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Semester Credit Hours and Evaluation

Semester Credit Hours

The College follows the federal regulation when defining a credit hour: an amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement. This evidence is an institutional established equivalency that reasonably approximates not less than:


(1) One hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out-of-class student work for approximately fifteen weeks for one semester or trimester hour of credit, or the equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time; or


(2) At least an equivalent amount of work as regarded in paragraph (1) of this definition for other academic activities as established by the instruction including laboratory work, clinicals, practical, studio work, and other academic work leading to the award of credit hours.


The College awards credits based on the following schedule: fifteen class hours or thirty laboratory hours or forty-five clinical educational hours equal one credit hour.


The college defines class, laboratory, and clinical education clock hours as follows:

  • One class hour equals fifty minutes,
  • One laboratory hour equals fifty minutes, and
  • One clinical education clock hour equals sixty minutes.


A student’s progress is measured in a variety of ways throughout each course. In professional courses, special emphasis is placed on the clinical conference as a way of monitoring academic and professional growth.


The College records student grades by semester hour of credit. One semester hour of credit is earned for approximately twelve to fifteen hours of academic activity and/or thirty to forty hours of laboratory/clinical work.