Online learning platforms allow medical assistants to pursue advanced coursework

Online learning platforms will allow medical assistants to pursue advanced coursework.
Online learning platforms will allow medical assistants to pursue advanced coursework.

The number of web-based enrollments has risen by almost 1 million students over the past year, according to the 2010 Sloan Survey of Online Learning. Online schools and training platforms helped nearly 5.6 million students pursue a range of coursework in the fall of 2009 alone.

Offering both flexibility and high academic quality to students, distance learning courses may prove appealing to many. Now, professionals in the healthcare field, particularly medical students who are approaching residency and medical assistants, will be able to expand their educational horizons through a new online platform.

The Advanced Colleges of America (ACA), a physician-run higher education institution, has adopted it's learning, a program that will help medical students pursue individual and team learning through online classes. Individuals who are enrolled in it's learning will learn technical skills which they will then apply through in-field training. The students complete 21 weeks of supervised clinical externships alongside their web-based courses.

Michael Bronder, director of it's learning's North American operations, noted that the product's "multimedia-rich platform allows ACA's instructors to deliver the online portion of the program and provides students with a complete set of tools and resources needed to complete their coursework in both a timely and efficient manner."

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