Contact Hour Requirements



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The Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) is an independent, non-profit membership organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as the regional authority on educational quality and institutional effectiveness of higher education institutions (Northwest region of AK, ID, MT, NV, OR, UT, WA).  It fulfills its mission by establishing accreditation criteria and evaluation procedures by which institutions are reviewed.
 
Academic Scheduling reviews all class sections to ensure they are within the minimum / maximum range for fulfilling the contact hour requirements, as defined by NWCCU accreditation standards.

FORMULA
If your credit ratio is 3:2:4 (3 credits, 2 lecture hrs, 4 lab hrs):

-   Add Lecture hours + Lab hours 2   + 4   = 6   Total contact hours
-   Multiply Total contact hours x 750 minutes (min req'd) 6   x 750   = 4,500   Total minutes
-   Divide Total minutes  / Total weeks 4,500   / 15   = 300   Minutes per Week
-   Divide Minutes per Week/ 60 minutes per hour 300   / 60   = (5.0)   (Hours per Week)

Minutes per Week
(Hours per Week)

Total
Contact 
Hours

Minutes
Required

(min - max)
Fall & Spring

Summer High School
Concurrent Enrollment
Full Term
15 Weeks
Block Term
7 1/2 Weeks
Full Term
14 Weeks
Block Term
7 Weeks
Weekend Only
10 Weeks
Semester
18 Weeks
Full Year
38 Weeks
1.0 750 - 900 50 - 60
(0.83 - 1.0)
100 - 120
(1.67 - 2.0)
54 - 64
(0.90 - 1.08)
107 - 129
(1.79 - 2.15) 
75 - 90
(1.25 - 1.5)
42 - 50
(0.70 - 0.83)
20 - 24
(0.33 - 0.40)
1.5 1125 - 1350 75 - 90
(1.25 - 1.5)
150 - 180
(2.5 - 3.0)
80 - 96
(1.34 - 1.61)
161 - 193
(2.68 - 3.21)
112.5 - 135
(1.88 - 2.25)
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2.0 1500 - 1800 100 - 120
(1.67 - 2.0)
200 - 240
(3.33 - 4.0)
107 - 129
(1.79 - 2.15)
214 - 257
(3.57 - 4.28)
150 - 180
(2.5 - 3.0)
83 - 100
(1.38 - 1.67)
39 - 47
(0.65 - 0.78)
2.5 1875 - 2250 125 - 150
(2.08 - 2.5)
250 - 300
(4.17 - 5.0)
134 - 161
(2.24 - 2.68)
268 - 321
(4.46 - 5.35)
187.5 - 225
(3.13 - 3.75)
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3.0 2250 - 2700 150 - 180
(2.5 - 3.0)
300 - 360
(5.0 - 6.0)
161 - 193
(2.68 - 3.22)
321 - 386
(5.36 - 6.43)
225 - 270
(3.75 - 4.5)
125 - 150
(2.08 - 2.5)
59 - 71
(0.98 - 1.18)
3.5 2625 - 3150 175 - 210
(2.92 - 3.5)
350 - 420
(5.83 - 7.0)
188 - 225
(3.13 - 3.75)
375 - 450
(6.25 - 7.50)
262.5 - 315
(4.38 - 5.25)
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4.0 3000 - 3600 200 - 240
(3.33 - 4.0)
400 - 480
(6.67 - 8.0)
214 - 257
(3.58 - 4.29)
429 - 514
(7.14 - 8.56)
300 - 360
(5.0 - 6.0)
167 - 200
(2.78 - 3.33)
79 - 95
(1.32 - 1.58)
4.5 3375 - 4050 225 - 270
(3.75 - 4.5)
450 - 540
(7.5 - 9.0)
241 - 289
(4.02 - 4.83)
482 - 579
(8.03 - 9.65)
337.5 - 405
(5.63 - 6.75)
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5.0 3750 - 4500 250 - 300
(4.17 - 5.0)
500 - 600
(8.33 - 10.0)
268 - 321
(4.47 - 5.36)
536 - 643
(8.93 - 10.71)
375 - 450
(6.25 - 7.5)
208 - 250
(3.47 - 4.17)
99 - 118
(1.65 - 1.97)
5.5 4125 - 4950 275 - 330
(4.58 - 5.5)
550 - 660
(9.17 - 11.0)
295 - 354
(4.91 - 5.90)
589 - 707
(9.81 - 11.78)
412.5 - 495
(6.88 - 8.25)
