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Advantages of Arizona Colleges Online

The benefits of pursuing higher education online include the convenience of being able to do class work at any time and in any place. This icos especially beneficial for people with unpredictable schedules and/or other commitments, like work and family. Coursework is often self-paced, and may even allow students to work ahead if they desire.

With online education, students can be located far from campus, even out of the country. There's no need to commute, find a parking space on campus, live in the dorms or sit in a classroom—all of which can help eliminate or reduce travel and living expenses. The freedom to pursue an education from anywhere with an Internet connection is also beneficial to those stationed overseas or traveling frequently for work.

There are also several unique skills students may be able to gain from online degrees in Arizona that could translate well to the workplace, such as increased self-discipline and technology skills. For example, a student might learn the skills needed to create digital presentations or effectively engage in Internet discussion groups, which could be assets in today's corporate world.

2013's Revolutionary Online Programs in Arizona (AZ)

University of Arizona

The University of Arizona's online Pediatric Integrative Medicine in Residency program recently expanded its curriculum to four other universities, becoming the first national program of its kind. Previously, the pilot program was only available at the University of Arizona. Now, pediatric departments from the University of Kansas, University of Chicago, Stanford University and Eastern Virginia Medical School are included in the program's curriculum as well. The program is designed to introduce medical school graduates to a number of non-traditional pediatric treatments that include stress management, acupuncture and nutritional treatments, among others.

Pediatric residents can learn on their own time and use the curriculum as a supplement to the knowledge that they have gained from their school's clinical programs. With over 100 hours of online lectures, videos, journal reading and interactive teaching, pediatric residents enrolled in the course will be prepared to answer questions about non-traditional treatments from parents of pediatric patients. In addition, they could provide recommendations for those treatments. It is the university's hope that the course may someday become an international teaching tool.

The University of Arizona is now offering a master's degree in electrical and computer engineering that can be earned completely online. The 30-unit program is designed to meet the needs of the working professional. Students will gain a strong academic foundation in electrical and computer engineering principles from a highly ranked school of electrical and computer engineering. The school offers several different areas of focus, including coding and compression, wireless communications and networks, autonomic robotic space exploration, biomedical technologies and high-performance computing. It will also offer instruction in optical imaging systems, signal and image processing, simulation modeling and heterogeneous systems design, and microwave to optical metamaterials. Application dates to the program are also flexible.

Arizona State University

Arizona State University, the largest public university in the nation, has become one of the earliest and most aggressive institutions of personalized learning. In an effort to meet the pressures of increasing enrollment and student retention rates, the school began looking for ways to help students complete general education requirements in a more efficient manner. ASU decided to start placing thousands of its students into web-based computerized courses, particularly in the area of entry-level math. In the last year alone, about 50 instructors helped more than 7,600 students through these courses.

Not only do the courses allow students to learn at their own pace, they also provide feedback on the student's strengths and weaknesses. That data is then used to tailor the course instruction to each specific student based on their understanding of the material. By 2014, ASU hopes to add another six courses to the program, increasing their adaptive-learning enrollment by another 19,000 students. In addition to the adaptive-learning courses, Arizona State currently offers numerous graduate certificate programs, and more than 60 online undergraduate and graduate degree programs as well.

Employment Opportunities in Arizona (AZ)

According to the Institute for a Competitive Workforce (icw.uschamber.com, 2012), bachelor's degree holders in Arizona earn a median wage that's roughly 67 percent higher than that of just a high school graduate. In their 2012 report "Leaders & Laggards,” the ICW estimates that even an associate degree holder can expect to earn around 33 percent more than someone with only a high school diploma. Unemployment among degree holders is less than among high school graduates as well.

In addition to possibly paying higher wages, jobs requiring postsecondary education are quickly becoming more widespread. By 2018, the Lumina Foundation (luminafoundation.org, 2012) predicts that about 61 percent of Arizona's jobs will require a college degree. However, only about 37 percent of adult workers are expected to hold a college credential by that time, leaving a large gap between available jobs and qualified workers.

Arizona's economic future and the ability to compete nationally depend on producing more college graduates. As such, in September 2010, the Arizona Board of Regents developed and unveiled the Arizona Higher Education Enterprise Plan (AHEE), with the goal of increasing college completion rates by 2020. The AHEE outlined reforms in how the educational system is financed and delivered, including the implementation of more online programs.

