Does the program have an orientation?
Yes. Upon acceptance to the program, students will receive a Lynchburg College email address, user ID and password to access MyLC. Here they can register for classes and access our Moodle course delivery platform. Students will be enrolled in an online orientation via our Moodle platform. The orientation will include both written and video material covering the College’s support services including library access, information about financial aid eligibility and procedures, course registration procedures, navigating Moodle, and an orientation about online and on-campus education at Lynchburg College. In addition, there will be modules for program specific information such as program specific policies and videos discussing how the curriculum and student expectations.In addition, there will be a module in the orientation titled “Are you ready for Online Learning?” to gauge student preparedness for working through the online module of our courses. As part of the orientation, students will take a Moodle quiz to gauge their understanding of how to use our course delivery software. They will then schedule a meeting online with an advisor to discuss their goals for the program and craft a learning plan. Upon completion of the learning plan they will be ready to register for classes and begin the program.
Can I complete the program in one year?
Yes. The program is designed with the possibility for completion in one year. To complete the program in one year, students will need to complete each course in two weeks and progress to the next available offering of the following course. Failure of a course or taking the longer 4 week course, will limit the ability to complete the entire program in one year.
Can I complete the program entirely online?
Yes. The program can be completed online. While the program is designed so that students can take advantage of our faculty expertise in person and work with other students through hands-on projects, it is possible for students to complete the second half of each course online and be assessed by faculty online.
Can I see the course curriculum before enrolling?
Yes, for the first course. All admitted students will have access to the materials from the first course in each sequence. Students will be able to see the level of expectation for the curriculum prior to registering for the first course.
What is the time commitment for each course?
Each course requires approximately 40 hours of work during the online module and approximately 50 hours during the second hybrid module. The time spent online may vary based on an individual student’s prerequisite knowledge. During the hybrid session, students will spend a majority of the 50 hours working on IT projects online or in our Center for Cybersecurity with other students and faculty.
Do I have to complete the online module in one week?
No. The program offers sections of each course that are four weeks in duration with the online module lasting for 3 weeks for those students whose life circumstances require a longer period of time for the online module.
Do I get a refund if I withdraw during the online module?
If a student withdraws during the online portion of the course, refund eligibility will be based on the time enrolled in the course as a percentage of the enrollment period for the course with refunds prorated based on Lynchburg College’s refund policy for a standard 15 week semester. For example, a student withdrawing after week one of a four week course will have completed 25% of the course, equivalent to 3.75 weeks of a 15 week semester and would be refunded 50% of their tuition.
What is the cost associated with the program?
The tuition is $1,500 per course for a total of $15,000 for the entire certificate. In addition, a General Technology fee of $5.10 per credit hour applies.
Is a deposit required?
A deposit of $100 is required and is credited to the tuition for the first class.
Can I use financial aid for this program?
Students enrolling in at least 6 credit hours (3 courses) in a particular term are eligible for financial aid. Should a student drop below 6 credit hours in the term, financial aid amounts and eligibility will be affected.
Is the GRE required for admission?
Is there housing available near campus?
Yes. In addition to on-campus housing options, Lynchburg College has a close working relationship with Acorn Hill Lodge (located less than 1 mile from campus) to provide accommodations for faculty and students on a temporary basis.
Is there on-campus housing available for this program?
Yes, on a limited basis. On-campus graduate housing is available on a limited, first-come first serve basis. Lynchburg College has arrangements with local hotels to provide discounted rates for our students. Please contact the Office of Graduate Studies for more information.
What happens if I fail the final online exam?
Students failing the online final exam are eligible to retake the exam one time. If the student passes the online exam the second time they will then be eligible to attend the the second half of the course. If this offering falls after their scheduled course dates, they will receive an incomplete for the course and will make arrangements to complete the second portion of the course with a different section or with a different class at the discretion of the faculty. Students who fail the online exam the second time will be withdrawn from the course if the second failure occurs prior to the end of the course. If the second failure occurs after the course end date, the student fails the course. For example, for a course running from August 7-August 19, the student would typically take the final online exam on August 12. They would have until August 19 to retake the exam to receive a W upon a second failure. After August 19, a second failure would result in an F.
What happens if I fail the final course exam?
Students failing the final course exam may apply to re-examine once. The student must submit a re-examination application along with a $250 re-examination fee. The student will receive a grade of E (conditional failure) until the re-examination is conducted. If the student chooses not to re-examine or fails the final exam a second time, the student will receive a grade of F for the course.