5.5 Distance Education

5.5 Distance Education

Westminster offers a limited number of courses through Distance Education. The following chart reflects courses which will be offered through Distance Education on an alternating basis: every other year. These courses will be offered on campus during the years in which they are not offered through Distance Education.

Academic Year Credits Offered Distance Education
PTC 151 Dynamics of Biblical Change 3 credits Fall 2011
PTC 261 Human Personality 3 credits Fall 2011
PT 173 Biblical Interpretation 3 credits Spring 2012
PTC 221 Counseling and Physiology 2 credits Fall 2012
PTC 243 Theology and Secular Psychology 3 credits Spring 2013
PTC 178 Helping Relationships 3 credits
Spring 2013


Courses may be applied towards the M.A.B.C. degree program and the Certificate program. All courses except PT 173 may be applied to the M.A.R. and M.Div. degree programs. PTC 261 Human Personality and PT 173 Biblical Interpretation do apply to the M.A.U.M. degree program. Please see the sections for the particular degree program and the course description for other possible restrictions.

Students must take a minimum number of credit hours on Westminster’s campus, as stated in the transfer of credit policy in section 5.2.3.e. Since courses taken through Distance Education are not considered courses taken on Westminster’s campus, the number of course credits taken through Distance Education will reduce accordingly the number of course credits approved for transfer credit into a Westminster degree program.

In order to receive credit for one of these courses, a student must be admitted to Westminster and register during the normal registration periods. A fee for course materials, in addition to tuition, is also required (see Financial Information section 8.1.c). Students in the masters level degree programs may take a maximum of five distance education courses. Certificate students are limited to four distance education courses.2

Students taking distance education courses must have regular internet access and an email address. In addition, students must have an mp3 player or a computer program that can play mp3 audio files, compressed audio files that can be digitally stored. 


The Department of Education has recently issued new regulation requirements to institutions offering distance education courses to students living in other states. As an educational institution, Westminster is mandated to meet the requirements of the state in which a student resides in order to offer distance courses to those students. Requirements vary by state and Westminster is working to apply these new regulations.

The Registrar’s Office needs to approve each student’s course registration for distance courses, to ensure Westminster is authorized to offer courses in the student’s state of residence. Please note, Westminster does not have authorization in all states and some students may be unable to take distance courses. Please contact Becky Lippert, Director of Institutional Assessment and Accreditation, at accreditation@wts.edu with questions regarding your state.

1updated April 5, 2011
2updated August 24, 2011