Distance Learning

Distance Learning at Rappahannock Community College is an education format (course, certificate, degree, or other) that allows a student to complete all or most of his or her program from wherever there is Internet access. Distance Learning courses receive the same credit as a student that completes the program on campus.


Distance Learning — Fall 2018 semester classes:

Starting on August 27, you can take classes in our Fall 2018 semester! Add a class with us this summer, and transfer it back to your four-year school, or begin a program with us.

Art (ART)

    Communications Studies (CST)

      English Fundamentals (ENF)

      Humanities (HUM)

        Marketing (MKT)


          Types of Distance Learning Courses at RCC

          Online Courses
          Most Online Courses are taught via the Internet through Blackboard an online course management tool. All courses require a minimum of two proctored tests at an RCC site.

          Hybrid Courses
          Hybrid Courses are a blend of traditional and distance learning courses. These courses will use a significant amount of time with course learning online and, as a result, reduce the amount of classroom seat time.

          Interactive Video
          Interactive Video, or “I.V.” for short, courses are more like traditional courses. Class attendance is required; students and faculty interact over high-speed communication lines and televisions.

          Test Proctoring
          All Online Courses are required to have two (2) proctored activities. These are often two tests (ex. Midterm and Final exams).  These may be taken for no fee at any RCC Testing Center.   If you need to take a test at an off-campus (non-RCC)  location, please use the Distance Learning off-campus request form [PDF]

          Optional online proctoring using the Proctor-U service does have a fee charged to the student by the company.  Please click on Proctor-U for more information.


          National Council of State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements

          National Council of State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements

          Rappahannock Community College is an approved institution of the National Council of State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA).

          Policies and Requirements for Distance Learning Courses

          Student Academic Grievance Procedure
          Students who wish to file a complaint are expected to follow the Student Grievance Process for Academic and Non-Academic. This procedure defines the rights of students in settling problems and differences through an orderly grievance procedure.

          Filing a Complaint to SCHEV
          As a last resort, students may file a formal complaint with the State Council for Higher Education in Virginia (SCHEV), this includes all distance learning students from SARA states. Detailed information about SCHEV’s formal student complaint procedure, the types of complaints they will not address, or to file a written “Student Complaint Form” with the agency can be found on the SCHEV Student Complaint.


          New Student Orientation

          Most online courses will feature their own specific orientation to how the instructor will conduct the class. To view your course orientation login to myRCC and access your Blackboard course if available. All online classes will be available in Blackboard by the first day the course starts, but may also be made available earlier.

          If you have questions about any RCC Technology, please contact the Help Desk or call the Technology Office at 804-333-6786.

          Technology Support:

          For additional questions, please contact the RCC Helpdesk.