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School of Applied Technology and Technical Specialties


Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) is a process for evaluating prior learned knowledge in order to award recognition. Recognition of Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) can be awarded to adult learners, military service members and national certified professionals. This is an excellent alternative pathway to start and or continue higher education.

How to Get the Recognition You Deserve?

The School of Applied Technology Testing (SAT) Center provides review of PLA for its various programs to include, Medical Coding and Billing, Electronics and Business Office Technology. The methods for which recognition can be achieved is by successfully passing a challenge exam or provide satisfactory proof of an approved national certification.

  • Step 1: Visit or call the SAT Testing Center at the South City Campus at:

    1575 South State Street, Salt Lake City, Utah 84115
    Room 1-161 A
    Point of Contact: Rosie Summerhays

  • Step 2: Meet or speak to Rosie Summerhays for an initial conversation on possible PLA review.
  • Step 3: Provide required documentation for PLA review and or review challenge exam information with Rosie Summerhays.
  • Step 4: Receive notification of review within 10 working days from the drop off date. If not all required documentation is provided, it will be stated on the emailed and mailed notification.

How to Get Started?

In order to be considered for PLA review, any potential student must first fill out the Admissions Application and pay $40.00. Make an appointment or speak to a college advisor to narrow down the desired program and be assigned a student number.