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SBCC online courses offer an excellent opportunity for busy students to pursue their educational goals at times and locations convenient to them. These courses are offered over the Internet, and in most cases do not require on-campus attendance. Online courses have the same content and satisfy the same academic requirements as their on-campus counterparts.

Online Student Success
Online courses are rigorous and require a clear commitment. To succeed in such an environment you need to be an independent learner, well-organized, disciplined and constantly on task.  Students should check the online course descriptions at for information about making initial contact with the instructor of the course.

On-Campus Attendance
Online courses have varying on-campus attendance requirements, as dictated by the instructor:
•     Fully online courses require no on-campus meetings or exams but may require students to take exams in a proctored setting.
•     Partially online courses may require attendance at on-campus orientations and exams, or have regular meeting times.

Students are advised to check the online course descriptions at for information on each section’s attendance requirements.

Fully Online Programs
The following online degrees and certificates are offered completely online:
• Liberal Studies (A.A.)
• Natural History (A.A.)
• Cancer Information Management (A.S., Cert.)
• Health Information Technology (A.S.)
• Medical Coding Specialist (Cert.)
• Medical Reimbursement Specialist (Cert.)

Technical Requirements
All online courses require that students have access to a computer with an Internet connection and a recommended web browser in order to log-in to their course websites. Information on specific requirements is located at Please note that Modern Languages courses may require that a student use a computer with sound capabilities.

Support for Classes
While taking an online class, students will be able to get help and support from several sources: Instructional assistance is provided for students by the course instructor and online instructional aides who may be assisting the class. Technical assistance is available through the Online College for students who need help with logging in to their online classes, correctly configuring their web browser, or registering for their online classes.

Accessibility assistance for disabled students is available through Disabled Student Programs/Services (DSPS). Contact the DSPS office for details.

Additional Information
Course schedules, technical requirements and registration information can be found online at For support, call 965-0581, ext. 2949 or e-mail

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