Shawnee Community college operates on the semester plan with two regularly scheduled semesters of instruction per academic year plus one summer session.
One semester hour of credit represents the work done by a student on a lecture course attended one hour per week for one regular semester. In laboratory and activity courses, additional class time is required for each semester hour.
Intersession classes are scheduled between the spring and summer semesters.
Late start classes are regularly scheduled each fall and spring semester.