4 Ways to Use your Experience to Earn an Accounting Degree

If you’re considering pursuing a bachelor’s degree in accounting here’s a useful tip: brainstorm all the different ways your life experience – professional, academic, and personal – has prepared you for this degree. There are lots of ways to leverage your past experience to help you earn an accounting degree. Here’s how:

  1. CLEP Exam: The College Level Examination Program, or CLEP for short, allows students to earn credit for knowledge they’ve already acquired through independent study, prior course work, on-the-job training, or professional development, by taking an exam. You can challenge several business courses required in Linfield’s Accounting Degree Program through CLEP exams. Linfield also recognizes the DANTES exams that are comparable to CLEP exams. DANTES is for military personnel and stands for Defense Activity for Non-traditional Educational Support.
  2. Prior Course Work: If you’ve ever completed an associate or bachelor’s degree or taken courses at an accredited community college or four-year college, that coursework will likely count toward your accounting degree.  Your assigned advisor after you Request Information about the Linfield accounting degree can help give you an idea which courses will count toward your degree.
  3. Prior Learning Assessment: One way to earn college credit toward your accounting degree for life experience involves taking a special Linfield course, the Prior Learning Portfolio course, which is designed to teach you to prepare a portfolio that carefully analyzes and documents your prior learning.  For example, a small business owner may have acquired both the practical and theoretical knowledge equivalent to BUSN 423 Entrepreneurship and BUSN 321 Marketing. Students in the Linfield Adult Degree Program may earn as many as 31 of the required 125 semester credits through the portfolio process.
  4. Internship for College Credit: During the time you’re pursuing an accounting degree at Linfield, secure an internship at a local accounting firm, or business organization. Hours worked at the firm can transfer into college credits toward your degree. Discuss your interest in arranging for an internship with your academic advisor at Linfield early in your program.

There are a variety of opportunities and ways to utilize work experience and put it toward college credits. Though each person’s experience is unique, Linfield’s Adult Degree Program can help you determine if you are able to gain credit for your knowledge and experience en route to earning an accounting degree online.