Healthcare And Nursing Success Stories

Wondering if StraighterLine is just what the doctor ordered to help you start your career in health care or get your degree in nursing? Then read the success stories of these StraighterLine students who turned our affordable, flexible and convenient self-paced online courses into their path to a fulfilling life helping others.

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StraighterLine Student Profile: Donnie Davis

In September, 2012, a student named Donnie Davis was grappling with the fact that he only needed to complete one three-credit course before he could earn his Bachelor of Business Administration from Strayer University.

“I was thinking of CLEPPING it,” he says, meaning that he was about to take one of the CLEP exams to earn the credits he needed to graduate. Then a Dean at Strayer suggested, “Why don’t you think about taking the course you need at StraighterLine?”

Up to that point, Davis had not heard of StraighterLine. He was a busy guy, working several jobs, including one as a medical lab technician. How could he find time to complete a course? But he checked out StraighterLine online and enrolled in Western Civilization I. In less than a month, he had finished the course and earned the three credits he needed to complete his degree and graduate.

A Cost-Efficient Solution

“The savings were huge,” Davis says. “I enrolled in StraighterLine’s $99/month plan. In addition to that fee, I paid $49 for the course, and also bought a textbook for the course. I dove in, worked hard, and finished the course in three weeks.

“In the end, that three-credit course cost me less than $200, and that included tuition, textbook, everything. I’d estimate that I saved more than $1,500 on just that one class. I have paid thousands more from other universities and wish I had heard about you all sooner.”

A Quality Course

Davis loves to learn. He explains that he is not the kind of person who was looking for an easy way.

“The course was a very good experience,” he explains. “I found the content interesting. In fact, I read the entire textbook, every chapter, and I studied hard. But I am a person who likes to work and learn. The course’s curriculum was not easy. But I liked the fact that I had to work hard to pass exams.”

Help When He Needed It

The StraighterLine course did not leave Davis unattended when he needed help or had questions.

“Just once,” he recalls, “I had a question about some of the questions that were on one exam. I asked, I got a quick response, and I was happy with the outcome.”

Now, His Career Is On Track

Davis explains, “I am a medical lab technician. But as I said before, I like to work hard! I am eager to move up into management, and my BBA degree will help me do that. I also plan to go back to school at some point to earn an MBA degree.”

Summing Up His StraighterLine Experience

“What an exceptional value.” Davis says. “That was a real sigh of relief for me because I was already graduating college with loans to repay. But I will repay them, like I take care of all my finances, and when I will go back to school to earn an MBA, StraighterLine will be part of my plans. I’ll be back!”

StraighterLine Student Profile: Christine Natelli MS

A California student uses online learning to transition her career to nursing

StraighterLine student Christine Natelli is a problem-solver. When she wanted to change career tracks from psychology to nursing, she took online courses and is now earning her B.S.N. degree. When classes in nearby California community colleges were full and unavailable, she used StraighterLine to solve the problem. And when working in a hospital and being mother to her four-year-old daughter made it hard to take courses, Christine used online learning to solve the problem.

Here’s how Christine told her story in a recent conversation with StraighterLine . . .

StraighterLine: Can you tell us a little about yourself?

Christine Natelli: Sure, I live near Los Angeles in Simi Valley. I work at a hospital in L.A. and I have a four-year-old daughter, so I have pretty limited time for anything else.

SL: Is that why you went looking for online classes?

CN: I already had a Master’s degree in psychology, but I wanted to do a career change into nursing. Western Governors University, where I applied to study nursing, actually told me about StraighterLine and suggested that I could complete some of my required prerequisite courses there faster. I was looking for a cost-effective school where I could complete the coursework at my own pace, and after viewing several other options, I decided StraighterLine by far was the best option for me.

SL: Did you have problems finding the classes you needed at California community colleges?

CN: I did have problems, yes. There are fewer classes available at community colleges these days, and they get full fast. Also, the fees have gone up considerably. If you are taking courses at a community college, you have to find time in your schedule to attend classes in person and find parking, and frankly, there is never any parking! Online is much, much better. No comparison. I really wish I would have found StraighterLine a long time ago.

SL: Did a community college ever shut you out of a class?

CN: Yes, many times. I was placed on waiting lists many times and more often than not, there were just too many students and not enough seats.

SL: What courses have you taken at StraighterLine?

CN: Anatomy and Physiology with Lab I and II.

SL: Was it difficult to transfer the credits you earned to Western Governors University?

