Credit Hour Definition

The Clarkson College definition for both online and on campus courses is as follows. This information complies with Federal Regulation 34 CFR 600.2.

Credit to contact hour conversions for theory courses: One credit hour equals 15 contact hours per semester. For example, GEN 105 Medical Terminology = 1 credit hour = 15 contact hours per semester or EN 101 English Comp I = 3 credit hours = 45 contact hours per semester.

Credit to contact hour conversions for courses with a lab component:

  1. General Education, Nursing, PTA program courses: One credit hour from the total credit hours listed for the course sections are for lab time and equal 45 contact hours. For example, BI 211 Anatomy theory = 4 credit hours = 45 theory contact hours (3 credits) and 45 contact hours of lab (1 credit) per semester; or BI 211 Anatomy lab = 0 credit hours.
  2. Health Care Business, Radiologic Technology program courses: One credit equals 15 contact hours per semester with the exception of RT Procedures labs in which 1 credit equals 30 contact hours per semester. For example, BI 222 Basic of Anatomy and Physiology lab = 1 credit hour = 15 hours of contact per semester; RT 120L Exposures I lab = 1 credit hour = 15 hours of contact per semester; or RT 110L Procedures I lab = 1 credit hour = 30 hours of contact per semester.

Credit to contact hour conversions for clinical/internship/externship rotations dependent on program:

  1. PTA program clinical courses: One credit hour equals 40 clinical hours per week. For example, PTA 240 Clinical Practicum III = 5 credit hours = 200 clinical hours.
  2. Nursing program clinical courses: One credit hour equals 3 clinical hours per week. For example, NS 126 Basic Nursing Skills Clinical = 2 credits = 90 clinical hours.
  3. Master of Science in Nursing program: Per clinical course, students complete 11 clinical hours per week. For example, NS 832 Primary Care I = 3 credits = 160 clinical hours and 45 class contact hours.
  4. Health Care Business Professional Practice Experience (PPE) and internship courses: One credit hour equals 45 clinical hours. For example, HM 367 Professional Practice = 3 credit hours = 135 clinical hours.
  5. Radiologic Technology program clinical courses: One credit hour equals 73 clinical hours. For example, RT 265 Clinical Experience I = 4 credit hours = 280 clinical hours.
  6. Nurse Anesthesia: One credit equals 50 clinical hours per week. For example, AN 951 Clinical Anesthesia Practicum I = 3 credits = 750 clinical hours.
  7. Medical Imaging: One credit hour equals 60 clinical hours. For example, MI385 CT Externship = 3 credits = minimum of 180 contact hours.
  8. Health Care Services fieldwork: 150–200 clock hours of work in an organization are required. The number of required hours is determined by the organization’s needs.