Now that you have a better idea of what our online programs are like, it’s time to get started. We’ve provided a step-by-step process of how you can start learning online at Broward College.
1. Apply to BC
2. Take Placement Test
For information on BC Online's placement testing procedures, click here.
Non-exempt students must take the required placement test and all developmental courses based on the scores. Broward College uses the Postsecondary Education Readiness Test (PERT), as its primary placement mechanism in English, reading, and math, but also accepts SAT, ACT, and Accuplacer scores. Scores must be less than 2 years old to be considered valid.
3. Talk with an Advisor
Plan your time at Broward College wisely by talking with your advisor. To prepare for the conversation, email your advisor your unofficial transcripts and review the career pathways and degree options available with Broward College Online.
4. Browse Classes
- Search by course number
- Type in a course ID/number (Ex.: ENC1101 or ENC)
- Under “Campus” choose “Broward College Online”
- Search by Subject Area
- Use the drop down menu to select the Subject Area
- Under “Campus” select “Broward College Online”
5. Read the Course Notes and Course Preview Page
All online courses have something called Course Notes. These notes appear under the course on the Course Schedules page. Within the notes, you should see a URL (website address) for a Course Preview Page. The Preview Page includes important information to help you decide which courses to take and also be prepared for class. Preview Pages include information about required proctored exams and required texts and other materials.
6. Register and Pay for Classes
After choosing the classes you would like to take, log into myBC to register and pay for your courses.
7. Prepare Your Computer
Prior to your first day of online classes, double check your computer system to ensure that you have all the necessary hardware and software requirements. Review the information in the links below so you can upgrade your system or download missing software as needed:
8. Get Books
Order your required textbooks online or pick them up in person at one of our on-campus bookstores.
9. Start Learning!
You’ve registered for class, stocked up on books, added software to your computer—it looks like you’re ready to start class! Go to the D2L login page on the first day of the term to begin your online learning experience.
You will not be able to login to class before the first day of the term. Also, many faculty members require you to complete an online orientation within the first week of class. Log in early and be sure to complete the first week's requirements, or else you risk being withdrawn.
10. Finish What You Start
Don't forget to log in at least four times per week to keep up with your assignments, discussions, and other course requirements. Once you fall behind, it's very difficult to get caught up, so dedicate specific times during the week when you can study in a quiet place away from any distractions.