The browser you are using is out of date and may not support all of the features of this website. Please update your browser to a modern browser that supports HTML5.
Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) is a process through which students identify areas of learning from their past experiences, demonstrate that learning through appropriate documentation, and submit their materials related to specific course objectives so that they can be assessed and possibly awarded academic credit. PLA will reduce the repetition of relevant, course-related material for students with prior learning (or with prior degrees). Students must complete PLA 2000, Prior Learning Documentation Course, to be eligible to apply for PLA credit.
Welcome to the Georgia Southwestern State University Adult Learner Page!
Georgia Southwestern is one of 13 University System of Georgia campuses form the Adult Learning Consortium. This Consortium is designed to assist in improving adult learner-focused services, programs and outreach to Georgia adults who are interested in completing college.
Whether you have some college credit, have no college credit or simply have valuable work experience, contact us today about going back to school and moving ahead with your career.
Charles M. Huffman, Ph.D.
Director, Prior Learning Assessment
Professor of Psychology
Office: (229) 931-2316
Use the menu to the left to browse our online programs and learn more about the Prior Learning Assessment Program.
Featuring testimonials from GSW students
The Bachelor of Science with a major in criminal justice is an eMajor collaborative degree program with Dalton State College, and all classes are online. Beginning in Fall 2015, this program is specifically designed to meet the needs of adult learners, military students, working adults and returning students seeking degree completion.
Students who have completed an Associate of Science or Associate of Arts degree in Business may complete the Bachelor of Business Administration degree in the areas of Management, Accounting and Human Resource Management entirely online. Southwestern also offers collaborative programs with several 2-year/state colleges. Students attending through these campuses will have the added convenience of an on-site advisor. Other students will have an advisor assigned through Southwestern's campus in Americus.
Students who have completed an Associate of Science or Associate of Arts degree may complete the Bachelor of Science in Information Technology degree entirely online through the WebBSIT program. Southwestern’s IT degree will instruct students in core competencies in the areas of problem solving and programming, networks and communications systems, databases, Internet and Web technologies, security, and project management, along with a foundation in business concepts. Students majoring in this degree program can look forward to challenging and fulfilling careers in Information Technology upon graduation, as this field is continually growing and changing.
Students who have completed their Associates of Science in Nursing, passed the certification exams to become a Registered Nurse, and who are currently working as an RN at a hospital may complete their Bachelors of Science in Nursing online with Southwestern. Recognizing the barriers that RNs face in terms of employment demands, travel time, and family responsibilities, the program has been designed to allow full-time or part-time study, flexibility in the sequencing of courses, and options to complete the nursing courses online. The clinical skills are completed and certified by approved supervisor at a student's current hospital. Students must apply and be accepted to Southwestern before applying by a separate application to the School of Nursing.