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Standardized or departmentally prepared examinations may be taken for academic credit (per instructor’s and Associate Dean’s approval). A student must obtain a grade of C or better or its predefined equivalent per the College Board Exam criteria (Advanced Placement and CLEP) or DSST Exams.

These may be attempted if:

  • A student has not already audited or attended and failed the course at any college or university.
  • The faculty involved assess that the student has sufficient knowledge either through prior work experiences or credits in closely related areas.

Credit obtained by departmentally-prepared examinations will be recorded on the student’s transcript with a K and will not be calculated in the student’s grade point average. For exams taken through the College Board (Advanced Placement and CLEP) or DSST, the credits are transferred to the College and are recorded as total earned hours. There is a fee for the administration/recording of departmentally-prepared examinations. Credit by Examination forms for departmentally-prepared exams, are available through the Student Records Office or on the Mercy College web.

Advanced Placement (AP) Standards at Mercy College

To be awarded college credit for Advanced Placement courses taken in high school, a student must obtain a grade of C or better or its predefined equivalent per the College Board Exam criteria (Advanced Placement and CLEP). For exams taken through the College Board (Advanced Placement and CLEP), the credits are transferred to Mercy College and are recorded as total earned hours.

ExaminationScoreMercy College
Equivalent
Credit
Art History3Arts, Humanities, Culture and Diversity GE3
Biology3BIO 1013
Calculus AB3Math, Statistics, and Logic GE3
Calculus BC3Math, Statistics, and Logic GE3
Chemistry3Natural Sciences, Technology, and Innovation GE3
Chinese Language and Culture3Arts, Humanities, Culture and Diversity GE3
Comparative Government and Politics3Social and Behavioral Sciences GE3
Computer Science Principles3N/A3
English Language and Comp3ENG 1013
English Literature and Comp3ENG 1013
English Language and Comp5ENG 101 & ENG 1023
English Literature and Comp5ENG 101 & ENG 1023
Environmental Science3Natural Sciences, Technology, and Innovation GE3
European History3Arts, Humanities, Culture and Diversity GE3
French Language and Culture3Arts, Humanities, Culture and Diversity GE3
German Language and Culture3Arts, Humanities, Culture and Diversity GE3
Human Geography3Social and Behavioral Sciences GE3
Italian Language and Culture3Arts, Humanities, Culture and Diversity GE3
Japanese Language and Culture3Arts, Humanities, Culture and Diversity GE3
Latin3Arts, Humanities, Culture and Diversity GE3
Macroeconomics3Social and Behavioral Sciences GE3
Microeconomics3Social and Behavioral Sciences GE3
Music Theory3Arts, Humanities, Culture and Diversity GE3
Physics 1: Algebra-Based3Natural Sciences, Technology, and Innovation GE3
Physics 2: Algebra-Bases3Natural Sciences, Technology, and Innovation GE3
Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism3Natural Sciences, Technology, and Innovation GE3
Psychology3PSY 1013
Spanish Language and Culture3Arts, Humanities, Culture and Diversity GE3
Spanish Literature and Culture3Arts, Humanities, Culture and Diversity GE3
Statistics3MTH 1403
Studio Art: 2-D Design3Arts, Humanities, Culture and Diversity GE3
Studio Art: 3-D Design3Arts, Humanities, Culture and Diversity GE3
Studio Art: Drawing3Arts, Humanities, Culture and Diversity GE3
United States Government and Politics3Social and Behavioral Sciences GE3
United States History3Arts, Humanities, Culture and Diversity GE3
World History3Arts, Humanities, Culture and Diversity GE3

*Advanced Placement courses and exams are subject to revision on a yearly basis. Therefore, Mercy College of Ohio reserves the right to change, at any time and without notice, the criteria for awarding Advanced Placement credit in any or all subject areas.

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CLEP Approved Courses at Mercy College

To be awarded college credit for successful completion of a CLEP exam, a student must obtain a grade of "C" or better, or a specific score based on the College Board Exam criteria (Advanced Placement and CLEP). These exams may be attempted if a student has not already audited or failed the course at any college or university. Exams taken through the College Board (Advanced Placement and CLEP) are reflected on the student's Mercy College transcript but are not included in the student's cumulative grade point average.

