Online Courses

Online Degrees and Programs

The following programs can be completed entirely online:

Many other programs offer online courses for a significant portion of the program requirements.

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Academic students

To view courses, visit the class search page and choose "Online" or "Virtual" for the location. Academic students have applied to and been accepted by MTC.

Training students

MTC offers online classes taught by local instructors in virtual and online formats. MTC also provides online options through a network of qualified, national instructors from LERN and EdGo. To view our online courses, visit here and click on the topic you are interested in for a complete course description.

To register, contact the Corporate and Continuing Education Registration Office at 803.732.0432 or

What's the difference between academic programs and training programs?
Only academic programs provide college credit, transfer to four-year colleges and universities, and are eligible for federal financial aid (FAFSA). Training programs can be completed in a matter of weeks or months. These are not eligible for federal financial aid, but they may qualify for other scholarships and grant funds.

Types of Online Courses

MTC offers online courses in three formats.

Online courses: delivered via the internet and do not have a set daily class schedule. However, you will likely have regular deadlines you must meet each week during the semester.

Virtual courses: delivered online, through free, downloadable web conferencing software and allow you to see, hear, and speak with your instructors in real-time. These courses meet at set times during the week, similar to a traditional on-campus class.

Hybrid courses: feature both on-campus and online learning. Some learning activities will take place online, but classes will meet on-campus on regularly scheduled days and times as well.​

Required Online Orientation Course (Virtual Backpack)

Before registering for an online academic class for the first time, you will need to complete the short, free, and fast Virtual Backpack course. It is not required for hybrid courses, but we strongly recommend you complete it before registering for those courses. This short online course will help introduce you to the structure of online courses and give you some of the technical knowledge you will need to succeed in online classes. Once you have been assigned a D2L account, you will automatically be enrolled in the Virtual Backpack course and can access it by logging into D2L.

Are you a prospective MTC student who is interested in taking online courses? Use the following credentials to demo the Virtual Backpack. Keep in mind that if you enroll at MTC at a later date you will need to complete the Virtual Backpack under your own account prior to enrolling in online courses.

Demo login:
Demo username: BackpackDemo ​
Demo password: BackpackDemo

What to Know Before You Register

There are many benefits to taking online and hybrid courses, including fewer trips to campus, flexible scheduling, and a relaxed learning environment. However, keep in mind that online and hybrid courses demand that you be self-motivated and proactive. Also, online delivery does not mean the workload is less than a face-to-face course nor does it mean that there are no due dates or attendance requirements. There will be an assignment schedule to follow and instructors will verify attendance through the assigned online activities.

You must have access to reliable internet service to take online or hybrid courses. It is also imperative that you have basic computer skills, such as navigating the internet, sending emails, using D2L Brightspace, and using common computer software such as Microsoft Word.

Four days before the semester begins, be sure to log into D2L Brightspace to access your course syllabi, assignments, and all other information related to the course. Unless otherwise noted, it is very important to have the textbook and all required class materials by the first day of class.

MTC does not charge any additional fees for distance education courses. However, if a student needs to take a proctored assessment/test at a location other than an MTC site, the institution where proctoring is provided may charge a fee. The student is responsible for these fees which may vary from site to site.

To find the class preregistration pages, please search for your class here.

If you have any questions regarding your class, contact your instructor immediately.

If you are an otherwise qualified student with a documented disability, please contact Disability Services as soon as possible prior to the first day of class to request accommodations.

Student Complaints

In compliance with U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) rules, an institution offering distance education must provide enrolled and prospective students with contact information for filing complaints with its accrediting agency and with the appropriate state agency for handling complaints in the student's state. Please visit the Student Complaints page for information about the student grievance process.

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