A Nationally Accredited Educational Institution

Credit/Clock Hours

VDCI courses use the Carnegie Clock-to-Credit Hour Conversions

As a nationally-accredited institution, for all VDCI courses, the Carnegie clock-to-credit hour conversions for academic purposes is calculated for lecture, lab, and externship/internship.

Students are awarded credit for classes on the basis of the Carnegie unit. This defines a semester unit of credit as equal to a minimum of three hours of work per week for a semester. California's Title V code, section 55002, also defines student credit in this way. While the length of a semester may vary, the Carnegie definition is based upon a minimum length of 16 weeks. Thus, a unit of credit equates to three hours of student work per week (1 hour lecture plus 2 hours of homework or 3 hours of lab) for 16 weeks. In certain circumstances, it is possible to have more hours, but not less. The LASC College Catalog lists the total class hours required per course cycle.

Clock Hour to Credit Unit Conversions -- At VDCI, our courses are typically 10-, 20- and 30-clock hours (contact hours). There are equations which are used to convert the clock hours to credit units. Typically, a 10-clock hour course converts to 0.26 semester credits or 0.4 quarter credits. A 20-clock hour course converts to 0.52 semester credits or 0.80 quarter credits. A 30-clock hour course converts to 0.80 semester credits or 1.2 quarter credits.