College shouldn’t cost a fortune or strap you with lifelong debt. We provide access to dozens of online college courses without the burden of extra costs.
Universities use your tuition payments to cover more than just your course materials. Campuses, sports teams, and tenured professors are expensive. However, with our catalog of affordable online courses, you’re only paying for one thing: the education you need to earn your degree.
Did you know most college students graduate with too much credit? Poor college planning leads students to waste over $22,000 and spend up to an extra year in school.* We’ll help you plan your degree all the way to graduation before taking a single course. This way, we ensure you’re only taking (and paying for) what you need to graduate and not a credit more.*Complete College America's Four-Year Myth
Paying a large sum for tuition twice a year can be tough, especially if you’re busy pursuing the life you’re passionate about. Our catalog of affordable online courses not only saves you money, but also allows you to pay as you go—whether that means signing up for five courses at one time or just choosing your next one.
Traditional college courses offer you little freedom in your studies. With Accelerated Pathways, you have three unique ways to experience a college course.
Our self-paced online courses can be started anytime and give you maximum flexibility to study at your own pace. This affordable course format does not have weekly assignment due dates, which means you can learn, complete quizzes, and even take tests according to your schedule.
Facilitated courses offer a more continuous feedback loop between student and course facilitator while retaining the flexibility of our self-paced course content. These course options are perfect for students who thrive with the guidance of a facilitator but still like to set their own schedules.
We realize that self-paced options aren’t necessarily the best choice for every student. So, these online instructor-led courses offer the personalized support and guidance you may need for your studies. Enjoy a structured, term-based course environment which begins a new cohort of students monthly or quarterly based on specific course demand.
We’re not the only solution for alternative online courses, but we are the only one who guarantees your courses will transfer into your degree.1
Each online course available through Accelerated Pathways is offered in collaboration with our regionally accredited institutional partners. This is the highest form of accreditation available in the U.S. and is the safest option when transferring courses into a college.
Before registering for online courses through Accelerated Pathways, you’ll work with an advisor to plan your entire degree. By considering your major, college, and how fast you want to graduate, we ensure you’re taking the very best courses for your goals.
After planning your degree with an advisor, your Accelerated Pathways course recommendations are protected by our guarantee: these courses will transfer to your college, or we’ll give you a full refund and $1,000 for your wasted time.
The learning doesn’t stop with these 66 affordable, online courses. You'll have access to thousands of course options from hundreds of colleges which can be incorporated into your degree as needed. This way, we help you plan every course you need for your degree, even if you don’t see it listed here. The Global Digital Classroom® gives you extra freedom to pursue courses which align to your interests while enjoying the cost savings and flexibility Accelerated Pathways has to offer.
This course covers an introduction to business accounting. Topics include accounting concepts and principles, financial statements, internal control design, and accounting for partnerships.
This course is a continuation of Accounting I. Topics include corporate accounting and financial statements, long-term liabilities, cash flow and financial statement analysis, managerial accounting, budgeting, and using financial data to make business decisions.
This course introduces students to the fundamentals of American government and politics, focusing on the historical evolution of government and policies, the major institutions, and the major processes. Course goals include developing an interest in and understanding of today's government, policy development, and politics as well as developing critical thinking and information-literacy skills in the areas of government and politics. Topics include the Constitution, federalism, civil rights and civil liberties, the structure and processes of the three branches of government, political socialization, interest groups and public opinion, political parties and the election process, as well as basic U.S. social, economic, and foreign policy.
This course covers a broad survey of American history from New World exploration and settlement through the Civil War.
This course covers a broad survey of American history from 1865 through the New Millennium.
This course covers an overview of the anatomical structures and physiology of the human body. The course discusses each body system in terms of the major anatomical structures and functions and explains how each system participates in homeostasis of the body. In addition, the course discusses selected major pathologies, including disease definitions and causes, signs and symptoms, diagnostic procedures, and possible treatments. Finally, the course discusses common issues and changes that occur in each body system throughout the lifespan.
This course provides an introduction to effective business communication skills, with an emphasis on the use of these skills as a manager. Students examine important elements of successful communication, analyze examples of effective communication, and practice communicating various business messages across a range of mediums, including professional writing, speeches, and presentations.
This course covers a broad survey of the principle areas of business law. It will explore the relationship between business and the law with respect to the following topics: torts, crimes, intellectual property, contracts, negotiable instruments, agency, employment, and forms of business organization. Students will also explore the relationship between business and the law with respect to ethics and social responsibility, government regulation, personal property, real property, and international trade. Students will gain a working knowledge of practical rules of law and legal terminology, as well as legal solutions for business-related issues.
Business Math topics include a basic math review, business statistics, profit calculations, payroll, banking, interest calculations, insurance, taxes, and other business topics.
