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Utilized Master’s Accelerated Plan (MAP) to Gain Advanced Standing in MA in Forensic Psychology Program
Utilized Master’s Accelerated Plan (MAP) to Gain Advanced Standing in MA in Forensic Psychology Program

Melissa Mckinney
2014, Associate of Science, Business Administration, Argosy University, Online Programs
2016, Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, Argosy University, Online Programs
Operations Coordinator, Jokake Construction Services

“It speaks volumes about a school and its people when a student is involved in an online setting—with no in-person interaction involved—and they feel welcomed and at ease. It truly is an amazing school.”

Melissa Mckinney is the operations coordinator at Jokake Construction Services in Phoenix, Arizona—it’s a position that she says is the first step on her career path. Melissa has been with the company for ten years, working while pursuing her higher education. “[The company] provided support for my desire to grow while also earning my degrees.” 

Her job responsibilities include assisting the field staff with all duties, from technology to communications issues. “I am very passionate about continued education, so I help to manage training and certification classes as well. I also assist the general superintendent and vice president of operations.” Jokake Construction Services is a full service general contractor serving the southwest. “The company was ranked #17 in Phoenix Business Journal’s 2016 ‘Best Places to Work,’” Melissa proudly adds. “My success equates to the success of all of my business partners. I have learned a lot from the people I work with and they have watched me grow over the past ten years.” 

Melissa admits that her academic career got off to a rocky to start. She dropped out of school once—just a few credits short of completing her Associate’s degree. A year later, with the help of her admissions representative from Argosy University, Online Programs, she decided to return to school and finish her degree. “When I [was getting closer to] graduation, I decided to take a leap and immediately go into the Bachelor of Arts in Psychology program. It was in that program that I began to shine.” During her Bachelor’s degree program, Melissa participated in Argosy University’s Master’s Accelerated Plan (MAP), which allowed her to take select graduate-level courses. These classes counted toward the completion of her Bachelor’s degree and enabled her to gain advanced standing as she works toward a Master of Arts in Forensic Psychology at Argosy University, Online Programs.

While in MAP, Melissa learned from experienced* graduate-level faculty while she was still an undergraduate. The experience gave her a hands-on view of what it’s like to be in a Master’s level program and also provided networking opportunities and the chance to learn from guest speakers.  Melissa adds that her academic accomplishments led to scholarships and an increased sense of confidence and independence.

Because she went to school while working full time, Melissa understands that commitment is the key to success. “Do not get complacent. Remain humble, recognize your accomplishments, and celebrate them. Continuing your education at the college level can be difficult, but do not give up and do not be afraid to ask questions.” Melissa chose Argosy University, Online Programs because of the convenience of online learning—but also because she found the school and faculty to be honest, reputable, reliable, and accountable. She adds that because of her propensity to get distracted while in a traditional classroom, she needed to enroll in an online program.  “Having the freedom to decide when I wanted to apply myself at school was a terrifying idea. But I surprised myself and really re-trained myself to make it work.”

Today, Melissa sees herself as a totally different person than she was when she started her education. “My whole attitude, personality, and value system has changed. I used to hold everyone above me. I [now] know that I am important and destined for greatness. I am deserving because I put my mind to it and worked really hard. I am becoming the woman I was meant to be.”

She cites the ongoing support of her admissions representative as being critical to her success at Argosy University, Online Programs. “She is familiar [with my situation] and can relate to almost every issue I throw her way. I guess you could say she is the reason I stayed. And I know other students that feel the same about their Argosy [support] team.” 

Melissa strongly advocates the value of an online education to others who are seeking to grow academically and professionally. “It speaks volumes about a school and its people when a student is involved in an online setting—with no in-person interaction involved—and they feel welcomed and at ease. It truly is an amazing school.” 

In addition to her career, Melissa volunteers at local nonprofit organizations including Feed My Starving Children and the United Way. She takes pride in helping to provide food to children so that they can be at their best during the school day. “I am also an avid animal lover and support animal charities as well.”

Melissa holds two degrees from Argosy University, Online Programs. In 2014, she earned an Associate of Science in Business Administration and in 2016, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She says that her education provided the educational and networking platform that prepared her to advance in her career. And she hopes to do just that. Once she completes her Master’s degree, she hopes to continue working at her current company—in a bigger and higher-level role.

*Credentials and experience levels vary by faculty and instructors. 


