The normal academic course load for students is 15–17 credits per semester. The minimum full-time academic load is 12 credits, and the normal maximum full-time load is 18 credits or 19 if one is a one-credit Student Development (SDV) course. To enroll in more than 18 credits, students must have a 3.00 grade point average or higher on the last 12 credits or most recent semester of full-time enrollment completed at NOVA or another accredited college or university, and the approval of the dean of students at their primary campus. In the case of students with considerable professional experience, successful completion of college-level training may substitute for the credit hour and GPA requirement. Approval for an overload based on professional training may be granted by the dean of students in consultation with the appropriate program head/assistant dean.