Alternative Credit Center Open Learning Courses

Purdue Global provides access to free and low-cost open resources to support students with prior college-level learning during every step of your educational journey. This unconventional approach to education removes traditional barriers to college credit by placing you in an open environment, which encourages independent and critical thinking.

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About Open Learning Courses

Here are some ways to take control of your education in a supportive, online environment:

  • Organize previous work and life experiences that can be evaluated for college credit*
  • Enroll in free and low-cost open learning courses
  • Get introduced to the learning outcomes of the instructor-led equivalent courses
  • Complete assessments for eligible courses and earn credit through Purdue Global


All of the open learning courses are self-paced and may include interactions with advisors where appropriate.

Experiential Credits

Purdue Global encourages students to enroll in LRC100: Pathway to College Credit—Portfolio Development, an open, self-paced course for learners who are interested in earning undergraduate credit for learning acquired outside of the classroom.

This comprehensive course guides you through the process of creating an experiential learning portfolio to showcase the knowledge you already possess. Because this course is offered in an “open” format, there is no cost for the course and no instructor.

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Open Learning Course Offerings

Please visit ACC.PurdueGlobal.edu to register for Purdue Global's open learning courses. Registered students can access the alternative credit learning environment online.

College Credit

  • LRC100: Pathway to College Credit—Portfolio Development

    This comprehensive course is designed to help you earn undergraduate credit at Purdue Global for learning acquired outside of the classroom. It guides you through the process of creating an online experiential learning portfolio that showcases your learning from work, volunteering, military training, and related experience. Use the Credit for Work Experience Calculator to find out if your experience makes you a good fit for this course.

    Price: There is no cost for this course. However, there is a $1,500 fee that covers the evaluation of the portfolio you submit as part of the development/assessment process.

    Earning Credit for This Course: You could earn undergraduate college credit for learning documented in your portfolio.

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    Students enrolled in Purdue Global’s LRC100 course will pay a $1,500 assessment fee when they submit their portfolio for evaluation. This nonrefundable fee may be covered by financial aid.

Business and Management

  • ITO133: Microsoft Office Applications on Demand

    Learn to use the current Microsoft Office suite of applications, including an introduction to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and cloud-based file management systems. In addition, you will learn how to analyze relevant software applications to address solutions within the profession. College credit is available for IT certifications.

    Price: There is no cost for this course. However, you may wish to purchase TestOut® Version 6.0, an online learning solution for computer technical skills within Microsoft Office applications. Please access the course for directions and the cost of this tool.

    Earning Credit for This Course: Purdue Global students can earn credit for this course by enrolling in an Assessment of Skills and Knowledge and earning a passing score.

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  • MTO104: Personal Financial Management

    This undergraduate course focuses on wise financial planning and financial goal-setting. Examine financial decision-making tools and techniques to learn how to create financial statements and prepare budgets. Throughout the course, you will be introduced to various terms and best practices to help you navigate the world of personal finances.

    Price: There is no cost for this course.

    Earning College Credit for This Course: Not currently available.

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  • MTO140: Introduction to Management

    Get an introductory overview of management theory, organizational structure, management functions, ethics, daily management responsibilities, and current management tools and resources. Theoretical concepts will be illustrated with practical application to real-world scenarios and management problems.

    Price: There is no cost for this course.

    Earning College Credit for This Course: Purdue Global students can earn credit for this course by enrolling in an Assessment of Skills and Knowledge and earning a passing score.

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Education

  • CEO100: Preparing for a Career in Early Childhood Development

    Early childhood professionals establish an environment for the early learning success of the children they serve. This course provides the opportunity for you to prepare for success in the classroom environment. Topics addressed include professional standards; responsibilities, roles, and various career opportunities within the field; strategies; personal management tools and university resources.

    Price: There is no cost for this course.

    Earning Credit for This Course: Purdue Global students can earn credit for this course by enrolling in an Assessment of Skills and Knowledge and earning a passing score.

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Criminal Justice and Legal Studies

  • CJO100: Preparing for a Career in Public Safety

    Build a foundation for success within the criminal justice profession and to ensure the successful academic and social transition into the Purdue Global criminal justice community. Examine the skill sets, field of study, criminal justice agencies, and diverse populations encountered in the field. You will also research the Purdue Global public safety courses and degree programs to map out a plan that fits your professional and personal goals.

    Price: There is no cost for this course.

    Earning Credit for This Course: Purdue Global students can earn credit for this course by enrolling in an Assessment of Skills and Knowledge and earning a passing score.

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General Education

  • CMO107: College Composition I

    Learn how to communicate effectively in your profession using different writing styles. Examine ways to improve your writing, focusing on grammar and mechanics to help you identify and develop your writing process.

    Price: There is no cost for this course.

    Earning Credit for This Course: Purdue Global students can earn credit for this course by enrolling in an Assessment of Skills and Knowledge and earning a passing score.

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  • CMO220: College Composition II

    Learn how to apply research and critical-thinking skills to develop effective arguments. As part of the course, you will create professional writings, incorporating post-draft revision strategies and working constructively with colleagues.

    Price: There is no cost for this course.

    Earning Credit for This Course: Purdue Global students can earn credit for this course by enrolling in an Assessment of Skills and Knowledge and earning a passing score.

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  • CSO204: Professionalism—Theory and Practice in the Global Workforce

    Study multidisciplinary techniques and concepts to advance lifelong career development and professionalism. Explore career planning as a strategy and professionalism as a method to meet goals and pursue employment interests. Concepts include professional communication skills for the global workplace, professional behavior, financial decision-making, interpersonal relationships management, marketability, and technologies to manage professional identities.

    Price: There is no cost for this course.

    Earning College Credit for This Course: Purdue Global students can earn credit for this course by enrolling in an Assessment of Skills and Knowledge and earning a passing score.

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  • HUO250: Humanities and Culture

    Examine how the findings of online learning research, the intelligent use of technology tools, and a deep understanding of local context can work together to allow the development and delivery of quality online courses. Through this practice-oriented course, you will also review lessons learned from less successful classes, as well as the features that make online learning courses effective.

    Price: There is no cost for this course.

    Earning Credit for This Course: Not currently available.

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  • MMO150: Survey of Mathematics

    Help improve your background in mathematical skills and concepts while using real-world scenarios to solve math problems. Enhance your own knowledge by demonstrating the ability to explain and interpret concepts, which is a valued skill in many fields. Topics include variables, sets, measurement, and statistics.

    Price: There is no cost for this course.

    Earning Credit for This Course: Purdue Global students can earn credit for this course by enrolling in an Assessment of Skills and Knowledge and earning a passing score.

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Health Sciences

  • HSO100: Introduction to Health Sciences

    Identify current issues in health science and how they relate to various professions in the field. Learn the educational and credentialing requirements for health science occupations, and identify your career options based on research of the profession and your personal goals. Explore the basics for success in the health sciences, and explore the roles and responsibilities of selected health professionals.

    Price: There is no cost for this course.

    Earning Credit for This Course: Purdue Global students can earn credit for this course by enrolling in an Assessment of Skills and Knowledge and earning a passing score.

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NOTES AND CONDITIONS

*Credit for Prior Learning: Purdue Global does not guarantee transferability of credit. See the University Catalog for the Prior Learning Assessment policy.