This course covers key concepts of college algebra. Topics include but are not limited to: solving equations and inequalities, functions, logarithmic equations, and pre-calculus.
This course provides an overview of essential computer knowledge and skills aimed at beginning to intermediate computer users. The course begins with the basics of using Windows, basic internet literacy, and basic internet searches. Students then step through targeted skills with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Students complete a Capstone Project that requires them to integrate the four Microsoft products to create two workplace deliverables. All assignments include starting templates and step-by-step visuals to support student learning.
This course provides students with an overview of the criminal justice system and its processes. It examines the courtroom work group, the trial process, and challenges to the process. It also provides an overview of the juvenile court system.
This course teaches students the fundamentals of criminal investigation by examining the processes involved in identifying and arresting criminal suspects, identifying the types of crimes and offenses, and preparing for court.
This course looks at the ethical dilemmas and professional problems faced by criminal justice personnel. Students review various ethical perspectives and discuss the practical applicability of ethical ideals.
This course introduces students to the study of crime and criminal behavior as well as to theories of crime causation. It reviews different types of crime and examines crime control policy.
This course is an introductory-level course that presents a variety of topics essential to a student's development in critical thinking. Students are introduced to concepts essential to the comprehension, analysis, and creation of arguments: induction, deduction, informal fallacies, Aristotelian and symbolic logic, modes of persuasion, perspective and bias, language and meaning, culminating in the development of reasonable strategies for belief formation.
This course focuses on developing written communication skills with an emphasis on understanding the writing process, analyzing readings, and practicing writing for personal and professional applications.
This course builds on lessons learned in English Composition I. In addition to reviewing the writing process, students learn research techniques, citation techniques, documentation formats, and critical analysis of written topics.
This course introduces students to the challenges and opportunities of entrepreneurship. It includes sound academic theory, success stories, case studies, and exercises in critical thinking to help students develop the understanding, skills, and plans needed to start a successful new business.
This course explores the relationship between man and the environment. Students examine the balance between natural resources and the needs of mankind. Students explore the scientific, political, economic, and social implications of environmental science.
This course is designed as an introductory study of the principles of oral communication as transactional and adaptive interaction. Foundational elements of communication theory and practice will be emphasized. Particular attention will be placed on the development of preparatory, organizational, and presentational skills necessary for effective informative and persuasive presentations.
This introductory-level course presents several ethical theories and explores contextual issues. Students are asked to examine ethical theories, moral assumptions, and moral principles, apply ethical theories to moral problems, construct a moral system utilizing a theoretical framework, and apply the system to contemporary moral issues.
This survey course covers the fundamentals of geology and earth science. Students develop scientific inquiry skills through analyzing how the Earth was formed, the forces shaping its continued evolution, and how geological resources are used in human civilization. Topics include rock and mineral formation; weathering and soil formation; plate tectonics; Earth’s interior; crustal deformation; earthquakes and volcanoes; mass movement; hydrology; and applications of geological resources for human use.
This course is a survey of the field of human resources management. It encourages students to think critically while introducing them to the day-to-day skills used by business managers.
This online competency-based course is designed to help students build and demonstrate their knowledge and skill in interpersonal communication in the workplace. The course is focused on skills such as effectiveness in small groups, listening skills, negotiation, giving and receiving feedback, intercultural awareness, digital etiquette, and effective presentations. The course is focused not just on what a student learns but on what he or she can do with what they have learned. This course is structured to help you develop a more precise appreciation of the complexity of human communication and to further develop your abilities and skills to communicate with proficiency in workplace situations.
This course introduces students to the study of biology. Topics include but aren’t limited to: cellular biology, biotechnology, genetics, evolution, and ecology.
This course introduces students to the fundamentals of business. Topics include but are not limited to: business ethics, entrepreneurship, and the financial elements of business.
This course provides an introduction for undergraduate business students to information systems (IS). The course includes important topics related to IS, such as the drivers of IS, database concepts, IS development, and the types of systems used in organizations.
This course introduces students to the criminal justice system and its three main components: law enforcement, the courts, and corrections. It reviews what constitutes a criminal offense, how crime is measured, and theories of crime causation. This course also looks at issues and challenges facing today's criminal justice system and examines possible future directions.
This course encompasses economic principles (both microeconomic and macroeconomic) and problems. The purpose of the course is for students to develop a logical, conceptual, and analytical understanding of economic principles and to deal with problems associated with the allocation of resources, decisions made by consumers, production by firms, and pricing in various market conditions, government actions in markets, measuring aggregate output, economic growth, employment and unemployment, money and banking, and fiscal and monetary policies intended to achieve economic goals.
