Franklin School of Integrative Health Sciences educational programs are measured by the clock hour. A clock hour (or contact hour) is the unit of measuring academic credit, and is based on the amount of new course material delivered in each class. A single clock/contact hour consists of a minimum of 50 minutes of new material delivered within a 60 minute time span. All FSIHS clock/contact hours are classified by the Carnegie clock-to-credit hour definitions as being lecture hours which means that new material is being delivered during this time. Hours which are classified as laboratory or as externship/internship, according to Carnegie clock-to-credit hour definitions, are not included within the FSIHS course hour totals, as they are represented through out-of-class work or homework.

Therefore, a 30 hour class will produce slightly less than 3 weekly hours of active instruction time for every week of the quarter. This instruction time may be delivered through assigned readings, video lectures, or other assigned delivery of new information. In addition to the weekly instruction time, 6-8 total hours of additional work, such as review or studying for a test, completing a research paper assignment, formulating or blending products, or other reinforcement activities, will be required each week. The total amount of additional time required varies depending on the student’s previous familiarity with the topic, learning style, and mastery of the material. Students should be prepared to spend 9+ hours per week for a 30 hour class and 15+ hours per week for a 50 hour class.