Students Can Earn College Credit in 5 Weeks at MNU Liberty Site
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A new year and a new you may mean something other than starting a weight loss program or decluttering your home--if you’re considering furthering your education in the Northland. Now you can get a jump on your goal by earning college credit in just five weeks. MidAmerica Nazarene University is expanding the courses it offers at its Liberty location to include three-credit, five-week, weekend, and online accelerated courses in general education and elective areas of study.
“These short-term courses are a great way to test the waters and see how you feel about being back in the learning environment,” says Terry Gunter, EdD, director of the Center for Graduate and Adult Learning at MNU. “The class schedules and pace are geared for adults with multiple commitments and a full-time job.”
Gunter says working adults sometimes get discouraged when they think about the time it will take to earn a significant amount of college credit in a traditional 16-week semester. A typical full-time course load is 12-15 credits and requires class attendance four to five nights a week while completing four to five courses at a time.
With MNU’s accelerated short term courses, a student can earn the same amount of credit by attending class just one night a week or on weekends. Additionally students study just one subject at a time then move on to the next short-term course. By adding in online courses the schedule becomes even more efficient.
According to Gunter, the coursework is transferable to other colleges if a student needs to take additional coursework to complete a degree elsewhere. But many students take the coursework to position themselves to enter one of MNU’s accelerated one-year bachelor’s degree completion programs such as the RN to BSN or Bachelor of Arts in Management and Human Relations, and the 14-month Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration. Some students seek the accelerated associate’s degree at MNU in either general business or liberal arts.
Gunter says the courses are competitively priced at $130 a credit hour and considering the accelerated schedule will often qualify for financial aid when students meet certain criteria.
MNU’s spring course schedule in Liberty includes eight courses in everything from the Theory of American Humor to Principles of Supervision. Six online courses this spring give students a wide variety from which to choose. Courses are also offered in Olathe. A faculty advisor is available to assist students in determining what courses they should take based on their short and long-term goals. For assistance and more information contact the Center for Adult and Graduate learning at 913-971-3778.