Alternative Credit Project

ACE Alternative Credit ProjectCredit to Kickstart Your ACC Program

If you have stopped out of college, the Alternative Credit Project (ACP) provides a pool of online courses that Arapahoe Community College (ACC) will accept towards your degree (with some restrictions). A national program of the American Council on Education, supported by a generous grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the ACP is designed to help adults finish what they started — a two- or four-year degree, or a post-secondary certificate.

Even if you’re not ready to apply yet, ACC is here to help you Move Mountains. We have admissions counselors, financial aid advisors, and academic advisors who specialize in helping students who have started careers or families to come back to school and finish their education.

ACC Accepts These Courses

Arapahoe Community College may accept these ACP courses as transfer credits if they are required in your ACC degree or certificate. Click on the category name to see the specific courses accepted.

*All ACE credit recommendations are eligible for evaluation for credit at ACC. If you don't see your course on this list, admissions [at] (contact us) to learn about our ACE evaluation process.


Anatomy &Physiology


Business and Business Law

Business Technology


English Composition

Human Resources


Math - Algebra, Calculus, Statistics



Student Development


ACC Offers These Degrees & Certificates

We offer more than 50 degree options in the form of:

We also offer over 40 Certificate programs. Many of our degrees and certificates utilize in-class, online or hybrid opportunities to learn. Check with an Academic Advisor or Program Contact to learn more about course options. View a full list of degrees and certificates.

Please review our Prior Learning Assessment webpage to learn more about the options for earning college credit for your prior learning. On this page, we also  identify the restrictions for awarding prior learning credits and provide important contact information if you have any questions.

ACC Admission Overview

We would love to have you join our community! Check out the detailed information about becoming a student on the Admissions page of our website. 

We’ve simplified the process of applying for college with a straightforward online application. Completing the application take a short time and is processed within 2 – 3 business days. Be sure to review the Registration Checklist, which will assist you during the admissions process.

If you have previously earned credits that you would like to have considered for transfer toward your degree or certificate, please visit our website to learn more about the process for Transfer Credit Evaluations

IMPORTANT: You may request your ACP transcript directly from the American Council on Education (ACE).


Arapahoe Community College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). In addition, we have several degrees and certificates that hold accreditation and / or approval:

  • Automotive Service Technology, National Automotive Technician Education Foundation Inc. (NATEF)
  • Certified Nursing Assistant, Colorado State Board of Nursing
  • Early Childhood Education, National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
  • Emergency Medical Technician, Colorado State Department of Health, Emergency Medical Services Division
  • Health Information Technology, American Health Information Management Association
  • Interior Design, National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA)
  • Law Enforcement Academy, Colorado P.O.S.T. (Peace Officer Standard and Training Board)
  • Paralegal, American Bar Association
  • Medical Laboratory Technology, National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences
  • Mortuary Science, American Board of Funeral Service Education
  • Nursing (Registered), The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. and The Colorado State Board of Nursing
  • Pharmacy Technician, American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists (ASHP) and Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE)
  • Physical Therapist Assistant, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education

Addresses and phone numbers for these accrediting agencies are listed within the description of each specific degree or certificate.


ACC has campuses in Littleton, Parker and Castle Rock, CO. Over 200 courses are offered online as well.

Services for You at ACC

Coming back to school has its own challenges, and we have professional staff ready to guide and advise you. For more information, please contact the specialist in these areas:

If you have served in the U.S. military, our Veterans Services Center provides additional help on benefits, organizations, and career counseling.

I Moved Mountains - You Can Too

My experience at ACC was a very positive one. I was fortunate to be taught by some of the best teachers I have ever had. I remember all of the teachers being very supportive and responsive to my learning style. They challenged me when needed and listened when I wanted to talk something out.   ~ Laura R. Hinchey


Last year, ACC awarded 1,772 associate degrees and certificates.


The average age of the ACC student body is 28-29 years old. Part-time students average 30 years old, while full-time students average 26 years old. We also serve over 3000 high school students through our Concurrent Enrollment program.


Each year, ACC commits approximately $400,000 of institution funds to provide scholarships to our students. These funds are in addition to the other sources of federal and state aid, and private scholarships offered to our students.