Answers to Common Questions
Listed below are frequently asked questions. Scroll down to find your question and click it to see the answer. If you still have unanswered questions, please call the Oregon Tech Online toll free number at 1.866.497.0008.
What programs does Oregon Tech offer online?
Oregon Tech offers bachelor's degree completion programs in several allied health
fields, a full degree program in Information Technology, as well as several
minors. View the list of Online Programs Oregon Tech offers.
How will my credits transfer in?
An official transfer evaluation will be completed as part of the application process. Once you are admitted, an advising session will be set up with you to go through the evaluation and answer any questions you might have.
For more information, view Advising and Registration.
Does Oregon Tech's courses follow a semester or quarter schedule?
The academic calendar at Oregon Tech follows a quarter schedule. There are three,
ten-week terms during the academic year. Summer term is eight weeks in length. View the Academic Calendar.
How do I apply for admission into an online program or class?
When applying for admission to an online program, do not use the general application form found on the Admissions page. That form is used for students attending on-campus classes. Note that the Admissions Application Forms webpage has a link labeled "Distance Education Application" which will lead you to the correct location to apply for online programs which is described below.
To apply for admission to an online program, it is best if you go directly to Online Admission (if you're applying for a graduate program though, please read the note at the bottom of this answer block). The forms listed on the Online website are designed to be sent directly to the Online Office to expedite your admission process. On the Online admission webpage, you'll see a couple of documents.
- Click the Non-Admit link if you are not seeking full admission to Oregon Tech and only wish to take up to eight credit hours per term. Students wishing to take DHE 100, MIT 103, or REE 201 should use this application.
- Click the Application for Admission link if you are applying for an online program.
The application deadline for each term is three weeks prior to the first day of the term to assure your application can be processed in time. To see the current year application deadline, look at the Online application page. The deadline does NOT apply to the Non-Admit Application.
Graduate programs: If you're applying for admission into an online graduate program, you will need to follow a different process. Please click here to go to the graduate programs admission page.
Which calendar should I follow?
You will see calendars, including an Academic one, listed on the main Oregon Tech page that lists dates for certain events at Oregon Tech. As an online student, you should refer to the Online calendar instead of that general calendar. Notice on the Online Calendar page that there is one link for Summer term only and another link for the regular school year.
This calendar shows only the information that pertains to online students and is set up in a table format.
How do I register for classes?
How do I know what classes I should take?
Once you are admitted, a transfer evaluation will be prepared and the sequence of classes will be discussed during your advising session with an Online advisor. You will be contacted by the advisor to arrange this session.
For non-admitted students, please contact the Online Office toll free at 866.497.0008, 541.885.1676, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
How many classes should I take each term?
Most students begin by taking one class. This allows students to determine how much time is required to complete a course. Since our degree completion programs are designed for working professionals, career and personal commitments will determine the load a student can handle successfully.
However, if you are applying for financial aid, you need to be enrolled in at least six credit hours per term. You would need to take two or more classes per term to meet that requirement.
Once registered, when can I access my class(es)?
Online classes are available on the first day of the quarter, and students are expected to access any online class they are registered in on that day.
How much will this cost?
How do I pay my bill?
You can pay your bill online or by mail. To view information about paying your bill, click here.
Note the payment and refund deadlines. Note that Oregon Tech will NOT send you a hard copy bill in the mail. The bill will be sent to your Oregon Tech email account only. Please check your Oregon Tech email account regularly.
Can I get financial aid for an online class?
Online students may be eligible for financial aid. Students who want to
receive financial aid must be fully admitted to Oregon Tech and must be enrolled in at
least six credit hours per term. For more information, contact the Financial Aid Office at email@example.com or 541.885.1280.
How do I buy books?
Most online courses require books and/or additional materials. These may be
ordered online from Oregon Tech's bookstore.
Book listings for the next term are usually available three weeks before the
term starts. Be sure you order your books as soon as possible in order to have
your books arrive by the first day of the term.
On the bookstore page:
- Hold your mouse over the word "Books" to see a drop-down menu.