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Helps Individuals Who Struggle with Addictions and Dual-Diagnoses
Helps Individuals Who Struggle with Addictions and Dual-Diagnoses

Patricia Mikulan

2016, Doctor of Education, Pastoral Community Counseling, Argosy University, Online Programs

Director of Residential Services, The Drug Abuse Foundation


“Many professors had a profound effect on my life—speaking to me right when I needed it and assisting me through the ups and downs. My [dissertation] chair made the biggest impact on my life—he always pushed me beyond what I thought I could do.”

Patricia Mikulan is the director of residential services for The Drug Abuse Foundation. She’s also a Certified Addiction Professional—working in a non-profit setting that provides services to individuals who struggle with addictions and dual-diagnoses. Patricia oversees the programs, services, and community outreach for non-profit’s men and women's residential program. 


Prior to earning her Doctor level degree, Patricia completed a Bachelor's degree in Fitness Management/Community Health, a Master’s degree in Therapeutic Recreation/Education Counseling & Psychology, and a Master’s degree in Practical Theology.“My career path has afforded me [the opportunity] to work with various populations in various settings. This provided me with an abundance of experience and challenges in dealing with individuals who struggle with addiction, mental health, and homeless issues,” she says.


Patricia understands the value of networking and collaboration, and worked closely with local community agencies to implement a CIT (crisis intervention team training) program in her community that trained police officers to respond to individuals who suffer with mental health crises. Additionally, she worked during her dissertation to connect community church agencies with homeless services.


In addition to her work at The Drug Abuse Foundation, Patricia is involved as a ministry leader at her local church. “I am public speaker for the recovery and mental health field,[explaining] that recovery is possible.” She adds that while getting to where she is now took hard work and dedication, current students should stay focused and “follow the dream that you have in your heart.” 


Patricia’s experiences and challenges have made her stronger, she says. The most difficult challenge she’s faced was the death of her husband. “[That] propelled me forward and I dedicated my dissertation in his memory; I had an agency change their mind concerning completing my dissertation and I had to start all over.” But her hard work paid off and today she says that her coursework prepared her to deal the many personalities that come along with her line of work. 


Patricia, who in 2016 earned a Doctor of Education in Pastoral Community Counseling from Argosy University, Online Programs, says that her education helped her to grow and prepare for her future. “Many professors had a profound effect on my life—speaking to me right when I needed it and assisting me through the ups and downs. My [dissertation] chair made the biggest impact on my life—he always pushed me beyond what I thought I could do.”

Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options vary by school and are subject to change. Not all online programs are available to residents of all U.S. states. Argosy University, Online Programs  2233 West Dunlap Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85021. ©2016 Argosy University.  All rights reserved. Our email address is materialsreview@argosy.edu  

See http://ge.argosy.edu/programoffering/2271 for program duration, tuition, fees and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.


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Assistant Professor, Teaches and Coordinates Internships for Students in the Health Information Management Program
Assistant Professor, Teaches and Coordinates Internships for Students in the Health Information Management Program

Sabine Simmons
2015, Doctor of Education, Organizational Leadership, Argosy University, Online Programs
Assistant Professor, Alabama State University

“The information I learned [in the program was] key to my current position and will [prepare] me to successfully navigate through the upper levels of education administration and organizational leadership.”

Sabine Simmons is an assistant professor at Alabama State University. She teaches a wide range of courses within the curriculum and participates in faculty development activities, student advisement, curriculum updates, student recruitment, and planning.  Sabine also gives interdisciplinary lectures for allied healthcare students—and utilizes Blackboard LMS to facilitate online and traditional instruction. She helps to secure affiliation agreements with accredited healthcare institutions for clinical placement and practicum experiences for students in the school’s Health Information Management program. 

Additionally, she meets with clinical instructors to gain insight on improving outcomes of the internship process and experience—while assessing the quality and success of the internship program. She started her career working as an instructor in health information management. “At that time, I had a Master’s [degree]. Once I realized that it was necessary to further my education in order to be promoted in the field of academia, I began [pursuing a] Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership because of the flexible and supportive environment at Argosy University, Online Programs,” she says.

Her professional accomplishments include being awarded the "Outstanding New Professional" award from the Alabama Association of Health Information Management (AAHIM) in 2011. She’s also been invited to co-author a text book on ICD-10 (International Classification of Diseases) coding by Paradigm Publishing, which is set for release in December of 2017. Sabine is also a member of the Parent Teacher Association at E. D. Nixon Elementary School, serves as a faculty senate member at Alabama State University, and as the student relations committee chair on the AAHIM board. “I am also a volunteer mentor in the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).”

