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American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA)


233 N. Michigan Ave.,
Suite 2150, Chicago,
IL 60601-5800
Phone(800) 335-5535

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Capitol College Maryland

11301 Springfield Road
Maryland 20708
Phone: 301-369-2800 or 800-950-1992
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Colorado State University

Division of Continuing Education
S. College Avenue Fort Collins, CO 80525
Phone: (970) 491-5288
Toll-free (877) 491-4336
Fax (970) 491-7885 2925

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Dakota State University

Laurie Dennis
Director, Graduate Programs Office
Dakota State University
205 Heston Hall
Madison, SD 57042
Phone: 605-256-5263

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Dallas Baptist University

3000 Mountain Creek Parkway
TX 75211
Phone: 1-800-460-8188,

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DeVry University

3300 N. Campbell Ave.
IL 60618
Phone: 773-929-8500

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Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

1866 Southern Lane,
Georgia 30033-4097,
Telephone: 404-679-4501

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George Washington University Health Sciences Programs

900 23rd Street, N.W.,
Suite 6142,
Washington DC 20037
Phone: 202-994-8528
Fax: 202-994-0870

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Kaplan College

6409 Congress Avenue
Boca Raton,
FL 33487
Tel: 866-522-7747 (Toll Free)
Fax: 888-887-6494 (Toll Free)

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National Universities Degree Consortium - NUDC

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Northcentral University

Northcentral University
505 W. Whipple Street
AZ 86301
Phone: (888) 327-2877

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Pennsylvania State University

Commonwealth College,
111 Old Main,
The Pennsylvania State University,
University Park, PA 16802-1501.
Phone: 814-863-0327

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Rochester Institute of Technology Online

Rochester Institute of Technology,
58 Lomb Memorial Drive,
NY 14623-5604
Phone: Toll-Free 866-260-3950

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Ryoken College

Ryokan College's Campus
11965 Venice Blvd., Suite 304,
Los Angeles,
California 90066.
Fax: 310-391-9756
Toll-free number - (866) 796-5261.

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San José State University

Northern California Administrative Office
San José State University
School of Library and Information Science
One Washington Square
San José, CA 95192-0029
Phone: (408) 924-2490

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Strayer University

Phone: 1-888-4-STRAYER

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The American University of London

The International Distance
Learning Centre,
2 Old Brompton Rd.,
London, SW7 3DQ
Fax: +00-44 (0) 20 7581 4445
Tel: + 00-44 (1494) 730 571

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Troy State University

304 Wallace Hall
Troy State University
Troy, AL 36082
Phone: 800-265-9811
Fax: 334-670-5679

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The University of Toledo

SeaGate Campus
401 Jefferson Avenue
Toledo, OH 43604-1005
Phone: Local: 419.321.5130
toll-free: 866.UTOLEDO (886.5336)

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Questions And Answers

1. What are the most widely used and respected accreditation organizations?

There are numerous accrediting agencies that have the capacity to evaluate schools and programs. Those that are recognized or licensed by the United States Department of Education would be first tier organizations. Accrediting services such as the Distance Learning Accreditation Board (DLAB) provided by the United States Distance Learning Association is recognized for ensuring best practices and standards of excellence.

2. Are admission requirements different for online degree programs?

Admission requirements for online programs should be the same as those required for face-to-face classes. Legitimate educational institutions, public and private, must guarantee the legitimacy of any educational offering. This is imperative in order to avoid diploma mills and other illegitimate programs.

3. Are online degrees as well respected as degrees at brick & mortar institutions?

Online degrees, when accredited, carry the same value and worth as traditional brick and mortar universities. The key factor for students is to be sure to attend those schools that represent high standards of excellence.

4. Do online students have to consider whether they are in-state residents for online programs; or are the tuition rates the same?

Tuition rates vary according to whether schools have separate in-state or out-of-state pricing standards. In addition, private versus public institution costs come into play. Usually in-state tuitions for public universities are the same as is the rate for private national universities.

5. On average do students put in the same amount of time for online courses as traditional classes?

Students usually put in the same amount or sometimes even more for online courses. Students must be disciplined, have the ability to work independently and be available to participate in required electronic chats, threaded discussions and other forms of communication.

6. What are the most popular degree programs offered online?

Numerous degree programs are offered online. Business, education, technology, criminal justice, nursing and health are the most common.

7. Where will distance learning be in five years?

Distance learning will continue to grow exponentially over the next five years. Not only will more universities and schools offer various programs but also traditional undergraduate programs will integrate more distance learning classes and courses into their programs. Future traditional programs will become more hybrid incorporating more distant learning classes and technologies into the student experience.

The United States Distance Learning Association,, the world’s “leading distance learning organization” with over five thousand members defines distance learning as “the acquisition of knowledge and skills through mediated information and instruction, encompassing all technologies and other forms of learning at a distance.” With USDLA’s primary mission being to serve the needs of the distance learning community by providing advocacy, information networking and opportunity, the association understands the needs of all learners when they search for quality distance learning programs and courses. As students, whatever program, college or university, you choose, make sure the end product represents excellence and best practices. Quality distance learning programs must include competent instructors who know their subject and understand distance learning techniques, technology implementation, instructional design and student services. Interactivity between teacher and student and among students must be consistent. Support services which include on-line libraries, student help desks, bookstores, and overall comprehensive program services are required. These components will confirm a quality program that will produce distance learning opportunities for students that result in quality degree and certificate programs. Earning a degree through distance learning has much value. New career opportunities, higher salaries, new fields of study coupled with convenience, anywhere, anytime, makes distance learning programs the choice for many of today’s students.

USDLA in 2004, will launch the Distance Learning Accreditation Bureau, a USDLA service that will accredit and certify distance learning programs in order to ensure best practices and levels of excellence. Schools and individuals should contact USDLA for more information on this service at 1-800-275-5162.

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University of Wisconsin-Whitewater

4033 Carlson Hall
College of Business and Economics
Whitewater, WI 53190
Tel: 262 472 1945

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100 Morrissey Blvd.
Boston, MA 02125-3393
Tel: 617.287.7925
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University of Northern Colorado

CO 80639
Phone: 800.232.1749
x 1-1936
Fax: 970.351.2519

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University of Northern Washington

University of Northern Washington
1420 Fifth Ave
Suite 2200
Seattle, WA 98101
Tel: (206) 903-6688
Fax: (206) 903-6655

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University of Wisconsin-Stout

PO Box 790
WI 54751
Phone: 715/232-1987

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Upper Iowa University

Extended University
PO Box 1857
Fayette, IA 52142

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