Essex County College

Essex County College

Essex County College

Step 1: Learn about PLA options at Essex County College

Essex County College’s (ECC) credit by examination program enables students with appropriate knowledge and experience to secure college credit. Credit will be granted to students admitted to ECC who pass examinations approved by Enrollment Services and appropriate academic departments.

Credit by examination may be granted via DSST exams (formerly DANTES) and the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), except for in the following subject areas: American Literature, Analyzing & Interpreting Literature, College Composition, English Literature, Humanities, Western Civilization I or II, Natural Sciences, Information System/Computer Application. Essex County College will also accept TECEP exams from Thomas Edison State University as a credit-earning option.

Earning credit via portfolio assessment is also available at Essex County College through NJPLAN portfolio assessment.

In addition to credit by examination and portfolio, Essex County College accepts some credit recommendations for certifications and training that have been evaluated by the American Council on Education (ACE).

Essex County College Health Science Degree program:

Students can receive up to 24 credits for previous post-secondary professional educational or certificate training in an allied health profession. Certificates or licenses must be current at the time of credit evaluation. College credit will be transferred as a block; technical school or other certificate credit will be weighted and awarded as a block. Credits may be awarded from professional programs in the following fields: Dental Assisting, Dental Hygiene, Dietary Management, Licensed Practical Nurse, Military Medic, Registered Nurse, Physical Therapist Assistant, Radiography, Respiratory Care, Ultrasound, Vision Care Technology and/or any accredited or state-licensed post-high school allied health training program which requires licensure or certification by exam.

Essex County College may also award credit to students who have received training from entities or organizations such as the Public Safety Academy (New Jersey only), Correctional Officer Training Academy (New Jersey only), and State Law Enforcement Officers (New Jersey only).


  • Transfer students must complete a minimum of 30 credits, including half their major course requirements, at Essex County College. The same guidelines pertain to students who wish to transfer credits into the College’s certificate programs; half of the credits for such programs must be completed at ECC.

Step 2: Contact the NJ PLAN representatives at Essex County College

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