We’re guessing this is you: Former college student who didn’t earn your degree, but wants to pick up where you left off and finish things up as quickly as possible.
If that’s in the right ballpark, then you’re probably wondering what you can do with those credits you already have. The good news is, you most likely don’t need to start from scratch, and you shouldn’t.
If you’re looking to make the plunge to finish off that degree that eludes you–you definitely don’t want to leave your earned credits behind. Those credits in your pocket can translate to time and money saved. And the more credits that transfer over, the more likely you are to earn your bachelor’s degree.
But we’ll say it: Transferring your college credits can be a real pain in the butt. Many four-year colleges have a maximum number of transfer credits they will allow, and some even have a minimum. There are minimum grade requirements, equivalency numbers, expiration dates, electives and more; it gets messy fast.
A provider of flexible and affordable online education, Ashworth College knows how hard it can be to transfer credits from one educational institution to another. That’s why Ashworth makes transferring college credits easy. Ashworth College accepts transfer credits for candidates for Associate's, Bachelor's and Master's Degree programs.
Recently, when Heritage College announced the closure of all 10 of its campuses, Ashworth knew it had to step in to fill the void. Knowing how difficult it is to transfer credits from healthcare and vet tech programs, Ashworth made special accommodations to accept eligible transfer students from Heritage College. Ashworth is also here for displaced students from other shuttered institutions.
The first thing you’ll need to do is enroll in your degree program of choice with Ashworth College. To do this, you can give admissions a call at 1-800-957-5412 or simply enroll online.
Keep in mind, Ashworth only accepts college transfer credits from accredited schools, meaning an institution that meets a set of established standards. If you’re not sure, call the university or college where you earned your credits and ask, or look the school up on the U.S. Department of Education’s database.
The sooner you get your transcript in, the faster Ashworth’s team can apply your eligible transfer credits to your program.
You can also mail your transcript to this address:
6625 The Corners Parkway, Suite 500
Norcross, GA 30092
Ashworth’s registrar will evaluate your transcript and provide you with access to take any exams that you are eligible for. These include Life/Work exams, which allow you to transfer in credit for knowledge you’ve accumulated through employment or life experience. Associate’s degree students are eligible for up to five transferrable credits, while Bachelor’s degree students will be eligible for up to 10.
If this applies to you, you will be directed to download a form and send it in once you are enrolled.
It depends! But Ashworth College students must take at least 25 percent of your program of study to graduate. That means you can transfer up to 75% of credit toward a degree program.
Those students going for a Master’s degree must take 50 percent of the program and cannot transfer in any Life/Work exams.
Once you are enrolled, it’s up to you to finish your degree, online, at your own pace.
Your program costs will vary based on how many courses you need to finish and which payment plan you choose. Ashworth College is flexible and convenient, and has monthly tuition options available to fit your budget and pay as you go. Transferring the college credits you have already earned can make your education even more affordable.
Enroll online or call now to get started: 1-800-957-5412.
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If you’ve taken any prescription medications, you’ve no doubt interacted with a pharmacy technician. These professionals are most recognizable as the folks at your local drug store – handing you a prescription bag and ringing up your purchase on the cash register.
Retail pharmacies aren’t the only places pharm techs work, though. Pharmacy technicians work in a variety of settings, from hospitals to mail-order prescription facilities. And their job tasks can vary greatly depending on where they work.
About half of all pharm techs work in drug stores, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. In a retail environment, pharmacy technicians work under the direction of the registered pharmacist to handle a number of important tasks, including:
Most pharmacy technicians employed in a retail setting work full time, sometimes in shifts that include nights and weekends. The median pharmacy technician salary in retail drug stores is about $30,000 per year, and demand for pharm techs is expected to grow rapidly as the Baby Boomer population continues to age.
Some pharm techs don’t want to interact with the public as much as required in a drug store setting. If that sounds like you, then you may be interested to know that hospitals employ many pharmacy technicians “behind the scenes” to prepare medications for patients. Like their retail peers, hospital-based pharm techs also work under the supervision of a registered pharmacist, but they may perform more complex tasks, including:
Working in a hospital is tops for pharmacy technician pay: the median salary for these professionals comes in at nearly $37,000 per year.
