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Academic Policies and Procedures

All BPCC students are expected to become acquainted with College policies, requirements, procedures, and regulations. In addition, students are to remain aware of these policies and procedures during their attendance at BPCC.

Academic advisors, counselors, deans, instructors, administrators, and other College officials assist students in becoming acquainted with College regulations; however, students must assume final responsibility for being acquainted with College procedures. In no case will a regulation be waived or an exception be granted because a student pleads ignorance of the regulation.

Classification of Students

FRESHMAN: A student with fewer than 30 semester hours of credit.
   
SOPHOMORE: A student with at least 30 semester hours of credit.
   
PART-TIME STUDENT: A student who does not meet the qualifications for full-time student status.
   
FULL-TIME STUDENT: A student enrolled for 12 or more hours of resident credit in a regular semester or six or more hours of credit during a summer semester.
   
AUDIT: A student who has been officially admitted to the College (meets all entrance requirements) and who has obtained written permission to audit, prior to registration.
To audit a course, the applicant must sign an audit permit during registration. A student auditing one or more classes must follow regular admission and registration procedures, pay all fees, and attend class regularly. Failure to comply with attendance regulations could result in suspension from the course. No tests are required. An audit may not be changed to credit or credit to audit after the deadline published in the Academic Bulletin. An audited class may be repeated for credit.

Official Registration

The dates and times for registration are announced in the Academic Bulletin. A period is allotted
for extended registration, and students are required to pay an extended registration fee. Extended registration does not excuse a student from missed assignments.

Instructors serve as academic advisors during registration. A student is assigned an advisor according to the curriculum choice and should consult the advisor for guidance in planning course schedules.

The semester hour is the unit of credit. A semester hour is the meeting of a lecture class for one hour a week. A three-hour lecture course meets for three hours a week. Credit for each course is indicated in the course description and also in the Academic Bulletin. Most colleges and universities will allow the transfer of no more than 60 hours from a community college.

Prerequisite requirements are specified in the course description. Students are responsible for completing all prerequisites. Students must make a "C" or higher in all prerequisite courses.

The appearance of a student's name on a class roster or supplement prepared by the Admissions/Registrar’s Office is evidence that the student is registered and admitted to class. No student is permitted to remain in a class unless the instructor has received evidence of proper registration from the Admissions/Registrar’s Office.

Concurrent Registration

Students enrolled at BPCC while enrolled concurrently at another college or university must provide a written statement attesting to the enrollment and course load at the other institution.

Schedule Changes

Adding Courses – Classes may be added for credit by obtaining approval from a student's academic advisor. The student can make schedule changes on the CAVS website. Courses may be added during the schedule change period outlined in the BPCC Academic Bulletin. Courses may not be added for credit or audit after the date outlined in the BPCC Calendar in the Academic Bulletin.

Dropping Courses - A course may be dropped during the schedule change period and the course will not appear on the student's transcript. After the closing date for schedule changes, students may drop courses on the CAVS website. The grade of "W" is given when a student drops or resigns from a course prior to mid-term. Any student who has a passing grade and drops or resigns at least one week prior to the beginning of final examinations is given a grade of "W." The grade of "WF" is given when a student who is failing a course drops or resigns after mid-term. A student is not permitted to drop or resign after one week prior to the beginning of final examinations.

Responsibilities of Students

All BPCC students are expected to become acquainted with College policies, requirements, procedures, and regulations regarding all phases of College operations. In addition, students are to remain cognizant of these policies and procedures during their attendance at BPCC.

Academic advisors, counselors, deans, instructors, administrators, and other College officials assist students in becoming acquainted with College regulations; however, students must assume final responsibility for being acquainted with College procedures. In no case will a regulation be waived or an exception be granted because a student pleads ignorance of the regulation.

  • Close adherence to curricula assures the student's completion of all general education requirements and all major requirements.
  • The student should be familiar with all the requirements of the degree program and should consult with an academic advisor when necessary.
  • Each student assumes the responsibility for scheduling courses that are applicable to degrees and for taking courses in proper sequence to ensure the orderly progression of work.

