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Clark Dual Credit Program

If you are currently taking any Dual Credit classes, you DO NOT need to reapply. You will automatically be rolled over for next year.

What is Dual Credit?

Dual Credit at Northwest Vista

Dual credit classes are classes that you take in high school that also give you college credits in the state of Texas at the same time. This is a great opportunity for you because the dual credit program is completely free of charge! You could graduate from high school with up to 30 hours of college credit before even stepping onto a college campus! (That's one entire year already completed)!

How Do I Get Into Dual Credit?

In order to be eligible for Dual Credit courses, students must go through the application process, meeting ALL deadlines and requirements. It begins in November each school year. So, to take Dual classes in their Junior year, a student must begin the application process during their Sophomore year. The application opens up by November annually with the Apply Texas Application deadline being in February. (Apply Texas is the first step in the process). Please know that it is a lengthy process with multiple due dates. Northwest Vista College offers no exceptions for students that do not meet all deadlines. Luckily, if you follow the instructions below, you should be able to navigate the entire process easily; just make sure you do not wait until the last minute! Each deadline builds upon the previous deadline which is why missing any step ends your chance at taking Dual Credit courses for the next year.

Dual Credit Informational Parent Meeting

(Middle School and High School Parents)

Wednesday, January 25th

6:00 Clark Library

*The only class available for incoming freshmen is Advanced Spanish 3.*  

How is Dual Credit different from AP?

  • In Dual Credit Classes, college credit is earned upon completion of the class with a grade of "C" or higher (no additional test)
  • In an Advance Placement (AP) class, college credit is not earned until a student takes and achieves a certain score on an AP test.
  • AP Credit is not automatically transmitted on the college transcript: students must follow through with the admission procedure to have the credit posted on the college transcript.
  • An AP course grade does not appear on a student's permanent college transcript.
  • Dual Credit courses generally transfer to most Texas Public Universities (always check with the school, you want to attend about transfer credits)
  • AP Scores are accepted at most colleges and universities across the Nation (qualifying scores may differ)

How does Dual Credit work?

  • Students earn two sets of grades:
    • one for the college which will be calculated into the overall college GPA and automatically transmitted on the college transcript
    • one for the high school which will be calculated into the high school GPA and transmitted on the high school transcript
  • DC courses are designed off a college curriculum and taught by high school teachers approved and hired as adjunct college instructors.
  • If the student does not qualify for DC, they can still be enrolled in the course but can only earn AP credit

What are the advantages of Dual Credit?

  1. It saves money! Students can earn up to fourteen courses of college credit at no cost. It reduces the cost of tuition and textbooks resulting in thousands of dollars in savings.
  2. It gets many prerequisites out of the way.
  3. Students take on the responsibilities of being a college student, potentially easing the transition from high school to college.

Who should take Dual Credit?

  • The Dual Credit Program is designed for high school juniors and seniors (and some sophomores) seeking to get a jump on their college careers.
  • Students who have test scores that indicate they are ready to enter the program and who feel comfortable doing college level work should consider Dual Credit.
  • Students are allowed to take up to 15 college hours per semester of Dual courses.
  • Students can take up to 14 total courses in High School for Dual Credit! (Some classes count as two courses though; for example, English Three AP Dual at Clark is ENGL 1301 and 1302 at NVC.

I already applied for Dual Credit? Do I have to reapply?

If you are currently enrolled in Dual Credit courses, you do not need to reapply. You must reapply if you previously applied but did not register/attend. You must reapply if you applied and attended but stopped coming for 12 months. So, unless you have taken Dual Credit courses continuously, you probably need to reapply. (Example: If you took Spanish Dual as a freshman but nothing as a sophomore, you WILL need to reapply for your Junior year). If you are not sure, check with Coach Kelly.

How many Dual Credit classes can I take?

You are allowed to take a total of 14 Dual Credit Classes. (Note, most Dual classes at Clark count as two NVC Dual Classes. For example, English Three AP/Dual is ENGL 1301 and ENGL 1302). Click here for the list of college credits received. You cannot take more than 15 hours in any given semester. (Note, you should only take the extra Dual courses if you were planning to take the AP equivalent already. These are advanced classes; do not take more just because you can)!

Keep in mind that you can only take a total of 14 Dual Credit Courses in High School. (Notice that some classes count as two Dual Credit Courses like AP Biology above--you get credit for Biology 1406 and Biology 1407, so that would count as two courses).

Also, you cannot take more than 15 hours in a given semester. Click here to see how many hours each class is.

Helpful Links

Here you can get your TSI Scores and learn to navigate your ACES Account. You can also see the classes you have taken for Dual through NVC.

Click Here

Shows what you must score on the TSI to qualify for each Dual class we offer. Click Here

 If you are wondering how many Dual Credit hours you have earned or what college courses you have gotten credit for, this is your link!

To use with application if necessary. Click Here

This is the form you have to print, fill out, and submit if you have been notified that there is an issue with your residency status.


Email it to and once completed.

If you have been coded incorrectly, these are the acceptable ways to prove your Texas residency. Click Here

 If you need to make biographical changes to correct mistakes on your application or for name changes, you will use this form.

These are the only acceptable ways to be exempt from taking the TSI. All proof must be submitted to Coach Kelly and official copies sent to NVC prior to TSI test date. Click Here

Students can create an Accuplacer account and then utilize the numerous resources available including practice tests. There will be a Math section on the test as well as a Reading section and an Essay. If you look at the TSI Scoring Requirements (above), you can see which sections/scores are needed for each class that we offer. This link explains the TSI test in detail. Click Here

Here is the information from the parent meeting. Click Here


If you have any further questions or need assistance, please email

Here are the directions to request your transcript via ACES.

Here is the link to order your transcripts. 

NVC uses a third party for transcripts ordered. Students, you will get an email notification through your NVC email (ACES), but you can call 847-716-3005 to get the status of your transcript.

This is the guide to help you with the modules and DCSO. You can also download the Canvas App to complete NVC requirements and modules.

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Keep in mind that you can only take a total of 14 Dual Credit Courses in High School. (Notice that many classes count as two Dual Credit Courses like AP Biology--you get credit for Biology 1406 and Biology 1407, so that would count as two courses). Also, you cannot take more than 15 hours in a given semester. Click here to see how many hours each class is.

Course Options New To Dual 2023

If you want to know which Dual Credit classes you can sign up for your first year, click here. (Some dual classes are not listed because they have prerequisites).

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