Currently, there is an extreme lack of online classes for the Medical Office Professional program at Southwestern College, while private colleges are taking advantage of the market. Why have online classes for this popular program been cut back or not available to students at all? For example, every term, over 40 students are turned down from taking online Medical Terminology (MedOp 230-571 & 572), a very popular class, which has been cut back to one class in the summer and only two classes in the fall/spring. Medical Terminology is the prerequisite for all Medical Office Professional and other Allied Healthcare programs.
Furthermore, there is an extreme lack of online classes for the Medical Office Professional all together. Medical Coding and Medical Insurance classes are not available to students online during any semester. In addition to advancing our education, most of us have other obligations to fulfill, such as working full time and caring for our family members, to name a few. Online classes give us the flexibility to continue our education without being forced to shouldering too much unnecessary stress, such as finding a babysitter, or someone to care for a family member, fighting traffic to get from work to home, and from home to college, while trying to keep up with the lecture after an over eight hours of daily stress!
The goal of this petition is to show the level of interest in online classes for Medical Office Professional program, especially for Medical Terminology. We would like to see additional online Medical Terminology (MedOp 230) and Body Basic for Medical Office Professional (MedOp 133) classes during each semester and at least one online class for each Medical Insurance (MedOp 41-A & B) and Medical Coding (MedOp21 & 22) for the spring of 2011 and thereafter.
Professor Felicity Penner MSPH, has been delivering sound online MedOp 230 and the MedOp 133 classes since 2004, and has years of experience teaching in colleges and universities, and therefore, we request her to teach more online classes, in addition to her regular load.