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Behavioral Health

Choose from a variety of job opportunities in the mental health community or continue on to graduate work with a degree in Behavioral Health.

Business Administration

Expand your career with a degree in Business Administration in areas such as human resources, marketing, management, financial opportunities and more.

Christian Ministries

Lead with a solid biblical foundation and Christian worldview in any type of church or non-profit organization with a degree in Christian Ministry.

Education Programs

ACU now offers Elementary and Secondary Education degrees in the Degree Completion Program! Classes are designed for your busy lifestyle!

 

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Benefits of Earning Your Degree

Benefits of Earning Your Degree

A college degree is so much more than just a piece of paper or a diploma hanging on a wall. In today’s society, earning a Bachelor’s Degree equals the ability to earn a higher salary, be more satisfied in a career, and develop an overall higher quality of life. New studies are showing that the “earnings gap between young adults with and without bachelor’s degrees has stretched to its widest level in nearly half a century.” In the long run the value of a college education outweighs the rising cost of tuition. The Pew Research Center recently published a report on the Rising Cost of Not Going to College. Their findings point out that “virtually every measure of economic well-being and career attainment – from personal earnings to job satisfaction to the share employed full time – young college graduates are outperforming their peers with less education.” They explain that when today’s young adults are compared to others from previous generations, the disparity has never been greater between the economic outcomes of college graduates and those who have a high school diploma or less formal education. The study of employed 25-32 year-olds also finds that those who are “college graduates are more likely than those without any college experience to say that their education has been ‘very useful’ in preparing them for work and a career (46% vs. 31%).” This study also states that the young adults with an education agree that they have the necessary training to advance in their careers. The benefits of earning a Bachelor’s Degree far outweigh the financial burden of the cost of the...
Academic Concerns for Adult Students

Academic Concerns for Adult Students

Students returning to school after several years are often concerned about keeping up with academics. Taking tests and writing essays may seem like a distant, and often unpleasant, memory from long ago. Yet when the goal is as important as finishing a degree, many are working hard to brush up on the study skills from the past to keep up with classmates in the present. The Degree Completion Program (DCP) at ACU is conscious of the concern that many adult students have regarding study skills and collegiate writing assignments. The accelerated, 20-month schedules for the Behavioral Studies, Business Administration, and Christian Ministries Bachelor’s Degrees all begin with a course specifically designed for adult students to set them up for success. This course helps adults sharpen the skills they already have from previous college and workplace experience. Here are five tips for adult students to keep in mind when preparing to go back to college: 1. Let God be part of your journey. He has made it possible for you to come this far, lean on Him to carry you through to the celebration at the end. Pull together support from family and friends and ask them to pray you through each class and any times of struggle. 2. Be patient with yourself. The more time you’ve spent away from school the more difficult it may be to feel comfortable. It’s possible that it will all come rushing back, but if it doesn’t, be gracious with yourself and keep trying. You are doing something noble and worthwhile, don’t let negativity weigh you down. 3. Adjust your schedule. Carve out an...

ACU Provides a Christian Educational Environment for Adults

Jena Bitikofer can often be found in the library at Arizona Christian University. She is a Christian Ministries student in the Degree Completion Program who works as a Behavioral Health Technician in a residential program for teenagers ages 11-18. In her classes, she enjoys being able to discuss life’s pertinent circumstances with other adult students who will pray about those circumstances, and keep the focus on the Lord above. “I like and appreciate being challenged in the DCP program by aiming for the best results with the awesome communication between professors and students,” she explains. “We all have ONE focus, ONE aim, ONE heart that joins us together and that is to worship, praise, and live for the Lord.” Students like Jena are the backbone of the Degree Completion Program. Adult students are able to immediately apply the lessons being learned in the classroom to real-life professional settings. The courses work to improve current skill sets and give the tools needed to pursue career aspirations and ministry dreams. Her hope is to open a safe home for battered women and children. She also plans to establish an outreach organization where families can build their lives up again with confidence. The Christian educational environment at ACU is the reason Jena chose the Degree Completion Program. It is through this program that Jena is able to learn from the experienced faculty in the Christian Ministries program that teach her the biblical principles and practical ministry skills she needs with a Christ-centered focus. Are you thinking about going back to school? If this is something that’s been tugging at your heart for...
Fernando Cota Joins the Degree Completion Team!

Fernando Cota Joins the Degree Completion Team!

I am so excited to announce the addition of Fernando Cota to the Degree Completion Team here at ACU! Fernando is joining us as the new DCP Admissions Counselor and will be working with the adult students entering in the program. As a graduate of ACU’s Class of 2009, Fernando is a familiar face to Arizona Christian University. His experience as a previous student gives him a unique understanding of the culture of the University and is valuable in getting new students excited about joining the ACU Community. Fernando has also worked as an Admissions Counselor with traditional students. For the last eight months, however, Fernando has been on active duty with the Navy, training to become a Corpsman. His training involved learning a lot about Navy medicine, EMT training, Basic Training, Battlefield Medicine, and taking care of Marines in combat. “I believe I can use my experience in admissions and the Military to better serve our students,” Fernando explains. “Much of my job prior was in helping students line up a plan towards getting into ACU and making sure that they had their applications and recommendation letters ready to go. My Military service, I believe, will help me better serve some of our Military students and Veterans by having that common connection with them. The Military lifestyle is a unique one and I am excited that I not only get an opportunity to share that with our Military students, but that I also get to be a part of helping them reach their educational goals.” If you’re thinking about going back to school as a working adult, Fernando...
Going Back to School for Your Behavioral Health Degree at ACU

Going Back to School for Your Behavioral Health Degree at ACU

One of the most popular degrees in the DCP at Arizona Christian University is Behavioral Health – for good reason! Students who earn a degree in Behavioral Health are able to choose from a variety of job opportunities in the mental health community. Earning a Bachelor’s Degree through the Degree Completion Program also prepares them to pursue graduate work leading to licensure in counseling. Within the Behavioral Health Program at ACU, adults coming back to school can learn about the psychological, emotional and spiritual well-being for individuals as well as families. Students are able to gain these insights in the Degree Completion Program through courses such as Principles of Counseling, Human Development, Addictions, and Abnormal Psychology. All of the courses within the Behavioral Health curriculum are taught by Christian faculty who are qualified and experienced. They understand the demands and responsibilities of working adults because they are already living and working within the field they are teaching. In addition, all of the instructors teach their subject from a Christian perspective and biblical worldview. There are a number of great things about getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Behavioral Health through the Degree Completion Program at ACU. The one-night a week format, the convenient location, and the ability to graduate in less than 20 months are all great reasons to check it out. Are you thinking about a degree in Behavioral Health? Give us a call at 602-386-4183 to speak to Fernando Cota, DCP Admissions Counselor or e-mail him at Fernando.Cota@arizonachristian.edu and he’ll be glad to work with you on mapping out your individual academic...
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