Students attending evening and/or online classes are expected to assume the same academic responsibilities as all other students. Evening and online students are given the same curricular guidance and counseling as day students. Evening and online students follow the same procedures for admission to the College as other students, including the submission of applications and transcripts. Evening and online students pursuing associate degrees assume the responsibility of scheduling classes to fulfill degree requirements. BPCC does not guarantee that all classes required in an associate degree or academic certificate can be obtained during the evening or online schedule of classes.

Class Attendance

Class attendance is regarded as an obligation as well as a privilege, and students are expected to attend all classes regularly and punctually. Failure to do so may jeopardize a student’s scholastic standing.

  • Attendance will be checked every class meeting. A written explanation of expectations regarding class attendance will be included in the instructor’s Syllabus. Ultimately, each faculty member’s individual Syllabus will serve as the governing attendance policy for a particular class and may differ from others based on academic discipline, teaching philosophy, or instructional necessities. Students should refer to each of their instructors’ Syllabi for guidance and seek immediate clarification from their instructors if needed.
  • Any student who ceases to attend a class may be subject to a College-Initiated Withdrawal. A student who wishes to withdraw from a course or resign from the College must do so officially by completing the required admissions forms.
  • When a student has missed 15% of a course, the instructor may remove the student by assigning a College-Initiated Withdrawal. As a result of this action, the student will receive a grade of “WN” for the course if action is initiated prior to the last day to drop. NOTICE: More restrictive attendance requirements may apply in some specialized classes such as laboratory, activity, and clinical courses because of the nature of those courses. Neither the instructor nor the College assumes responsibility for students who are absent from these classes.
  • Students who will be absent due to participation in school-sanctioned activities, mandatory military exercises, or mandated appearance in a court of law (jury duty or subpoena obligations) must submit official documentation to the instructor prior to the event to be eligible for assistance in meeting missed course requirements. Absences of this nature will not count toward the 15% limit for purposes of this policy.
  • Students who are receiving any type of financial aid, scholarships or tuition assistance should consult the rules governing that aid before withdrawing from a course or resigning from the College.

Note: Financial Aid Students: Please refer to the Financial Aid Policy regarding attendance and withdrawal.

Intent to Pursue Degree or Certificate

Students pursuing associate degrees, academic certificates, or technical competency areas at BPCC must declare their intent to do so. Curricular requirements become effective at the date of the declaration of the academic major and do not date from the point of original enrollment in the College. If the student resigns or does not enroll for one semester, the student would have to meet the requirements of a new curriculum. Financial aid recipients must be enrolled in a degree or eligible technical diploma or certificate program at BPCC.

Changing Curriculum

Any student wishing to change from one curriculum to another (change a major) should do one of the following:

  1. Fill out a change of status form in the Admissions/Registrar’s Office. Be sure to check "degree seeking" if you are pursuing an associate degree or a certificate from BPCC. Do not check degree seeking if you are only transferring hours to another institution even though you may be seeking a degree there.
  2. Stop at the "Change of Major" table in Building A prior to seeing your advisor during registration.

Please note that checking a different curriculum on the readmission form does not constitute an official change of curriculum.

Resignation from the College

A student may resign from the College at any time before the final date for resigning, provided the student does not owe money to the College. A grade of "F" is recorded if a student leaves the College after the final date for resigning. Resignation must be initiated in the Admissions/Registrar’s Office and is not final until approved by the appropriate College officials.

Grading System

"A" The grade of "A" has a value of four quality points per semester hour and is given for superior work.
   
"B" The grade of "B" has a value of three quality points per semester hour and is
given for excellent work.
   
"C" The grade of "C" has a value of two quality points per semester hour and is given for average work.
   
"D" The grade of "D" has a value of one quality point per semester hour and is given for work that is considered minimum for receiving credit for the course.
   
"F" The grade of "F" has a value of zero quality points per semester hour and is given for a quality of work that is unacceptable for receiving credit for the course.
   
"I" The grade of "I" means incomplete and is given for work which, because of circumstances beyond the student's control, is incomplete. A time limit may be set by the instructor for completion of the work, but in no case may that be after mid-term of the spring semester according to the Academic Calendar for courses taken in fall semester and not after mid-term of fall semester according to the Academic Calendar for courses taken in the spring or summer semesters. A grade of "I" is computed as a temporary "F" on a student's transcript until it is changed after the completion of all work for the course in question. If the coursework has not been completed by mid-term of the following semester according to the Academic Calendar, a grade of “F” will be reported.
   
