Sometimes, a course you may want to take will have a prerequisite, a course you are required to complete before you can enroll in a more advanced course. View the following ways to clear or get credit for prerequisite courses.
Before beginning classes, you will need to determine your English and math Placement Levels. Once these are determined, you will be guided to the particular courses that match your level of preparation. Depending on where these courses fall in their sequence, you will automatically be approved for any prerequisites that may come before your class placement.Learn more about finding your English and math Placement Levels
Challenge Exams (or Advancement Exams) can help clear prerequisites for college classes. We currently offer Challenge Exams for several math and language courses to help you demonstrate your skills and enroll in courses that reflect your level of ability.Lean more about taking a Challenge Exam
You may earn college credit for the skills and knowledge you have acquired from Advanced Placement (AP), College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES) and International Baccalaureate (IB) scores. Submit all official transcripts to receive credit for your prior learning.Learn more about submitting your transcripts to Mesa College
To obtain credit for military service, you must be enrolled at Mesa College and submit your Joint Services Transcript (JST), Form DD-214 or DD-295 to the District.Learn more about submitting your transcripts to Mesa College
When you enroll in and complete a course, you will be automatically eligible to enroll in any classes that may list it as a prerequisite.
You may earn prerequisite clearance for equivalent courses that you have successfully completed at other accredited colleges. Email your unofficial transcripts along with your name, student ID number, and the class you want to clear to one of the following email addresses:
Learn more about submitting your transcripts to Mesa College
Talk to a counselor to ensure the course(s) you took satisfy the necessary prerequisite requirement.
If you believe you have sufficient grounds to challenge a prerequisite, corequisite, or limitation on enrollment in a specific course (you will not get units for a challenged class), you may do so by obtaining a Petition to Challenge in the Admissions Office. The completed petition with supporting documentation must be filed in the Admissions Office at least 10 working days prior to the start of the primary term.Challenge a course requirement