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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.

If the ONLY Dual Credit classes you plan on taking are Welding and/or Culinary Arts, please follow the instructions on the right hand side for "Welding/Culinary Only Application." If you are going to take any other Dual Credit courses, you will follow the instructions on the left hand side. You will still be able to take Welding and/or Culinary Arts, but your application needs to go through NVC.

Dual Credit Application Process/Deadlines

Application Steps Due Date
1Submit ApplyTexas ApplicationFebruary 9, 2024
2Complete Online "Choice Sheet"February 16, 2024
3Email PSAT Score Report (or that you did not take it)February 23, 2024
4Complete TSI Test Prep and Go FAARR Modules and DCSOMarch 1, 2024
5Register for TSI TestMarch 8, 2024
6Take TSI Test on your assigned dateMarch 26 - 28, 2024

Questions about Dual Credit? Contact


**If you need help with the application process or completing your Apply Texas Application and/or ACES modules, the Go Center (A101) will have open lab on Mondays from 8:15-4:20 and the weeks of January 29-February 2 and February 26-March 1. The instruction packets will be printed out and Mrs. Martinez will be there to assist as needed.**

Dual Credit Informational Parent Meeting

(Middle School and High School Parents)

Wednesday, November 29th, 2023

6:30 p.m.

Clark Library

*The only classes available for incoming freshmen are Advanced Spanish 3 or Art Appreciation.*

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.

Clark HS Dual Credit Course Offerings

SubjectHigh School Course NameCollege Course NameSession TypeCollege Hours
EnglishEnglish Ill  AP/DualENGL 1301/1302 (Composttion 1 & 2)Fall+Spring6
 English IV AP/DualENGL 2332/2333 (World Lit 1 & 2)Fall+Spring6
 English IV Honors DualENGL 1301/1302 (Composttion 1 & 2)Fall+Spring6
HistoryUS History AP/DualHIST 1301/1302 (US History 1 & 2)Fall+Spring6
 Government AP/DualGOVT 2305 (FederalGovernment)Fall or Spring3
 Sociology DualSOCI 1301Fall or Spring3
ScienceBiology AP/DualBIOL1406/1407 (Bio for Science Majors 1 & 2)Fall+Spring8
 Anatomy and Physiology DualBIOL2404 (Human Anatomy and Physiology)Year-Long4
 AP Environmental Science BIOL 2406 (Environmental Biology)Year-Long4
 Physics 1 AP/DualPHYS 1301/1101 (Gen Physics 1/Phys Lab 1)Year-Long4
 Physics 2 AP/DualPHYS 1302/1102  (Gen Physics 2/Phys Lab 2)Year-Long4
 Physics CAP/DualPHYS 2425/2426 (Univ Physics 1 &  2)Fall+Spring8
 Physics B AP/Dual**PHYS 1301/1101 (Gen Physics 1/Phys Lab 1)Fall4
  PHYS 1302/1102  (Gen Physics 2/Phys Lab 2)Spring4

**Physics B AP/Dual is discontinued beginning 2015-16

MathISM College Algebra DualMATH 1414 (College Algebra) Year-Long 4
 Statistics AP/DualMATH 1442 (Elem. Stat. Methods) Year-Long 4
 AQR DualMATH 1332 (liberal Arts Math) Year-Long 3
 Pre-Calculus PAP/DualMATH 1414 (College Algebra Pre-Cal Track)   Fall4
  MATH2412 (Precalculus)  Spring4
 Calculus AB AP/DualMATH2413 (Calculus 1)Year-Long 4
 Calculus BC AP/DualMATH2413/2414 (Calculus 1 & 2)  Fall + Spring8
SpanishSpanish Ill  PAP/DualSPAN 2311/2312 (Int. Spanish 1 & 2)Fall + Spring6
SociologySociology Honors/DualSOCI 1301(Sociology) Fall or Spring3
CATE/BusinessPIT Dual (PrinInfo Tech)BCIS 1305 (Bus. Comp. App.) Year-Long 3
 Medical Terminology DualHITT 1305(Medical Terminology)Year-Long 3
Welding (SPC)Welding 1 DualWLDG 1425 (Introduction to Oxy-Fuel Welding and Cutting)  Fall4
  WLDG 1428 (Introduction to Shielded Metal Arc Welding)  Spring4
 Welding 2 DualWLDG 1430 (Introduction to Gas Metal Arc Welding) Fall4
  WLDG 1313 (Intro to Blueprint Reading for  Welders)   Spring3
 Welding Practicum DualWLDG 1317 (Introduction to Layout and Fabrication)    Fall3

**Students completing the entire sequence will get the Welding Entry Level Certification and walk the stage at St. Phillios Col/eQe in December of their Senior year.

ArtArt Appreciation Dual  ARTS 1301(Art Appreciation Dual)  Year-Long3
Culinary ArtsCulinary Arts DualHAMG 1170 (Professionalism in Hospitality Industry)Fall1
  FONS 1301(Introduction to Foods)Spring3
 Advanced Culinary Arts DualCHEF 1205 (Sanitation and Safety)Fall2
  CHEF 1301(Basic Food Prep)Spring3
 Practicum in Culinary Arts DualHAMG 1321(Introduction to the Hospitality Industry)Fall3
  HAMG 1340 (Hosoitalttv Legal Issues)Soring3

Keep in mind that you can only take 14 total classes during high school. Classes that are split fall and spring each count as a class. (For example, English 3 AP Dual counts as two classes).

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 might need to reapply if you previously applied but did not register/attend. (If you took Spanish Dual as a freshman but nothing as a sophomore, Coach Kelly emailed you with instructions. You did NOT need to reapply, but you DID need to subscribe to the Remind). If you are not sure, email Coach Kelly at

How many Dual Credit classes can I take?

You are allowed to take a total of 14 Dual Credit Classes. Most Dual classes at Clark count as two NVC Dual Classes. For example, English Three AP/Dual is ENGL 1301 and ENGL 1302. Below is a list of dual credit courses offered at Clark HS and the number of college credits received for each course. 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)!

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

View what you must score on the TSI to qualify for each Dual class we offer. Click here to view the score document.

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

If you want more specific guides and practice for the TSI, this is a wonderful resource.

For help specifically with the Math Section of the TSI, click here.

If you need a copy of your TSI Scores, click here. You need to use the personal email address you used when you took the test. Also, for your Student ID, use the nine digit banner ID number for NVC or your TSDS number, NOT your S# from Northside.

Here is the information from the parent meeting. Click Here


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

You can request your Northwest Vista College transcript via ACES by following the steps below:

  1. Login to ACES
  2. Click on the "Student" tab
  3. Click on "Web Services" link
  4. Click on "Student"
  5. Click on "Student Records"
  6. Click on "Order Official Transcript"
  7. Complete the Transcript Ordering Services form in the pop-up window

For more information visit Alamo Colleges High School Programs website.

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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Welding and Culinary Arts courses require a St. Philip's College Parent Consent Form to be filled out. Click here to view the form instructions.

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 2024

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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