Exemption Testing

Exemption Testing

If circumstantial evidence, such as experiential learning, indicates the probability of special technical aptitude or knowledge on the part of the petitioning student, a written, oral, and/or performance examination can be given. The following exemption tests are administered by appointment for persons wishing to establish credit by examination in one or more of the following subjects:

  • ALHS 1011 - Structure and Function of the Human Body (Only Available on Floyd and Walker Campuses)
  • ALHS 1040* -Introduction to Health Care (Only Available on Floyd and Walker) - (*ALHS 1040 is a two-part test. The tester will take the written portion first. If he/ she is successful, an appointment will be made for the tester to complete physical checkoffs, the second portion of the test. In addition, the tester must present a valid CPR card at the time of testing.)
  • ALHS 1090 -Medical Terminology for Allied Health Sciences (Only Available on Floyd and Walker)
  • CIST 1001 - Computer Concepts
  • CIST 1130 - Operating Systems
  • ENGL 1010 - Fundamentals of English I
  • MATH 1011 - Business Math (bring a calculator)
  • MATH 1012 - Foundations of Mathematics (bring a calculator)
  • MATH 1013 - Algebraic Concepts (bring a calculator)
  • COMP 1000 - Introduction to Computers (Both a Written and Skills Component)

Exemption of other courses may be available upon request (see advisor). Be aware that a significant amount of course knowledge is needed in order to pass the exams with 80% which is required to receive credit for the course. If 80% is achieved, the student will receive an “EX” as the grade, indicating that he/she received the credit through an exemption test. The “EX” carries no grade points, but the number of credit hours normally assigned to the course will be awarded.

The following rules apply to those wishing to establish credit by examination (exemption test):

  1. A person who wishes to take an exemption test must make an appointment in advance by calling the following person at the campus where he/she wishes to test:
  2. A student must be accepted or currently enrolled at GNTC in order to register for an exemption test;
  3. A student may not change any existing grade on his/her transcript by taking an exemption test;
  4. A student has one opportunity to pass an exemption test per available course. If he/she fails to pass the exemption test on the first try, he/she may not repeat the test later for a second try;
  5. The cost of each test is 25% of tuition per credit hour of the course, payable at the GNTC Office of Administrative Services, at the time of testing. Payment may be by cash, check, or debit/ credit card.

Competency Testing

Competency tests are administered by appointment for persons wishing to establish credit for courses they have taken, for which they received a grade of “C” or better, but have exceeded the course validity limit. Course validity limits for Health Technologies and Nursing and Allied Health Technologies programs can be found in our catalog. These courses may be transfer courses or courses taken at GNTC. The competency test establishes that they still retain aptitude in that subject. 

The following rules apply to the student wishing to take a Competency Test:

  1. A student must have the course(s) in question first verified that a competency test is necessary by one of the following people:
  2. Once a course is confirmed as having exceeded its validity, a student must register to take the test with one of the following people:
  3. A student must be accepted or currently enrolled at GNTC in order to register for a competency test; 
  4. A student may not change any existing grade on his/her transcript by taking a competency test; 
  5. A student has only one opportunity to pass a competency test per available course. If he/she fails to pass the competency test on the first try, he/she may not challenge the test later for a second try; 
  6. The cost of each test is 25% of tuition per credit hour of the course, payable at the GNTC Office of Administrative Services, at the time of testing. Payment may be by cash, check, or debit/ credit card. 

Competency Tests are available for the following subjects:

  • BIOL 2113 - Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BIOL 2114 - Anatomy and Physiology II
  • BIOL 2117 - Introduction to Microbiology
  • CHEM 1211 - Chemistry I
  • MATH 1111 - College Algebra (bring a calculator)
  • PHYS 1110 - Conceptual Physics