Shared Services Distance Learning

What is Shared Services Distance Learning (SSDL)?

Shared Services Distance Learning (SSDL) courses are Thomas Nelson courses offered in partnership with Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC). These courses allow students to earn Thomas Nelson credit while taking an online course with a NVCC instructor, as well as use the Thomas Nelson testing centers to take proctored tests. All Shared Services Distance Learning (SSDL) courses have a section number that begins with the letters DN. Each course will have the following statement in the notes area: “This section is a Distance Learning course taught by Northern Virginia Community College using Blackboard via the Internet. Class begins (date). Proctored testing is required.”

As an SSDL student, you will have access to all the services provided by Northern Virginia Community College in addition to the resources available to all students at Thomas Nelson Community College.

  • myTNCC (Blackboard, Student Information System (SIS),  Student Email)
  • Test proctoring on-campus or approved remote location
  • All NOVA student services and Thomas Nelson student services
  • Help Desk via Thomas Nelson and NVCC
  • Online Orientations via Thomas Nelson  and NVCC
  • SSDL Online Orientation hosted by the SSDL Liaison at Thomas Nelson

What will I need to take a Shared Services Distance Learning (SSDL) course?

SSDL (Shared Services Distance Learning) courses are online courses that can be taken anywhere you have internet access.  Courses utilize Blackboard, the VCCS online learning management system, to view course content.  All courses will be available in Blackboard the first day the class starts. Students taking these courses should receive a letter from Northern Virginia Community College after registering for the course. Students will be invited to participate in an online orientation before the first day of class. Details will be emailed to the student’s email account. Thomas Nelson has an on-campus orientation for all new students each semester. For more information, please visit our website at Distance Learning.

For Thomas Nelson technical requirements see online orientation.

Students are required to use their student email account when communicating with faculty and staff at Thomas Nelson and NVCC.

How do I register for Shared Services courses?

You register for SSDL courses the same way you register for Thomas Nelson courses. Visit the Thomas Nelson webpage for registration information.

How do I pay for Shared Services Courses?

Once you register for your SSDL course(s) it will appear in the Student Information System  (SIS) under your course schedule. You can pay for your course online via the Student Information System, learn more about how to pay.

How do I get my course materials?

Textbooks for SSDL courses are available in the Thomas Nelson bookstores. You will also have the option of purchasing your course materials at

If you are a financial aid student, you will be able to use award money to purchase materials in the Thomas Nelson bookstores. If any financial aid is left over after using funds on tuition and course materials, you will get the amount left in the award amount that was not used when reimbursement checks are issued.

Where can I take proctored tests?

SSDL course(s) require proctored testing during the semester. Students can be proctored at any Thomas Nelson testing center location or request an off-site proctored location. 

For more information on locations and times for the Thomas Nelson testing centers, please visit our website. For more information on off-site proctoring, please visit NVCC website at http://eli.nvcc.edu/testinginfo.htm#proctor.

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Contact Information:
Liz Daube
SSDL Liaison
Shared Services Distance Learning
Email:  ssdl@tncc.edu
Phone: (757) 825-2955