"WN" The grade of "WN" is given when a student has accumulated a total of two weeks of unexcused absences in a course and the instructor has suspended the student by assigning a college-initiated withdrawal.
   
"S" The grade of "S" is given for work which meets or exceeds the requirements for a course taught on a pass-fail option. The grade of "S" is also given when a student successfully completes a credit examination. Grades of "S" are not used to compute a grade point average.
   
"U" The grade of "U" is given for work which is below the requirements for a course taught on a pass-fail option.

Cumulative Grade Point Averages, Earned GPAs, and Repeated Courses

Students may access this policy at Earned GPAs and Repeated Courses.PDF File

Academic Records

  1. Grade Reports: The College does not issue mid-semester grade reports. Students may verify final grades using the CAVS website. Reports of final grades earned in courses are no longer mailed to the student.

  2. Chancellor's List: Each semester the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs submits a list of students earning 15 or more semester hours (8 in the summer semester) whose semester averages are 3.500 or higher with no grade of "F" having been reported in the student's cumulative grade point average (at all colleges and universities attended). Students who have declared academic amnesty are not eligible for the list or other academic honors. In addition, grades earned in developmental courses, courses not applicable to associate degrees, or service scholarship courses are not counted toward the Chancellor's List. Those courses include, but are not limited to, ALHT 101; CIS 099; ENGL 098; ENGL 099; MATH 097, MATH 098, MATH 099; EDUC 099; VTAH 111, VTAH 112, VTAH 117, VTAH 118; JRNL 101, JRNL 102; MUSC 144-182; OIS 103; READ 099. Moreover, grades in repeated courses do not negate previously earned grades for the purpose of the Chancellor's List. Students on provisional status are not eligible for the Chancellor’s List.

  3. Dean's List: Each semester the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs submits a list of students earning 12 semester hours (6-7 in the summer semester) whose semester averages are 3.500 or higher with no grade of "F" having been reported in the student's cumulative grade point average ( at all colleges and universities attended). Students who have declared academic amnesty are not eligible for the list or other academic honors. In addition, grades earned in developmental courses, courses not applicable to associate degrees, or service scholarship courses are not counted toward the Dean's List. Those courses include, but are not limited to, ALHT 101; CIS 099; ENGL 098; ENGL 099; MATH 097, MATH 098, MATH 099; EDUC 099; VTAH 111, VTAH 112, VTAH 117, VTAH 118; JRNL 101, JRNL 102; MUSC 144-182; OIS 103; READ 099. Moreover, grades in repeated courses do not negate previously earned grades for the purpose of the Dean's List. "Practicum," "Seminar," and other similar courses are not counted toward the Dean's List. Students on provisional status are not eligible for the Dean’s List.

  4. Transcript Record: A fee of $3.00 per copy is charged for transcripts. A student may request a copy of his/her official transcript by filling out the proper form in the Admissions/Registrar’s Office or by completing the necessary form on the College's website (www.bpcc.edu). However, if the student is indebted to the College, all debts must be cleared before the transcript can be released. Transcripts will not be released if the student owes student records of any type to the College (College transcripts, high school transcript, GED scores, ACT or SAT scores, immunization records, and selective service). No transcripts are issued during the first ten days of any semester. Payment must be submitted with the transcript request in order for the request to be processed.

  5. Official Records of Graduation: The official record of student completion of requirements for academic degrees and certificates is located in the Office of the Registrar at BPCC. Signed diplomas and certificates are not official certifications of degree or certificate completion at Bossier Parish Community College.

Scholastic Regulations

Scholastic regulations convey the academic standards of a college. The following regulations present the standards of BPCC and convey the academic integrity of the institution. The standards ensure appropriate academic progress at the College and assure students that they are making academic progress. Students who do not meet the following academic criteria and cannot demonstrate the requisite ability, preparation, motivation, or maturity will not be continued as students at BPCC. The College reserves the right to study continually, augment, and enhance its academic regulations and requirements. These changes are incorporated into existing policies, and students are expected to conform to new policies when adopted by the College.

