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Important Features of an Online Education Program

Online education is not the best choice for everyone but is a good choice for you?  Here are some thoughts for you to consider.

Flexibility – We are busy people! We have kids; we have full time jobs, etc. When do we fit in education? Flexibility is a HUGE benefit when doing online education. We can set our own schedule for school and study time around all the “busy” in our lives.

Self-motivation- With freedom and flexibility of the online environment there is responsibility. The online process takes a real commitment and discipline. Online education is not for everyone. You have to be determined to do it; you have to do it because it’s important to you! With that in mind, you must be self-motivated to succeed! Remember that it is extremely important for you to stay on top of your work without procrastinating. At times you might have to close out distractions in order to study and complete your assignments

Setting Goals- First plan on success! Distance learning has its own special challenges but when you set your goals in mind the chances of success is greatly increased. When you have accomplished an assignment or you received a good grade on a quiz, reward yourself! Remember to be proud of your accomplishments!

Expense – In the current economy, cost is often a big factor to consider. We do not need to spend more money than needed on our education.  Traditional universities or schools usually have many factors that make their costs higher than the online schools. Universities have costs of buildings, maintenance, staff, and many other costs. Also, students have to travel to the school adding fuel expenses and time to their already busy day. Online students avoid these costs making it more affordable and more convenient to attend an online school. Also consider how the school determines its tuition. Some schools charge by the class and other schools the semester. Maybe it is better financially to find a school that charges a flat fee.

The combination of everything above makes online education a great option for those of us that need another option. That’s my list, what would you add?

Speech Recognition Editing

What is it and why do I care anyway? Speech Recognition Editing the activity in which a Medical Language Specialist (MLS) reviews and corrects medical documents that have been dictated then converted by automatic speech recognition software to text. The medical transcription industry needs MTs with this particular knowledge to work with speech recognition. If there are not enough people trained to do Speech Recognition Editing, the industry is going to end up letting it go without an editor. This is going create a lot of mistakes in the transcribed medical reports, something that the medical profession cannot have.  Most doctors require no less than 98% accuracy from their MTs which is another reason the industry needs qualified Speech Recognition Editors.

Speech recognition is a great addition to your resume and is a skill that will help you remain competitive and stay employed in spite of economic changes and technological advances in healthcare documentation.

Happy Thanksgiving and Many Thanks from ADHPG

Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our thanksgiving.  ~W.T. Purkiser

This is the time of year when we give thanks for the wonderful gifts that we have been given, the experiences we have treasured, the people who have changed our lives. This year AHDPG would like to give thanks for all of the blessings in our lives. Among those blessings are our students. Our students are at the heart of everything we do here at AHDPG. We would also like to give thanks to our employees who have worked so hard to help our business thrive. Without your commitment, creativity, and high standards, we would not be the company we are. We are very grateful for your efforts.

In this time of gratitude, we give thanks. We value you and appreciate your confidence in us. Counting you among our AHDPG family is something for which we are especially grateful.

AHDPG would like to wish you a Thanksgiving filled with abundance and bright moments.




Important Questions to Ask an Online Training Program

  1. How much time will I need to invest to get through the program? You will want to how long the course takes (9 months, a year?) and how many hours you should expect to put in each week to make sure you finish on time. There is nothing worse than getting behind in anonline program. Once you are behind, catching up is hard to do.
  2. What are the admission requirements for this program? Do you need a high school diploma? Most of the time online schools will have you complete an entrance exam before you are allowed to take the program you are interested in.
  3. What type of materials will you receive in with your course? Will
    I have to buy any additional materials with your course? Does it cover the cost of shipping?
     Some schools will cover the costs of materials with tuition and others will not. It is important to know that up front that way you know what kind of investment you are looking at. If the school does not cover shipping, you will want to make sure and ask how much extra that will be.
  4. Are the instructor’s experts in the field they are teaching? This is an extremely important question! You want to make sure you are paying for the proper education taught by people who are trained and who are experts in their field. Simple thought but so many times we do not look into this.
  5. What kind of interaction can I expect from the instructor of the
    You will want to find out the office hours of your instructor and
    how you are allowed to contact them i.e. email, phone calls, instant messenger.
  6. Is there a defined grading scale?
    You do not want to come up short when it is time to graduate. Most schools have a clearly defined grading scale right on their website. If not, ask for one. It
    never hurts to have a clear understanding of what is expected of you.
  7. What system requirements do I need to have in order to take an
    online course?
    This will be specific to whatever program you are taking. You need to make sure what the requirements are so in case you need to buy something extra, you can budget for that and get it before your class starts.
  8. Does your school have a withdrawal and refund policy? Make
    sure you understand the schools withdrawal and refund policy before signing on the dotted line. Make sure it is clearly defined on the paperwork.
  9. How does this program compare to other online programs out
    I strongly suggest you make a list of schools you are comparing.
    Find the features that important for you to have in an online training program.
    Get all your questions answered and do your research. Remember, YOU will make the final decision on which program you will take so make sure it the right fit for your life.

               An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.

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