Frequently Asked Questions

1.    What courses are offered online?

GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES

The purpose of the General Education courses at Blue Mountain College are to prepare students for a lifetime of learning.  Inspired by and consistent with the mission as a Christian College, the courses are designed to instill basic skills, knowledge, and attitudes deemed necessary for discipline study, global awareness, personal development, and reasoned response to a changing world.  This educational experience should assist students as they build academic majors and minors and pursue meaningful careers in service to God and one another.  All of the general education courses offered in the online format are required in degree programs at Blue Mountain College. 

Blue Mountain College offers Dual Enrollment courses whereby early admission may be granted an applicant who has completed the junior year in high school and has a favorable recommendation from a teacher and/or a high school counselor.  In addition, the applicant must meet at least two of the following requirements:

1.  Have GPA of 3.0 of above
2.  Have a consistently "proficient" score in the state testing program
3.  Have an ACT score of 20 or above
4.  Have a class rank within the top 10 % of their class.

   
    BY 184 General Biology I
    BY 184L General Biology I Laboratory
    BY 185 General Biology II
    BY 185L General Biology II Laboratory

    EC 320 Macroeconomics
    EC 321 Microeconomics

    ED 340 Tests and Measurements

    EN 100 English Composition I
    EN 101 English Composition II
    EN 210 English Literature I
    EN 211 English Literature II

    GG 307 World Regional Geography

    HI 110 Western Civilization I
    HI 111 Western Civilization II
    HI 210 Early U.S. History
    HI 211 Modern U.S. History

    MA 110 College Algebra
    MA 140 Elementary Statistics

    MU 142 Music Appreciation

    PE 412 Adapted Physical Education

    PH 207 Survey of Earth and Environmental Science

    PY 100 Introduction to Psychology

    RL 100 Old Testament
    RL 101 Old Testament
    RL 200 New Testament
    RL 201 New Testament

    SO 220 Introduction to Sociology
    SO 424 Problems of Today's Society

SPECIAL EDUCATION (SE) COURSES

Blue Mountain College through an approved program with the Mississippi Department of Education (MDE), offers a number of courses leading to a supplemental endorsement in elementary and secondary Mild/Moderate Disability.  The elementary supplemental K-8, which can only be added to an elementary license, may be obtained by completing 18 semester hours.  The secondary supplemental endorsement, 7-12, which can be added to a secondary or special subject area license, may be obtained by completing 21 semester hours.  A K-12 Mild/Moderate Disability supplemental endorsement may be obtained by completing the non-overlapping 27 semester hours of course work.

    SE 420 Introduction to Special Education Credit
    SE 422 Education and Psychology of Mildly and Moderately Disabled Credit
    SE 424 Classroom and Behavior Management (Same as ED 424) Credit
    SE 434 Problems of Teaching Students with Disabilities Credit
    SE 436 Assessment and Curriculum Development for the Mildly/Moderately Disabled Student
    SE 440 Inclusion of the Mildly/Moderately Disabled in the Regular Classroom Credit
    SE 450 Assessment and Curriculum Development for Mildly/Moderately Disabled Secondary Student
    SE 454 Transition from the Classroom to Career and Independent Living Credit

2.    Is there a limit to the number of online courses I can take?

Traditional, on-ground students may take no more than one three credit hour online course per semester unless approved by the Department Chair and the Vice President for Academic Affairs and then only under extenuating circumstances.

3.    What are fees?

Tuition for three-hour course: $1080 (includes Registration fee)
Online Processing Fee per course: $109
Total cost for a three-hour course: $1189

Blue Mountain College Mississippi Teacher Scholarship:
Blue Mountain College has instituted a teacher scholarship program to assist Mississippi teachers seeking certification Special Education.  The total cost of a three-hour online course for Mississippi teachers seeking certification in Special Education is $600 instead of the regular cost of $1089.  Mississippi Teachers who wish to take advantage of BMC's Teacher Scholarship Program should check the appropriate block on the application form.

