COVID-19 information and how to get ready for Summer and Fall 2021
Expand your options through Bristol Online. You can customize your learning experience to match your educational goals, learning styles, and add some flexibility to your busy schedule.
Bristol faculty. Bristol quality. Bristol Online classes are taught by the same on-campus instructors, bringing their valuable experience to both classrooms – virtual or on location.
Flexible classes. Are you balancing a career, a family, or other commitments? Bristol Online is designed for you. Take classes on your own time and make progress toward a degree in a way that works for you! Fully online as well as hybrid (online and on-campus) options are available.
Personalized support. Our tech support is here for you whenever you need it. Bristol Online is locally based – we use local instructors and provide local tech support. If it’s academic support you are looking for, Bristol students have access to 24/7 online tutoring, in addition to on-campus academic resources.
Opportunity. With one of the largest online and digital learning programs in the area, Bristol Online offers a wide range of course options and degrees offered 100% online and in a hybrid (blended) format.
- Learn more about the Bristol Online course offerings.
- See all Bristol Online programs and certificates.
- Assess your readiness for online and digital learning.
- Prepare for online and digital learning by attending an eLearning Orientation Session.
- Get answers to frequently asked questions about online and digital learning at Bristol.
To access your Bristol Online courses log into accessBCC and then click the eLearning link located under the LAUNCHPAD located on the left-hand side of the page. If you have not yet logged in, make sure you click the link to “Set up My Account.”
View the eLearning Quick Start Guide for helpful getting started information, or watch this short video tutorial:
If you have questions or need help getting started please fill out this form.
You can also give Bristol Online a call at 774.357.2081.
State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA)
The U.S. Department of Education requires higher education institutions to be authorized to provide post-secondary educational instruction in their states. Many of these state laws and regulations also apply to online, distance, and correspondence educational instruction offered in that state.
Bristol Community College is a member of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). SARA is an agreement among member states, districts, and territories of the United States. It establishes national standards for the interstate offering of distance education courses and programs. It simplifies the process of taking online classes at an institution of higher education based in another state. The New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) is one of four regional education compacts and is the compact that administers SARA for institutions located in Massachusetts. A national council (NC-SARA) oversees SARA and the regional compacts.
Bristol Community College was approved by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to participate in SARA, and became a SARA institution in November 2019. At this time, only California is not a member state. If you reside in California and are interested in taking an online class at Bristol, please contact Admissions at 774.357.2947or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For Massachusetts Residents and Online Students in Non-SARA Member States and Territories
After you have exhausted the complaint procedures made available by Bristol Community College, located at Student Complaints, if your complaint has not been resolved, you may file a consumer complaint with the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education by using the consumer complaint form. The DHE consumer complaint form should be used by students who are located in:
- Non-SARA Member States or Territories (e.g., California, Guam, etc.)
For Online Students Located in SARA Member States and Territories
After you have exhausted the complaint procedures made available by Bristol Community College, located at Student Complaints, if your complaint has not been resolved, you may file a complaint with the DHE by using the SARA complaint form. The DHE SARA complaint form should be used by students who are located in SARA member states and territories. This includes all students who are located in SARA member states and territories for the purposes of completing out-of-state learning placements, such as internships, practica, clinical experiences, etc. in SARA member states and territories outside Massachusetts.
Additional information from the DHE’s SARA complaint website is below:
The SARA complaint process is as follows:
- Students must first attempt to resolve their complaint using internal administrative procedures offered by the SARA institution.
- After all administrative remedies have been exhausted with the MA-SARA institution, the student may submit a SARA Complaint via the URL below.
- The Department shall send a copy of the complaint to the institution that is the subject of the complaint;
- Within 30 days of the date that the Department sends a copy of the complaint to the institution, the institution must provide a written response to the student and the Department.
More information about DHE’s complaint processes can be found here.