Your Online Learning Experience

Going back to school can be daunting. You’ve got a full-time job to maintain, responsibilities in your personal life, and it sure would be nice to schedule in some “me” time. When there’s only 24 hours in a day, pursuing additional education seems time-prohibitive, but it doesn’t have to be. Online learning allows you to get the relevant, highly sought-after skills in a way that seamlessly integrates with your busy work schedule and life.

You can complete this master’s degree fully online, which gives you the flexibility to complete your coursework when and where to fit your schedule. Course material is always accessible online 24/7—be it videos, animated material or podcasts.

  • Listen to a lecture while at the gym. (Click the link to read a transcription.)
  • Think about case studies while taking a walk during your lunch break.
  • Mull over your capstone project at your local cafe.

And you’ll never be alone while taking your courses. In each course, your professors encourage you to interact with them and your classmates, discussing and exploring the various topics—all in real time using web, video and audio conferencing tools for office hours, small-group work and student presentations. Much of your coursework is project-based and includes both individual assignments and small-group collaborations with your colleagues.

Online learning environment where students access their courses and discuss topics with their classmates.

Inside the online learning environment, students are asked to “introduce themselves” and start having engaging conversations with their peers.

Remember, too, that your classmates come from varied aspects of the health or legal fields or are beginning their career in this dynamic field„so those conversations are going to be lively, engaging and stimulating.

Online learning, as any academic endeavor, does require significant effort and a commitment to keeping up with the assignments and engaging with the course material. Here’s some advice on how to get the most out of your online education.

Online Degree Basics: Are You Prepared?

1. Schedule: Consider your schedule and other commitments. Think about your top priorities at work and at home, and what you may be able to shift to create time for readings and assignments.

2. Money Begin researching scholarship and options for financial aid if needed, and talk to your employer to find out if they can contribute to your education. Below are some good resources to check out:

3. Time: Utilize time and resource management tips from the experts. Here are two great articles:

4. Technology: You’ll be spending a lot of time online; make sure you have the right tools to make it happen. Strong internet connection that can support videos and online meetings. Access to a computer with a webcam/microphone to connect with your professors and cohort.

Also, check out our 9 tips to succeed as an online student!


In this recent Q&A with HPL associate director and professor Greggory Cochran, he illuminates the academic experience current HPL students are enjoying. This includes taking courses in the online environment, working on their capstones, creating a healthy work/life/study balance and much more!

Read an in-depth interview with Cochran.