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I completed my Bachelor's of Dental Hygiene through Northern Arizona Universities online program. I had a great experience and was able to complete my degree in a short amount of time and a low cost. I am so glad that I completed my degree. Although it is not required to have a Bachelor's degree to be a hygienist in the clinical setting, it is important to help set you apart from the many applicants. It has also made it possible to teach in a dental hygiene program as an instructor. I was only able to accept an instructor position when it presented because I already had my degree.
Want mentors who vanish? Lack of records? Online classes that cost thousands per class and yet barely cover any academic materials? You may get one sentence reply on an assignment. Maybe. Want scattered financial records? Charges for classes you didn't take? Well, go to NAU, the worst of the three colleges I have attended. I have two BAs and an MA from other unis. This school is uniquely horrific. I left and will not return. It is. It worth finishing.
I think most of the other reviewers were correct, very unprofessional. When I started I was told my "mentor" would contact me regularly, but this particular subscription I haven't heard from her once. Also some of the professors seem like they don't even read any of my submissions. For instance, I handed in an essay and was given the score of 76, meaning I had to redo and resubmit. I ended up adding one more citation to the several already in the paper and handed it in again. I eventually heard back a month later with the score of 98. It's amazing how adding one quotation can raise my grade to an A. This isn't the first time I had to wait over a month to get my paper graded. Also getting feedback on your projects can be like pulling teeth. It seems like they delay you in anyway possible to siphon more money out of you. This will be my last subscription. I have wasted enough money on this school.
This school and everybody associated with it is nothing but a complete and utter joke. At times, the entire school felt like it was a scam. Sure, the advisors would do just about ANYTHING in order to get you to sign up. But as soon as I was enrolled, forget about it. I no longer mattered. The law program at the school? Barely taught me anything. I have no idea how it's even considered a school at all, considering that all I did was basically read from the textbook. I literally could have done that on my own. And it's not even just one class, but literally all of them. The teachers were a joke, too; they didn't do ANYTHING. You might as well just swallow a law book for all of the good it does you. Once I was actually enrolled, people became less than helpful towards me. I wanted to complain about my awful first semester, so I went to the office of the councilor that I'd spoken with before enrolling. It was literally empty. I tried to call her, and let's just say that the things that she said to me, if I'd said those things in literally any circumstance, my mom would have washed my mouth out with soap! Everybody who had seemed beyond friendly towards me before I'd enrolled suddenly turned into horrible trolls who wanted nothing at all to do with me. If you value your sanity, and enjoy actually learning rather than wasting thousands upon thousands of dollars, I would recommend just about literally anywhere else.
I attended NAU Personalized Learning program where I was able to complete my Bachelor of Science within 2 years. My experience in business assisted me in the platform that I was faced with while attending NAU online and I was able to complete coursework very quickly with ease. The instructors are very willing to offer feedback and guidance and the program overall is very well planned.
Northern Arizona University (NAU) allowed me to transfer up to 90 credits of my studies from my local Community College and thanks to this, I was able to sustain a full-time job while pursuing my long-term goal of language interpreting. Although the classes I took were all online, each and every one of the instructors were highly encouraging of my progress and always available whenever I had an inquiry or needed additional assistance. All of my instructors always engaged in the online discussions in a meaningful way which in turn, helped my peers and I enjoy the discussions by learning to appreciate viewpoints different than our own.
Northern Arizona University offers a unique competency based platform called "Personalized Learning". The platform is a up and coming development in higher education, and I was given an opportunity to obtain an undergraduate degree that I could earn on my own time. The subscription model is an incentive to students to finish their degree sooner, than later, and pay less in the end. My only issue with the Personalized Learning program was that I went through the program while it was in its infancy, and many of the "kinks" and "bugs" were still being worked out. The experience got better as time went on. Another one of my gripes was the change in how I interacted with my faculty mentor. Early on in the program, my Faculty Mentor was always available, but as the program grew and her student load grew, she became less available and began to interact with students only during office hours. This totally contradicts the Personalized Learning program's mission of providing accessible education to students, especially those who have life obligations such as a career or a family and may not be able to work during "office hours". All in all, this is a great program and do not let my scathing review of my personal experience deter you from interest in Northern Arizona University, as I feel NAU has a great deal of integrity and offers competitive degrees at reasonable costs.
The most important factor that attributes to my school's overall greatness is that availability of online courses/degrees. My entire bachelors degree was earned online and I loved the convenience of it. A variety of classes are also available. I also like that my school provides me with early enrollment because it allows me to register for the classes I need ahead of time.
I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Northern Arizona University and have received great advisement. My major, Supply Chain Management and Logistics will take me about two years to complete and my advisor has walked me through each and every step to guide me down the right path. I have never had a bad experience with Northern Arizona University and would recommend this school to anyone. The classes I have taken so far have taught me so much pertaining my major and I can't wait to further my education here.
The program has gone from a total enrollment of ten students to SEVENTY. Beware. As with any business that experiences too-rapid growth, the quality of the instruction and the quality of the instructors has plummeted. Most in the program now will clearly tell you to run...not walk..., to a different choice, for your advanced practice studies. The professors are adjunct, with no teaching ability, no passion for their students, and no commitment to truly mentor and guide. In reality, there is no true teaching happening; your learning is dependent upon self-teaching in the textbooks and through your private purchase of FNP review courses. Clinical sites for students are scarce, and many in our program were left with substandard practice sites that were detrimental to their learning. There have also been numerous staffing and faculty "departures" that have been costly in continuity of information and program values.