CN: Oh it was so easy! So easy, so fast. I think the easiest time I’ve ever had transferring units over.

SL: What was it like to take those online classes at StraighterLine?

CN: I think it was actually more challenging than when I was attending community college in person. I really liked going at my own pace and I feel like I learned more taking my two courses at StraighterLine than if I had taken them at a community college. When you’re sitting in a community college class, you have distractions, like the kids who don’t really want to be there. They distract you and the class and take time away from your learning. Also in a regular class, there are certain things that you already know, and you have to sit there and go through them again. You can’t just bypass what you may already know.

SL: Did the flexibility of online courses help you?

CN: Yes, I was able to claim some time on my own, away from family obligations, to accelerate my coursework. When I felt that I was comfortable with a chapter’s content, I could just take the test and move ahead. I was able to bypass some time there.

SL: Could you get answers to questions about your courses?

CN: Everything was explained to me very well. I had no problem.

SL: Have you gotten other benefits from taking StraighterLine courses?

CN: Not yet, but I will! I really wish I had found StraighterLine before I spent a great deal of money on my education. I could have saved a lot of money, time, and headache. Have I recommended StraighterLine to my friends? Yes I have, and I do. StraighterLine gets an A++ from me.

StraighterLine Success Story: Inessa Volkonidina

How One Student Uses StraighterLine to Prepare for Medical School

Inessa Volkonidina majored in Biology at Long Island University. She is now working full-time at a manufacturing company while she prepares for medical school. How is she getting ready? By taking online courses at StraighterLine.

In a recent conversation with StraighterLine, Inessa explained how she is using online college courses to prepare for her future as a physician.

StraighterLine: How did you find your calling to become a physician?

Inessa: For as long as I can remember, I have always loved to help people. Therefore, I always dreamed of becoming a doctor. I believe my passion comes from my family, since I come from a family of doctors and chemists. My family has always been supportive of me and has never pushed me into anything. Currently, I work for a wholesale jewelry manufacturing company and I also volunteer at a hospital. I complete paperwork, distribute medication, help doctors at the ICU. If you name it, I probably do it or have done it.

SL: How did you find your way to StraighterLine?

Inessa: Just by browsing the internet. I was looking for an online course and I happened to stumble across Yahoo Answers, where someone commented that their grandchild or child took a course at StraighterLine and that it was a legitimate course and website.

SL: Did you take any online courses before StraighterLine?

Inessa: Before StraighterLine, I had not taken any online courses. Therefore, they were new to me. I had heard different opinions regarding online courses. However, I disregarded what people said and took the course and it was amazing. The syllabus was identical to the course offered in my college. However, the explanation that was provided by StraighterLine was amazing compared to the explanation given to me by my college professor.

SL: What StraighterLine courses have you taken?

Inessa: As of today, I have taken Pre-Calculus, Calculus and Medical Terminology. I am currently taking Physiology and Anatomy I. I took courses in Physiology and Anatomy separately. However, I had never taken Anatomy and Physiology, so I thought it would be a great review for my MCATs. And Long Island University agreed to include the courses in my transcript.

SL: Was it complicated to transfer your credits to Long Island University?

Inessa: I did transfer the StraighterLine credits to LIU. At first LIU was not thrilled to hear about me taking courses in another school online. Of course, what school would be happy when their student takes courses at another facility, especially because schools lose money that way? However, LIU accepted the credits because it is on the list of schools that accept ACE credits.

SL: What role do StraighterLine courses play in your future plans?

Inessa: StraighterLine has SAVED me a lot of money. I paid $100 for Pre-Calculus and I received Calculus for free. I did previously take Pre-Calculus and Calculus at LIU, where I received my B.S. in Biology. However, I decided to drop the courses because I did not like the way the professors taught the courses. StraighterLine offered the courses in complete detail. If you had problems with Algebra (which was why I was suffering in Pre-Calculus and Calculus), StraighterLine acknowledged that and offered courses in great detail and depth. I understood what I was doing and I was not guessing. I finally understood where those weird numbers were coming from!

SL: Do you have any more comments about what it was like to take courses at StraighterLine?

Inessa: I never had a problem with StraighterLine. In all honesty what attracted me was the cost of the classes. In addition, the StraighterLine staff is amazing. When I needed something, they were always there. And believe me, they are hard-working. One time I ran into a problem and my adviser was sick and out for a week. However when she came back, she stayed half the night in the office catching up on her work. I received an email from her at 1:00 in the morning! Now, that is dedication.

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