4.    How do I pay for my courses?

Once a student registers for a course, the Office of Business Affairs will send the student a bill via email.  The student may pay the bill by cash, check or credit card.  No student will be given access to the online course until the bill is paid.

5.    Will I qualify for financial aid?

To be eligible for financial aid at Blue Mountain College, you must:

-Be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen

-Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment in an eligible degree program or seeking endorsements to meet requirements of Mississippi Department of Education certification

-Be in current standing on all student loans and grants from any institution

-Have approval for final admission to Blue Mountain College

-Have a complete Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file with Blue Mountain College
    -Apply for a Personal Identification Number (PIN) at http://www.pin.ed.gov (if you do not already have
     one).
    -Complete the FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov.  Blue Mountain College school code is 002398.

-Contact the Office of Financial Aid after you have completed your FAFSA.  The financial aid staff will provide the 
  forms required to process a federal loan.
        Remaining steps may include:
            -Complete Financial Aid for Teacher Certification Form
            -Complete Loan Application
            -Complete a Master Promissory Note (MPN) and Entrance Counseling
            -Complete Verification
            -Complete Financial Aid Information Sheet

6.    How do I apply?

To apply for general admission, go to online application.  Send Official transcripts and supporting documents to:

                                Blue Mountain College
                                Office of Admissions
                                P.O. Box 160
                                Blue Mountain, MS  38610

Those seeking certification in Special Education, or who want to apply for Dual Enrollment courses, go to Admissions.  Print, complete and fax the appropriate form.  If you prefer, an application form can be sent by mail or for quicker reception, email. 

7.    How do I register?

On campus students register in the Office of the Registrar.  Online students, go to Registration.  Print, complete and fax the appropriate registration form.  If you prefer, a registration form can be sent via email. 

Those seeking Mississippi Teacher Certification in Special Education or those who want to register for Dual Enrollment courses, go to Registration.  Print, complete and fax the appropriate registration form.  If you prefer, a registration form can be sent by mail or for quicker reception, email.

8.    Will I have an advisor?

Yes.  The Program Coordinator for Online Instruction and the Vice President for Academic Affairs serve as advisors for online students.

9.   How do I get books?

Go to Blue Mountain College's online bookstore to order textbooks or to obtain text ISBN numbers for ordering elsewhere.

10.    What is the course schedule?

Go to course schedule to see the proposed rotation of online courses.

11.    How do my online courses work?

You will be required to complete an online training session to assist you in the mechanics of taking an online course.  Once you are registered, the Program Coordinator for Online Instruction will email you instructions for training.

12.    What is your withdrawal procedure from online courses?

A traditional, on-ground student enrolled in online courses incurs an automatic non-refundable technology fee.  A student may receive a refund for course tuition, less the technology non-refundable fee, if the withdrawal is prior to receiving access to course content.  After the student receives access to course content, the online technology fee is non-refundable. Students who officially withdraw from online courses will receive a "W" grade through the first week of the online term. Students who withdraw after the first week will receive a "WP" or "WF." Students may not withdraw from the online course after the fourth week of the online term.

13.    What is your online class attendance policy?

Blue Mountain College requires class attendance for online courses.  According to Policy 2.10, students who miss 25% of the time will receive an automatic F in the course.  Each online professor will include an attendance requirement in the syllabus.  Since each of the online courses meets 8 weeks, two weeks of non-attendance, which is 25% of the time in the course, will result in an automatic F. Seventy-five percent of the assignments for the week must be completed within the week to receive full attendance.

14.    Who do I contact with additional questions, complaints or the need of technical assistance?

Direct questions or complaints concerning online instruction to bmconline@bmc.edu.  For technical assistance, go to http://www.bmc.edu/supportform.asp or email Help Support, support@bmc.edu, giving your name, student ID, a phone number where you can be reached and the technical problem with any error messages you are receiving.  During work hours, you may call 662-685-4771, ext. 102 for assistance.





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