She recommends that current students absorb what they’re learning—“do not commit it to your short term memory [just] to pass a class. Integrate your learning into your life and future endeavors.” Sabine adds that in school, quantitative statistics class provided a real challenge to her. “Although I did fail the first time, I worked closely with my professor to overcome the challenge.” 

In 2015, Sabine earned a Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership from Argosy University, Online Programs. She chose to pursue the degree because of the school’s supportive environment—and she knew that she needed a Doctor level degree to advance in her occupation. “The admissions and financial aid representative made many processes go smoothly, and there was a ground campus nearby so that I could participate in graduation.”

She adds that learning online allowed her to conveniently earn the degree, while gaining “volumes of content related to leading an organization, including conflict management and change management. The information I learned was key to my current position and will [allow] me to successfully navigate through the levels of education administration.” With her degree, she’s now qualified to teach graduate courses as an adjunct at other Universities. 

In addition to the knowledge gained at Argosy University, Online Programs, Sabine says that her instructors made lasting impacts upon her. “My dissertation chair and first writing professor [really made a difference]. The professor of my first writing course taught me the skills I needed to write scholarly material. My dissertation chair help me to utilize this skill and guided me through one of the toughest processes I have ever encountered (the dissertation process).”

Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options vary by school and are subject to change. Not all online programs are available to residents of all U.S. states.  Argosy University, Online Programs 2233 West Dunlap Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85021. ©2016 Argosy University.  All rights reserved. Our email address is materialsreview@argosy.edu  

See http://ge.argosy.edu/programoffering/665  for program duration, tuition, fees and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

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Assistant Professor, Health Care Consultant, Case Manager Helping Unassisted Minors who Enter United States
Assistant Professor, Health Care Consultant, Case Manager Helping Unassisted Minors who Enter United States

Michael Castro
2015 Doctor of Business Administration, Business Administration, Argosy University, Online Programs
Assistant Professor, Miami Dade College

“[My instructors] provided me with great real-life examples and advice.”

Michael Castro is an assistant professor at Miami Dade College and also works as a business and health care consultant. “I consult with different business owners and chief executive officers and talk about different topics [that can help] to improve their organizations.” He’s additionally employed by CHSI, Comprehensive Health Solutions. “I am a manager of all the case managers. The main focus is to assist unaccompanied minors that cross the border into the United States and reunify them with any legal guardian or family member within the United States.”

Michael began his career in the health care industry in 2010, while working toward his bachelor’s degree. He continued his education, completing a Master of Business Administration in 2012, then began teaching for Carlos Albizu Univerisity in Doral, Florida. During his tenure at Carlos Albizu, Michael began pursuit of his Doctor of Business Administration in Business Administration at Argosy University, Online Programs. He completed the program in 2015.

He says that one of the biggest challenges he faced while pursing his doctorate was working 60+ hours a week—while also going to school full time. With perseverance, he completed the program in just under three years. Michael says that he chose to attend Argosy University, Online programs on the recommendation of his personal friend, who is an alumni of the school and works as a professor. While in school, Michael gained industry knowledge through program-required residencies and by writing a dissertation.

He recommends that current students stay motivated and focused. “Always give 110% effort on everything you do. You do not want to live life with regrets.”

He is thankful for the doors that have opened since graduation. “[Since I graduated] from Argosy University, Online Programs, I have received numerous opportunities that I would not have received before.” And Michael cites his instructors for preparing him well for his current career. “They provided me with great real-life examples and advice.”

Michael’s professional publications include:

  • Health Care Plan Selection: Medicare Beneficiaries in South Florida.

  • Health Care Plan Selection: Medicare Beneficiaries and the Different Factors Taken into Consideration

  • How Important are Primary Care Physicians And Specialist when Choosing A Medicare Plan

  • Do Medicare Beneficiaries Utilize Different Reports when Selecting a Health Care Plan

Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options vary by school and are subject to change. Not all online programs are available to residents of all U.S. states. Administrative office: Argosy University, 333 City Boulevard West, Suite 1810, Orange, CA 92868. ©2016 Argosy University.  All rights reserved. Our email address is materialsreview@argosy.edu 

See http://ge.argosy.edu/programoffering/658 for program duration, tuition, fees and other costs, median debt, salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

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