The conditions for probation and suspension were formulated by the Board of Regents to embody the following objectives:

  1. To inform the student of the minimum requirements and standards necessary to obtain transfer credits and/or a college degree;
  2. To allow the beginning student (first time to attend college) the opportunity to remain a student until at least two enrollments have been attempted;
  3. To provide for the student whose academic attainment shows that ultimate success in a college may be in doubt, a trial period during which he is allowed to demonstrate appropriate academic competence;
  4. To state the standards and to encourage students to become acquainted with them so that the results and consequences of inadequate performance may be known by students, parents, faculty, and administrators.

Probation and Suspension

Three categories of academic status exist: academic good standing, academic probation, and academic suspension. Although students will usually receive notification of academic status, such notice is not a prerequisite to students being placed in one of the above categories. Students have the responsibility to ascertain their academic status prior to the beginning of the next enrollment period.

Academic Probation, Suspension, and Re-admission Regulations

There are three categories of academic status: academic good standing, academic probation and academic suspension. Students will receive official notification of academic status. Such notice is not a prerequisite to students being placed in one of the above categories. Students have the responsibility to ascertain their academic status prior to the beginning of the next enrollment period. Specific BPCC programs may have higher academic status rules.

Academic Probation: Students who have attempted a minimum of 15 semester hours will be placed on academic probation whenever their adjusted cumulative grade point averages fall below 2.000. Once on academic probation, a student will remain on probation (as long as each semester average is at least a 2.000) until the adjusted cumulative grade point average of 2.000 or higher is achieved.

Once an adjusted cumulative GPA of 2.000 or higher is achieved, a student will be removed from probation.

Definitions:
Quality Hours: Quality hours are those credit hours for which a student registers and receives a grade of A-F. Credit courses for which a student receives a grade of “P,” “CR,” and “S” are included in earned hours. Courses for which students register, but later withdraw with a grade of “W” are included in attempted hours.

Cumulative Quality Hours: Cumulative quality hours are all hours for which a student has registered and received a final grade of A-F at the college as well as all quality hours accepted in transfer (including hours that would have been accepted had the student not earned a grade of F).

Adjusted Quality Hours: Adjusted quality hours are those credit hours for which a student registers and receives a grade of A-F at BPCC, excluding those credit hours removed from the calculation of the student’s grade point average through those credit hours removed through Academic Amnesty.

Adjusted Cumulative Grade Point Average (adj cum GPA): This GPA is adjusted to exclude those quality hours and grades which have been removed from the calculation of a student’s grade point average through BPCC’s repeat/delete policy and/or Academic Amnesty. This adjusted cumulative grade point average will include grades earned at BPCC and is used to determine a student’s academic status.

Academic Suspension

Students who are on academic probation who have attempted a minimum of 24 semester hours and who fail to achieve a semester grade point average of at least a 2.000 will be suspended for one semester. If a student is suspended at the conclusion of a spring semester, the student is suspended for the following fall semester. If a student is suspended at the conclusion of a fall semester, the student is suspended for the following spring semester.

A student who has been academically suspended from BPCC at the conclusion of the spring semester may attend BPCC summer without appeal. If the summer grades raise the student’s adjusted cumulative grade point average to a 2.000 or higher, the suspension for the fall is rescinded. If the student’s adjusted cumulative grade point average is not at or above 2.000 at the conclusion of the summer session(s), the academic suspension remains in effect for the fall semester.

Academic Status Determination for Transfer Students

A student who transfers to BPCC with an adjusted cumulative grade point average of 2.000 or higher as defined by the last institution attended will be admitted in good standing. A transfer student with less than a 2.000 adjusted cumulative grade point average will be admitted on probation. If the student earns a semester grade point average of 2.000 or higher during the first semester of BPCC enrollment, the student’s academic status will be based on the adjusted cumulative grade point average. If the student fails to achieve a semester grade point average of 2.000 or higher, the student will be suspended for one semester.

Academic and/or Disciplinary Suspension or Expulsion from Another College

If a student wishes to appeal an academic suspension from another college or university, the student must confer with the institution from which he/she has been suspended.

Students expelled from another college or university for disciplinary reasons are not considered to be in good standing; therefore, these students will not be allowed to enroll in Bossier Parish Community College.

