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Credit by Portfolio Assessment

Earn credit by developing an e-portfolio of your learning and submitting it for evaluation by a trained faculty member.

Learning portfolios are used to assess a student's level of knowledge, when all other methods of CPL options have been exhausted. A learning portfolio is a collection of documents, supporting materials, and corresponding narrative that document an individual has met the student learning objectives for a single course. The contents of a learning portfolio have been accrued through the student's experiences such as community service, work, volunteering, independent-study, and traveling. Portfolio students are responsible for including appropriate documentation of their learning and articulating what they have learned, how they learned it, and how that knowledge meets the course learning outcomes of the course for which they are requesting credit. The portfolio is created in CNM's online learning environment. Once complete, the electronic portfolio, or e-portfolio, is submitted to a trained CNM faculty member for assessment and credit award determination. 

Determine if Portfolio Assessment is Right for You

To help you decide if portfolio assessment is something that you would like to pursue, review the following questions:

  • Are you comfortable navigating through CNM's online learning environment?
  • Have you worked in your field for several years?
  • Are you able to explain and differentiate your learning from your experiences?
  • Have you attended several work-related trainings or professional development workshops? 
  • Do you feel like it would be redundant to take a specific course within your program because of what you have learned from your experiences?
  • Are you comfortable writing long papers?
  • Do you possess work products or other material evidence or documentation that supports your level of knowledge for the course?
  • Can you demonstrate that you currently have the knowledge and skills of the course for which you would like to earn credit?

If you answered yes to several of these questions, portfolio assessment may be an appropriate way for you to earn credit for your prior learning experiences. 

e-Portfolio Process

Step 1 - Search for and review the Course Learning Outcomes for the course in which you would like to build an e-portfolio.

Step 2 - Submit a request for e-portfolio assessment below, by the end of the second week of the term. 

Step 3 - If approved, you will receive an email that includes instructions for paying the portfolio assessment fee of $125.00. 

Step 4 - Once payment has been confirmed, you will receive further instructions for registering for the CPL e-Portfolio Course.

Step 5 - Develop your e-portfolio in the online course. 

Step 6 - Submit the portfolio to your assigned faculty assessor for evaluation by the due date.

* Please note that some courses may require a follow-up interview, skills-based assessment/demonstration, or a short challenge exam after the portfolio is assessed to ensure that all course learning outcomes have been met. The faculty assessor will contact you to schedule these and must be completed by the end of the term.

Portfolio Assessment Deadlines

Requests for portfolio assessment are only allowed up to the second week of each term. However, you are encouraged to submit your request as soon as possible in order to start creating your e-Portfolio at the start of the term to allow for the maximum amount of time to complete it. Students who complete their e-Portfolio before the submission deadline area welcome to submit early.

2019-2020 Portfolio Assessment Deadlines
2019-2020 Portfolio Assessment Deadlines

* Portfolio assessment is not allowed during your final term to ensure graduation is not delayed.

** Holidays may affect these deadlines.

Courses Available for Portfolio Assessment

The following is a list of courses for which portfolio assessment is currently available, by the school that offers the course. Click on the plus sign (+) to expand each list.

School of Business & Information Technology (BIT)

  • ACCT 1120 – Payroll Accounting (3 cr)
  • BA 1131 – Business Professionalism (3 cr)
  • CIS 1275 – C++ Programming I (3 cr)
  • HT 2215 – Purchasing and Cost Controls (3 cr)
  • MGMT 2110 – Principles of Management (3 cr)

If you would like to request Credit by e-Portfolio for any of these BIT courses:

  1. Download and complete the School Advisor Intake Form, and
  2. Upload your completed form to your submission request.

School of Communication, Humanities & Social Sciences (CHSS)

  • ENGL 1210 – Technical Communications (3 cr)
  • ENGL 2219 – Professional and Technical Communication (3 cr)

If you would like to request Credit by e-Portfolio for any of these CHSS courses:

  1. Download and complete the School Advisor Intake Form, and
  2. Upload your completed form to your submission request.

School of Health, Wellness & Public Safety (HWPS)

  • BPCS 1092 – Basic Patient Care Skills (1 cr)
  • HIT 1020 – Medical Terminology and Anatomy (3 cr)
  • PL 1110 – Introduction to Paralegal Studies (3 cr)
  • PL 1120 – American Law and Ethics (3 cr)
  • PT 1011 – Introduction to Pharmacy Technician (3 cr)
  • PT 1316 – Pharmacy Technician Pharmacology I (3 cr)
  • PT 1710 – Intermediate Pharmacy Technician (3 cr)
  • PT 1716 – Pharmacy Technician Pharmacology II (3 cr)
  • PT 2010 – Pharmacy Technician Professionalism (3 cr)
  • PT 2016 – Pharmacy Technology Pharmacology III (3 cr)
  • PT 2090 – Pharmacy Technician Clinical (3 cr)

If you would like to request Credit by e-Portfolio for any of these HWPS courses:

  1. Download and complete the School Advisor Intake Form, and
  2. Upload your completed form to your submission request.

If you do not see a course listed for which you would like to develop a portfolio, you may still submit a request below. Make sure to include the course abbreviation, number, and title in your request. Please note that you may have to wait until the following term to register.

e-Portfolio Assessment Fees

Students that are approved to register for the Credit for Prior Learning e-Portfolio course will be charged $125.00 on their CNM account. This fee is charged only for the processing of your request and for the final assessment. Payment of the fee does not guarantee credit award. Please note that Credit for Prior Learning fees are non-refundable. If you do not complete or submit your portfolio or do not earn credit, you will not receive a refund.

Example Portfolio Learning Narrative

Students who chose to develop a learning portfolio will be required to write a narrative that shows how they have met the student learning outcomes of the course for which they are creating it. Click on the following link to see an example of a learning narrative.

Example Portfolio Learning Narrative

Request e-Portfolio Assessment for a Course Not Listed Above

If you would like to request credit by portfolio assessment for a course that is not listed above, please submit a general Request for Portfolio Assessment to the CPL Program office. If your request is accepted, please note that you may have to wait until the following term to register.