Virtual Campus FAQ

Online Frequently Asked Questions. 

Click on the question below for more information: 

Are there any technology requirements?

Click here to view technology requirements and information about technology used by NCC students.

Do online courses require on-campus testing or any other in-person requirements?

Some courses require students to complete off-campus field experiences such as observations, research projects, internships, or other practical experiences. Students can contact Admissions (610-861-5500 or adminfo@northampton.edu) for information on field experience requirements for specific programs. 

During the Fall 2020, Winter 2020, and Spring 2021 semesters, there will be no in-person proctored testing requirements. All proctored testing will be conducted online. 

Beyond those semesters noted above, typically, a small selection of online courses require proctored testing. Some courses require students to take only a proctored final exam. Others require multiple proctored exams throughout the semester. Proctored testing means that exams must be taken under the supervision of a proctor. Proctored testing is done at the NCC Testing Center

To find out if proctored testing and/or any special requirements are required for your courses, complete this brief form to access an informational page. Refer to the "Special Requirements" section on that page for any proctored testing requirements. You can also contact your instructor to ask if proctored testing is required. 

NOTE: If you live more than 50 miles from both campuses, you may be able to arrange for an off-campus proctored testing location. Use this form to propose a testing location closer to you. This proposal should be electronically submitted at least two weeks in advance of the exam date. Please note that you will be responsible for any costs involved.

How much does it cost to take an online course? Can I used financial Aid?

Online course tuition is equivalent to on-campus course tuition. Specific details on tution costs are listed here.

Because financial aid varies for each individual, we strongly recommend that you can contact the Financial Aid Office at 610-861-5510 to discuss your financial aid options.

When will I be expected to attend class?

Online courses are offered year round. This includes Spring, Mid-Spring, Summer, Fall, Mid-Fall, and Winter.

Some online courses ("online blended" and "remote") require students to meet online in real-time on a set schedule. Attendance and participation in these courses is measured both by participation in live online sessions as well as how often you log into the course web site and by completion of required weekly activities. You can access the course at your convenience to complete your coursework each week following your class syllabus.

Other online courses do not include real-time online meetings. Attendance and participation in these courses are measured by how often you log into the course web site and by completion of required weekly activities. You can access the course at your convenience to complete your coursework each week following your class syllabus. 

How do I enroll in an online course(s) or an online degree or certificate program?

Students who would like to register for a course should follow the registration procedures listed on the Registration page.

Online courses are offered year round. This includes Spring, Mid-Spring, Summer, Fall, Mid-Fall, and Winter. Click here to access lists of online courses being offered during specific upcoming semesters as well as semester start dates. 

Lastly, you can locate courses through the Course Search page. Here, you’ll be able to view the instructor, start date, end date, and text book information for courses. 

When do I access my online class content?

Typically, students can accessing their individual course pages on Blackboard starting 2-3 days before the start date of each class.

Course start dates vary. Click here for a quick tutorial that will show you how to check your course start date. 2-3 days before the first day of your course, you'll be able to log in to Blackboard and click on your course(s) listed under the "My Courses" heading.

PLEASE NOTE: For first-time NCC students, there is a delay between enrolling in a course and getting access to Blackboard. There can also be a delay for students who are returning to NCC after taking multiple semesters off. You will have Blackboard access by the time your course starts. If you still do not have access on the first day of your course(s), contact OnlineLearning@northampton.edu immediately for assistance.

Can I take developmental English courses online?

Some students are required to complete developmental English courses (ACLS050 & ENGL027) and/or "Skills for Academic Success" (COLS150) before enrolling in college-level English courses. Typically, ACLS050, ENGL027, and COLS150 are only available in an on-campus format.

In response to COVID-19, course sections of ACLS050, COLS150, ENGL027 are being offered in online formats during the Spring 2021 semester.

If you have questions about developmental course requirements, contact the Academic Advising Office.

How do online courses compare to on-campus courses? How will online learning work for me?

Most online learning students juggle busy schedules, work full- or part-time, have children, or can't easily get to campus. Online learning is for students who are motivated, work well independently and are comfortable using a computer. Check with your academic advisor to make sure the courses offered fit into your curriculum.

Online courses are offered in 3 different formats (online, remote, and online blended).

  • Click here for more information on the different course formats.
  • Click here to take a short quiz that will provide you suggestions on which NCC course format (including online options) can best support your specific needs and preferences. 
  • Click here to take a short quiz that will give you feedback on online learning in general. It will suggest challenges you might experience based on your personal preferences. For each challenge, you will be provided with college resources and other assistance that can support you to be a successful online student. 

How do I order textbooks and other course materials?

You have several options to find out what textbooks and materials are required for your course.

One option is to locate each course through the Course Search page.

  1. Find the section you are interested in.
  2. Click the “textbook” link listed for it.
  3. A new window will open that will provide text book information.
  4. Go back to the previous page, click into the course section which is a hyperlink (example: “ENGL101-WA”).
  5. A new window will open that lists course details. 
  6. Review the “note” section to see if it lists additional required materials.

You can also access this information by logging into MyNCC and clicking the “My Registration Icon”.

  1. On the next page, make sure that you select the correct semester from the drop-down menu.
  2. Scroll to your schedule at the bottom of the page.
  3. Click the “textbook” link listed alongside your course and a new window will open that will provide text book information.
  4. Go back to the previous page, click into the course section which is a hyperlink (example: “ENGL101-WA”).
  5. A new window will open that lists course details. 
  6. Review the “note” section to see if it lists additional required materials.