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How can I take online college classes while in highschool?

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So that I can do it as soon as possible because I want to get a job with my dream job of being a pediatric nurse and save money to travel while I’m still young!! #online-learning #online-college #e-learning #distance-learning #pediatricnurse #nursing

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Daniel’s Answer

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Yes you can, though be aware that not all credits will transfer. If you're taking online classes with the expectation of just learning, then that's fine, go ahead. Also then ignore the rest of what I'm writing:


If you're specifically doing it to try to graduate early from college, pay special attention to credit transfer, etc. Also the latter will probably not be free... any accredited brick and mortar place is probably not going to accept free online credits from anywhere, even if they do accept online courses transfer.


Most Unis will have specific sections of their website talking about transfer credits. Figure out what Uni(s) you're looking at for undergrad, and look up the options there.



As to where to look for courses, see e.g. https://www.edx.org/, Khan Academy, Coursera (though most of coursera's aren't free I think), etc.

I have used Edx and Coursera myself (not Khan Academy). You may audit classes for free on many of these platforms and the major difference between the free/paid course is quizzes / assessments are for paid participants. Also if you pay there is a certificate of completion, but this in my opinion of less value. If you can talk about your experience and express the key takeaways then I don't think the certificate is as necessary. Mark Horsfield Translate
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EmilyAnn’s Answer

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Due to COVID and almost all schools offering virtual courses, I'd say now is an especially good time to take some online courses that might count as transfer credit if that's what you're looking for. I would start looking at options at your community college, which tends to be a lot more affordable while often counting for credit when you go to college (but like Daniel said, definitely look into whether credits will be transferred and accepted at any of the colleges you are interested in attending. Just from what I've seen, gen ed courses are more likely to count for credit than a course counting towards your major. Generally schools like you to take your major core courses with them). I know many people at my university that have taken online general ed courses at their community college during winter/summer break, so it's definitely possible to find full virtual courses especially now.
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