University of Phoenix alumna Amber Perez thought her career was over when she suffered a devastating back injury at work. No longer able to perform her job as a bedside nurse, Perez struggled to see what her future looked like. A coworker suggested she go back to school, but with three small children, she didn’t think that would be possible.

It was the flexibility of online classes at University of Phoenix that convinced Perez to earn her Master of Health Administration degree. She explained that even when you go back to school, you’re still a wife, and you’re still a mom. She said that by taking classes online, “I didn’t have to miss soccer games; I didn’t have to miss baseball games. I was able to be present for my kids”.

Your boss, family members and friends are all potentially affected by your decision to go back to school, so you can’t leave them out of the equation. If they know what they can and can’t expect from you, it will lessen the blow when you’re inevitably less available than you used to be. As you communicate your needs, give them the chance to do the same. Hernandez recommends working together to come up with a schedule that makes the most sense for everyone.

Now a high school teacher, he shares those memories with his students. His message is that “success is possible; all you have to do is try.” He wants to show them that if he could concentrate on his studies and complete his degree while serving overseas in a volatile and unpredictable environment, they can overcome any obstacle they may face in life. Steer is just one of numerous alumni who attended University of Phoenix while deployed overseas with branches of the U.S. military. The University is familiar with accommodating the unique challenges faced by active duty service men and women, veterans and military spouses.

Now, armed with her degree, Perez is a clinical director at a medical device company. She works with hospitals and clinical care facilities to establish injury prevention programs. Says Perez, “There’s no way I would have been able to make the impact and the difference that I have without the support, confidence and education I received at University of Phoenix.”

University of Phoenix offers a variety of undergraduate and graduate degrees in nursing. These include a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Science in Nursing.

More than one million students have earned degrees from University of Phoenix. The University offers in-person learning at its 22 locations in states across America and online classes for students all over the world. To learn more and to view a complete catalog, visit phoenix.edu.

Students in virtual classrooms, like the ones that Perez attended, have an engaging experience. You are able to have one-on-one conversations with your instructors, share information, and work on projects with other students and view upcoming projects and reading assignments.

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