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Dual Credit / Credit by Assessment

Credit by assessment is often a departmental challenge assessment (cognate or performance) that allows high school students to demonstrate prior learning relevant to a particular body of knowledge. The demonstration of proficiency of knowledge of the learning outcomes for a particular college-level course is validated by the college faculty, and upon enrollment of the student into the particular college, the student is awarded “transfer” credit by the college faculty. All academic credit by examination requests must be made to the division dean and approved by the vice president for Academic Affairs. To be eligible for consideration for credit by examination, examination requirements must be completed as designated by the division.

The high school career technical instructors and Walters State Community College instructors review course materials to determine duplicative course outcomes and then develop articulation agreements and policies which can result in opportunities for high school students to receive college credit. These agreements allow 11th and 12th grade high school students to take a college level assessment for free credit or, in some instances, students can earn free credit for nationally recognized certificates.

Dual Credit Requirements

  • High school instructors will analyze the post-secondary competencies/skills needed by students to successfully pass/master one or more post-secondary level courses.
  • Based on this analysis, instructors may recommend qualified students attempt the Dual Credit exam at WSCC by submitting an electronic application for an examination.
  • Students must have a minimum high school GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Students must be currently enrolled in high school as an 11th or 12th grader.

Dual Credit Courses

Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources

Environmental Horticulture
AGRM 1410 (3 credits)

Turfgrass Management
AGRM 2460/2461 (4 credits)

Architecture and Construction

Electrical Circuits I with Lab
ETEE 1110 (4 credits)
requires ACT Math of 19

Engineering Graphics I
ETDD 1010/1011 (4 credits)
requires 90 minutes to complete


Safe, Healthy Learning Environments
ECED 2310 (3 credits)

Health Science

Emergency Medical Responder
EMRC 1010 (4 credits)

Terminology for Health Care
MDTR 1015 (3 credits)

Hospitality and Tourism

Foundations of Hospitality
HMGT 1010 (3 credits)

Sanitation and Food Safety
CULA 1200 (1 credit)
must have a ServSafe Certificate
culinary tests are given only to students enrolled in culinary at high school and approved by WSCC faculty

Culinary I - Fundamentals
CULA 1320 (3 credits)
must take an applied skills test and written test
skills test is 4 hours and written is 1 hour

Information Technology

Computer Applications
INFS 1010 (3 credits)

Introduction to Programming
CISP 1230/1231 (4 credits)

Law, Public Safety & Security

Criminal Evidence & Procedure
CRMJ 2040 (3 credits)


Solar Energy Technologies
CETC 2010 (3 credits)
available only to Greeneville Center for Technology Students

The Dual Credit Program is funded under the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006.

Procedure for Obtaining Credit

The high school student with permission of the high school instructor and counselor will complete an application for dual credit.

The student must electronically submit the complete application. In addition, the student should print a copy of the completed application and bring on the test date to the Executive Director of Distance Education. If this procedure is not completed in its entirety, the student will not be allowed to test at WSCC. It is very important to have the student’s social security number and birth date correctly listed

The student must also submit an application to Walters State Community College.

Student Checklist
Dual Credit Exam or National Certificate / Other

  • Complete a dual credit application to qualify for dual credit exam at WSCC.
  • Print a copy of the application
  • High school instructor signs application verifying your eligibility
  • Counselor signs the application verifying your G.P.A.
  • Parent signs the application
  • Complete the post secondary application for WSCC
  • Access the WSCC application. You may submit your application electronically
  • For more information contact:
    Catherine Woods
    Executive Director
    Division of Distance Education
    500 S. Davy Crockett Pkwy.
    Morristown, TN 37813

Online Testing Procedures

  • The student’s dual credit electronic application and high school GPA will be verified.
  • Once the electronic application is approved, the high school counselor will be notified.
  • For students wishing to test at WSCC, a User ID and Password will be assigned to the student upon his/her arrival on campus. This will be the means of access to the online dual credit exam.

Dual Credit Exam

  • A student can attempt the dual credit exam for a specific course one time only.
  • Test results will be sent to the student, the appropriate college instructor, and the secondary and post-secondary school.
  • A grade of A, B, C, D, or F will be transcripted upon the request of the student.

Passing Grades

  • Students that pass the dual credit exam will receive college credit at Walters State, upon request.
  • Grades will be assigned based on the post-secondary dual credit exam score or where special conditions exist for obtaining dual credit, the grades will be assigned based on required national exam scores or by instructor objective assessment. Special conditions and minimum passing scores can be found on the sheet of courses or programs eligible for dual credit.

Statewide Dual Credit

Statewide dual credit provides high school courses which are aligned to post-secondary standards. All statewide dual credit courses are approved by the Consortium for Cooperative Innovative Education before they can be offered as a part of the state’s current pilot program.

Statewide dual credit courses are taught and the online challenge exam is taken on the high school campus. All students enrolled in a statewide dual credit course take the online challenge exam, which is used to assess mastery of the post-secondary level learning objectives. Tennessee high school and post-secondary faculty work together to develop the learning objectives and challenge exam for each course, which are tie to current post-secondary learning outcomes.

Procedure for Obtaining Credit

Upon matriculation, it is the student’s responsibility to contact Student Enrollment Services to provide his or her statewide dual credit course and exam information in order for post-secondary credit to be awarded. Student Enrollment Services will then verify a passing score in the Early Post-secondary Data System and award appropriate credit as determined by the institution. A student will receive a Passing Grade (P) for awarded credit.

Statewide Dual Credit Courses Tested/Articulated Credit

Walters State Equivalency to Statewide Dual Credit Courses
Statewide Dual Credit Course Walters State Equivalency
Agriculture Business AGRI 1010
Criminal Justice CRMJ 1010
Greenhouse Management AGRM 2310
Health Information Technology MDTR1015
Pre-Calculus Math 1710 and 1720
Sociology SOCI 1010
Statistics MATH 1530