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Eligible students may earn credit for designated Aultman College courses through successful completion of a Credit By Institutional Exam (CBIE). CBIE is not available for courses for which CLEP or other exam mechanisms exist. Aultman College currently offers a CBIE exam for Language of Medicine (HSC 120).

Exams are comprehensive in nature, represent coverage of all course competencies, and are designed to assure that successful performance (a grade of C or better) indicates student mastery equivalent to that expected upon completion of the full course on the Aultman College campus.  Students are responsible to prepare for the exam on their own and are not eligible for tutoring, study guides, Faculty support, etc. as part of the preparation for the exam. To see a current list of eligible courses, related fees, and to access the form, please visit the Aultman College website.


Credit awarded via CBIE will be:

  • reflected on the student’s Aultman College transcript with an S (and therefore not calculated in the student’s Grade Point Average [GPA]).
  • counted toward the residency requirement for Aultman College.
  • capped at a maximum of six (6) semester credits. 

A fee is charged for each exam, and this cost is non-refundable (particularly in the case of unsuccessful completion or lack of attendance during the scheduled CBIE time) nor will it apply toward tuition for the courses should the student fail to pass the exam.


To be eligible to take a Credit By Institutional Exam, a student must:

  • have all program admission requirements completed, including all transcripts on file. 
  • be currently enrolled as an active student in the applicable program at Aultman College.
  • be in good academic standing, with a 2.0 GPA.
  • be otherwise eligible for enrollment in the course (i.e., Student has met placement and prerequisite standards and is within the allowable number of course attempts, etc.).
  • not be currently enrolled in the course.
  • not previously have attempted or audited the course at Aultman College.
  • not previously have attempted to challenge the course via any credit by exam.
  • have completed the Credit by Institutional Exam Request Form.
  • have paid the exam fee.

Any exceptions to these eligibility requirements must be approved by the Vice President of Academic Affairs.


The student should:

  1. complete the Credit By Institutional Exam Request Form and submit it to the Office of the Registrar 10 days prior to the next scheduled CBIE date. The Office of the Registrar will:
    • verify eligibility and notify the student within three (3) days of the receipt of the Credit By Institutional Exam Request Form.
    • file the Credit By Institutional Exam Request Form in the student’s administrative record.
  1. pay the fee to the Financial Analyst for each approved exam three (3) days prior to the scheduled CBIE date.
  2. complete the CBIE on the scheduled exam date.
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