- Click "Textbooks & Course Materials" in the menu.
Do the online classes meet at a specific time?
Online classes are generally taught so you don't have to be at your computer at a given time. Your instructors will provide a structured learning experience with deadlines to help you keep on track, but will offer you a range of times in which to complete your assignments.
Some of our online classes may take advantage of our web conferencing program called Collaborate to schedule live help or office hours. Your instructor will attempt to choose times that will allow everyone who wishes to attend these optional sessions to participate. Your instructor may record the web conference sessions for those who cannot attend at the assigned time.
Who do I talk to about my advising questions?
Students should call the toll free number (866.497.0008) to be transferred to the correct person to ask initial
advising questions. Referrals to program directors will be made as needed.
How are these classes delivered?
Your classes will be offered through a program called Blackboard. You will log into a secure web site
located at http://online.oit.edu to access Blackboard (or you can login through your MyOIT account and click the Blackboard link listed on the page).
When you log into your class, you
will find instructions, syllabus, course content, email and discussion tools,
and any exams, activities, or assignments your instructor has set up for the
course. Our online courses are not self-paced; they include structure and
deadlines to keep you on track. Some courses require a proctor for test taking.
Each course usually includes a separate textbook, which you can purchase online
at the The Tech Nest.
To see how an Oregon Tech online class looks, click the attachment labeled "Example of online class" on this page.
What if I need to drop a class?
You may drop your courses by using Web for
Student through the fifth day of the term. After the fifth day of the
term, you may fax a signed request to Oregon Tech Online at 541.885.1139, or send an
email to firstname.lastname@example.org from your Oregon Tech email account
requesting to drop a class. See the link labeled "How to Drop a Class" on Getting Started for screenshots on how to drop a class.
Check Web for Student
to find the last day to drop. The date is listed in the Check Your Registration
menu under the Student Registration link.
NOTE: Never assume you will be automatically dropped from a course
for any reason. It is your responsibility to drop a course.
Once you are registered in courses, you are fully responsible for the tuition
and fees. To receive a 100% refund, you must drop your courses by the 12th calendar day of the term (Second Friday of the term) at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time. After that Friday
at 5:00 p.m. you will receive a partial refund according to the Oregon Tech refund
schedule. For more information, see Refund Policies and Deadlines.
How do I register for DHE 100 Intro to Dental Hygiene or MIT 103 Intro to Medical Imaging?
Students enrolling in DHE 100 or MIT 103 are referred to as being
Pre-Dental or Pre-MIT students. Staff in the Online Office will
register students in the appropriate class. Students wishing to take these
classes must complete the Online Non-Admit application.
Students who are receiving financial aid will need to be sure to coordinate
financial aid with any other schools they may be attending concurrently by
filling out a consortium agreement. Visit the Cashier's Office page for online payment information, or you may also view
refund information here.
More details on DHE 100
More details on MIT 103
Where do I log into my Oregon Tech accounts?
All students will have the following accounts:
- Oregon Tech email
- Web for Student
Links to all of these accounts are listed in your MyOIT page. Open the Oregon Tech main page (http://www.oit.edu)
and click "Login" in the top right corner of the page to log into MyOIT.
For information on what name and password to use for each of these accounts,
see "What is my login name and password" link on this FAQ list (the page you're viewing now).
What is the MyOIT account for?
The MyOIT account is used to allow you to log into your other Oregon Tech accounts in
one location including Oregon Tech Email, Blackboard, Web for Student and CashNET.
It also pulls some information from the main Oregon Tech website into one convenient
location and includes some information that you'll only see in MyOIT.
You can get to your MyOIT account either by going to the Oregon Tech website and
clicking the Login link in the top right corner; or you can go directly to
MyOIT by typing http://my.oit.edu in a browser
window. Your username and password are the same ones you use for your Oregon Tech email or Blackboard account. See the "What is my login name and password?" section in this list of FAQs for more information.
