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Credit and Clock Hour Policy

A credit hour is a unit of measure representing the equivalent of an hour (50 minutes) of instruction per week over the entire term.  A clock hour is defined as a period of time consisting of a 50-60 minute class. 

Financial Aid Overview of Clock and Credit Hours

The United States Department of Education has issued final regulations on clock to credit hour conversions, for purposes of student aid eligibility. Goldfarb School of Nursing calculates eligibility based on formulas stated in Part V, 34 CFR Parts 600 and 668. Goldfarb School of Nursing offers three 15 week trimesters (terms) each year.

The Financial Aid definition of a credit hour is used to determine eligibility for federal student aid and loan deferments. A clock hour is a measure that represents an hour of scheduled instruction to students which includes theory and clinical hours.  For determining the number of credit hours in an educational program, the total hours must include a minimum of 37.5 clock hours of instruction per semester or trimester credit hour.

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