Argosy University is home to one of the largest online and campus-based graduate student communities in the country and confers both undergraduate and graduate degrees in psychology, education and business, as well as offering associate degree programs in health sciences.
With flexible, self-paced online degree programs and small, interactive classes for students who choose a campus learning environment, Argosy University utilizes an innovative academic approach focused on individualized attention, relationship building, communication and connectivity between students and faculty, and customizing each student’s learning experience to ensure success.
Argosy University offers the strength and stability provided by the coming together of three well-respected institutions, each with a rich academic history. In September 2001, the American School of Professional Psychology, University of Sarasota, and the Medical Institute of Minnesota came together to combine their individual areas of expertise – dating back to 1961 – to create one united academic institution.
The American School of Professional Psychology, established in the early 1970s, was founded by a group of professionals who recognized the need for providing training for future psychology practitioners with an emphasis on practical skills, as opposed to traditional PhD programs, which focused primarily on scholarly research. This movement ultimately culminated in the formation of the PsyD in Clinical Psychology degree, which the Illinois School of Professional Psychology in Chicago (which would later become Argosy University’s primary campus) began to offer in 1979.
The University of Sarasota, originally known as Laurence University, brought an expertise in business and education programs, as well as a 30-year tradition of providing continuing education to working adults through an innovative approach to learning, which included distance learning modules coupled with on-campus intensives.
The Medical Institute of Minnesota, formerly known as Park Medical Institute, was founded in 1961 in response to the increasing demand for allied healthcare personnel in the growing field of medicine. What began as a single certificate-level program in medical laboratory technology evolved into multiple associate-level programs including dental hygiene, veterinary technology, radiological technology and health services management. After the 2001 merger, the Medical Institute of Minnesota campus became Argosy University, Twin Cities.
Argosy University is now comprised of 19 campuses throughout the United States and offers extensive online education options that are provided through the Chicago campus, which will be the institution noted on degrees and transcripts for online programs. Argosy University also offers accelerated online degree programs, which allow students to complete courses in less than eight weeks.
Dedicated to the success of students and creating a positive learning environment that fosters growth, academic achievement, interpersonal skills and social responsibility, Argosy University establishes a team of staff and faculty for each new student to provide guidance and assistance throughout the program. Each student’s team will consist of a Mentor Professor, Academic Advisor, Student Financial Planner and Assistant Director of Admissions.
Argosy University is regionally accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and is licensed by the board or commission that governs higher education in each state in which a campus is located.
Additionally, programmatic accreditation has been awarded through the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association, the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs, the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs, the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences, the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology, the Commission on Dental Accreditation and the American Veterinary Medical Association Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities.
Schools Of Education
The College of Undergraduate Studies offers online and campus-based bachelor degree programs to prepare students for entry-level positions or to continue their education at a graduate level. Undergraduate programs are designed to foster critical thinking, communication and problem-solving skills and include business administration, criminal justice, liberal arts and psychology.
The College of Psychology and Behavioral Sciences prepares students to successfully enter the fields of psychology or human services by equipping them with the skills and knowledge needed to assist people at an individual, family or group level.
The American School of Professional Psychology confers bachelor, master and doctorate degrees in psychology with available specializations in clinical psychology, counseling psychology, forensic psychology, marriage and family therapy, school psychology, sport-exercise psychology and psychopharmacology. Students will benefit from the individual attention from faculty members that bring their professional experience into the classroom to better prepare students with the relationship, communication and cultural sensitivity skills they need to become a successful human services or psychology practitioner.
The College of Education provides prospective educators and education professionals with the tools necessary to enter a variety of careers in education, or to advance a current education career. Specializations include adult education, educational leadership and instructional leadership, with some on-campus programs leading to teacher or administrator licensure or certification.
The College of Business equips students with the skills required to remain competitive in the ever-changing world of business with a particular focus on problem solving, action-oriented leadership, communication, business administration and management.
The College of Health Sciences offers associate degree programs designed to prepare students to become effective health care technicians in dental hygiene, health services management, medical assisting, medical technology, veterinary technology, radiation therapy, medical laboratory technology and other rewarding health care professions.
Scholarship options for Argosy University students include both external scholarships from government, civic or professional groups, as well as internal scholarships available to new and continuing students. Internal scholarships are awarded based on leadership, community service or academic achievement and include the Argosy University Merit Award, Returning Adult Award, Leadership Award, Diversity Award, Community Service Award, Community College Award, Alumni Award and Academic Award.
Argosy University participates in many federal and state financial aid programs including Federal Pell Grants, Federal Perkins Loans, subsidized and unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loans, Federal Plus Loans and State Grants. Other financial assistance programs include options available through the Veterans Administration, the Job Training and Partnership Act and the Division of Rehabilitation Services. Tuition reimbursement from employers and work-study programs are also available.
Credit Earning Options
Credits may be transferred between Argosy University campuses and can be transferred to an Argosy University degree program from an external college or university as determined on a case-by-case basis. The campus dean or program chair evaluates student transcripts to determine which courses are eligible for transfer. Up to 90 credits may be transferred for undergraduate students, while graduate students can generally transfer between 9 and 30 credits depending on the program of study. Up to 30 credits earned through standardized testing may be eligible for transfer as well.