Credit Hours, Course Load and Study Expectations

In general, students receive one hour of credit for each hour required in class per week during a 15-week semester. However, classes with labs, such as sciences, may require additional class hours. When students complete a course successfully, they earn the number of credit hours listed in the course description.

A course load is the total number of credit hours a student is attempting in a semester or session.

  • A full-time load is 12 credit hours. Students must obtain credit hour overload permission from an academic advisor before registering for more than 18 credit hours.
  • The advisor will consider past academic performance as well as other factors when issuing a credit hour overload.

Students are expected to spend time outside of traditional class meetings on course work. Here are some guidelines on what to expect:

  • If you are enrolled in a 15 week course worth three (3) credit hours, you should plan to spend at least six (6) hours per week preparing and studying for this course.
  • If you are enrolled in a 12 week course worth three (3) credit hours, you should plan to spend at least eleven to twelve (11-12) hours per week preparing and studying for this course.
  • If you are enrolled in a 7 week course worth three (3) credit hours, you should plan to spend at least nineteen (19) hours per week preparing and studying for this course.
  • If you are enrolled in a 5 week course worth three (3) credit hours, you should plan to spend at least twenty-seven (27) hours per week preparing and studying for this course.
  • We offer other course durations that follow similar patterns.
The expectations may be greater than the guidelines above for distance learning courses as there are no class meetings.