I am excited to see a forum to share thoughts, ideas and discoveries for those interested in Healthcare disciplines through distant learning and "non-traditional" pathways. The healthcare industry is growing and offers numerous opportunities to serve and obtain gainful employment. Throughout my journey in healthcare I have discovered at least 5 tracks in the healthcare industry. 1. The Practitioner/Clinician track. 2. The Researcher Track. 3. The Administrator/Management track. 4. The Educator Track. 5. The Sales and Marketing track. As an older student, many years ago I was interested in attending medical school and was accepted to a foreign medical school. I was told about the pitfalls of attending foreign schools and subsequent challenges in obtaining a license to practice in the USA. My mentor suggested I investigate the Nursing track and I was delighted to see the numerous "non-traditional" pathways that led to licensure and gainful employment. Nurses work 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. For the most part, they have a commitment to lifelong learning and were able to successfully convince numerous colleges and universities to provide degree and certificate programs through non-traditional pathways. There are weekend courses, night courses, online courses, challenge courses, intensive courses, traditional daytime courses and so forth. Numerous other healthcare disciplines have seen the advantage of using these platforms to deliver quality instruction to its students. However, not all but most programs in the healthcare industry by nature require a clinical component with "hands on" experiences. In addition, many require some kind of foundational experience or credential to commence studies.