Transition to Course-Based Scheduling

Hello, Mountainland Students!

As a result of a statewide initiative across the Utah System of Higher Education to better serve students, Mountainland Technical College is transitioning from a program-based enrollment to a course-based enrollment.

This means that starting July 1, 2022, you will be enrolled in a series of individual courses between 30 – 180 hours within your program. This format and transition to course-based learning will be implemented throughout all programs. For clarification purposes, we have provided an example:

  • The Medical Assistant Program includes six courses:
    1. Level 1: Introduction to Medical Assisting (150 hours, equivalent to 50 school days)
    2. Level 2: Basic Clinical Skills (120 hours, equivalent to 40 school days)
    3. Level 3: Intermediate Clinical Skills (150 hours, equivalent to 50 school days)
    4. Level 4: Advanced Clinical Skills (150 hours, equivalent to 50 school days)
    5. Level 5: Specialty Skills (150 hours, equivalent to 50 school days)
    6. Externship (180 hours, students will have 12 months to complete)
  • A student will enroll in the Level 1 course and must pass that course before moving on and registering for the Level 2 course.
  • All courses must be passed to receive an MTECH Program Certificate and be eligible for employment or sit for the industry exam.

It is important to note that not all courses will be available and offered all the time. If your program is cohort-driven, courses may not be available for many months at a time.

While this transition to course-based programs is an excellent opportunity to provide a seamless educational path, we also know you may still have questions. Accordingly, we are actively updating this webpage to provide more information about the process and how this change may effect your education. 

We hope this page provides the information you need regarding the transition to course-based scheduling. However, please feel free to direct any questions on this matter to your instructor or academic/career counselor. 


Best Regards,

Clay Christensen, President
Holly Peterson, Vice President of Instruction
Kirt Michaelis, Vice President of Administrative Services
Joseph M. Demma, Vice President of College Relations

TERM Programs
  • Advanced EMT
  • AGC
  • Artisan Baking Course
  • Automotive Technology
  • Cosmetology
  • Culinary 1
  • Culinary 2
  • Custom Design & Fabrication
  • Dental Assisting
  • Diesel Technology
  • Digital Marketing & Analytics
  • Electrical Apprenticeship
  • EMT – Accelerated
  • Hair Design
  • HVAC Apprenticeship
  • Limited X-Ray Tech
  • Mobile Development
  • Nail Technician
  • Nurse Assistant
  • Nurse Assistant – Accelerated
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Phlebotomy
  • Plumbing Apprenticeship
  • Practical Nursing
  • Precision Machining
  • Radiography Technology
  • Sterile Processing
  • Surgical Technology
  • Web Programming & Development
NON-TERM Programs
  • Automated Manufacturing
  • Commercial Truck Driving, not CDL
  • Digital Media
  • Introduction to Web Development
  • Intro to Welding
  • IT Fundamentals
  • IT Support
  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Billing
  • Medical Billing & Coding
  • Medical Coding
  • Welding 1
  • Welding 2

Frequently Asked Questions

TERM Enrollment: Courses have a defined entry and defined exit date. All students move through the sequence of courses in a cohort. If students are not able to move on with their cohort and/or find it necessary to withdraw or are withdrawn from the program, they will be required to start the program over at the next start date.

NON TERM Enrollment: Courses have an open entry and defined exit date. All students move through the sequence of courses on their own schedule and will have the ability to repeat courses immediately if they are not successful. Students will have up to three (3) opportunities to take and complete each course.

No. Students will pay for all required courses up front, before starting their program, but will only be scheduled in one course at a time.

For “Non-Term” programs, you will need to purchase the course again to buy more time to complete your competencies. For “Term” programs, you will need to meet with a counselor to talk about your options.

The Utah System of Higher Education is conducting an alignment process to align curriculum and programs across the State of Utah so that students can transfer course completion, and eventually credits, between institutions seamlessly and without a student having to repeat courses or competencies.

Students are not employable until they complete all courses within a program. The group of courses offered that makes a program are determined by industry to ensure students are qualified to be successful in a position of related employment.

Students will register for one course at a time and upon successful competion of that course, within a defined date range, be able to register for the next course in a series of courses that will culimate in a program completion. Students will no longer have the option of taking extra time to complete a program. Instead, students will have opportunity to repeat courses if they are not able to successfully complete each course in the prescribed amount of time. Students will be required to pay for these repeat attempts at the time of enrollment. Students will have up to three (3) opportunties to complete the course (at an additional cost) before they will be required to wait six (6) months to enroll and attempt completion again.

You do not need to register for any courses at this time. Instead, your instructor will work to identify where you are in your program and notify Student Services as to which course you would be enrolled in on July 1, 2022. You will be notified of that course enrollment and your required course competion date. Upon successful completion of each course, you will automatically be enrolled in the next course using the funds you have in your account – unless you have to repeat a course. Any course repeats will require you to pay additional tuition upon re-enrollment of the course.

All students will be required to pay for courses up front in order to register. There are scholarship and financial aid options available for those that qualify.

No. You will complete the same training plan you enrolled in.

Students must complete courses by their established end date before they move on to another course; meaning there is no longer an option for 150% time to complete. If you are needing additional time, you are able to re-enroll for more time, pay for tuition and fees for the entire course, and will have to take a study skills class in Canvas.

An Academic and Career Counselor will reach out, but meeting with them is optional.

Registration will not change. Registration details for each specific program can be found on the program webpage.

Your instructor will work with you on your course ends dates and if you will need to pay for the course again.

If you are receiving financial aid or scholarships, it is recommended that you reach out to our Financial Aid office to see how you will be affected.

Students are expected to have continuous enrollment. If a student is wanting to take a break, we would recommend with drawing from the program. We recommend all students meet with an Academic and Career Counselor prior to withdrawing to talk about their options.

Students are available to contact student services during their regular office hours – 8:00am to 5:00pm. If you are unable to reach them at this time, Student Services answers emails Mon-Thurs from 5:00-8:00pm (

If you need further assistance, support, or clarification, it is recommended that you reach out to your instructor and meet with an MTECH Academic and Career Counselor.

For Non-Term programs where retakes are allowed, students will be placed on Academic Probation when they enroll in a course for the 3rd time. If students do not complete by the end of the course, they will be withdrawn from the program.

No. Students are purchasing the course again for more time to complete the competencies required that were not complete by the original course end date.