Note that the directions throughout the Online webpages may show you
how to access programs directly. If you prefer, you can log into MyOIT and
access the programs from there instead. One of the benefits of logging in
through MyOIT is that it automatically logs you into your Oregon Tech email and
Blackboard accounts. In the future it may log you into Web for Student
and CashNET, too. Right now it gives you a link to those programs, but you have
to log into those two programs separately with the appropriate id and password. If
you ever have problems accessing a program through MyOIT, you should use the
direct addresses that are listed throughout the Online webpages
What is my student ID number?
Your student ID number, which starts with 918, is listed on your admissions
letter or in an email from Oregon Tech Online.
Your student ID number is used to log into Web for Student and CashNET. Keep
this number handy or memorize it as you will use it frequently.
If you have questions regarding your ID and PIN, please contact the Online department using the toll
free number (866.497.0008).
What is my login name and password?
Blackboard and Oregon Tech email
- You will typically use the format of your firstname.lastname for your
username. Your default password for both of these programs will be your first
name initial then your last name initial and the last four digits of your Oregon Tech
Student Identification Number. So Jane Smith whose student number is
918-55-1234 would use: jane.smith for her username and js1234 for her
Web for Student account and CashNET
- Your user ID is your student id number. Your default PIN is your
birthdate. Your student id number should have been sent to you when you
registered. It starts with 918. Your birthdate PIN needs to be typed in the
format of MMDDYY. So if you were born on January 21, 1975, you would type
012175 for your pin in this program. You will be required to change your
password after your initial login.
- You will typically use the format of your firstname.lastname for your
username. Your default password for this program will be your first name
initial then your last name initial and the last four digits of your Oregon Tech Student
Identification Number. So Jane Smith whose student number is 918-55-1234 would
use: jane.smith for her username and js1234 for her password.
What is Web for Student?
Web for Student
is a program you use to register for classes, check your final grades,and view
your student records. See "What is my login name and password" in this FAQ for more
information on how to log into your Web for Student account.
How do I get help with computer issues?
For Blackboard or general computer issues, you should contact the ITS HelpDesk first.
Call the ITS help desk at 541.885.1470 or email them at email@example.com. They are available Monday
through Thursday from 7:30am to 9:00pm Pacific Time. On Friday, they are
available from 7:30am to 5:00pm Pacific Time. On Saturday and Sunday, they are
open from 10:00am to 4:00pm Pacific Time. During the breaks between terms and during all of summer term, they
are only open on Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm.
The ITS HelpDesk staff can help you with logging into Blackboard or
logging into your email account and can reset your password if you have
forgotten it. They can provide some basic troubleshooting for you. One common
issue you may encounter is a pop up box warning you about the security
certificate being invalid or does not match the name of the site. If you see
this box, please click the Yes button to continue.
If you need help with using the tools in Blackboard, or if the ITS HelpDesk has not been successful in helping you, then please call the Online Office at 866.497.0008. The tech support staff in the Online Office
work Monday through Friday from 7:00am to 5:00pm Pacific Time.
You can also find some answers to your Blackboard questions in the Blackboard Learn section.
Will a Mac computer work with Blackboard?
A Mac computer will work with Blackboard. If you use a Mac, we have found that you should install the Mozilla Firefox browser and use it if Safari doesn't work well with Blackboard. Firefox can be downloaded for free from www.mozilla.org. The Online technical staff and the ITS HelpDesk are more familiar with non-Mac computers. If you use a Mac, you will want to find a local expert to help with any issues we can't resolve for you.
What should I do if Oregon Tech doesn't offer a certain class online?
Please call the Online department toll free at 866.497.0008 . We can offer
suggestions on where you can take classes online, which are not available
through Oregon Tech. It is a good idea to get pre-approval from Oregon Tech Online before signing up
for any non-Oregon Tech classes to be sure the class that you're taking will be accepted
for credit at Oregon Tech. Some classes may have the same number such as SPE 111 but
not actually be the same class you need to take to complete your Oregon Tech degree.
If you do not see the degree you are interested in, check out Online Degree Programs: Online degrees from WorldWideLearn.com. Note that clicking on
this link will close the Oregon Tech website and open a new website.