Credit Hour Definition (Policy AA-55)

Clarkson College follows the Federal Regulation 34 CFR 600.2 definition of credit hour, §668.8: §668.9. Our academic programs follow a semester calendar and for the total number of hours, a minimum of two (2) hours per week/per credit of student study time is added to the theory contact hour definition as defined below.

The Clarkson College contact definition for both online and on-campus courses is as follows:

  1. Credit to contact hour conversions for all theory courses: One credit hour equals 15 contact hours per semester, plus 30 hours of study time.
    Examples:
    • GEN 105 Medical Terminology = 1 credit hour = 45 contact hours per semester
    • EN 101 English Comp I = 3 credit hours = 135 contact hours per semester
  2. Credit to contact hour conversions for courses with a lab component:
    1. General Education & Physical Therapist Assistant Program Courses: One credit hour from the total credit hours listed for the course sections are for lab time and equal 45 contact hours.
      Example:
      • BI 211 Human Anatomy theory = 4 credit hours = 135 theory contact hours (3 credits) and 45 contact hours of lab (1 credit) per semester
      • BI 211 Human Anatomy lab= 0 credit hours
    2. Radiography Program Courses: One credit equals 15 contact hours per semester with the exception of RT Procedures labs in which 1 credit hour equals 30 contact hours per semester.
      Example:
      • RT 120L Exposures I lab = 1 credit hour = 15 hours of contact per semester
      • RT 110L Procedures I lab = 1 credit hour = 30 hours of contact per semester
    3. Nurse Anesthesia Courses: 1 credit hour equals 15 contact hours per semester.
      Examples:
      • AN 872L  Principles of Anesthesia I Lab = 1 credit hour = 15 contact hours per semester.

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

  1. Physical Therapist Assistant Program Clinical Courses: One credit hour equals 40 clinical hours per week. Example: PTA 240 Clinical Practicum III = 5 credit hours= 200 clinical hours
  2. Undergraduate Nursing Program Clinical Courses: One credit hour equals 3 clinical hours per week. Example: NS 126 Basic Nursing Skills Clinical = 2 credits = 90 clinical hours
  3. Graduate Nurse Education, Graduate Nursing Administration, & Healthcare Business Professional Practice Experience (PPE) and Internship Courses: One credit hour equals 45 clinical hours. Example: HM 368 Professional Practice I  = 2 credit hours ~90 clinical hours
  4. Radiography Program Clinical Courses: One credit hour equals 56 clinical hours. Example:   RT 265 Clinical Experience I = 4 credit hours ~ 244 clinical hours
  5. Medical Imaging Program Clinical Courses: One credit hour equals 60 clinical hours. Example:  MI385 CT Externship = 3 credits = minimum of 180 contact hours
  6. Community Health Fieldwork Course: One credit hour equals 45 fieldwork hours. Example:  CHL410 Fieldwork = 3 credit hours ~135 fieldwork hours
  7. Nurse Practitioner Clinical Hours: Zero credit hours are dedicated to clinical hours, however, 650 clock hours are required for the MSN and BSN-DNP programs.
  8. Nurse Anesthesia Program Clinical Courses: 12 credit hours are dedicated to clinical practicum hours with a minimum of 2,000 hours required for the program. Clinical hours never exceed 64 hours per week, averaged over four weeks. 
  9. Doctor of Nursing Practice Residency Hours: Zero credit hours are dedicated to DNP hours. A minimum of 300 clock hours are required for the program (125 hours for the Nurse Anesthesia students). All DNP students must complete a minimum of 1,000 practice hours (DNP Hours) to be eligible for graduation.