Shared Distance Courses (SSDL)

Shared Distance Courses are Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC) courses offered in partnership with Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC). These courses allow students to earn PVCC credit while taking an online course with an instructor from another VCCS school, as well as use the PVCC testing center to take proctored tests. 
All Shared Distance Courses have a section number in the course schedule of .90-.99. Each course will have the following statement in the notes “This is a Shared Services Distance Learning (SSDL) online course offered in collaboration with xxxxx Community College.”
Shared Distance Course students have access to all services provided by NVCC in addition to all PVCC resources. 
Course Listings
  • Summer 2017
    • BUS 116, BUS 205, BUS 220, EGR 115, FIN 107, FIN 215, HIM 110, HIS 281, ITD 132, LGL 115, LGL 225, PHT 110, TRV 100
  • Fall 2017
    • ACC 262, ADJ 140, BUS 205, BUS 220, CHI 101, CHI 202, LGL 225, MKT 215, REA 100, RUS 101, RUS 201, SPA 163, SPA 164, TRV 100
Frequently Asked Questions
  • How do I register and pay for a Shared Distance Course?
    • All registration and payment is done through the Student Information System in myPVCC. 
  • How do I get my course materials?
    • All SSDL course materials are available through the PVCC bookstore in-person or online. Financial aid funds can be used to purchase these materials if you have award monies available to do so.
  • Where do I take my proctored tests?
    • All SSDL proctored tests can be taken at the PVCC Testing Center without needing a proctor request form or a prior appointment.
      • Simply let the test proctor know it is a 'shared' course. The testing center already has testing rosters for all SSDL courses and the test information.
    • Off-site proctoring is available. Please contact for more information.
    • ProctorU is an online proctoring service that is allowed for specific courses only. More information on this can be found in your course syllabus or by contacting
    • Please note: PVCC may be on a different academic schedule from the college that is offering your course. Always contact the PVCC Testing Center to ensure you are aware of their hours.
  • The course I want to take is offered by another school online but I want to take it at PVCC. How do I do this?
    • Contact with your course request. Many times we can add these courses to our list of offerings.
Important Information

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