Q: I'm looking to earn an online degree in criminal justice. Right now I'm only looking to get an associate degree, but I'd also like to know which schools offer bachelor's degrees in case I decide to continue with school post-associate degree. Which online schools offers these degrees?
A: Congratulations on wanting to take that step towards earning a degree in higher education. Online colleges are good options for people who have hectic lifestyles and want to attend college on their own time. There are four online colleges we reviewed that offer either an associate degree program or bachelor's degree program in criminal justice, and some of them even offer both.
Here is the list of colleges and the degrees they offer:
AIU Online: Our top-rated online college offers both an associate of science degree program and a Bachelor of Science degree program in criminal justice. The undergraduate tuition cost is $302 per credit. Check out our full review of AIU Online to learn more about the online college.
Kaplan University: This five-star rated online college for financial aid options offers an associate in applied science degree program and a Bachelor of Science degree program in criminal justice. The price of undergraduate tuition is $371 per credit. Check out our full review of Kaplan University to learn more about the online college.
Colorado Technical University: Unlike the other online colleges, Colorado Technical University only offers a Bachelor of Science degree program in criminal justice. The undergraduate tuition cost is $325 per credit. Check out our full review of Colorado Technical University to learn more about the online college.
South University: This online college offers associate of science degree program and Bachelor of Science degree program in criminal justice. The price of undergraduate tuition ranges from $363-372 per credit. Check out our full review of South University to learn more about the online college.
If you're not sure which online college will be best for you, visit our compare page to see what all the colleges have to offer and narrow your comparison by using our "Search Online Degrees" tool.
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Want a career change but looking for a job in a high demand field? There are plenty out there. Even if you don't have the background or experience to switch to one of these jobs now, you can easily get the education through an online college. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), each of these fields is expected to grow faster than the national average growth rate by 2020:
Personal Financial Advisors: Personal Financial Advisors give financial advice to people in a range of subjects, including taxes, investments and savings. Between 2010 and 2020, the Personal Financial Advisor field is expected to grow by 32%, according to the BLS, which is much higher than the national average of 15%. Many online schools offer both bachelor's and master's degree programs in Finance and Accounting.
Network and Computer Systems Administrators: Network and Computer Systems Administrators run the computer network for their organization, including all data communication systems. Between 2010 and 2020, the Network and Computer Systems Administrators field is expected to grow by 28%, according to the BLS, which is far above the national average of 15%. Many online schools offer bachelor's degree programs in Network Administration and General Information Technology, as well as master's degree programs in IT Project Management.
Medical and Health Service Managers: Medical and Health Service Managers are basically healthcare administrators. They coordinate the inner workings of their healthcare facility. Between 2010 and 2020, the Medical and Health Service Managers field is expected to grow by 22%, according to the BLS, which is far above the national average of 15%. Many online schools offer both bachelor's and master's degree programs in Healthcare Management, including AIU and Cappella University.
Psychologists: Psychologists study human behavior and mental patterns, as well as how humans relate to each other. Between 2010 and 2020, the Psychologist field is expected to grow by 22%, according to the BLS, which is higher than the national average of 15%. Many online schools offer bachelor's and master's degree programs (and in some cases PhD programs) in various forms of Psychology.
Human Resources Specialist: Human resources specialists usually deal with recruiting and screening candidates for their company, as well as other administrative areas such as employee relations, payroll and benefits, and training. Between 2010 and 2020, the Human Resources Specialist field is expected to grow by 21%, according to the BLS, which is higher than the national average of 15%. Many online schools offer both bachelor's and master's degree programs in Human Resources Management.
The amount of total student loan debt that U.S. citizens have accumulated is now over $1 trillion. Student loans are becoming an increasingly touchy subject because of the rising cost of higher education. According to the Project on Student Debt, the price of tuition at U.S. colleges has increased over 900 percent over the past 34 years. Of the 1.4 million students who graduate college every year, two-thirds leave with an average debt of $27,000.
The government is trying to find solutions to the ever-rising debt situations, but progress has been slow since money is such a hot-button issue in Washington these days. The Senate today blocked a bill that would have frozen the student loan interest rates because the bill would have raised payroll taxes on Medicare and Social Security. The bill, which would have frozen the interest rates before they doubled in July, was defeated 52 to 45.
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Are you feeling like it's time for a career change? Bored with your job? Want to get more out of your career? We've all been there. The first step is deciding that you want to make a change. The next step is figuring out a plan of action. While it is possible to hit the reset button on your career in a number of different ways, the easiest way is going back to school, for a number of reasons.
1. School is the perfect place to learn another skill set. If you are looking to get into another career field entirely, college is the perfect place to learn an entirely new skill set. And in many cases, you don't even need to start from scratch. Many colleges will allow transfer credits from other schools, even if you already have your Bachelor's degree somewhere else. This will help you by-pass many of the pre-requisite classes and focus on your new field of study.
2. An advanced degree opens more doors for you. If you actually like the field you work in but just can't seem to advance past your current job or level, an advanced degree may be your answer. Many management or specialized jobs require higher levels of education, whether that be an MBA or just more education within a given subject. Getting that education can give you more freedom to move around within your industry.
