Over the last decade and a half, there has been a sea change with regards to the merits of obtaining a healthcare MBA online. What once was a questionable decision has turned into a wise choice for many students who, for one reason or another, are continuing their education in an online capacity. The George Washington University now leads a very prestigious list of schools offering an online masters in healthcare management. The field is changing rapidly, and this list will keep you up to date with the facts and myths as they stand.
Myth – The Quality of Education is Lower in Online Courses
Fact - For exceptional schools like the George Washington University, online programs give students an equal opportunity for a stellar education. Online faculty members are vetted just like in-class faculty members and must perform at an equally high level.
Instruction in online classes can even exceed that found in traditional classes, says Ramin Sedehi, the director of Higher Education Consulting at the Berkeley Research Group. Good teachers are good teachers, whether they instruct online or in traditional classrooms. With a surplus of collegiate level professors in this country, it only stands to reason that the quality of online instructors will be rising in the years to come.
Myth – Students In Online Classes Are On Their Own
Fact - Though online students are rarely, if ever in the same room as their instructors, this in no way means they don’t have the same support as students in traditional brick and mortar classrooms.
Opportunities for meaningful teacher / student interactions are no less possible in an online capacity. Students can email their instructors with questions and sometimes get faster responses than they would in a ‘normal’ classroom setting. Many online instructors are willing to Skype with their students during ‘office hours’ and go to great lengths to make themselves available to their students. Online chat sessions are another common way teachers interact with their students, and many students work together by chatting online or setting up video calls.
Myth – Employers Don’t Like Online Degrees
Fact - Employers are changing with the times. They have to. With more and more people graduating from accredited, high-quality online MBA programs, it would be a mistake to not consider these graduates for employment.
Over the past several years, more and more employers have been surveyed to find out exactly how they view the potential of hiring people with online degrees. As one might imagine, online degrees are gaining mainstream acceptance.
Excelsior College and the Zogby organization revealed the results of a 2011 survey that showed “nearly two-thirds of those familiar with online education believe that a degree earned online is as credible as one earned through a traditional campus-based program.” As might be expected, employers care more about the quality of an institution’s graduates than whether or not they obtained their degree online.
If you’re considering getting an online MBA degree in healthcare, know that the myths surrounding online education are fading fast. As leading universities expand their online educational opportunities, it becomes a win-win situation. With top-quality instructors being added to faculty rosters at an increasing rate, top-of-their class students are joining the ranks of these premier institutions.
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