How It Works

Open Learning Works For You

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.

Learn faster.

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.

How Open Learning Works

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.

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