Enrollment During a Suspension/Expulsion Period

A student who is under academic, attendance, or disciplinary suspension/expulsion from another college or university will not be admitted to BPCC until the interval of suspension/expulsion has elapsed.

Readmission or Admission After Academic Suspension

A student who has been suspended from BPCC may be considered for readmission in accordance with the following policies:

  1. A student who is suspended for the first time for academic reasons must remain out of the College for one semester before being considered for readmission. After the lapse of one regular semester on suspension, the student will be readmitted to BPCC on probation.
  2. A student who has been suspended twice for academic reasons must remain out of BPCC for two regular semesters, before applying for readmission. After the lapse of two semesters, the student will be re-admitted to BPCC on probation.
  3. A student who has been suspended more than twice must remain out of BPCC for two regular semesters before applying for readmission. After the lapse of two semesters the student will be re-admitted to BPCC on probation. The student cannot appeal the suspension of two or more suspensions.
  4. A student who has been dropped for academic reasons may not obtain credit towards a BPCC degree with credits earned at another institution during the period of ineligibility to enroll at BPCC. A student who has been suspended from another institution for academic reasons may be admitted on probation to BPCC at the end of that institution's period of suspension, provided all other admissions criteria are met.

Appeal Procedures

All academic appeals must be lodged with the proper appellate authority within 45 calendar days from the date the semester ends. Failure to appeal within the 45 day period will result in the waiver of the student's rights to appeal the decision. A student who has been suspended more than twice for academic reasons must remain out of BPCC for two regular semesters, before applying for readmission.

Appeal of Academic Standing

A student who believes that his/her academic standing (probation or suspension) does not reflect the quality or quantity of effort put forth, or which is the result of extenuating circumstances, may appeal his/her standing to the Academic Admissions and Appeals Committee. The student must write a letter to this committee giving the reasons why the academic standing should be re-evaluated. The committee will hold a meeting at which the student's written appeal will be presented. The student will be notified of the committee's decision. (NOTE: 45 day limit) A student who has been suspended two or more suspensions must remain out of BPCC for two semesters before applying for readmission..

Appeal of a Reported Grade

Students may access this policy at Appeal of a Final Course Grade.PDF File

Rescinding of Degrees and Certificates

BPCC reserves the right to rescind the awarding of associate degrees and certificates if the College discovers that the degrees and certificates were awarded in error.

Academic Amnesty

A student enrolled in BPCC's academic programs who has not enrolled in a college, including BPCC or a university, for three consecutive years may elect to deny once and only once all academic course work attempted at BPCC prior to the three-year period. This work will appear on the student's official academic transcript but will not be used in computation of the student’s grade point average. Students should be aware that other colleges and universities may not recognize academic amnesty declared at BPCC.

The student must apply for and declare academic amnesty of credit courses in the Office of Admissions and Registrar at the time of application for admission to BPCC or within sixty days of the first date of enrollment at BPCC. A decision to declare academic amnesty is final and irreversible.

BPCC does not recognize academic amnesty declared by students at other colleges and universities. Academic amnesty is granted to students enrolled in BPCC's academic programs. Students who have declared academic amnesty are not eligible for naming to the College’s Chancellor's or Dean's Lists.

Graduation Requirements

Students assume full responsibility for awareness of all graduation criteria and for the appropriateness of their credentials applicable toward satisfaction of all requirements. No associate degree, academic certificate, or technical competency area shall be conferred by BPCC until the procedural and academic requirements listed below are met. The following are the criteria for, and conditions of, graduation from BPCC:

