School Review: Fisher College Online

Fisher College was founded in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1903. It was one of the first accredited colleges to offer an online course component in 1997 when administrators opened Fisher College Online -- the school's Internet campus. Since then, their online studies program has grown and now awards certificates, associates, and bachelor's degrees through solely-online programs.

Fisher College Online conducts its online classes through a program called Blackboard -- one of the leading e-learning software systems currently on the market. Online course instructors are required to have at least a Master's Degree, though many of the school's PhD-holding faculty members also teach online courses. Financial Aid is also available through Fisher College Online in the form of grants, scholarships, and loans. Students who wish to apply for financial aid do so by filing out a yearly FAFSA.

The programs at Fisher College Online span from trade programs, such as a certificate in medical coding, to bachelor's degree programs, such as a BS in Human Resource Management. They award four different Bachelor of Science degrees, six different Associate of Science degrees, three different Associate of Arts degrees, and five certificate program diplomas, as well as offering several non-credit courses. In addition, students of Fisher College Online may earn credits by testing out of courses in which they've had previous exposure or experience.

Fisher College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Online students have access to all of the resources that campus-based students of Fisher College have, including an online library database, bookstore, and offices such as career services, financial aid, and academic advising. Course instructors will also be readily available for consultation through office hours in which they can be reached by email, phone, or classroom bulletin board.

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