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I have studied on campus (bachelor's), weekends/evenings (Master's), and online (mostly; doctorate) and Capella's clinical psychology program was one of the most challenging programs I had experienced. Yes, the lack of APA accreditation is an obstacle, but one they do not hide or attempt to muddle. You know what you are getting. (It also bears saying that APA's own distance education task force (in 2005) found no discernible difference in online education - yet still protected the status quo by refusing to accredit distance delivered programs). The program was not perfect but none is. The mix of hands on seminars (Year-in-Residence) and online classes allowed me to fulfill a lifelong goal to earn a PhD in clinical psychology. During my internship, it was the graduate of a McUniversity program who needed remediation - not the distance program student. The one caveat is that you need to be prepared with a high level of drive. They will not hand hold; you have work for this degree - which you should know if you are seeking a doctorate.
These reflect my personal experience with Capella. These may or may not be the "norm" Pros: They counted my certifications towards college credit They transferred all of my previous coursework and it was easy to petition for classes to count. Their IT program is ABET accredited Quarterly schedules - take classes all year round for quicker degree completion They let me transfer 3 years of credit Teachers are very understanding about people having full-time jobs/careers Very good with VA benefits - they do all of the paperwork on their end, you just call and confirm every month. Auto-Registration: create your academic plan and get automatically registered for all of your classes when the quarter comes around - helpful planning. Cons: I was promised a scholarship, I have yet to receive it (my second quarter here). I am very disgruntled at having to call and email with little response. It has been almost a week since my initial attempt to email my concerns, I am still waiting for a response. Expensive, as in one of the most expensive online schools ever; they are more expensive per quarter credit hour than most schools are for semester hours. A majority of the courses have assignments/coursework that is not clearly defined. Teachers have had to go back and post examples of what they want to clarify in multiple classes. Some of the really interesting courses (ie. computer forensics) are only offered one quarter every other year - which means you might get lucky and have the prerequisites in time, or you may never take the class. I was wanting to take some, but they are offered AFTER my projected graduation. I'm not waiting on graduation for one class I *want* to take when others will fulfil requirements. Auto-Registration: If you are automatically registered for your classes and they change the course, you won't get auto-enrolled into the new required class. Required beginner course for every degree program: I understand they want you to get familiar with their delivery style, but mandating a very boring and useless course for introductory purposes is 1) expensive for the learner 2) redundant because they required a tour of the online campus prior to registration, which included an imitation class. There is no way to test out of this course.
Currently working on Masters in organizational psychology. Program has engaging online platform with lots of scholarly resources and library. They also offer writing courses and personal review of written materials which is very helpful to students. the interaction on the discussion boards helps everyone learn from other students. The degree programs are focused and specific to meet the needs of ones chose field of interest.
My program has been a great experience for me in understanding leadership in education. Capella has been very professional throughout the process. There were some setbacks but they worked with me and are helping me achieve my goal.
Overall the experience has been good. Most of the teachers are informative and interactive. They often truly show a desire to assist the student in achieving goals. The weekly subject matter is usually challenging but the weekly discussions help generate fresh views and better understanding of the weeks subject.
Different strokes for different folks! Each online school will have its pros and cons and Capella's no different. Unfortunately there will not be a school that 100% without flaws. This is an online institution and as far as I am concerned has done very well in terms of communication and providing me with the resources I need to be successful here. I attended a brick and mortar for my B.S. and ran into a few issues during my 4 years as I had just a few as well while in Capella but nothing to be upset about. Yes Capella is "expensive" but let's face it in comparison to what? I look at my education as an investment in myself and I understand the value of it. I received my Master's degree from here in 2013 and I am in my second quarter of my PhD program. I am very pleased with Capella. I would definitely recommend them. I currently work in higher education but still chose to go with Capella :-)
In a nutshell...I really enjoyed my time learning at Capella and I learned a lot in my field of Mental Health Counseling. My issue is that at least in my state of Texas I have not been able to find employment using this degree because no one has heard of a "Mental Health Counseing" degree. It was difficult to pin down at the time of enrolling that this would happen. Then way into the program I realized it would be impossible to do the internship which might have helped as it would have "licensed" me. I am unclear though if even that would have helped me find a career in my field in this state using a Capella degree.. The internship required a week out of state four times and I could not afford to do this. There is a lot more I could say but the bottom line is I could not get a position using this degree (Mental Health Counseling). In other fields at Capella it may be different. A brick and mortal school has a job placement office and some resources to help with using one's degree in one's area. Online schools located in another state are not going to have that.resource for a graduate. So I have a huge financial debt I cannot pay with student loans that I accrued. I was foolish to go this route. At the time if I was going to go back to school the only was possible for me was to do it online. I did learn a lot and find no fault with the program itself. I blame myself for not being astute enough to figure out what was coming ahead.
I would go somewhere else. The bachelors and master's programs are okay but when it comes to the doctorate program I would definitely think twice before attending here. It seems to become a never ending wheel of spending money with no results. Save yourself some and look around. Go somewhere else. I would say a whole lot more but I will say just this. I would not recommend the doctorate program to anyone.
I agree with some of the others learners. The school is all about money and not the students. The advisors are not helpful at all. The professors give no feedback. It seems that they give you a grade. I hate that I ever enrolled in this school. PLEASE BEWARE!!!
I've been attending Capella since 2010, and am 1 year away from completing my BS in Business. It hasn't been easy, be prepared to work hard to get good grades, but the instructors and advisers have been great to me every step of the way. Because of my work schedule and travel, this program has worked perfectly for me.
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