Credit Hour Policy

United States University has used the equivalent of the Carnegie unit for measuring and awarding academic credit representing student work and achievement. The credit hour measure that the university uses is consistent with the requirements of the accreditor, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Every session is divided into 8 weeks of student work and achievement. The credit hour is defined as the amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement in an equivalency that reasonably approximates:

One credit is awarded for 16 actual hours of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of 32 hours of out of class student work. Three hours of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of six hours of out of class student work done twice a week for eight weeks totaling to 48 hours of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of 96 hours of out of class work;

In on-line courses for each 1 semester credit hour awarded, it is expected that a typical student will spend 16 hours directly engaged with the course material in a combination of ways such as: synchronous and/or asynchronous interaction with the instructor, completing online modules, reading articles or texts, viewing recorded lectures or other video content, participating in student/faculty chat rooms, and other course-related activities, for a 8 week semester. As is the case for in-seat courses, there is an expectation that a typical student will also engage in a minimum of 2 additional hours of “out-of-class” work for each 1 credit hour that is to be awarded, for a total of 32 hours.

For a laboratory course, the hours per week are considered to be all in class with no out of class student work. Thus one unit is equivalent to four hours per week of laboratory totaling to 32 hours.

For Nursing laboratory and clinical courses, one unit is awarded for 48 hours of supervised laboratory or clinical instruction.