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6.0 4500 - 5400 300 - 360
(5.0 - 6.0)
600 - 720
(10.0 - 12.0)
321 - 386
(5.36 - 6.43)
643 - 771
(10.71 - 12.85)
450 - 540
(7.5 - 9.0)
250 - 300
(4.17 - 5.0)
118 - 142
(1.97 - 2.37)
6.5 4875 - 5850 325 - 390
(5.42 - 6.5)
550 - 660
(10.83 - 13.0)
348 - 418
(5.81 - 6.97)
696 - 836
(11.60 - 13.93)
412.5 - 495
(8.13 - 9.75)
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7.0 5250 - 6300 350 - 420
(5.83 - 7.0)
700 - 840
(11.67 - 14.0)
375 - 450
(6.25 - 7.50)
750 - 900
(12.50 - 15.0)
525 - 630
(8.75 - 10.5)
292 - 350
(4.87 - 5.83)
138 - 166
(2.30 - 2.77)
7.5 5625 - 6750 375 - 450
(6.25 - 7.5)
750 - 900
(12.5 - 15.0)
402 - 482
(6.70 - 8.04)
804 - 964
(13.40 - 16.06)
562.5 - 675
(9.38 - 11.25)
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8.0 6000 - 7200 400 - 480
(6.67 - 8.0)
800 - 960
(13.33 - 16.0)
429 - 514
(7.15 - 8.58)
857 - 1029
(14.29 - 17.15)
600 - 720
(10.0 - 12.0)
333 - 400
(5.55 - 6.67)
158 - 189
(2.63 - 3.15)
8.5 6375 - 7650 425 - 510
(7.08 - 8.5)
850 - 1020
(14.17 - 17.0)
455 - 546
(7.59 - 9.11)
911 - 1093
(15.18 - 18.21)
637.5 - 765
(10.63 - 12.75)
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9.0 6750 - 8100 450 - 540
(7.5 - 9.0)
900 - 1080
(15.0 - 18.0)
482 - 579
(8.04 - 9.65)
964 - 1157
(16.06 - 19.28)
675 - 810
(11.25 - 13.5)
375 - 450
(6.25 - 7.5)
178 - 213
(2.97 - 3.55)
9.5 7125 - 8550 475 - 570
(7.92 - 9.5)
950 - 1140
(15.83 - 19.0)
509 - 611
(8.49 - 10.18)
1018 - 1221
(16.96 - 20.35)
712.5 - 855
(11.88 - 14.25)
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10.0 7500 - 9000 500 - 600
(8.33 - 10.0)
1000 - 1200
(16.67 - 20.0)
536 - 643
(8.93 - 10.72)
1071 - 1286
(17.85 - 21.43)
750 - 900
(12.5 - 15.0)
417 - 500
(6.95 - 8.33)
197 - 237
(3.28 - 3.95)
10.5 7875 - 9450 525 - 630
(8.75 - 10.5)
1050 - 1260
(17.5 - 21.0)
563 - 675
(9.38 - 11.25)
1125 - 1350
(18.75 - 22.50)
787.5 - 945
(13.13 - 15.75)
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11.0 8250 - 9900 550 - 660
(9.17 - 11.0)
1100 - 1320
(18.33 - 22.0)
589 - 707
(9.83 - 11.79)
1179 - 1414
(19.65 - 23.56)
825 - 990
(13.75 - 16.5)
458 - 550
(7.63 - 9.17)
217 - 261
(3.62 - 4.35)
11.5 8625 - 10350 575 - 690
(9.58 - 11.5)
1150 - 1380
(19.17 - 23.0)
616 - 739
(10.27 - 12.32)
1232 - 1479
(20.53 - 24.65)
862.5 - 1035
(14.38 - 17.25)
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12.0 9000 - 10800 600 - 720
(10.0 - 12.0)
1200 - 1440
(20.0 - 24.0)
643 - 771
(10.72 - 12.85)
1286 - 1543
(21.43 - 25.71)
900 - 1080
(15.0 - 18.0)
500 - 600
(8.33 - 10.0)
237 - 284
(3.95 - 4.73)
12.5 9375 - 11250 625 - 750
(10.42 - 12.5)
1250 - 1500
(20.83 - 25.0)
670 - 804
(11.17 - 13.40)
1339 - 1607
(22.31 - 26.78)
937.5 - 1125
(15.63 - 18.75)
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13.0 9750 - 11700 650 - 780
(10.83 - 13.0)
1300 - 1560
(21.67 - 26.0)
696 - 836
(11.60 - 13.93)
1393 - 1671
(23.21 - 27.85)
975 - 1170
(16.25 - 19.5)
542 - 650
(9.03 - 10.83)
257 - 308
(4.28 - 5.13)
13.5 10125 - 12150 675 - 810
(11.25 - 13.5)
1350 - 1620
(22.5 - 27.0)
723 - 868
(12.05 - 14.47)
1446 - 1736
(24.10 - 28.93)
1012.5 - 1215
(16.88- 20.25)
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14.0 10500 - 12600 700 - 840
(11.67 - 14.0)
1400 - 1680
(23.33 - 28.0)
750 - 900
(12.50 - 15.0)
