Credit Online

Frederick Community College now offers dozens of courses via the Internet. You’ll need Internet access with an Internet browser , and CD-Rom capabilities on your computer for some classes. You should expect to spend as much time in your online courses as in a campus course.

Degree programs,

You can complete degree programs at the associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degree levels from FCC and other accredited colleges and universities affiliated with FCC. All Distance Learning courses receive full academic credit.

Credit courses,
Students who find it difficult to attend courses on campus may find our distance education programs a good alternative. On-campus meeting requirements are minimal and the formats allow you, the learner, to complete coursework in a variety of flexible ways.

  • FCC Online Course List - Online learning represents an exciting new way to learn and allows students with busy schedules to engage in learning anytime, anyplace with minimal on campus requirements.
  • Maryland Online -- a consortium of Maryland community colleges and universities, Maryland Online offers you the opportunity to complete certificates and degree programs online. It also represents a cooperative effort among Maryland's community colleges to share distance learning classes. These shared courses allow FCC to offer a greater selection of distance learning courses - all taught by excellent faculty from around the state and administered through FCC.
  • Quality Matters
    Frederick Community College has adopted the standards of Quality Matters, a nationally recognized Peer Review protocol, to create and monitor the design of its online and hybrid courses. Many of our courses have already been reviewed and carry the QM quality logo. Learn more about QM at
    1. QM Design Standards
    2. QM Home Website
    3. QM Foundations

How do I know if online learning is right for me?

Keep in mind the following factors:

  • Time Commitments–don’t be fooled into thinking that online courses require less time...after all it’s just working on a computer, right? Wrong…reading, writing, reflecting, discussing, and studying are still requirements of online courses. You should be prepared to spend at least as much time on an online course as an on campus course.
  • Successful Student Characteristics – Successful online learners are independent learners who are motivated and self-disciplined. The ability to learn and study independently, and keep up with assignments and tests is required for a successful online experience.
  • Instructor Interaction – Because your communications with an instructor won’t be "live" you may not have as immediate feedback from an instructor as you’re used to. Online students need to feel comfortable requesting clarification of instructions and assignments.
  • Take a simple assessment of your readiness for online learning

Will I ever have to come to campus if I’m taking an online course?

On campus meeting requirements vary from course to course. For example, some courses may have optional introductory sessions but may require that students come on campus for exams. Be sure to review the on campus requirements for any course you are considering.

What hardware and software do I need to take an online course?

To participate in an online course you will need:

  • Off campus Internet access with an Internet browser (Firefox / Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 or higher)
  • An FCC e-mail address

Before registering for a course, make sure to review any software requirements. For example, some courses may require that students have access to particular software applications such as Office 2007.

It will also be helpful to have a back up plan in case you have technical difficulties and are unable to use your computer for an extended period of time.

What technical skills do I need?

Students should have basic familiarity with the Internet, including locating web sites, downloading files, participating in chats or discussion lists using e-mail, including attaching files to e-mail communications and cutting/pasting from files into an e-mail.

How can I review course requirements of an online course?

Credit Courses and Programs

  • You can take courses and programs at the associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s degree levels from FCC and other accredited colleges and universities. All distance learning courses receive full academic credit. Many are offered through partnerships between FCC and other institutions.

Noncredit Courses and Programs

  • FCC's continuing education/customized training division offers a range of noncredit distance education courses in business, management, and technology. These courses do not grant college credits, and are designed to meet the training needs of today's workplace. For more information, please consult CECT Distance Courses.

Quality Matters

The advantage of distance learning is that it enables you to learn when it's convenient for you, and on-campus attendance is minimal.