Distance learning has become increasingly more popular in recent years as more and more adults are looking to change careers following a lay off from work. If you are struggling with a decision about distance learning, and if you are concerned about the amount of time it will take to complete a degree or certification program, it is important to consider accelerated distance learning programs.
Not all distance learning programs offer accelerated curriculums. When choosing a college, it is important to ask about not only the timeframe by which you can expect to complete the degree, but also what options to accelerate the program you may have. In many cases, accelerating the program is an option but will not be made readily available to you unless you ask about it.
In many alternative medicine and healthcare programs, including herbal medicine distance learning, accelerating the distance learning program is easier than if you were interested in accelerating a business or finance program. This reason for this is primarily based upon the need for group projects to be completed. In addition, the healthcare sector can often provide acceleration in distance learning by giving you college credit for applicable hands-on work experience.
Each and every distance learning program is unique and offers programs based upon what they feel is best for students and best for the image of the school. Because distance learning is still in its infancy, many schools will make accommodations to meet the needs of students. If you are considering distance learning, including an online degree program, ask about acceleration and explain your circumstances with regard to time and career path issues. Ultimately, the worst that can happen is the school will deny your request and indicate the curriculum schedule must be followed. Should this be the case, you can then begin to search for another program that may be suitable for your professional, career, and educational needs.
Remember that colleges are competing for your business as a student and in the distance learning sector, there are many avenues students can use to pursue and complete a college degree without ever stepping into a classroom.
Sources: Getting Your Degree, by D.P. Brown