Credit Hour Policy

American Sentinel defines one credit hour as 15 actual hours of student engagement in the online classroom and an additional 30 hours of student course engagement through readings, homework and out-of-class work (except in project-based programs). For each three-credit -hour course, students are expected to participate in in-class (online) student engagement for at least 45 hours and complete 90 hours of work outside the classroom.

For American Sentinel courses that include practice experiences (including practice learning experiences (PLE), practicums (P), simulation (S), precepted practice experiences (PPE) and capstone hours (CH)) each three-credit hour course that includes both didactic activities and practice experiences includes one of the following:

  • In-class (online) student engagement for at least 30 hours, 45 hours of practice experiences and 60 hours of work outside the classroom.
  • In-class (online) activities for at least 35 hours, 30 hours of practice experiences and 70 hours of work outside the classroom.
  • In-class (online) activities for at least 40 hours, 15 hours of practice experiences and 80 hours of work outside the classroom.

The report, “Validation of Time on Task Data,” is pulled from the American Sentinel learning platform for student activity in six primary areas: readings, self-testing, progress testing, online discussion forums, other student interaction (learning team activity, project development, study sections, etc.) and other activities (computer software development, capstone project development and execution, etc.). The data is recorded for each student in each course.