All provisions within this catalog are subject to change without notice. If you have questions or comments, please contact admissions@gfcmsu.edu.

eLearning

The College offers online courses that are an extension of the on-campus course offerings. Over 100 online and hybrid courses are offered in General Education, Accounting, Computer Technology, and Health Sciences. Emphasis is placed on offering online courses that support programs at the Great Falls College MSU, as well as other units of the Montana University System.

Programs and Offerings Available Online

Transfer Degree Options

  • Montana University System Core for Transfer
  • Associate of Arts Degree
  • Associate of Science Degree

Associate of Applied Science Degrees

  • Accounting
  • Health Information Technology

Certificate of Applied Science Degrees

  • Health Information Coding Specialist

Certificate of Technical Studies Option

  • Medical Scribe Apprentice

Programs and Offerings Available with Hybrid Options

Contact the Program Directors for more information

Associate of Applied Science Degrees

  • Paramedic
  • Surgical Technology

Certificate of Applied Science Degrees

  • Dental Assistant
  • Practical Nurse

Additional information, including detailed course descriptions, is available by visiting our Course Schedule and searching by "Course Type: Online."

Online Courses

The College uses a variety of delivery methods to best accommodate students and hires qualified faculty, both inside and outside of the Great Falls area, to meet the needs of students working part- and full-time. Faculty are trained by the Faculty Development Center and supported by the Technology Assistance Center to deliver effective online instruction. The majority of online courses are delivered using the D2L Brightspace learning management system. Online students follow the same registration procedures as campus-based students. Online students have full access to Great Falls College MSU library resources, online advising through the Advising & Career Center, online tutoring through the Academic Success Center, and have the opportunity to order textbooks online through the Great Falls College MSU Bookstore – http://thecottagebookstore.com. The College plans eLearning opportunities, coordinates their delivery with academic departments, and provides student and faculty support services. Please contact the Technology Assistance Center for more information about the programs and/or course offerings. Students at a distance are an important part of the campus community!

Mixed-Mode (Hybrid) Courses

A hybrid or mixed-mode course combines the traditional classroom setting with an online component. The amount of on-campus class time varies but is less than a traditional face-to-face course. Students enjoy the flexibility and convenience of an online course as well as the benefits of meeting face-to-face for interactive classroom instruction.

Web-Enhanced Courses

Many of the on-campus courses are web-enhanced and use various online tools to enrich the course. An instructor may post their syllabus, lecture notes, handouts, grades, and allow email contact online. Assignments may be turned in electronically.

ADVANTAGES FOR ONLINE COURSES:  YOU CAN –

  • Take courses from the comfort of your home.

  • Earn a degree online while you work.

  • Log in and complete assignments any time of day or night.

  • Complete prerequisite courses online before relocating.

  • Save on travel and childcare costs.

  • Blend a course with your work schedule.

  • Enjoy learning through an online environment.

CHALLENGES:  YOU MUST –

  • Be self-motivated.

  • Have regular access to an Internet-ready computer and basic computer skills.

  • Learn to communicate effectively using the College learning management system and other technologies to connect with students and faculty.

  • Beware of procrastination -- online courses follow the same calendar as on-campus classes. Students enrolled in online courses should plan to log in and check the course updates on a daily basis.

  • Learn to use the technology along with course content.

  • Read instructions and all course materials versus attending on-campus course lectures.

YOU MAY –

  • Be required to find a testing proctor or come to campus to take exams for your online course(s), especially Mathematics and Accounting.

    For answers to questions about eLearning opportunities, please visit our website (http://elearning.gfcmsu.edu) or call the Technology Assistance Center at 406.771.4440 or 800.254.2815. The Technology Assistance Center is located on campus in G100 and provides orientations, trainings, and technical support for online learning.