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How to Determine How Many Classes to Take

Your work schedule, your other outside responsibilities and your individual strengths and/or weaknesses as a student should be factored into determining the number of classes you enroll in each semester.

Remember that for each hour you spend IN class you will have up to 2-3 hours of preparation work OUT of class. These are recommended course loads.

  • If you work 30 – 40 hours or more/week, consider taking no more than one or two classes, or up to 5 credits per semester.
  • If you work 20 – 30 hours/week, consider taking no more than 2-3 classes, or up to 6-9 credits per semester.
  • If you work 10 – 20 hours/week, consider taking no more than 3-4 classes, or up to 9-12 credits per semester.
  • If you work less than 10 hours/week, consider taking 4 or more classes, or up to 12-15 credits per semester.
Understanding Program Requirement Guides

Program Requirement Guides are designed to assist students in academic and career plans. Our Program Requirements Guides provide the following information:

  • Minimum Program Entry Requirements
  • Recommended Course Sequence and
  • Program Outcomes.

On each program guide you will find a vital information regarding your program as well as information about who the Program Advisors are and the courses required for completion of the program. Some programs require stud​ents to complete all minimum entry requirements before beginning the program courses while others allow students to take program courses while completing the entry requirements.

Students are strongly encouraged to work closely with their Pathway Advisors and their Program Faculty to determine which courses to register for and when. Associate in Arts (AA) degree students, Health Broad Field AS degree students, and students who intend to transfer are strongly encouraged to work with the Advising Center to plan for registration.

View Program Require​ment Guides

Using DARS (Degree Audit Reporting System) to help plan for registration

DARS is a Degree Audit Reporting System and electronically checks a student’s courses with the academic requirements of a program. A DARS audit provides students with current and accurate transfer and course information to enhance their degree and program planning. With DARS, students are able to self-advise or work with an advisor to plan courses for degree completion. Use DARS each semester to help plan for registration.

For more information about DARS and a tutorial on how to read a DARS report,
go to View D​egree ​Au​dit​ Report.​

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