Possible Careers for Online College Graduates in Arizona (AZ)

There are a number of growing and prosperous careers in Arizona. By attending an online college you could wind up with the skills and knowledge to help prepare yourself to become successful in these fields. Below is a list of growing and well paying careers in Arizona, according to the 2012 bls.gov, along with what online programs can help prepare you for these occupations:

Fast Growing Careers in Arizona: Information Taken from the Department of Labor and BLS.gov

OccupationEmployment Growth %
Median Hourly WageRelated Online College Program
Credit Authorizers, Checkers, and Clerks 52.0% $15.13 Online Colleges for Finance
Physical Therapist Aides 28.1% $21.02 Online Physical Therapy Assistant Programs
Dental Assistants 27.1% $16.70 Online Dental Assistant Programs

 

Below are a few high paying careers in Arizona, according to bls.gov:

OccupationEmployment RSEMedian Hourly WageRelated Online College Program
Marketing Managers 7.1% $53.08 Online Master Programs in Marketing
Physician Assistants 9.8% $43.62 Online Physician Assistant Programs
Medical Health and Services Managers 3.4% $43.45 Online Health Administration Programs

 

Trends in Online Education: Public and Private Online Schools in Arizona

Arizona offers many online programs through some of its bigger public universities, as well as many smaller community colleges. Arizona's three public universities—Arizona State University (ASU), Northern Arizona University (NAU) and The University of Arizona (UA)—all place a heavy emphasis on online education. For example, ASU alone offers 29 undergraduate and 30 graduate degree programs online. NAU provides purely online degrees along with hybrid degrees, which combine virtual coursework with on-campus sessions. Through its Outreach College, UA also offers university courses and degree programs completely online.

Of its numerous online offerings, ASU's most popular bachelor's degrees include business/communication, engineering management, health science, nursing (RN to BSN) and psychology. Its graduate offerings include master's degrees in a handful of engineering and education fields, as well as criminal justice, information management and business administration. In addition, students who take online courses are able to access all of ASU's library resources.

Online bachelor's degrees obtainable through Northern Arizona University encompass eight health sciences areas and four interdisciplinary studies fields, along with nursing, dental hygiene, comparative cultural studies, and parks and recreation management. Its 18 online master's degrees include English, math, nursing, administration and educational technology.

Numerous online classes are available as well through Arizona's community colleges. Mesa Community College, via its eLearning portal, offers 500 distance learning courses. Rio Salado College, which focuses on workforce-readiness education, provides numerous online academic certificates and degrees, in everything from accounting to Web design.

Students may also pursue online degrees through national online colleges, which typically offer a broader range of programs than traditional state schools. Some, such as the University of Phoenix, even have physical campuses in Arizona where students can attend class as well.

List of Online Colleges in Arizona

The following tables provide information about colleges that may offer fully online degrees, classes, and/or programs. This information was sourced from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), part of the U.S. Department of Education. Some online institutions may also offer campus programs as well.

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Four Year Not-For-Profit Online Colleges - 2013 Stats

College
Featured Programs
Address
Total Enrollment
Average Tuition
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University-Prescott

  • Computer Science.
10220 North 25th Ave, Ste 100, Phoenix, Arizona 85021
1,723
$11,733
Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture
  • Architecture
2251 E. Navajo Blvd., Holbrook, Arizona 86025-0610
24
$8,238
International Baptist College
  • Elementary Education and Teaching.
4222 E Thomas Rd Ste 400, Phoenix, Arizona 85018-7607
75
$17,606
Prescott College
  • Agriculture
Highway 86, Mile Post 115.5 N, Sells, Arizona 85634-3129
1,134
$9,576
Thunderbird School of Global Management
  • Business
1200 Lebanon Road, West Mifflin, Pennsylvania 15122
1,267
$9,249
Arizona State University
  • Agriculture
2800 S. Lone Tree Rd., Flagstaff, Arizona 86001-2701
72,254
$8,567
Northern Arizona University
  • Environmental Science.
  • Forestry
1012 NW Grand Ave, Phoenix, Arizona 85007
25,359
$8,215
University of Arizona
  • Agriculture
900 Johnsville Blvd, Warminster, Pennsylvania 18974
39,236
$14,550

