The United States Department of Education as well as the College’s regional accrediting agency, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), requires institutions of higher education to define the credit they will award for student work, and accrediting agencies are required to review the institutions’ policies and procedures for determining and applying its credit hour policies.

Pursuant to F.A.C. 6A-14.030, college credit is the type of credit assigned by the College to courses or course equivalent learning that is part of an organized and specified program leading to a baccalaureate, associate degree, certificate, or Applied Technology Diploma. One (1) college credit is based on the learning expected from the equivalent of fifteen (15) fifty-minute periods of classroom instruction; with credits for such activities as laboratory instruction, internships, and clinical experience determined by the College based on the proportion of direct instruction to the laboratory exercise, internship hours, or clinical practice hours.

Laboratory instruction is based on the learning expected from the equivalent of at least fifteen (15) 100-minute periods of classroom instruction. Internships is based on the learning expected from the equivalent of seventy-five hours of work activity per one (1) credit hour. Clinical experience is based on the learning expected from the equivalent of at least fifteen (15) 150-minute periods of clinical instruction.

  • Lower division college credit. Lower division college credit is assigned to college credit courses offered to freshmen and sophomores (1,000 and 2,000 level courses).
  • Upper division college credit. Upper division college credit is assigned to college credit courses offered to juniors and seniors (3,000 and 4,000 level courses).

A clock hour is the unit assigned to courses or course equivalent learning that is part of an organized and specified program leading to an Applied Technology Diploma or a Career and Technical Certificate. One (1) clock hour is based on the learning expected from the equivalent of thirty (30) hours of instruction.

Developmental credit is the type of credit assigned by the College to courses that provide degree seeking students who wish to enroll in college credit courses with additional academic preparation determined to be needed pursuant to F.A.C. 6A-10.0315. One (1) developmental credit is based on the learning expected from the equivalent of fifteen (15) fifty-minute periods of classroom instruction.

Noncredit is a term indicating that credit, as defined herein, is not awarded. It applies to the instructional classifications of noncredit continuing education, adult general education, citizenship, recreational, community education, and community instructional services. The unit of measure is hours of instruction.