NSCC offers online and hybrid courses.
It is is not for everyone. Although the courses provide flexibility and convenience, they require self-discipline and self-motivation. To find out if distance learning is a good choice for you, take our short quiz.
In an online course, all instructional activities are completed in an online environment. Online courses require no visits to campus for class sessions. However, students may be required to take proctored tests on-campus or in another proctored testing facility.
Hybrid courses are taught partially online and partially on campus. These courses require attendance at scheduled sessions on-campus or at clinical locations. Some courses may have as few as two face-to-face; others may meet on a regular basis (as often as once a week). Please check the meeting requirements for your course prior to registering.
The enrollment procedures are the same as traditional courses. Visit the registration page to learn more.
Through MCO, we partner with other Massachusetts colleges to offer a broader selection of online courses. If you are enrolled in a course that has a section code of MOL, you register and receive your grades through NSCC, but the course is taught by a faculty member at another Massachusetts community college. If you register for one of these courses, you will receive information in the U.S. mail and via email on how to access your course. Contact us if you have questions.
No. There are no additional charges.
Yes, if you qualify. You should talk to a financial aid counselor.
Yes, you can. Please see our complete list of online degrees and certificates for more details.
Yes. Distance courses appear on your transcript just as traditional courses do.
Yes. You can develop a schedule of courses that mixes distance courses with other options.
You will find that taking an online or hybrid course is academically challenging because most of the work is done on an independent basis. This requires a major time commitment to read print materials, become familiar with audio-visuals, prepare assignments, complete projects, and take examinations. You are expected to spend at least 3 hours per credit per week (e.g., 3-credit course = 9 hours per week)
Each instructor schedules telephone conference hours or email communication.
You submit assignments online, electronically, or at drop-off points on campus, depending on the course and instructor.
The instructor determines the evaluation procedures. Some instructors use take-home examinations; others require proctored testing with flexible scheduling at our Testing Center. For students who do not live locally, you can make alternative proctoring arrangements.
Yes. You need access to the Internet and you should have basic word processing and computer skills such as downloading and attaching documents. Many audio and telecourses also require regular use of a computer. The college has open computer labs in Danvers and Lynn that you can use, but you will find it difficult to meet your deadlines if you rely solely on access to the computer labs.
Please see our computer requirements page for details.
No, you will have deadlines to meet but you can work on them at times that fit into your schedule.
Our distance courses are not self-paced. You will have deadlines for submitting assignments each week (or more often) and your fellow students will have the same deadlines. You can work on those assignments whenever you would like throughout the week, though.
It depends on the instructor. Some instructors hold on-site orientations or require proctored testing at our testing centers. For students who do not live locally, you can make alternative proctoring arrangements.
First, please contact us to let us know which courses you're interested in so we can consider offering them in the future. Then you can visit the Massachusetts College Online web site to see offerings from other community colleges across the state.