other courses or advanced standing towards the requirements of a degree or certificate. Includes credit for CIT100 through ICDL testing, available at Goodwill's private licensed school.
Corporate Workforce TrainingCorporate training can be evaluated for the awarding of college credit, based on American Council on Education (ACE) recommendations. The Director of Registration and Advisement may consider training and certifications that hold ACE recommendations for the awarding of equivalent CCAC credit courses.Official proof of certification or completion of training is required by the Director of Registration and Advisement at your campus.
Homeland Security ProgramsCCAC will grant credit for courses in the Associate of Science and Certificate programs in Homeland Security as follows:
Advanced Standing for Certified ParamedicsCertified paramedics desiring to obtain their PAM Associate Degree at CCAC may receive advanced standing for Paramedic courses if they can successfully document current and valid certification from:
These students would currently be awarded 36 credits encompassing all PAM courses. Learn more about Advanced Standing for Certified Paramedics.