Many people receive their medications through the mail these days, and while it’s true that big machines count and package those pills, the prescriptions still must be processed by someone who has passed a pharmacy technician exam.
In a mail-order pharmacy, a pharm tech might:
Pharmacy technician hourly pay in a mail-order facility might run as high as $15.50, for a median annual salary of about $31,000.
Pharm techs work in other settings, too, including nursing homes and assisted living facilities, where they may package and dispense medications to patients.
If you’re interested in learning more about how to become a pharmacy technician, our Admission Advisors can put you on the path to enter this this fast-growing field. Learn more about the online pharmacy technician program at Ashworth College. Call 1-800-957-5412 or request free information today!
In our GO AFTER IT blog series, you'll meet fellow students and grads who committed themselves to chasing their dreams and proving it pays to GO AHEAD toward better opportunities -- no matter the obstacles to be overcome.
When Dan Brennanhusen* attained his role as the new director of safety and security for a major school district, his qualifications included nearly two decades of law enforcement and corporate security experience. He had also earned his Master of Science in Criminal Justice from Ashworth College and is a strong believer in the power of education to achieve success.
“I believe higher education is a leveraging tool to seek higher positions,” says Brennanhusen, “and with higher positions you typically are better compensated.”
While Brennanhusen was rewarded with better compensation, he feels that his Ashworth College program provided him with something much more valuable than the promise of higher pay. Even after working as a professional in law enforcement for so many years, he learned new concepts and techniques from the books and lessons in the Master of Criminal Justice Degree Program. He also discovered the practicality of his education, since he is using what he learned every day in his new job.
“I found the program to be contemporary and directly applicable to my profession. The core principles and components of my studies positively impact my career daily,” he says.
The quality of the program was unquestionably relevant to Brennanhusen’s career, but there were other benefits of an Ashworth College education that drew him into attending in the first place.
“Because I had a really busy work and family life, including two kids, I had to find a flexible program. I had been promoted to new assignments and divisions so life was as busy as it could possibly be. Ashworth College offered the accreditation and flexibility I needed to attain my objectives. The cost was also a plus.”
One might ask why a successful criminal justice professional who was already promoted would want to continue their education. According to Brennanhusen, the answer was twofold: career advancement and personal growth. At the time, he was a police sergeant and wanted to become a member of his department’s executive leadership team by working his way up to chief. After being promoted to commander, Brennanhusen realized that he would need a master’s degree to be considered for the next step up. And he knew that a higher-level degree would help him in his role for future promotions.
Says Brennanhusen, “Hiring someone always comes with some risks. I view degrees and higher education as an important piece of the puzzle. Having ‘missing pieces’ may cause a potential employer to find someone who has a more complete puzzle.”
As Brennanhusen completed his educational “puzzle,” he took his time. Aside from his competing priorities of earning a living and caring for a busy family, he says he didn’t want to merely pass assignments – he wanted to get good grades, do well and truly learn. He even paused his studies for a while so he could regroup and refocus.
Congratulations to Brennanhusen on completing his master’s Degree in Criminal Justice and the opportunities it has afforded him. If you’re interested in this field, or other fields of study, we recommend you contact an Admissions Advisor at 1-800-957-5412 who will be happy to answer any and all questions you may have.
* At the request of the student in the interest of job privacy and security, a pseudonym is being used; otherwise, all quotes and information in this blog are actual and verifiable.
What’s your dream career? Working in the booming healthcare field? Criminal justice? Owning your own business?
All too often, people’s dreams get derailed because they think they can’t get the education they need to turn their vision into reality. The Ashworth College graduates in these videos will tell you otherwise. Hear their inspiring stories, and then talk to an admissions advisor today so you can stop dreaming and start pursuing your ideal career!
Wouldn’t you love to star in your own graduation video, dressed in a gown and mortarboard like these students? We would certainly love to see you walk the stage at our live commencement event to receive the certificate, diploma, or degree you earned at Ashworth College.
Learn more about the many flexible, afforedable programs available to help you start turning your dream career into a reality: Talk to an admissions advisor today!