Meet Professor Nikki C. Epps: Medical Terminology

Jaime Dalbke

Nikki EppsNow that StraighterLine also offers professor-led online college courses, we thought you might want to know a little more about our professors. We’ve asked each of them to answer a series of questions to help you decide whether you want to enroll in their courses or stick with our more traditional self-paced courses. As with everything else here at StraighterLine, like publishing student course ratings and average pass rates, our goal is to give you the information you need to make the right choices for you.

And with that, it’s time for you to get to know Professor Nikki C. Epps:

What excites you about StraighterLine’s Professor Direct?

Professor Direct provides a wonderful platform for students to learn at a pace that fits their schedule. Professors can motivate students and enhance their learning experience by using different teaching styles and resources.

What course/s do you teach at StraighterLine and why should students signup for them?

I teach Medical Terminology. Medical Terminology is a specialized language used by Health Care professionals in hospitals, health related organizations, clinics and medical offices. Medical Terminology is used to communicate concepts, thoughts and ideas. By understanding the origin of words, word parts and basic rules of forming medical terms, students will be able to communicate more efficiently in the health care setting. Students pursuing allied health career as well as students needing a better understanding of medical terms should sign up for my Medical Terminology course.

What do you like about teaching online that you can’t do in a traditional classroom?

Teaching online provides the student and professor more flexibility. I am able to communicate with students at various times throughout the day and focus on individual student’s needs in a timelier manner.

Why did you become a professor?  What motivated you to become a teacher?

I became a professor because I wanted to help students entering allied health fields. I am motivated by my family, which has pursued healthcare careers as practicing physicians, academic professors and health care managers. I am motivated by their ability to use their knowledge, skills and resources to give back to the community.

What is your favorite way to learn? Do you recommend this to students?

My favorite way to learn is through research and staying up to date with current healthcare news. Using my critical thinking skills, I am able to apply my knowledge to everyday situations.  I recommend this form of learning to students entering health care fields because you will need to use your critical thinking skills to solve issues that relate to patient care.

Tell us about your favorite hobby or your favorite way to spend time away from work.

My favorite hobby is any arts and crafts project. I love to create floral arrangements and plan small events.

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