CLEP ExaminationCLEP ScoreMercy College
Equivalent
Earned Credit Hours
American Government50Social and Behavioral Sciences GE3
American Literature50Arts, Humanities, Culture and Diversity GE3
Analyzing and Interpreting Literature50Arts, Humanities, Culture and Diversity GE3
Biology50BIO 1016
Calculus50MTH 1504
Chemistry50CHM 1106
College Algebra50MTH 1303
College Composition50ENG 101 & ENG 1026
College Composition Modular50ENG 1013
College Mathematics50MTH 1046
English Literature50Arts, Humanities, Culture and Diversity GE3
Financial Accounting50N/A3
French Language Level 1 Proficiency50Arts, Humanities, Culture and Diversity GE6
French Language Level 2 Proficiency59Arts, Humanities, Culture and Diversity GE9
German Language Level 1 Proficiency50Arts, Humanities, Culture and Diversity GE6
German Language Level 2 Proficiency60Arts, Humanities, Culture and Diversity GE9
History of the United States I50Arts, Humanities, Culture and Diversity GE3
History of the United States II50Arts, Humanities, Culture and Diversity GE3
Human Growth and Development50PSY 2013
Humanities50Arts, Humanities, Culture and Diversity GE6
Information Systems50HCA 1053
Introduction to Educational Psychology50Social and Behavioral Sciences GE3
Introductory Business Law50N/A3
Introductory Psychology50PSY 1013
Introductory Sociology50Social and Behavioral Sciences GE3
Natural Sciences50Natural Sciences, Technology, and Innovation GE6
Precalculus50MTH 130 & MTH 1325
Principles of Macroeconomics50Social and Behavioral Sciences GE3
Principles of Management50N/A3
Principles of Marketing50N/A3
Principles of Microeconomics50Social and Behaviorial Sciences GE3
Social Sciences and History50Social and Behavioral Sciences GE6
Spanish Language Level 1 Proficiency50Arts, Humanities, Culture and Diversity GE6
Spanish Language Level 2 Proficiency63Arts, Humanities, Culture and Diversity GE6
Western Civilization I: Ancient Near East to 164850Arts, Humanities, Culture and Diversity GE3
Western Civilization II: 1648 to the Present50Arts, Humanities, Culture and Diversity GE3

CLEP courses and exams are subject to revision on a yearly basis. Therefore, Mercy College of Ohio reserves the right to change, at any time and without notice, the criteria for awarding CLEP credit in any or all subject areas.

*Please note that UEXCEL Credit By Exams are not accepted at Mercy College of Ohio.

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DSST (Dantes) Standards at Mercy College

To be awarded college credit for successful completion of a DSST exam, a student must obtain a grade of “C” or better, or a specific score based on the DSST Examination Criteria. These exams may be attempted if a student has not already audited or failed the course at any college or university. Exams taken through the DSST are reflected on the student’s Mercy College transcript but not included in the student’s cumulative grade point average.

DSST ExaminationDSST ScoreMercy College
Equivalent
Credit Earned
A History of the Vietnam War400Arts, Humanities, Culture and Diversity GE3
Art of the Western World400Arts, Humanities, Culture and Diversity GE3
Astronomy400Natural Sciences, Technology, and Innovation GE3
Business Ethics & Society400Arts, Humanities, Culture and Diversity GE3
Business Mathematics400N/A3
Computing and Information Technology400N/A3
Criminal Justice400N/A6
Environment & Humanity400Natural Sciences, Technolog, and Innovation GE3
Ethics in America400Arts, Humanities, Culture and Diversity GE3
Foundations of Education400N/A3
Fundamentals of College Algebra400Math, Statistics, and Logic GE3
Fundamentals of Counseling400N/A3
Fundamentals of Cybersecurity400N/A3
General Anthropology400Social and Behavioral Sciences GE3
Health & Human Development400N/A3
History of the Soviet Union400Arts, Humanities, Culture and Diversity GE3
Human Resource Management400N/A3
Human/Cultural Geography400Social and Behavioral Sciences GE3
Intro to Law Enforcement400N/A3
Introduction to Business400N/A3
Introduction to World Religion400Arts, Humanities, Culture and Diversity (Religion) GE3
Life Span Development Psychology400PSY 2013
Management Info Systems400N/A3
Math for Liberal Arts400Math, Statistics, and Logic GE3
Money and Banking400N/A3
Organizational Behavior400N/A3
Personal Finance400N/A3
Principles of Advanced English Composition400ENG 1013
Principles of Finance400N/A3
Principles of Physical Science400Natural Sciencs, Technology, and Innovation GE3
Principles of Public Speaking400Arts, Humanities, Culture and Diversity GE3
Principles of Statistics400MTH 1403
Principles of Supervision400N/A3
Substance Abuse400N/A3
Technical Writing400N/A3
The Civil War and Reconstruction400Arts, Humanities, Culture and Diversity GE3
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Departmentally-Prepared Credit by Exam Options at Mercy College

Standardized or departmentally-prepared examinations may be taken for academic credit (per instructor’s and dean’s approval). A student must obtain a grade of “C” or better on the exam to earn credit

These examinations may be attempted if:
1. A student has not already audited or attended and failed the course at any college or university.
2. The faculty involved assess that the student’s knowledge is evaluated through either prior work experiences or credits in closely related areas by the appropriate faculty member.

Credit obtained by departmentally-prepared examinations will be recorded on the student’s transcript with a “K” and will not be calculated in the student’s grade point average. There is a $30 fee to take departmentally-prepared examinations and an additional $55 per credit hour fee for the administration/recording of credit earned. Credit by Examination forms for departmentally-prepared exams are available in the Office of Student Records or on the College website.

The award information presented below is effective September 2015.

Departmentally-Prepared Credit by Examination Options at Mercy College with Semester Credit

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
BIO 101Biology3
BIO 105Human Structure and Function5
CHM 110Chemistry I4
MTH 098Basic Math3
MTH 100Basic Algebra3
MTH 104Mathematical Formuals, Models and Probability3

*Departmentally-Prepared Credit By Exam Options are subject to revision on a yearly basis. Therefore, Mercy College of Ohio reserves the right to change, at any time and without notice, the Departmentally-Prepared Credit By Exam Options in any or all subject areas.

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