How It Works
Fill in the gaps.
Need science courses for medical school? Business or humanities credits for graduate studies? OLA’s course offerings are designed to set you up for success by building a strong foundation for further education.
Learn from real professors.
The OLA offers all the benefits of a Doane education, experienced right where you are. Having access to Doane’s top professors means you always have the support you need to succeed.
OLA provides full courses in condensed, 8-week, terms. You learn the same material on a shorter timeline, so you can get it done and move on to your next step.
Decide when you begin.
Each eight week course is offered five times a year, so you can learn whenever it works for you.
Start without the hassle.
There's no application required to enroll in OLA courses. Just fill out the registration and payment details, and you’re ready for class.
Take your credits with you.
OLA credits have been accepted at major learning institutions across the country, included top Ivy League schools. Wherever you’re headed, OLA can help get you there.
Step 1. Check with Your Registrar
OLA credits are accepted at most institutions across the country. Before enrolling, check to confirm with your institution that your course will transfer.
Step 2. Register for Your Course
You don’t need to submit an application or a transcript to enroll in OLA courses. Simply fill out your registration and payment details and you’re ready to begin.
Step 3. Get All the Details
Once your registration is complete, you’ll receive information regarding textbooks, computer and email access, WebAdvisor, and Blackboard—everything you need to complete your OLA coursework.
Step 4. Finish in 8 Weeks
OLA courses are entirely online—even labs—and you complete weekly assignments. Meet the deadlines, earn the credits, and round out your education.
Step 5. Transfer Your Credits
You can request your transcripts up to 30 days prior to completing your course. Once your final grade is posted your course credits will be released to your institution.
Are these courses regionally accredited?
Yes, Open Learning Academy courses are accredited through the Higher Learning Commission.
Is it possible to only take a 1-credit lab without taking the entire course?
No. At this time, all labs are integrated into the course which makes them four credit courses. Three-credit courses do not include a lab.
Is federal financial aid available for Open Learning Academy courses?
No, federal financial aid is not available for students who take these courses.
Can students use Military Assistance/GI Bill to pay for courses?
Yes, students can use Military Assistance/GI Bill to pay for courses. Veterans will have to apply for their benefits through the VONAPP and select Doane University. If benefits were used before, it is considered a "transfer of institution". Once Doane is listed, you will receive certification of eligibility for benefits that you can now use. Once you send the certification to Doane, your benefits will be activated in the Doane system. Sometimes students are paid directly and sometimes Doane is paid directly. If the VA pays the school directly, your bill will be deferred. If the VA makes a partial payment or if you receive funds directly, a bill will generated and sent to you. If less than 1/3 of the cost of the course is covered by your VA benefits, you must pay for the course in advance.
Are payment plans available for these courses?
No, due to the accelerated, non-degree seeking nature of these course, payment plans are not available for Open Learning Academy courses.
What is the refund policy?
Student who choose to drop their course are eligible for a refund of their tuition through the first week of the term.
- 100% up until the first day of class
- 40% first week
- $0 after first week
Will I receive a Form 1098-T for these courses?
No, the IRS does not require universities to provide Form 1098-T documents for non-degree seeking courses. Learn more about college credit requirements at IRS.gov.