This is an introductory course that provides students with a foundational knowledge of financial management. The course covers key language and terminology, time-value of money, financial markets and securities, financial statements, financial analysis, risk and return, valuation of stocks and bonds, capital budgeting and valuation, cost of capital and capital structure, working capital management, dividend policy, and international finance. Students are required to apply the various financial tools and understand how they impact financial decision-making.
This introductory-level course presents the elements and examples of three genres of literature: fiction, poetry, and drama. Students will learn the origins of literature and the purposes of the study of literature. Students will associate the study of literature and thinking skills, such as critical reading. Students will utilize thinking skills to research and apply literary criticism to analyze and critique various literary works in the context of discussing and writing about literature.
This course introduces students to the study of psychology. Topics include but aren’t limited to: biological functions of the brain, developmental psychology, social psychology, and mental and physical health psychology.
This course introduces students to the basics of Sociology. Topics include but aren’t limited to: globalization, cultural diversity, and the environment.
This course provides a comprehensive survey of the physical, cognitive, and socioemotional changes that occur throughout a lifetime. Students analyze human growth through each of the major stages of development using key theories and the lifespan perspective. Topics include prenatal development, childhood, adulthood, and death and dying.
This course introduces students to the foundational concepts of economics. Topics include but are not limited to: opportunity costs, supply and demand, inflation, unemployment, and exchange rates.
This survey course focuses on developing math literacy and problem-solving skills. Emphasis is placed on the applicability of mathematics to real-world situations. Topics include problem-solving, voting theory, graph theory, growth models, consumer mathematics, statistical methods, probability, set theory and logic, and counting systems.
This course covers medical terminology, symbols and abbreviations, and the application of this new language in the field of health care. While terms are covered as they relate to body structure and function, the main focus is on medical vocabulary and being able to construct terms using word parts such as roots, suffixes, and prefixes.
This course provides students with a foundation in microeconomic theory. Topics include but aren’t limited to: economic principles, market structures, supply and demand, utility, and elasticity.
This course introduces students to the topic of organizational behavior. Topics include but aren’t limited to: individual organizational differences, motivation and stress, and management and organizational structure.
This course introduces students to basic philosophies of management. Topics include but are not limited to: ethics, diversity, customer service, leadership, and primary functions of management.
This course introduces students to the basic principles of marketing. Topics include but are not limited to: marketing strategy, segmentation and targeting, positioning and branding, and the Marketing Mix.
This is an introductory course to the basic structures of the Spanish language with a cultural approach. Students review and use grammar, pronunciations of the sound system, and high-frequency language elements, such as verbs and phrases. The course activities emphasize practice with listening, speaking, and writing skills. Topics include nouns, adjectives, and articles and their agreement; formal and informal contexts; vocabulary; regular and irregular verbs in the present tense; greetings; asking questions; and everyday topics.
This course introduces students to the basics of statistics. Topics include but aren’t limited to: estimation, hypothesis testing, and correlation and regression.
This course provides students with the information and skills they need to succeed in their studies, including setting academic goals, managing time and financial resources to meet those goals, and developing an awareness of how they learn. Students also build thinking, listening, reading, studying, note-taking, test-taking, and information literacy skills. The course also includes discussions on stress management and career development. Throughout, students will apply critical thinking skills to solve problems and evaluate situations.
This course examines the causes of victimization and looks at theories associated with violent victimization. It analyzes the offender-victim relationship and presents ideas on preventing violence and responding to victimization.
Every course you take through Accelerated Pathways is offered through a regionally accredited college or university. This allows you to reliably transfer these courses to your chosen college. Before getting started with Accelerated Pathways, you’ll receive professional college planning to guarantee any courses you might take will transfer to your college.
If you withdraw from your course within 5 days of starting, you'll receive a 100% refund. Plus, we'll do our best to find an alternative course that fits your degree requirements. See our college planning process for more information about how we help you choose the best course for your degree.
Absolutely! We’re credit transfer experts. Just let us know what you’ve already completed, and our advisors will help you find additional courses that will transfer into your school while maximizing your existing credit.
Since Accelerated Pathways is not a Title IV institution, we cannot accept the Federal Pell Grant or other forms of government-sponsored financial aid. Instead, we help students find and take affordable online college courses with the freedom to pay as they go, according to their individual budgetary restrictions. Flexible payment plans are also available for students who would prefer to pay for their courses in installments. This enables Accelerated Pathways to help students afford college on their budget without the need for external payment methods.
Yes! Every course we offer comes with complimentary success coaching while you’re enrolled in the course. Whether you choose our highly-interactive instructor-led option or opt for a “do it yourself” self-paced course, your coach will reach out to you periodically to help you set and reach your educational goals while balancing your studies with the rest of your life.
1. Course transfer only applies to courses registered for through Pearson Accelerated Pathways and is only guaranteed for students who complete college planning with an Accelerated Pathways advisor.