  1. Graduating students must be currently enrolled at BPCC. Each student must complete the Application for Graduation with an academic advisor during the last semester enrolled. Any student who submits the Application for Graduation to the dean of the appropriate division is automatically enrolled in GRAD9999, the graduation fee. Students who previously applied for graduation but who did not graduate must file another application the semester they plan to complete requirements.
  2. Pay the non-refundable graduation fee, which covers items related to graduation.
  3. Take a survey during the last semester enrolled.
  4. Twenty-five percent (25%) of the associate degree must be earned at BPCC.
  5. In order to graduate, students may not be on academic probation or suspension.
  6. In order to obtain an associate degree, academic certificate, or technical competency area, students must make a “C” or higher in all courses which satisfy graduation requirements.
  7. Developmental courses are not acceptable as electives toward an associate degree or certificate program at BPCC. These include, but are not limited to, ALHT 101, CIS 099, ENGL 098, ENGL 099, MATH 097, MATH 098, MATH 099, READ 099, EDUC 099. The final determination of the applicability of courses toward completion of academic certification and associate degrees will be made by the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs or his designee.
  8. BPCC reserves the right to determine appropriate academic competencies in the General Education core in all curricula.
  9. Community education, adult education, and correspondence courses are not applicable toward an associate degree or academic certificate.
  10. All graduating students must file the Application for Graduation by the date listed in the official College calendar. Students may pursue only one associate degree at a time while enrolled at BPCC.
  11. During the semester in which students complete all requirements for graduation, candidates’ academic records must be evaluated for compliance with College procedural and academic requirements by the appropriate College personnel, and candidates’ final approvals must be made by the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs or his designee.
  12. In order to participate in commencement ceremonies, students must meet all academic and procedural graduation requirements including the payment of all money owed to the College. If students who are candidates for graduation do not meet all the requirements for graduation by the day of commencement ceremonies, the candidates MUST reapply for graduation the following semester.

Prior Learning Assessment (applicable to enrolled BPCC students)

Students may access this policy by clicking on Prior Learning Assessment.PDF File

Credit by Examination (National Information Technology Certifications)

Cisco, CompTIA, EC-Council, Microsoft and Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) national certifications are offered through the Testing Center located in D-203. As part of the Education to Career (E2C) Jobs+ program, BPCC students qualify for substantial discounts in the cost of testing. Call the Testing Center at 318-678-6002 for more information and to schedule an appointment or visit the webpage at www.bpcc.edu/testingcenter.

Equivalent BPCC Course   National Information Technology
(IT) Certifications
Hours
CIT 114 Microsoft Windows One exam required 72-680 TS: Windows 7, Configuring OR  3
72-620 TS: Configuring Microsoft Windows Vista Client
CIS 205 Advanced MS Word  One exam required MOS 77-601: Microsoft Office Word 2007 OR  3
MOS 77-881: Microsoft Office Word 2010 Core
CIS 207 Advanced MS Excel  One exam required MOS 77-602: Microsoft Office Excel 2007 OR  3
MOS 77-882: Microsoft Office Excel 2010 Core
CIS 209 Advanced MS Access  One exam required MOS 77-601: Microsoft Office Access 2007 OR  3
MOS 77-885: Microsoft Office Access 2010 Core
CIS 209 Advanced MS PowerPoint  One exam required MOS 77-603: Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2007 OR  3
MOS 77-883: Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2010 Core
CIT 101 Network Essentials One exam required CompTIA Network+ N10-003 OR  3
CompTIA Network+ N10-004
CIT 112 Support of Emerging Technologies Two exams required CompTIA A+ Essentials 2009 (220-701)   3
    CompTIA A+ Practical Applications 2009 (220-702)  
    Or
  Two exams required CompTIA A+ Essentials 2006, 220-601 (required)
    CompTIA IT Technician Designation 2006, 220-602 
  Choose one CompTIA Remote Support Technician Designation 2006, 220-603 
    CompTIA Depot Technician Designation 2006, 220-604 
CIT 122 CCNA 2 One exam required Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part 1, 640-822 or 4
Cisco Certified Network Associate, 
640-802
CIT 151 Advanced Java Programming   SCJA Java 3
CIT 170 Microsoft Windows Servers One exam required Microsoft Windows Server 2008 (70-642) OR 3
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 (70-291)
CIT 172 Linux Server One exam required CompTIA Linux+ 2010 (LX0-101) OR  3
CompTIA Linux+ 2004 (XK0-002)
CIT 222 CCNA 4 One exam required Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part 2, 640-826 or   4
Cisco Certified Network Associate, 640-802
CIT 225 Network Security Design One exam required CompTIA Security+ 2009 (SY0-301)  OR    3
CompTIA Security+ 2008 (SY0-201)
CIT 270 Relational Database Coding   Microsoft SQL Server 2008 3
CIT 280 Computer Forensics   EC-Council Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator v3, 312-49  3
CIT 282 IT Project Management One exam required CompTIA Project+ 2003, PKO-002 or  3
CompTIA Project+ 2009, PKO-003
Revised Feb. 2011

