How Online Courses Work

Watch the course trailer

Start each course with a preview of what you can expect to learn and a dose of inspiration. Course “trailer” videos range from interviews with experts to entertaining sketches and animations.

Course Cover page

Gauge your existing knowledge

Take a brief initial assessment to find out how much you already know. The more you know, the faster you’ll be able to complete courses. If you already know the material, you can jump to the pre-final!

Initial assessment to test your knowledge

View course materials

Courses feature a variety of learning materials such as ebooks, videos and up-to-date resources curated from around the web by the Course Instructor.

Different types of learning material

Get ready for your final exam

Courses are filled with practice and self-assessment tools such as flashcards, quizzes and self-graded exercises.

You also have access to a pre-final. You can think of the pre-final as a practice final. Its purpose is to acclimate you to the online test-taking environment, and to set you up for success on the final exam.

Course readiness meter

Assess your readiness

How do you know when you’re ready to take the final exam? Our personalized “readiness” feature helps you determine the right time to schedule your final exam, based on your recent performance on the practice and self-assessment tools.

Passing the final exam


Pass the final exam and complete the course

Passing the final exam

You can schedule a time to take the exam

When you’re ready to take your final exam, you can schedule it for a time that’s convenient for you.
Patten University uses an online proctoring service that enables you to take your exam at home.

Take the final exam with the confidence that you can pass the course and be one step closer to your degree.

Once completed, you will be automatically registered for the next course in your term. You can also take a peek at the courses coming up and refer to all your work from past courses.

Take the final