1500 - 1800
(25.0 - 30.0)
1050 - 1260
(17.5 - 21.0) 
583 - 700
(9.72 - 11.67)
276 - 332
(4.60 - 5.53)
14.5 10875 - 13050 725 - 870
(12.08 - 14.5)
1450 - 1740
(24.17 - 29.0)
777 - 932
(12.95 - 15.53)
1554 - 1864
(25.90 - 31.06)
1087.5 - 1305
(18.13 - 21.75)
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15.0 11250 - 13500 750 - 900
(12.5 - 15.0)
1500 -1800
(25.0 - 30.0)
804 - 964
(13.40 - 16.07)
1607 - 1929
(26.78 - 32.15)
1125 - 1350
(18.75 - 22.5) 
625 - 750
(10.42 - 12.5)
296 - 355
(4.93 - 5.92)
15.5 11625 - 13950 775 - 930
(12.92 - 15.5)
1550 - 1860
(25.83 - 31.0)
830 - 996
(13.83 - 16.60)
1661 - 1993
(27.68 - 33.21)
1162.5 - 1395
(19.38 - 23.25)
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16.0 12000 - 14400 800 - 960
(13.33 - 16.0)
1600 - 1920
(26.67 - 32.0)
857 - 1029
(14.28 - 17.15)
1714 - 2057
(28.56 - 34.28)
 1200 - 1440
(20.0 - 24.0)
667 - 800
(11.12 - 13.33)
316 - 379
(5.27 - 6.32)
16.5 12375 - 14850 825 - 990
(13.75 - 16.5)
1650 - 1980
(27.5 - 33.0)
884 - 1061
(14.73 - 17.68)
1768 - 2121
(29.46 - 35.35)
1237.5 - 1485
(20.63 - 24.75)
-- --
17.0 12750 - 15300 850 - 1020
(14.17 - 17.0)
1700 - 2040
(28.33 - 34.0)
911 - 1093
(15.18 - 18.22)
1821 - 2186
(30.35 - 36.43)
1275 - 1530
(21.25 - 25.5) 
708 - 850
(11.80 - 14.17)
336 - 403
(5.60 - 6.72)
17.5 13125 - 15750 875 - 1050
(14.58 - 17.5)
1750 - 2100
(29.17 - 35.0)
938 - 1125
(15.63 - 18.75)
1875 - 2250
(31.25 - 37.50)
1312.5 - 1575
(21.88 - 26.25)
-- --
18.0 13500 - 16200 900 - 1080
(15.0 - 18.0)
1800 - 2160
(30.0 - 36.0)
964 - 1157
(16.07 - 19.28)
1929 - 2314
(32.15 - 38.56)
1350 - 1620
(22.5 - 27.0) 
750 - 900
(12.5 - 15.0)
355 - 426
(5.92 - 7.10)
18.5 13875 - 16650 925 - 1110
(15.41 - 18.5)
1850 - 2220
(30.83 - 37.0)
991 - 1189
(16.52 - 19.82)
1982 - 2379
(33.03 - 39.65)
1387.5 - 1665
(23.13 - 27.75)
-- --
19.0 14250 - 17100 950 - 1140
(15.83 - 19.0)
1900 - 2280
(31.67 - 38.0)
1018 - 1221
(16.97 - 20.35)
2036 - 2443
(33.93 - 40.71)
 1425 - 1710
(23.75 - 28.5)
792 - 950
(13.20 - 15.83)
375 - 450
(6.25 - 7.50)
19.5 14625 - 17550 975 - 1170
(16.25 - 19.5)
1950 - 2340
(32.5 - 39.0)
1045 - 1254
(17.42 - 20.90)
2089 - 2507
(34.81 - 41.78)
1462.5 - 1755
(24.38 - 29.25)
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20.0 15000 - 18000 1000 - 1200
(16.67 - 20.0)
2000 - 2400
(33.33 - 40.0)
1071 - 1286
(17.85 - 21.43)
2143 - 2571
(35.71 - 42.85)
 1500 - 1800
(25.0 - 30.0)
833 - 1000
(13.88 - 16.67)
395 - 474
(6.58 - 7.90)
25.0 18750 - 22500 1250 - 1500
(20.83 - 25.0)
2500 - 3000
(41.67 - 50.0)
1339 - 1607
(22.32 - 26.78)
2678 - 3214
(44.63- 53.56)
 1875 - 2250
(31.25 - 37.5)
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30.0 22500 - 27000 1500 - 1800
(25.0 - 30.0)
3000 - 3600
(50.0 - 60.0)
1607 - 1929
(26.78 - 32.15)
3214 - 3857
(53.56 - 64.28)
 2250 - 2700
(37.5 - 45.0)
-- --
35.0 26250 - 31500 1750 - 2100
(29.17 - 35.0)
3500 - 4200
(58.33 - 70.0)
1875 - 2250
(31.25 - 37.50)
3750 - 4500
(62.50 - 75.0)
2625 - 3150
(43.75 - 52.5)
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40.0 30000 - 36000 2000 - 2400
(33.33 - 40.0)
4000 - 4800
(66.67 - 80.0)
2143 - 2571
(35.72 - 42.85)
4286 - 5143
(71.43 - 85.71)
3000 - 3600
(50.0 - 60.0)
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