Potomac College was founded in Washington D.C. in 1991 in order to meet the needs of non-traditional students. The mission of Potomac College is to provide a diverse group of adult learners with affordable and accessible education in the fields of business and technology. In keeping with its mission, Potomac College uses distance learning to best meet students’ learning needs.
The first distance learning method that Potomac College employs is satellite campuses. As previously mentioned, the main campus is in Washington D.C., and their satellite location is in Herndon, Virginia. Classes are offered on weeknights and weekends. Another form of distance learning, online distance learning, takes advantage of the recent advances in educational technology. The same degrees are offered through both modalities.
Potomac College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, which is recognized by both the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Secretary of Education. Potomac College offers degrees at the undergraduate level. Therefore, associate’s and bachelor’s degrees and professional certificates are available. Distance learning allows the college to offer courses in an accelerated, 8-week format. Therefore, students can earn their bachelor’s degree in as little as 2 years!
Associate’s degrees include Associate of Science (AS) degrees in Management, Information Systems, Network Security Management, International Business and Accounting. Bachelor’s degrees include Bachelor of Science (BS) degrees in Business Management, Information Systems, Government Contract Management, International Business, and Accounting. Certificate programs include General and Advanced Professional Certificates. General Professional Certificates include International Studies, General Business, Accounting Clerical Support, Office Application Support, Information Network Security Management, and Project Management. Advanced Professional Certificates include International Business, General Management, Health Systems Management, Business Accounting, Government Contract Management, Network Security Management, and Information Systems Management.
Courses are taught by degreed professionals who have real-world experience in their respective industry. Furthermore, Potomac College evaluates and improves its curricula in order to keep pace with changes in industry standards. Therefore, students can be assured that their degree is current, relevant, and geared towards applicable skills for the real world.
Potomac College also offers students a supportive and student-centered learning environment. Advisors are trained to help students with issues related to academics, online classes, and financial aid. Furthermore, orientation helps students to become better acclimated with university policies and procedures and educational technology prior to beginning their studies. First time college students can undergo Accuplacer, which allows students with no prior college experience to undergo an academic skills assessment that will help to place them in the appropriate starting point. Finally, Potomac College offers their library services and tutoring online!
Tuition and fees are reasonable, given the small class sizes and student-centered environment. Classes are $445 per credit hour, and 2 courses per 8 week term is considered full-time status. Therefore, an associate’s degree will cost an estimated $26,700 and a bachelor’s degree will cost an estimated $53,400. Financial aid is available for those who qualify in the form of federal loans, and grants, and tuition assistance for current and former military.