Foundation Year Online

Grow in God’s Word, Wherever You Are.

Our online Foundation Year program is designed to prepare you to know, worship, and serve God in all of life.

Your Experience

Over the course of this program, you will grow in your knowledge of Scripture, develop a Christian worldview, and learn how to communicate and defend the gospel. You will participate in live classes, interact directly with professors and classmates, and earn your certificate from the comfort of your home. Miss something your professor said? You’ll have the opportunity to watch recorded lectures at your convenience.


Fall Semester Courses


Dr. Stephen Nichols will challenge you to consider arguments for the existence of God, the authority of the Bible, and the exclusiveness of the gospel. In a world of competing truth claims and other religions, Dr. Nichols will establish why belief in Jesus Christ is the only way of salvation and help you defend the Christian faith.

Biblical Theology I

How does the Old Testament relate to your life as a Christian? Dr. Ben Shaw will introduce you to the study of Biblical Theology in order to help you trace the story of redemption throughout the Old Testament. You will discover how the promises of the Messiah revealed in the law, prophets, and writings are fulfilled in the person and work of Jesus Christ.

Church History: Early and Medieval Church

Dr. John Tweeddale will guide you through early and medieval church history and pose the challenge to consider the importance of ancient paths for your Christian beliefs, practices, and worship today. You’ll consider the story of Christianity from the close of the New Testament to the eve of the Reformation.

The Doctrine of Man

What is the purpose of life? What is human identity? How do we understand sin and its effect on the world and our lives? Dr. John Tweeddale will explore the Bible’s teaching on key issues such as creation, sin, worship, gender, family, and sexuality. This course will consider what it means to be created in the image of God and to live for His glory.

Great Works of J.R.R. Tolkien

Dr. Keith Mathison will take you through a guided tour of Middle Earth. Along the way, you will read major works of J.R.R. Tolkien such as The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. By studying one of the great authors of the twentieth century, you will gain a better understanding of the way fantasy literature can reflect truth, goodness, and beauty.


As Christians, we are called to rightly interpret the Word of God. Prof. Anthony Salangsang will help you develop the skills to read, understand, and apply Scripture in its various contexts and literary genres. In completing this course, you will gain a basic understanding of the methods and tools of biblical interpretation.

Spring Semester Courses

Old Testament: Writings

Dr. Ben Shaw will guide you through essential Old Testament texts known as the Writings: Psalms, Job, Proverbs, Ruth, Song of Songs, Ecclesiastes, Lamentations, Esther, Daniel, Ezra, Nehemiah, and Chronicles. He will help you interpret, apply, and understand the value of the Old Testament so that you are equipped with biblical wisdom.

Biblical Theology II

How does the New Testament relate to your life as a Christian? How do the events surrounding Jesus and the Apostles inform the way you read the entire Bible? How do the New Testament’s teachings on the church and the end times impact your understanding of redemptive history? Dr. Matthew Dudreck will show you how a study of New Testament Biblical Theology will transform not only the way you read Scripture, but also how you live the Christian life.

Church History: Reformation to the Present

Have you ever considered how modern church history informs Christian beliefs, practices, and worship today? Dr. John Tweeddale will challenge you to consider the importance of the Reformation for what you believe and how you live today by studying the development of Christianity.

Great Works of the Rationalists and Romantics

Reading the great works of the past helps us gain wisdom for the present. In this course, Dr. Heidi Nichols will introduce you to select works of literature, music, and art from the Enlightenment era. By studying seminal works by such figures as Austen, Bach, Beethoven, Edwards, Franklin, Goethe, Shelley, and Voltaire, you will obtain a better grasp of the individuals, ideas, and books that have shaped the modern world.

Modern Philosophy

Dr. Stephen Nichols will prepare you to follow Christ in the modern world and develop a biblical worldview by engaging modern views of truth, goodness, and beauty. By studying philosophers from Descartes through Hegel, you will consider the development of ideas such as personal liberty, the free enterprise system, and matters surrounding the sanctity of life.

The Doctrine of God

Dr. Keith Mathison will examine the existence and attributes of the triune God to help you understand this important doctrine. You will study God as revealed in Scripture, the formulation of the Trinity in the Nicene Creed, the divine decrees, and the works of God in creation and providence.

Academic Calendar

Spring 2021

  • January 8

    Final Day to Register for Classes

  • January 11

    First Day of Classes

  • January 15

    First Installment Tuition Payment Due

  • January 18

    Winter Conference

  • March 1-5

    Spring Break

  • March 12

    Final Day to Withdraw from the Program with an Automatic 'W'

  • March 12

    Final Installment Tuition Payment Due

  • March 18-20

    Ligonier National Conference

  • March 31-April 6

    Easter Break

  • April 11

    Final Day to Withdraw from Program

  • April 12-23

    Returning Student Registration Period

  • April 23

    Intent to Graduate Due

  • April 23

    Final Day of Classes

  • April 26-30

    Reading Days

  • May 3-6

    Final Examinations

  • May 7


  • May 21

    Grades Available to Students

Fall 2021

  • May 1

    Regular Application Deadline

  • August 20

    Final Day to Register for Classes

  • August 16

    First Day of Classes

  • August 20

    First Installment Tuition Payment Due

  • September 1

    Early Application Deadline for Spring 2022

  • September 6

    Labor Day (No Class)

  • September 17


  • October 4—8

    Fall Break

  • October 15

    Final Day to Withdraw from the Program with an Automatic 'W'

  • October 15

    Final Installment Tuition Payment Due

  • October 25-November 5

    Returning Student Registration Period

  • November 7

    Final Day to Withdraw from Program

  • November 15

    Regular Application Deadline for Spring 2022

  • November 22

    Final Day of Classes

  • November 23-26

    Thanksgiving Break

  • November 30-December 4

    Reading Days

  • December 6-10

    Final Examinations

  • December 24

    Grades Available to Students

Fee Breakdown

Fall 2020

  • July 24

    $300 enrollment fee waived to all who submit their application and admission documents

  • August 21

    First installment tuition payment due ($1,000)

  • October 16

    Final installment tuition payment due ($1,000)

Spring 2021

  • January 8

    $300 enrollment fee due

  • January 15

    First installment tuition payment due ($1,000)

  • March 12

    Final installment tuition payment due ($1,000)

Online and Affordable

When you study online with RBC, you can prepare for life without incurring significant college debt. Not only can you finish the program for as little as $5,600, but Foundation Year’s flexible payment plans allow full-time and part-time students to spread the cost of the program over the course of the semester.

Theology for Life

Your Future

Upon completing the online Foundation Year certificate program, you’ll be well prepared to pursue your chosen vocation or continue your education in a degree program on the RBC campus in central Florida.

Invest in an affordable education rooted in uncompromised truth that will serve you for a lifetime.


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