Registering for an Online Course

Distance Learning courses follow all of the same guidelines as Kirkwood's face-to-face courses, with a few exceptions.

Online Registration Restriction:

Students with a grade point average of less than 1.8 for all online classes within the previous three years will have a registration restriction placed on his/her record. The restriction prevents registration in these classes until the average for online courses reaches 1.8 or better, or a three-year period has passed. The average for these courses can be improved by retaking failed or low-scored courses in a face-to-face format. This registration restriction does not prevent students from enrolling in face-to-face or hybrid format classes, only online classes.

If registering for more than six credit hours, please ensure you meet the college's mandatory testing requirements.

All online delivered sections at Kirkwood Community College must have one of the following options completed and on file to take online courses. 

Test Score Requirements

Have you already completed an online class with Kirkwood? You can register for another one as long as you don’t have a current registration restriction on your record.

All online delivered sections at Kirkwood Community College require either Accuplacer, Compass, or ACT to be submitted prior to registration. Please view Kirkwood's Placement Testing document for minimum score requirements. If you’ve provided test scores to us in the past, see if they are up-to-date on EagleNet. International Students - Please contact the Distance Learning Office for further information.

If the placement test was taken at Kirkwood, this should already be cleared in your file for you. If taken at another college, please email a PDF copy or screenshot of your official scores to distancelearning@kirkwood.edu (include your k-number and full name). Your full name must be captured on the page to be accepted.

University of Iowa Students: (Using your U of I student website)

  • Go under 'Student Records' and click on the 'Verification' link.
  • In 'Documents and Reports' select 'Scores Verification'.
  • Download the pdf file and email to distancelearning@kirkwood.edu (include your k-number and full name)

Following the above approves you to register for up to six credit hours online. An official copy (sent from a school or ACT) is required and will need to be submitted to Kirkwood's OneStop office if taking more than six credit hours.

Kirkwood Community College
OneStop office
6301 Kirkwood Blvd. SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404

Do you have a C- or greater in any of the following courses?

  • Composition I
  • Composition II
  • Rhetoric
  • College Writing

If taken at Kirkwood, this should already be cleared in your file for you. If taken at another college, please email a PDF copy or screenshot of your transcript to distancelearning@kirkwood.edu (include your k-number and full name). Your full name must be captured on your transcript to be accepted.

We accept two-year college degrees or higher. We do not accept: Certificates or Diplomas.

Please scan in a copy of your transcript showing your completed college degree and email to: distancelearning@kirkwood.edu. Your full name must be captured on your transcript to be accepted.

You are then approved to register for up to six credit hours online. An official copy (sent from a school or ACT) is required and will need to be submitted to Kirkwood's OneStop office if taking more than six credit hours. Please see the OneStop Office page for further details on submitting your transcript.

Do you need to add a Distance Learning class after it's already started? Here are your late registration options.

How to Add Classes Late

Any student wanting to add a Distance Learning course after the start of class must go through the steps on our website for approval from the instructor. The link is live the first week of classes only, "Late Registration Directions." The second week of classes requires the dean's approval as well as the instructor's.

At this time, late registration for summer has ended.

Our next courses begin in the fall.

If you have any questions, please contact our department directly at

319-398-4958 or by email, distancelearning@kirkwood.edu

If you have been deregistered from a course due to non-attendance, please follow these steps.

1. Log into your Kirkwood Student email account. You can access your email by the link located in the upper right corner of the main Kirkwood website. 

2. Locate the "Deregistration" email and forward it to your instructor. Please copy DistanceLearning@kirkwood.edu and include the following text:

 "I am requesting your permission to be reregistered into your course."

NOTE:  Instructor email addresses can be found in the campus directory if not already in the email you received.

3. The Instructor will  reply to all indicating whether they approve or deny your request to be added back into their course.

4. If approval is given, the Distance Learning Office will reregister you and send a message to you and your instructor when reregistration has been completed.  

If you are not currently registered for any courses at Kirkwood, please review the offerings that have not yet started. For the fall, courses beginning in September, and for the spring, courses beginning in February. These offerings can be found on EagleNet. Late registration requests are for current students looking to change their schedule or add a course to their existing schedule.

  • Review classes in EagleNet for which you would like to take. Late registration for our summer courses has ended.
  • Read course descriptions, verify prerequisites are met, and verify there is an opening in the course.
  • If you have passed the prerequisite at another school, please contact the course home department directly for a waiver.
  • Submit our late registration form.
  • Once submitted, your request will be sent to the instructor as well as the Distance Learning Department.
  • The instructor will do a reply-all either approving or denying your request.
  • Once we receive the instructor's approval email, your registration will be processed within 72 hours with the following stipulations: A seat is still available when we go to register you AND you have met the requirements for taking an online course per our registration guidelines.
  • Once registered, a reply-all will be sent to the instructor's approval email confirming that you have been added to the course.

How to Take Online Course Exams

If you do not live near campus or a Kirkwood center, you may request that exams be proctored at a college testing site or a public library near you (certain courses may not allow testing at non-Kirkwood sites). If you are requesting to take exams outside of the United States, you must use the Examity (formerly ProctorU) online proctoring service.

Once you have found a location willing to proctor your exams, you must submit a Non-Kirkwood Site Exam Request Form. Please request exams as early as possible to allow time for the exams to reach your proctor by regular mail. In most situations we cannot fax exams. Once we have verified the proctor information, we will send your proctor instructions and postage-paid envelopes to return written exams. You are responsible for any fees other testing sites may charge for their services.

Examity may be used by any student required to take monitored exams online. Any student testing outside of the U.S. is required to use this service for taking online monitored exams. The exams must be online, not written paper/pencil in order to use Examity (some online courses have paper/pencil exams, so check with the instructor or Distance Learning office if this is a concern).

A reliable high-speed internet connection with Adobe Flash Player installed, desktop computer or laptop (no tablets or chromebooks), webcam, microphone, and speakers are required. The Examity Request form must be submitted prior to scheduling an exam through the Examity website. Examilty Student Help Guide.

Photo identification is required.

Tell the test center proctor:

  1. You are taking an online course
  2. The term you are registered in or your starting date
  3. Your instructor’s name