Calculating Credit Hours

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The following guide for calculating credit hours was approved by the Education Advisory Council. These guidelines represent a minimum standard for content hours per credit hour earned.  In addition, the student should expect to spend at least twice the number of content hours engaged in additional educational activities specifically related to the course regardless of the delivery mode (i.e., traditional, blended, or on-line format). Courses that use more than one type of instruction, calculate credit based on the instruction type most used in the course.

Type of Course Credit/Content Hours Over the Course of the Semester
 Lecture  1 credit hour for 15 content hours
 Laboratory  1 credit hour for 30 content hours
 Seminar  1 credit hour for 15 content hours
 Conferences  1 credit hour for 22.5 content hours
 Small Group Instruction  1 credit hour for 15 content hours
 Independent Study  1 credit hour for 15 content hours
 Clinical  1 credit hour of 30 contact hours
 Practicum/Preceptorship  1 credit hour for 30 contact hours
 Clerkship  1 credit hour for 40 contact hours

 

Examples:

Laboratory Course - A 6 credit hour lab would be scheduled to meet 180 hours (6 credits x 30 hours)

Lecture Course - A 5 credit hour lecture would be scheduled to meet 75 hours (5 credits x 15 hours)

Calculating Credit in On-Line Courses:

Students must spend at least 1 hour per week (15 hours per semester) of instructional/content time and/or facilitated group work to receive 1 credit hour for the course.

 
1 credit hour for 30 content hours
1 credit hour for 30 content hours
1 credit hour for 30 content hours
1 credit hour for 30 content hours
1 credit hour for 30 content hours