While a traditional college educational experience involves a physical presence on a campus and all that that entails, today degrees can be earned without ever leaving your home. Distance education, or online learning, makes it possible for students to pursue an entire degree virtually, or add a few classes here and there in a way that suits varied life situations perfectly. Most colleges and universities nationwide offer some form of distance education, and several Adventist campuses are no exception. The following listing is a snapshot of what is available for virtual learners from North America’s Adventist higher education campuses.
ANDREWS UNIVERSITY | www.andrews.edu/distance/online
Andrews offers several undergraduate and graduate programs through both online and on-campus courses. Please refer to the above site for detailed information on exactly what is available and how it works.
ADVENTIST UNIVERSITY OF HEALTH SCIENCES | online.adu.edu
ADU currently offers five faith-based programs (three undergraduate and two graduate) that are 100 percent online, with no campus visits required.
KETTERING COLLEGE OF MEDICAL ARTS | kc.edu/academics/health-sciences
Kettering offers a Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences online program. It is best suited for students who have already obtained an associate degree in health care and wish to pursue advanced study. It is a blend of online and on-campus courses.
LA SIERRA UNIVERSITY | lasierra.edu/online-programs
La Sierra’s School of Education offers online graduate courses leading to a master’s degree, which includes the Master of Arts in Teaching degree that allows students to earn teaching credentials. Most classes can be taken online, with just a few to be taken on campus.
LOMA LINDA UNIVERSITY | www.llu.edu/explore/step1.html (Search keyword “online.”)
Catering to working professionals and distance education students, LLU offers about 15 educational programs completely online, ranging from the certificate level to doctoral, as well as several hybrid (partly online) degrees. The university offers these programs in 18 states.
OAKWOOD UNIVERSITY | www.oakwood.edu/academics/oakwood-online-university
Oakwood offers three fully online degree completion programs through the adult education department. Additionally, there are two six-week summer terms offering a limited number of high-demand general and specialty courses. Oakwood also offers an online certification in Adventist-Muslim relations, taken by students from across the globe.
PACIFIC UNION COLLEGE | onlinecourses.puc.edu or e-mail [email protected]
PUC offers a fully online R.N. to B.S.N. in Nursing. This Western Association of Schools and Colleges-approved program is designed for registered nurses licensed to practice in California. PUC also offers online course options during its summer session.
SOUTHERN ADVENTIST UNIVERSITY | www1.southern.edu/academics/academic-sites/online-campus/index.html
Southern offers several online undergraduate courses including an A.S. to B.S. in Nursing with the option of online completion. Additionally, several graduate programs are available that function largely online combined with a short on-campus intensive or rotations in international field settings, depending on the program.
SOUTHWESTERN ADVENTIST UNIVERSITY | www.swau.edu/distance-education
Southwestern offers nine undergraduate programs through its distance education department. Courses are also available for traditional, on-campus undergraduate students during the summer. Post-baccalaureate students interested in completing the requirements for teacher certification may also do so through distance education.
WALLA WALLA UNIVERSITY | wallawalla.edu/academics/distance-learning
Walla Walla offers certain courses as part of normal degree requirements for specific majors. Consult the link above and click on “FAQ” to learn more about how it works.
WASHINGTON ADVENTIST UNIVERSITY | online.wau.edu
WAU offers two graduate degrees in an online setting: the Master of Business Administration and a Master of Arts in Public Administration.