StraighterLine and Maricopa Integrated Health System Helps Employees Complete College with more Flexible College Tuition Assistance Options

StraighterLine and Maricopa Integrated Health System Helps Employees Complete College with more Flexible College Tuition Assistance Options

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For Immediate Release January 30, 2013 Baltimore, MD - StraighterLine ( announced today that Maricopa Integrated Health System (MIHS), a health care system that serves citizens of Maricopa County, is adding StraighterLine’s extremely flexible self-paced online college courses as an option for their employees. The incorporation of StraighterLine’s courses allows MIHS employees to earn a degree on their own time while balancing workplace and lifestyle commitments and responsibilities. StraighterLine even allows students to earn credit for their life experiences through a prior learning assessment program. MIHS will benefit by providing additional educational options and career advancement opportunities for their employees. And because StraighterLine’s affordable online college courses allow students to save up to 90% on their first year of college, MIHS employees are given the opportunity to spend less to earn their degrees. Course credits transfer to StraighterLine’s partner colleges and universities or through the ACE Credit service. Additionally StraighterLine has customized a training bundle for current MIHS ICD-9 coders. The bundle consists of Anatomy and Physiology I and II. This online, tutor supported model will help current MIHS Coders prepare for the ICD-10 Exam. Currently, StraighterLine offers sixty entry-level college courses online, including College Algebra, Precalculus, Calculus I, Calculus II, Business Writing, Introduction to Biology, Introduction to Biology with lab, General Chemistry I, General Chemistry I with lab, English Comp I, English Comp II, Accounting I, Accounting II, Managerial Accounting, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Business Statistics, Anatomy & Physiology I & II, each with a lab option, Medical Terminology, Psychology, Introduction to Business, Introduction to Criminal Justice, Introduction to Nutrition, Introduction to Sociology, Western Civilization I, Personal Finance, Pharmacology I, Pharmacology II, United States History I, Physics I with lab option and two developmental courses . “Providing affordable, low-risk pathways to health careers is important to Maricopa, StraighterLine and the U.S. economy,” says Burck Smith, CEO of StraighterLine. “By entering this partnership, MIHS helps its employees progress in their careers.” About Maricopa Integrated Health System (MIHS): Maricopa Integrated Health System includes Maricopa Medical Center, the Arizona Burn Center, the Comprehensive Healthcare Center, the McDowell Healthcare Clinic, 10 community-oriented family health centers, and an attendant care program. The Maricopa Medical Center is a premier training center for the nation’s physicians. MIHS provides care for all that enter their doors and annually have nearly 20,000 inpatient admissions and 300,000 outpatient visits. To learn more about MIHS visit them at: About StraighterLine StraighterLine has been recognized as a revolutionizing force in education by major news organizations and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for offering students online courses that earn real college credit for just $99 a month. Inside Higher Ed recognized StraighterLine for offering the “...lowest-cost set of credit-bearing courses on the Internet.” And Fast Company named StraighterLine one of the “10 Most Innovative Companies in Education.” In order to facilitate the award of credit, StraighterLine has forged partnerships with leading accredited online colleges and universities. A student ultimately earns a degree from those institutions but realizes tremendous savings and convenience by starting with StraighterLine. StraighterLine’s courses are evaluated and recommended by the American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT), which includes over 1,800 participating colleges and universities. In addition to the institutions with which StraighterLine has a direct relationship, more than 300 other schools are reported to have accepted StraighterLine coursework for transfer credit. Currently, StraighterLine offers entry-level college courses online in the Sciences, Humanities, English, Math and Business. Many StraighterLine courses are now offered in both self-paced and professor-led formats, for students to take individually or as part of a cohort. 5 StraighterLine courses have been approved by The College Board to be listed as AP courses: AP Macroeconomics, AP Microeconomics, AP English Language and Composition, AP Calculus AB and AP Psychology. Recently, StraighterLine began offering a wide variety of credit-by-examinations that let students earn college credit based on test scores. For information, visit or call 1-877-str8erline (1-877-787-8375). ###

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