3. You have the school's internship and job placement resources. Colleges have a wide range of job placement resources that can help you find the right job for you. From job boards to career counselors, it is smart to take advantage of the wide range of services that are offered to you.
4. It's easy. Well, it's easier today than it was in the past. With night and weekend classes, you don't have to miss any work. And online colleges make it even easier, letting you do your school work and take tests on your own time. So you can go to school at your own pace so you don't feel overwhelmed.
5. It can open a lot of networking doors. It's all about who you know, and college is a great place to meet students, professors, lecturers and other colleagues that can help you connect with the right people to help jump start your new career. Make sure you take every opportunity to connect and network with everyone you can, because you never know which new connection can help you land a job.
Q: I work full time and have a family so I need to do all my training online. Is that possible to do?
A: Online nursing degrees are a tricky subject. Most online universities that tout nursing degrees actually offer advanced nursing degrees that require you to already be a Registered Nurse (RN). Most of these programs are either RN-to-BSN (Bachelors of Science in Nursing) programs or RN-to-MSN (Masters of Science in Nursing) programs. Both of these programs are designed to build on the experience and knowledge you already have as an RN. Several of the top schools in our rankings, including Capella University and Kaplan Unvirsity, offer RN-to-BSN and RN-to-MSN programs.
In addition, Kaplan University offers an Associate of Science in Nursing, which it says will help prepare students for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses® (NCLEX-RN®), but does not guarantee that students will even be eligible or pass the test. It also requires access to clinical practicum sites and participation in nursing skills labs in Palm Beach County, Broward County, or Miami Dade County in Florida, which limits access considerably.
If you are interested in other nursing programs that don't require hands-on training, most of the schools we list in our nursing degree compare page offer such certifications and degrees.
If one of your resolutions is to go after that degree you've been eyeing, we can help you get started. Finding which school is the best fit for you can be an overwhelming experience, but it doesn't have to be. We review some of the top online schools and break down the pros and cons of each. Why choose an online school to furthur your education? It can be more convenient than traditional schools. You can take classes and do your work on your own timeline. You don't have to deal with commuting to school. And you also don't have to deal with huge classrooms or distracted teachers. It makes going back to school simpler. If you are interested in going back to school this year, check out our reviews of the top online schools here.
Q: I am currently attending University of Phoenix. I have 2 more classes to go for my Associates. I wanted to know if I would be able to transfer my credits and go for my Bachelors with American InterContinental University.
A: In theory, American InterContinental University will accept your transfer credits. In practice, the number of credits that can be transferred depends on whether they are applicable to your area of study.
AIU will accept transfer credits from any school that is accredited by an agency that is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education. The University of Phoenix is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association, so you should be fine. AIU will evaluate the credits you took at University of Phoenix and determine if they fit in with your desired program at AIU.
You should have no problem transferring general education classes, such as composition or basic math requirements. The more specific classes are where it becomes tricky. If you were an art student at University of Phoenix, but want to study business at AIU, most of those art classes won’t count for much. If you want to stay in the same area of study for your Bachelors at AIU, most of your credits should transfer with little issue. But each credit is subject to AIU’s evaluation process, so nothing is guaranteed.
Our other top-rated online college, such as Capella University and Kaplan University, have the same transfer requirements, as do many accredited colleges. Check out our compare page to see how other online schools stack up.
Q. I was reading on this website's FAQ where it said you can study to get your RN online, but when I tried to fill out the form for more information, an error appeared stating that I do not meet the educational requirements for the program. What are the education requirements for getting an RN degree online?
A. This is a good question, but the answer might be a little confusing. State education guidelines require hands-on training in a classroom or in a clinical setting for licensure as an RN. Western Governor's University is the only online program that offers a BS in Nursing (Prelicensure). This prepares you to sit for the national NCLEX RN licensing exam. Your clinical education includes working in simulated labs, followed by offsite agency-based clinical intensives where you'll master patient care skills and competencies. However, the availability of this program varies from state to state.
In order to qualify for this program, you must (from WGU's website):
- "Possess a current CPR certification at the Healthcare Provider Level.
- Take and pass the ATI TEAS V Exam at the “Proficient,” “Advanced,” or “Exemplary” Level. Click here to learn more about the TEAS V Exam.
- Submit at least one letter of recommendation from your current healthcare employer.
- Submit official transcripts from all previous institutions that show:
- You have earned a bachelor’s or associate’s degree AND/OR
- You have completed the program admissions prerequisites in Liberal Arts and Sciences and Behavioral Sciences
- You have completed all nursing-related science prerequisites in:
- Anatomy and Physiology
The following is an actual user-submitted question:
A: Absolutely. You can complete the education portion of your nursing degree online by attaining a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Once you graduate, you will need to pass the national licensing exam to get your actual nursing license. To learn more about our top rated nursing schools, take a look at our online nursing degree comparison. To learn more about the online nursing programs and online college in general, check out our online college FAQ.
If you're considering an online nursing degree, it's a great time to start investigating financial aid options. To help you out, we've created a Financial Aid Information page with all sorts of helpful guidance and links.
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