Frequently Asked Questions
What online career certificate programs does Excel Career Institute Offer?
ECI offers the following online career certificate programs:
- Certificate in Finance
- Certificate in Business Management & Leadership
- Certificate in Accounting
- Certificate in Business Law
- Certificate in Marketing
- Certificate in Economics
- Excel High School Diploma
- Microsoft Office Specialist Certificate (MOS)
- Pharmacy Technician Certificate (PTCE)
How do I enroll at Excel Career Institute?
Students enroll online by completing the enrollment application and agreeing to the terms of the ECI student protection agreement. It is always a good idea to call the school at 800-620-3844 and connect with an admissions representative before enrolling. We can answer all questions you may have concerning ECI and our online programs.
Does Excel Career Institute accept transfer credits from other career schools, colleges & universities?
Yes! If you have previous college credits, we can help you finish faster! Excel Career Institute offers a generous transfer credit policy. ECI may transfer up to 25% of your credits earned from previous career schools, colleges, and universities toward graduation. Transfer credits must be a minimum grade point of 2.0 or higher on, a 4.0 scale; and have been earned by an institution that holds accreditation recognized by the United States Department of Education or CHEA.
Are online career training programs accepted by employers?
These days, academic credentials earned online are as widely accepted as credits earned through a traditional classroom. Technology has bridged the gap allowing instructors and students to work together in a collaborative online classroom. Also, employers are engaging in online training for their employees. A recent survey of college administrators indicated that 97% of the participants felt that online learning was as good, or better than traditional classrooms. Online learning is here to stay!
Is Excel Career Institute a member of the Better Business Bureau?
Yes, ECI is a good standing member of the Better Business Bureau. We have an A+ rating and an excellent track record.
What types of students choose to attend a postsecondary institution online?
Students from all walks of life and from everywhere around the world choose to earn college credits online. There is no specific type of online student. Students take online career courses because of the flexibility and lower costs when compared to a traditional career school or college classroom. Online learning is a great option for students that work full time and have family and professional commitments. Not all students seeking a career training are able to attend online courses on a physical campus. This is especially true for international students seeking an American postsecondary credential. Earning a career certificate or diploma online is becoming more typical for adults over the age of 28. Earning a career certificate online does offer a great deal of flexibility but also demands a great deal of dedication and discipline. You have goals, and we can help you get there!
What are online courses like?
Online career cretificate courses at ECI are no different than courses offered through a traditional career school or college, but courses are repurposed to an online delivery format. Online courses offered through Excel Career Institute meet the same quality standards as found in a traditional career school or college. Our instructors and professors are skilled at teaching both in a traditional classroom and the online classroom. Technology often makes the course content easier to understand, which results in reinforced learning outcomes.
How much time will it take each week to be successful in my online courses?
Time spent in online courses will depend on how many courses you are taking each quarter and your approach to learning. Students should expect to spend five hours per week for each course. Full-time course load at Excel Career Institute is two courses per quarter for undergraduate studies. Plan to spend 8-12 hours a week in your courses. Online courses at Excel Career Institute are challenging and require dedication.
Do I have to be online at a certain time each day?
Courses offered at Excel Career Institute are asynchronous, which means that students can work through their courses anytime, day or night. Our online career certificate programs are specifically tailored to be flexible and to help busy adults earn a credential online and on your own schedule. Courses are available online anytime, 365-days a year.
What type of personal support is available?
All students are assigned an instructor and an advisor for each course. You will have access to your instructors and advisors by the Canvas LMS, phone, email, text message, Skype, Google+, and any other agreed upon methods of communication. Your instructor is your coach and is available to support you. Students are also expected to participate in course discussions in the online discussion forum. Support is also available by contacting the Excel Career Institute Administrative Offices during normal school hours. Student support staff are available M-F from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm by calling 952-465-3702.
What are the instructors/professors like?
Instructors at Excel Career Institute are selected for their professional experience and their academic credentials. All instructors are required to meet specific state requirements to be qualified to teach at the college level. Our instructors have many years of experience in teaching both online and in the traditional college classroom.
What kind of computer and software do I need to complete my courses?
No special software is required to participate as an online student at Excel Career Institute. Most students find that a reliable computer with an adequate high-speed Internet connection is sufficient to complete courses online. All coursework and textbooks are available online. Students will need access to a webcam for finals.
Will I use eBooks or real textbooks?
EBooks are real textbooks. EBooks are also a very convenient and affordable way to access the text for your courses. In all cases, an eBook is available. For most courses, you will also have the choice of either ordering a hard copy book or printing the text as you find necessary. There are no extra fees for your textbooks or other course materials.
How many students are in a typical online class?
The typical class size for an online course at Excel Career Institute is 15-25 students. We cap the class size to 25-students, to ensure that each student is getting the support and attention they deserve.
How do you know online students aren’t cheating?
This is a common question that is easily answered. Excel Career Institute is partnered with Proctorio to record the integrity of every online final examination. All final exams are audio and video recorded and reviewed to ensure that students are honest on all exams.
Does Excel Career Institute offer a payment plan?
Excel Career Institute offers interest-free (0% interest) monthly installment plans for all students. All students graduate from Excel Career Institute debt free. We find that having a large amount of student loan debt often hinders the students’ ability to prosper after graduation. It is possible for students to borrow their tuition as a personal loan, from a private lender, such as a bank or credit union. Our flexible, affordable payment plans make it possible for all students to attend Excel Career Institute and become a college graduate. The career certificate program tuition installment payments are only $ 99.90 per month. There are no credit checks and all students qualify for the tuition installment plan.
Is online right for me?
Earning a career certificate online from Excel Career Institute is a great way to broaden your career opportunities without having to disrupt your busy life. Students may attend online courses according to their own schedule, but you will need to be motivated and disciplined to stay engaged with your online career certificate program. Online courses are flexible, but you will need to be sure to complete courses and assignments on time.
Where can I find more information about applying to a career certificate program at ECI?
You are making a great choice by enrolling at Excel Career Institute. If you are considering earning a career certificate online, we encourage you to contact our admissions office at (855) 658-7527 or Click Here to complete an online application and get started today.