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Units for First Year Students

First Year -- Unit Load

  • One 'unit' generally equals 1 hour of instruction time per week.
  • A 3-unit course would then equal 3 hours of instruction time per week.  Exceptions to this are for art or science type courses/labs with hands-on instruction.
  • A typical full-time load for Nursing will be 15 units per semester.
  • 9 units is considered 'full-time' during a summer term.
  • 2 hours of study time each week, outside of class, is recommended for every unit of coursework.
  • 30 hours of study time each week, outside of class is recommended for 15 units of coursework.