Not all online trade school, technical college or university training programs are equivalent. There are a few things a student should consider while researching online programs like the school’s reputation, accreditation, faculty and program length/cost.

Check Reputation – Do extra research on schools that are strictly online; example: check reviews on Google. Colleges with a real-world location to go along with their online learning options will often times have better reputations.

Accreditation – Accreditation is extremely important. If you spend a lot of time and money on a college degree from an unaccredited school, especially in fields like healthcare, job opportunities will be very difficult to come by.

Staff Accessibility – Is meaningful contact with professors, counselors, and administration easy? This answer must be YES in my opinion.

Length of Program – If a “quick route to a bachelor’s degree” is a top selling point of the school you’re researching, be suspicious. There is no quick route through “two” or “four years” of credits unless you have a time machine. You may complete a 4 year course in under 4 years but the work you need to complete isn’t going to change. You’ll just bust your butt harder for 3 or 3 and a half years instead.

When it comes to learning and self improvement, the “easy” way is rarely the best one. So to cap off this short post; check online reviews of the schools you research, check the accreditation of the college, contact a few different school departments with your questions and don’t rush!


(edit: 2/13/19)