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 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 with the exception of Cadaver Applications in Anatomy courses.
      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. General Education Cadaver Courses: One credit hour = 15 contact hours per semester for theory and 45 contact hours for lab.
      Example:
      • BI 312 / BI 806 Cadaver Applications in Anatomy theory = 2 credit hours = 30 contact hours, plus 30 hours of study time.
      • BI 312L / BI 806L Cadaver Applications in Anatomy lab = 2 credit hours = 90 contact hours
    3. Radiography Program Courses: One credit equals 15 contact hours per semester with the exception of RT Procedures labs which 1 credit 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
    4. Nurse Anesthesia Courses: 1 credit hour equals 15 contact hours per semester with the exception of Cadaver Lab which is 1 credit hour equals 45 contact hours per semester.
      Examples:
      • AN 872L  Principles of Anesthesia I Lab = 1 credit hour = 15 contact hours per semester
      • AN 806L Cadaver Application in Anatomy Lab = 2 credit hours = 90 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, & Health Care Business Professional Practice Experience (PPE) and Internship Courses: One credit hour equals 45 clinical hours. Example: HM 367 Professional Practice  = 3 credit hours ~135 clinical hours
    4. Radiography Program Clinical Courses: One credit hour equals 60 clinical hours. Example:   RT 265 Clinical Experience I = 4 credit hours ~ 240 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: 15 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 residency hours. A minimum of 300 clock hours are required for the program. All DNP students must complete a minimum of 1000 practice hours (clinical and residency) to be eligible for graduation.