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Understanding Credit Hours

Credit hours are a numerical measurement system used to determine the appropriate semester course load of a student, academic standing, and eligibility for graduation. Academic credit provides the basis for measuring the amount of engaged learning time expected of a typical student enrolled not only in traditional classroom settings but also laboratories, studios, work and learn programs, and distance and correspondence education. The federal government relies on credits as a measure of student academic engagement as a basis of awarding financial aid. For more information about determining the correct amount of credit hours for your schedule, please contact your advisor.

Course Component One (1) Credit Hour Equates To Contact/Credit Ratio
Lecture Fifteen (15) class hours Ratio: 15:1 (1 credit hour)
Laboratory Thirty (30) to forty-five (45) class hours Ratio: 30:1 to 45:1
Clinical Practice Forty-five (45) to sixty (60) class hours Ratio: 45:1 to 60:1
Cooperative Work Experience Sixty (60) to ninety (90) class Ratio: 60:1 to 90:1
Practicum Sixty (60) to ninety (90) class hours Ratio: 60:1 to 90:1
Private Instruction Seven and one Half (7.5) to fifteen (15 Ratio:7.5:1 to 15:1