Community College of Philadelphia provides a variety of courses and degree programs online and in hybrid (classroom/online) environments. Online courses are just as rigorous and demanding as our classroom courses.
Asynchronous Online Courses
Asynchronous online courses, delivered through a course management system allowing 24/7 access, do not require students to be online at specific times; instead, students log in regularly at their convenience to keep up with course requirements, due dates, etc.
Synchronous Online Courses
Synchronous class requires that you are online with your professor and classmates on the days and times listed for the class. Synchronous classes also include online components such as course materials, homework and assignments.
Hybrid courses, combining both classroom and online teaching, meet in the classroom regularly and are supplemented with online lessons throughout the week. Classroom attendance is mandatory for all hybrid courses.
How to tell the difference when registering?
How to Apply
The admission process is the same for online learning students as it is for students attending classes at the College. To get started, apply online today.
Is It Right for Me?
For some students, taking courses online is a rewarding experience and a convenient way for them to fit education into their already busy lifestyle. But some students achieve better results when learning in a classroom environment. Is online learning right for you? Take our short self-assessment quiz to find out.
Online Programs and Courses
Our online course offerings continue to grow. We offer online courses in accounting, biology, business, chemistry, computer studies, English, history, justice, mathematics, nutrition, psychology, sociology and much, much more. In addition to our online course offerings, we now offer several degree programs that you can complete entirely or almost entirely online.
Getting Started with Online Learning? Take these First Steps...
Questions? Contact Online Learning staff for assistance.
Community College of Philadelphia is fully accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, and is a member of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). The goal of SARA is to make it easier for students to take online courses offered by postsecondary institutions based in another state.
Forty-nine states plus U.S. territories participate in SARA.
California is the only state that does not participate in SARA, but as a public institution, CCP can offer courses to students in California. California is accepting complaints from residents regarding public and non-profit institutions through the state's Department of Consumer Affairs.
Professional Licensure Programs
SARA has no effect upon professional licensing requirements. As these requirements differ from state to state, students enrolled in a program leading to professional licensure should contact the appropriate accrediting organization within their home state for final determination as to whether their state’s licensing/certification requirements would be met upon successful completion of that program of study. Students should contact the Department Head of their program of study for help finding the appropriate accrediting organization within their home state.
Community College of Philadelphia makes every effort to comply with any foreign country's regulations concerning online learning. If you are participating in an online course/program from outside of the United States, please review your country's regulations regarding any limitations on online/distance education the country may impose.
Out-of-state students who have a comment or wish to share feedback should follow procedures found on the Concerns and Complaints page.
IMPORTANT: A number of the College’s online courses require in-person testing. Be sure to review the course’s requirements in the Syllabus prior to registering for it.