Four Year For-Profit Online Colleges Online Colleges - 2013 Stats

College
Featured Programs
Address
Total Enrollment
Average Tuition
ITT Technical Institute–Phoenix
  • Computer And Information Sciences
  • Networking Systens
  • Telecommunications.
2160 S Power Rd, Mesa, Arizona 85209
463
$22,504
Argosy University-Phoenix Online Division
  • Education Curriculum and Instruction.
3345 S Rural Rd, Tempe, Arizona 85282
13,863
$10,684
Chamberlain College of Nursing-Arizona
  • Registered Nurse.
12827 N Tatum Blvd, Phoenix, Arizona 85032
406
$7,313
Northcentral University
  • Education Education
2323 W 14th St, Tempe, Arizona 85281
9,662
$15,090
Southwest University of Visual Arts-Tucson
  • Landscape Architecture.
1920 Spruce St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103-6685
258
$9,670
University of Advancing Technology
  • Communications Technology
Three Neshaminy Interplex, Trevose, Pennsylvania 19053-6939
1,052
$13,485
University of Phoenix-Online Campus
  • Communication
114 Pickering Way, Exton, Pennsylvania 19341-1310
307,871
$18,610
University of Phoenix-Southern Arizona Campus
  • Computer and Information Sciences
170 Red Rock Road, York, Pennsylvania 17402-8046
2,316
$16,932

Two Year & Under Two Years For-Profit Online Colleges - 2013 Stats

College
Featured Programs
Address
Total Enrollment
Average Tuition
American Institute of Technology
  • Commercial Vehicle Operator and Instructor.
8503 N 27th Ave., Phoenix, Arizona 85051-4063
421
NA
Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences
  • Communications Technologies
6000 W Olive Ave, Glendale, Arizona 85302
691
$14,419
Empire Beauty School-North Tucson
  • Cosmetology
13610 N Black Canyon Hwy, Ste 104, Phoenix, Arizona 85029
101
$12,360
Empire Beauty School-NW Phoenix
  • Cosmetology
8100 E Camelback Rd, Suite 1001, Scottsdale, Arizona 85251-2729
205
$12,719
Fortis College-Phoenix
  • Dental Assistant
Knoles Drive, Babbitt Administrative Center, Flagstaff, Arizona 86011-4132
316
NA
Pima Medical Institute-East Valley
  • Health Care Management
5099 E. Grant Rd. #100, Tucson, Arizona 85712
491
$16,085

Community Colleges Offering Distance Learning or Hybrid Programs - 2013 Stats

College
Featured Programs
Address
Total Enrollment
Average Tuition
Arizona Western College
  • Agriculture
3012 East Route 66, Flagstaff, Arizona 86004
8,418
$9,885
Central Arizona College
  • Agriculture
2727 W. Glendale Ave. #200, Glendale, Arizona 85051
7,442
$24,706
Cochise College
  • Agriculture
10400 N. 25th Avenue, Suite 190, Phoenix, Arizona 85021-1641
4,912
$9,163
Eastern Arizona College
  • Agriculture
8939 E Indian Bean Rd Ste B-2, Scottsdale, Arizona 85250
6,997
$33,873
GateWay Community College
  • Environmental Science.
  • Computer and Information Sciences
10020 North 25th Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona 85021
6,801
$7,271
Mesa Community College
  • Agriculture
1457 W Southern Ave, Suite 113, Mesa, Arizona 85202
25,695
NA
Mohave Community College
  • Computer and Information Sciences
625 E Wetmore, Suite F-109, Tucson, Arizona 85705
6,107
$11,698
Northland Pioneer College
  • Computer and Information Sciences
9630 North 25th Ave, Phoenix, Arizona 85021
3,917
NA
Rio Salado College
  • Agriculture
1401 E University, Tucson, Arizona 85721-0066
25,109
$15,737
Yavapai College
  • Agriculture
151 Wyngate Drive, Monroeville, Pennsylvania 15146-2388
7,837
NA

How to Find More Information about Online Universities in Arizona

While the application process varies from school to school, generally it involves filling out and submitting an application, paying a fee and providing academic transcripts. For qualifications, information or assistance, it's best to contact an admissions counselor at the school of interest. Many national online colleges have advisors available to answer questions immediately online.

There are also several accredited online universities headquartered outside of Arizona, such as University of Phoenix, Ashford University, and Walden University, that can accept residents located in Arizona. You can view these featured colleges below and choose one of our options to get more information about them.

 


Sources:

BLS 2012 Occupational Statistics in Arizona
Arizona Board of Regents
Arizona State University
The Institute for a Competitive Workforce
Lumina Foundation
Mesa Community College
Northern Arizona University
Rio Salado College
University of Arizona

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