Online classes at SC4

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Our online programs provide students the flexibility they need at an affordable price. Be sure to read the below to learn more about our online programs and class offerings, technology requirements and processes, campus contacts, tips on how to succeed in online courses and more.

Available online classes are listed here. Simply click on the advanced search and set the location to “online courses.”

  • Expect to spend three to four hours a week for every credit hour the online course is worth.
  • To be an effective online student, you should be comfortable with browsing the Internet, communicating by email, following links to other sites, printing online pages and sending files from your computer.
  • When searching for classes in Service Center, choose “Online Course” to see what online classes are available each semester.
  • SC4’s academic advisors can help determine if online classes are right for you. Call (810) 989-5520 for assistance.
  • The Center for eLearning can also assist with questions. Call (810) 989-5525.

SC4 Health Sciences Programs prepare students for State and National exams leading to professional licensure. Please be aware that additional steps (background checks, applications, fees, etc.) may be required to apply for licensing in the state of Michigan or other states. It is recommended that you contact the appropriate licensing agency in your state if you are considering an academic program leading to a professional license. It is your responsibility to understand the requirements in your state of residence.

Using Canvas for online classes

SC4 uses Canvas for online classes. If you’re taking online classes, you’ll need to log on to Canvas.

  • In order to log onto Canvas, you first need to set up your SC4 account. Go to You will need your SC4 acceptance letter that contains your unique temporary password. Need help? Give us a call at (810) 989-5858.
  • Once you have your SC4 account setup, you can log on to Canvas through the SC4 Canvas login page or go to Use your full SC4 student email address (i.e. and your SC4 password.
  • Email with Canvas questions and technical issues or get SC4 assistance from the Center for Online Learning at (810) 989-5525.

Please note: You may not see your online class appear in the online classroom until the first day of class.

As a general rule, Canvas will support the latest two versions of any browser listed below. Be sure to keep your browser updated. If you have upgraded your browser but still see a warning banner saying that “Your browser does not meet the minimum requirements for Canvas,” log out of Canvas and delete your browser cookies. 

It is recommended that you have at least one other browser downloaded so there are two browsers on your computer.

  • Chrome 92 and 93
  • Firefox 90 and 91 (Extended Releases are not supported*)
  • Edge 92 and 93
  • Respondus Lockdown Browser (supporting the latest system requirements)
  • Safari 13 and 14 (Macintosh only)

Other Tools:

  • Reliable Internet access (high-speed preferred).
  • Microsoft Word (Office 2010 or later). Other Office software may be required depending on the course.
  • Speakers or headphones.
  • Other hardware or software needs will be listed in the syllabus.  

More information on the requirements for Canvas is located on the Instructure Community website.

Complaint process and additional information for online students

St. Clair County Community College has been approved by the state of Michigan to participate in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements, which allows students to take online classes from SC4 while residing in the states listed for approval through NC-SARA. Please be sure you’re eligible to enroll in a program based in Michigan.


Under the approved 2016 State Authorization regulation published by the Department of Education, now in effect, students residing in California receiving distance education or correspondence courses from out-of-state public or nonprofit institutions are ineligible for Title IV programs (Federal Financial Aid) until such time as the State of California provides those institutions with an appropriate complaint process or enters into a reciprocity agreement.

For Academic Programs Leading to Professional Licensure

We recommend that you contact the appropriate licensing agency in your state if you’re considering an academic program leading to a professional license. It is your responsibility to understand the requirements in your state of residence as applied to your specific situation.

SC4 is committed to maximizing student success. If you are an online student and have a complaint, please review the Student Complaint Policy and Procedure process. (Listed as “Student Complaint Policy and Procedure” under “Student expectations, policies and procedures” heading.)

If your complaint is not resolved at the institutional level, you can contact the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA). Read more and access the consumer (student) complaint process.