The Careful Student’s 10-point School Checklist

checkboxesWhether you’re deciding which schools should be on your short list or trying to decide between schools, it helps to have a checklist to judge against. We’ve put together this checklist to help in your decision making!

1. Education Type
Do you want to earn a degree or can you achieve your career goals with a certificate, or non-degree, program? Make sure you know what your career goals are and what type of education you’ll need.

2. On-Campus or Online
When you’re deciding on a school, knowing whether you want to go to school on-campus or online will narrow down your options. With the increasing availability of online education, many adult learners are going this route because of the schedule flexibility it provides.

3. Program Quality
How does the training you’re considering (not just the school, but the actual program) stack up against others? Will you be getting a quality education for your money?

4. Industry/Employer Relationships
What types of relationships does your school have with employers? Will your school’s training help you gain the qualifications employers are looking for?

5. Price
Be sure you know what you’ll be paying for. What is covered by your program, and if you’re taking out loans will your new career allow you to earn enough to cover your payments?

6. Credential Preparation
Will you need an industry credential to work? Will your program prepare you for the credential exam or will you need to purchase additional preparation materials?

7. Instructors
If you’re attending on-campus, do your instructors have office hours where you can get additional help? If you’re studying online, who will you contact when you have questions?

8. Job search assistance
Does your school offer any sort of assistance designed to help you turn your education into a job? What type of resources will you have access to after graduation?

9. Study Resources
Does your training include access to any additional resources such as subscription references, seminars, or special libraries? Are textbooks included, and if not how much will they cost?

10. Classmates
How will you interact with your classmates? Having a study buddy can make your studying more effective, so it’s a great idea to find out how you’ll be able to connect with other students.

This is just a summary of our checklist! Be sure to check out the full article over on the Army Wife Network site.

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  1. Carmen n farina January 11, 2015

    I would like to know how much the pharmaceutical tech course is, if text books are included as well as the final exam.

  2. Career Step January 12, 2015

    Hi Carmen,

    Our Pharmacy Technician course $1995. That includes everything you need: pharmacist and certified pharmacy technician designed curriculum, ebooks, the final exam, a voucher to take the PTCB Exam after graduation, one-on-one instructor and graduate support, help finding an externship during the course, and more.

    You can find more details at

    Best wishes!

  3. Kathy Harriman February 14, 2016

    Is the Medical Transcription courses accredited. It has been yr. since I went to school and Im not very computer savy. Can Career Steps help with this?

  4. Career Step February 16, 2016

    Hi Kathy,

    Career Step is not nationally or regionally accredited. However, our career-focused training programs are approved by a number of industry specific organizations and are designed with employer feedback to ensure students are gaining exactly the skills needed to get a job and succeed in the workforce.

    Career Step’s Medical Transcription Editor curriculum is approved by the Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity (AHDI), the leading medical transcription industry association.

    You can contact an Academic Advisor at 1-800-411-7073 for more information.

    Best wishes!



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