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 a year, you will grow in your knowledge of Scripture, develop a Christian worldview, and learn how to articulately 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

Christian Apologetics

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.

The Gospels and Acts

Dr. Matthew Dudreck will walk you through the life and ministry of Jesus, studying the four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) and the book of Acts. Dr. Dudreck will guide you through the essential teachings of these books to help you interpret and apply the New Testament to your life.


Professor Aaron Garriott will help you develop vital communication skills to think, write, and speak more effectively. In your exploration of these skills, you will put your knowledge into practice through critical thinking, introductory logic, writing dynamics, and oral presentations, all so that you become knowledgeable and articulate.

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.

Spring Semester


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.

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.

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

Fall 2020

  • August 3

    Regular Application Deadline

  • August 14

    Final Day to Register for Classes

  • August 17

    First Day of Classes

  • August 21

    First Installment Tuition Payment Due

  • September 1

    Early Application Deadline for Spring 2021

  • September 7

    Labor Day (No Class)

  • September 11


  • October 5—9

    Fall Break

  • October 16

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

  • October 16

    Final Installment Tuition Payment Due

  • October 26-Novemember 6

    Returning Student Registration Period

  • November 8

    Final Day to Withdraw from Program

  • November 23

    Final Day of Classes

  • November 24-27

    Thanksgiving Break

  • November 30-December 4

    Reading Days

  • December 7-11

    Final Examinations

  • December 25

    Grades Available to Students

  • December 28

    Regular Application Deadline for Spring 2021

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

Online and Affordable

Prepare for life with RBC online without incurring significant college debt. Foundation Year’s short-term installment plan allows students to spread the costs of the program over two semesters and pay no more than $4,600 in tuition and fees.

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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Fill Out Form

Take five minutes to fill out a simple online form with your information.


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Send Documents

Collect and send your academic documents, like your testimony, transcripts, and reference. Most students can finish this step in a week.


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Get Answers

Our team will review your application as soon as you finish. Give us two business days, and we’ll get back to you with an admission decision.


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