Usually degrees and other types of qualifications work on a credits system. Each qualification will require a set amount of credits to complete in order to graduate. Both online schools and regular schools use this credits system so much of the time it is possible to study at both at the same time and complete your chosen course in a quicker timescale.
On average an associate’s degree will require 30 credits to complete, a bachelor’s degree 120. Therefore you could acquire some of the required credits online and the others in the usual classroom environment. More and more students are choosing this option as a faster way to achieve their educational goals. However if you are thinking of doing this try to ensure that you do not overload yourself with work that you don’t have the time to complete.
For your credits to count, both the online college and the brick and mortar college must be accredited, if not any credits earned from the institution could be worthless and you would have to complete the work again.
Each college will have differing rules and regulations in place and it is the duty of the student themselves to check out the individual requirements.
Many students start an online course and decide part way through that they would be more comfortable studying certain subjects in a traditional classroom environment and have the support of the tutors at hand, this is especially useful if you find you are struggling with certain aspects of the course. If you choose to study both online and in the classroom you may be able to complete all your exams, including the online ones, in the classroom. This will eliminate the need for alternative proctor arrangements and also supply a better, less distracting environment.