What if a course I want is not available online through BHC?

All AA and AS degree requirements can be completed online. BHC currently offers close to 100 courses online, with more being added regularly. Online courses not yet available in some academic programs can be taken on campus or online through BHC’s partner community colleges. Contact an advisor for information about locating these classes online.

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How long will it take to finish my degree?

The AA and AS degrees require 64 credit hours. The length of time it takes to complete the degree depends upon how many credit hours you plan to take each semester, whether you plan to take classes in the summer, how much prior course work you transfer in, etc. To plan the most efficient schedule […]

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Can I apply credit hours that I have already earned to this online degree, if they were not online classes?

If your courses were earned at a regionally accredited institution and meet the requirements of the online degree you select at BHC, you can apply them to the degree, even if the credits were not earned online. To determine if they meet the requirements, contact the college where you took the classes to have your […]

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Are all AA/AS online degrees the same?

No. It’s important to determine if the online degree you are considering is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. See the list of accredited colleges. Online student support services vary greatly from school to school. For example, does the school you’re considering provide online tutoring, advising, Library assistance, and other online support services for […]

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How can I be sure that my course plan will transfer to a four-year school eventually?

All four-year schools have their own transfer requirements for various majors. Our advisors at BHC have researched these options. We recommend that you review your course plan with an advisor who knows your transfer plans prior to starting your degree. If you are unsure about where you plan to transfer to or what major you […]

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Which CMS should I use? Do I need an access code?

Two course management systems (CMS) are common at BHC. Each online course uses one of them. You can access courses using Canvas through myBlackHawk in your a few classes at BHC use Course Compass or Moodle as their CMS once you have registered. Most online courses at BHC use this CMS. A few classes at BHC […]

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Will I need to take tests in a proctored environment?

Some online classes may require you to take tests in the Testing Center (formerly ILC) at the QC Campus in Moline or the East Campus in Kewanee, or other approved site where a proctor is near by. Some proctor locations may charge a proctoring fee. See the Proctor Approval Form for instructions on how to arrange […]

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How do I order my books for my online classes?

To order the textbook or course packet required for your courses, you may place your order online and have the books shipped to you. Visa and MasterCard are accepted. Questions? Contact the bookstore at the Quad Cities campus at 309-796-5500 or 800-334-1311, ext. 5500. If you will be purchasing your books with Financial Aid dollars, […]

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When can I gain access to my online course(s)?

Prior to the start of the semester, instructors send an e-mail to your BHC e-mail address about how to get started. Most courses do not “go live” until the first day of the semester. However, some instructors request that you login a few days ahead or complete some orientation activities online. Consult the BHC e-mail […]

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What do I do if I don’t hear from my instructor prior to the start of the semester?

E-mail your instructor! You can locate his or her e-mail address in the printed schedule book next to your course listing or from the online directory in myBlackHawk. If you don’t know who your instructor is, go to the online class schedule, search for your class, and note the listed instructor’s name there. It is […]

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