See also: Portfolio Assessment of College-Level Learning and BPCC Testing Center-Credit by Examination

Credit for Military Educational Experiences

Credit for military educational experiences is given to honorably discharged veterans. BPCC may allow credit for courses based on documented military experiences. BPCC does not give credit for First Aid (HLPE 221) based on military service. A copy of the veteran's DD214 and other military records should be taken to the Office of the Registrar for evaluation to determine the credit allowed. The maximum number of hours that may be granted from the military as college equivalent course work is 21. Students must be pursuing a BPCC associate degree or academic certificate. The student receives a grade of "S," which goes towards earned hours on the official BPCC transcript.

Certified Professional Secretary Credit Examination

Up to 18 hours may be awarded to a student who successfully passes the Certified Professional Secretary examination, which is administered by the Institute for Certifying Secretaries. For information, students may contact the Division of Business at 318-678-6011.

See also: Division of Business

Tech Prep Agreement

Bossier Parish Community College maintains articulation agreements with Northwest & North Central Tech Prep Consortia, which allows high school students to get advanced credit for courses by taking proficiency examinations. As many as 21 semester hours may be earned toward an associate degree. These hours include 9 semester hours in general education and as many as 14 semester hours in technical courses. Students must earn 12 hours in residence at BPCC prior to having credit earned through proficiency examinations placed on the BPCC transcript.

Advanced Placement Program

Students who attain satisfactory scores on the Advanced Placement Examinations administered by the College Board are eligible to receive credit on the basis of such tests. The student who submits a score of four or five to the Admissions/Registrar’s Office is given credit for the appropriate course(s). A score of three is referred to the appropriate academic department of the College for a decision regarding credit. Bossier Parish Community College students must complete one regular semester of enrollment in residence prior to being awarded AP credit. Students may earn up to a maximum of 30 semester hours in this manner and attain sophomore standing. These examinations are given at high schools which participate in the Advanced Placement Program of the College Board. Students must be pursuing an academic certificate or associate degree to receive Advanced Placement credit.

Academic Credit for Paramedic Courses completed at institutions other than colleges or vocational schools

This policy provides for Paramedics who received their training prior to January, 2001 through an institution other than a college or vocational school an opportunity to earn an associate degree in EMT Paramedic by successfully completing a “challenge exam.”

To be eligible to take the exam:

  1. The paramedic must have worked in the field of emergency medicine at the level of paramedic for at least 2 years.
  2. The paramedic must have successfully completed 18 semester hours of academic college credit in the paramedic curriculum at Bossier Parish Community College.

Prior to taking the exam:

  1. The paramedic must provide the following documentation to the Dean of Science, Nursing, and Allied Health:
    1. Current copy of Emergency Medical Technician National Registry card
    2. Current copy of the State of Louisiana Paramedic card
  2. Completion of the BPCC Challenge Exam Registration Form and payment of a testing fee.

Successful completion of the examination, minimum score 70%, will be recorded on a BPCC academic transcript as "credit by examination." Credits will not be transcribed until the student has completed all other course work in the Paramedic curriculum at Bossier Parish Community College. Students will receive 36 semester hours of credit. Students who are not successful may attempt the exam on one additional occasion.

Paramedics wishing to pursue the associate degree in EMT: Paramedic must complete at least 18 semester hours in residence at Bossier Parish Community College. Students cannot use remedial level classes to meet residency requirements. Students receiving “credit by examination” for paramedic classes may not use additional challenge exam credits to earn the required residence hours.

Portfolio Assessment of College-Level Learning

Bossier Parish Community College (BPCC) is among more than 500 colleges and universities that are involved in assessing students' prior learning for academic credit. The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL), an educational association founded in 1974 to promote the acceptance of the awarding of college credit for experiential learning, has led the way in developing and implementing assessment techniques. BPCC uses the academic guidelines developed by CAEL and the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) in awarding credit.

Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) is the process of earning credit for college-level learning acquired through work, training, volunteering, or personal experiences. The process discussed here is portfolio assessment of college-level learning acquired through work, training, volunteering, or personal experiences. Students should consult the appropriate academic dean for additional information.

Click to see the Prior Learning Assessment Matrix