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    Looking for 'Start Now' or 'Start Anytime' Institutions

    My daughter is looking to complete an AA or AS degree in general studies. Her plans are to transfer out of the associate degree program and into a pre-med program in our area. The issue is that she wants to begin immediately and does not want to wait until January to begin. We're looking for a regionally accredited institution [other than Argosy ] that offers DL courses year round. Any ideas?
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    National University is a great, regionally accredited university that has start dates at the beginning of each month. Classes are all 4 weeks and are pretty intense but you can really fly through a degree that way. I earned my master's there and loved it. National University • Associate of Arts
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    Thankssssssss!

    I visited National University. They'd work, except that it seems they want her to take 31 credits in person. That wouldn't work for our family. I appreciate your help though.

    Thanks...
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    Thomas Edison State College
    It is regionally accredited, enrollment begins each month and they have awesome credit transfer policies.
    I would highly recommend going over to InstantCert - Study Guides For CLEP, DANTES, ECE, And GED Exams and CLEP Forum - CLEP Study - CLEP Testing - Study Guide and Strategies to learn about CLEPing out of courses. I picked up about 60 credits in 5 months and she can too. TESC will let you fulfill all of the requirements for an AA or BA or BSBA degree through testing options. They do not require you to get a bunch of credits at their school.
    Online courses for college credit - Online Courses - StraighterLine is also a great way to get college credit.
    I have taken business communication, accounting I&II, and anatomy and physiology I&II at straighterline and loved the format. Those straighterline classes are inexpensive and transfer directly to Thomas Edison and other schools.
    In the time it takes her to finish her associates at Argosy or similar, she could finish a bachelors degree at Thomas Edison.
    I finished mine this June and am now working on an MBA . Last year at this time I had no degree, just a bunch of credits that I had earned in the 90s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LadyExecutive View Post
    I visited National University. They'd work, except that it seems they want her to take 31 credits in person. That wouldn't work for our family. I appreciate your help though.

    Thanks...
    Interesting, I see that now on the link I sent you. That has changed since I took classes there in 2003; it used to be 100% online.
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    Hi Shay,
    May I suggest your daughter look into Clovis CC located in NM
    http://www.clovis.edu/downloads/Fall2011Schedule.pdf
    Courses are very reasonably priced, they offer associate degrees, it is RA, and offer online courses in areas such as Biology, Chemistry, Health, Math. Be aware that some intro levelcourses may not qualify for a pre-med program. Anyway this is a great resource to complete lower level gen ed courses.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ryoder View Post
    Thomas Edison State College
    It is regionally accredited, enrollment begins each month and they have awesome credit transfer policies.
    I would highly recommend going over to InstantCert - Study Guides For CLEP, DANTES, ECE, And GED Exams and CLEP Forum - CLEP Study - CLEP Testing - Study Guide and Strategies to learn about CLEPing out of courses. I picked up about 60 credits in 5 months and she can too. TESC will let you fulfill all of the requirements for an AA or BA or BSBA degree through testing options. They do not require you to get a bunch of credits at their school.
    Online courses for college credit - Online Courses - StraighterLine is also a great way to get college credit.
    I have taken business communication, accounting I&II, and anatomy and physiology I&II at straighterline and loved the format. Those straighterline classes are inexpensive and transfer directly to Thomas Edison and other schools.
    In the time it takes her to finish her associates at Argosy or similar, she could finish a bachelors degree at Thomas Edison.
    I finished mine this June and am now working on an MBA. Last year at this time I had no degree, just a bunch of credits that I had earned in the 90s.
    Well, if you're going to mention TESC, you should put the other Big 3 into consideration, Charter Oak and Excelsior.

    My daughter earned an AA-General Studies from Charter Oak - she sued CLEP/DSST, Clovis CC, BYU Independent Study, and Seminary Extension ACE credit. We did my daughter's AA for about $60/credit hour.
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    All of Brigham Young U's independent study courses are "start anytime" courses.
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    Liberty University is not start anytime, but it does offer 6 start dates per year.
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    Lightbulb Lsu

    The LSU online AND print based courses are start anytime. LSU Independent and Distance Learning
    Last edited by BobbyJim; 08-28-2011 at 03:19 PM. Reason: added online option

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    Thanksssssss!

    Quote Originally Posted by ryoder View Post
    Thomas Edison State College
    It is regionally accredited, enrollment begins each month and they have awesome credit transfer policies...on an MBA. Last year at this time I had no degree, just a bunch of credits that I had earned in the 90s.
    Absolutely fantastic information! I plan to follow each advice I get. Thank you! As always, I am humbled by the great advice I get from this group.
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    Thank you, Ian. As always, you are such fantastic support. How are things? Stay in touch!
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    Can’t thank you guys enough! I am so busy wrapping up my doctoral degree that I almost missed that my daughter is ready to begin college. My, how time has flown.
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    Nichols College in Dudley, MA offers start dates every Monday:

    Online Classes | Graduate and professional business education at Nichols College, MA

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    Nichols College, I was seriously considering their MBA program due to the start any time and at your own pace nature. Its also a brick and mortar school. I forgot about them.

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    Nichols has been around since 1815, and was fully accredited in 1965. The combination of characteristics they offer: history , accreditation, brick and mortar, frequent start dates, and self-paced courses, is not an easy one to locate.

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