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Forensic psychology is a discipline that deals with the psychology and law fields. The field is becoming more and more popular, partly due to the prevalence of books, television shows, and movies depicting characters using psychology to solve crimes. Individuals with a degree in forensic psychology have a wide variety of career options in the field.

1. University of North Dakota

A public research university that focuses on the notion that an excellent liberal arts education is the key to success. The school offers a Master of Science degree in forensic psychology and a Masters of Arts in forensic psychology online degree. The programs prepare students for careers in a variety of areas such as law enforcement, community mental health centers, and specialized agencies. Graduates are also prepared to advance to doctoral programs in forensic psychology or related area. The Master of Science program is a 44-credit program that includes core coursework, electives, and thesis. The core courses include foundations of forensic psychology, diversity psychology, multivariate analysis, experimental design, readings in psychology, and supervised fieldwork. The online program requires 34 credits and all courses are offered entirely online and one campus visit to complete a two-week capstone course. The core courses include foundations of forensic psychology, psychology and law, behavior pathology, advanced social psychology, and advance univariate statistics.

2. University of Denver

The oldest and biggest private university residing in the Rocky Mountain area and it strives to encourage learning by providing students with advanced academic opportunities that promote critical and creative thinking. The University of Denver offers a Master of Arts in forensic psychology. The program prepares students for a career in criminal psychology or to pursue advanced doctoral education in forensic psychology. The core coursework includes introduction to clinical interviewing and psychotherapy, forensic mental health, adult psychopathology, profiles in crime, statistics, group interventions, and ethical issues in forensic psychology. Students in the program engage in field placements to gain hands-on experience. During the second year of the program, students are required to take and pass a clinical competency oral examination.

3. Florida Institute of Technology

A private, independent research university that is committed to providing quality education to serve the needs of a diverse group of learners. The Bachelor of Arts in forensic psychology program prepares students for careers and advanced study in clinical psychology, behavior analysis, criminal justice, and other related areas. The program requires a total of 120 credits and the curriculum includes survey of forensic psychology, psychology research methods and statistics, integrated theories of crime, juvenile delinquency, critical issues in forensic psychology, and applied research analysis. Students have the ability to select a social science or experimental science emphasis. Students in the program must also complete an internship at a criminal justice organization.

4. Tiffin University

A private university with a mission of offering degree programs and lifelong learning experiences that are high quality and professionally focused to promote successful careers and rewarding lives. Tiffin University offers a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in criminal justice with focus on forensic psychology. The Bachelor of Criminal Justice in forensic psychology program prepares students to enter a clinical or research setting in the field. The program requires 121 credit hours and the forensic psychology curriculum includes victimology, psychology of violence and aggression, abnormal behavior, crisis intervention strategies, and capstone senior seminar. The Master of Science in criminal justice with concentration in forensic psychology is a four-semester program with a thesis or intercession course option. Core courses include psychology and law, statistical applications in forensic psychology, psychopathology and criminal behavior, mental health law, forensic counseling, and substance abuse.

5. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

A private institution that incorporates innovation, theory, and professional practice to prepare students for careers in psychology and other related fields. The school is dedicated to services and works with diverse communities. The Chicago School of Professional Psychology offers a Master of Arts and a Doctor of Psychology degree in forensic psychology. The master’s program prepares students to apply psychology to the law enforcement and legal field. Students have the ability to concentrate on various areas such as police psychology, sex offender, corrections, and child protection. The total amount of credits varies by concentration and licensure or non-licensure tracks. The Doctor of Psychology degree provides an in-depth study of forensic psychology and students can concentrate on clinical forensic psychology, adult studies, child and family studies, law enforcement, and forensic neuropsychology. The doctoral requirements vary by concentration, but generally require 104-106 total credits.


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Brains versus brawn. The pen versus the sword. Might against intellect. It’s a battle that seems to have raged forever. Often, the assumption is that it’s one or the other – yet this is by no means always the case. Practically all professional boxers are well-honed athletes, but some have also proven they’ve got just as much power in their brains as they have in their biceps. It’s not all black and white: there is room for grey matter.

It’s the Ukrainian Klitschko brothers who’ve most famously wowed the world with both their academic prowess and their skills in the boxing ring. Wladimir Klitschko was awarded a PhD in Sports Science in 2001, while his older brother, Vitali, is nicknamed Dr. Ironfist and is the first pro boxing world champ with a PhD – just beating Wladimir to the punch, you might say. Vitali is currently the WBC heavyweight champion and a member of the Ukrainian parliament; and current WBA (Super), WBO, IBF and IBO heavyweight champ Wladimir speaks four languages.

Yet there are other big-name fighters who’ve managed to cut it in university and show their brainpower, too. Read on for 10 boxing champions who you’d never guess had college degrees.

10. Audley Harrison – Sports Science and Leisure Management

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London-born boxer Audley Harrison rose to prominence at the 2000 Sydney Olympics when he won an Olympic gold medal in the super heavyweight division, becoming the first British fighter to do so. Yet for Harrison, it was another accolade in an already glittering amateur career. In 1997, he became Britain’s super heavyweight amateur champ; then, the following year, he kept the title and collected a gold medal at the 1998 Commonwealth Games.

While his interest in boxing continued to develop at college, Harrison managed to balance it with his academic pursuits. And in 1999, he graduated from Brunel University, England with a BSc Honors degree in Sports Science with Leisure Management.

Unfortunately, since turning professional following his Olympic success, Harrison’s career has been inconsistent. And despite the fact that he won the European heavyweight title in April 2010, his bout with David Haye on November 13 that same year became notorious when he only managed to land one punch. Even so, the science graduate rejected calls to retire, and on October 12, 2012, he was knocked out by David Price 82 seconds into the first round. Harrison, now aged 41, is still keen to continue boxing. Maybe he should use his head and think again.

9. James “Bonecrusher” Smith – Business Administration

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With 32 knockouts and 44 wins during his professional career, James “Bonecrusher” Smith lived up to his nickname. But, in between crushing bones, Smith was also the first heavyweight-boxing champ to have been awarded a college degree.

Smith achieved an associate’s degree in Business Administration from James Sprunt Community College, North Carolina in 1973. Furthermore, two years on he followed that up with a Business Administration bachelor’s degree from Shaw University. Then in 1981, after competing as an amateur boxer, Smith went pro at the age of 28.

Despite nine straight knock-outs, and the fact that he managed to defeat the then unbeaten Frank Bruno in 1984, a succession of dropped points decisions led Smith to visit a psychiatrist. It seemed to work, though, as important decision wins over Jesse Ferguson and David Bey led to Smith claiming the WBA belt from Tim Witherspoon. However, in 1987 he lost the belt to Mike Tyson in a unification tournament.

Smith eventually retired at 46, but it seems there was no doubt his academic background would come back into play. Smith was ordained as a minister in 1996, and he’s also done a considerable amount of charity work, including his establishment of Champion For Kids Inc., which provides high school students with scholarships.

8. Nathan Cleverly – Mathematics

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Nathan Cleverly is a 25-year-old Welsh boxer and rising star who’s already had a string of successes in the ring. Undefeated, he’s currently the WBO light heavyweight world champion and a previous holder of the European, British and Commonwealth light heavyweight titles.

Before Cleverly’s November 2012 WBO title defense in Los Angeles, his belt was brought to the ring by Mickey Rourke and Tom Jones. But it’s not all been glitz and glamor for the Welshman. While competing for his European and Commonwealth titles, Cleverly was also completing a BSc in Mathematics at Cardiff University. Speaking to the BBC, the young boxer admits that the schedule was tough: “As well as crunching numbers, I’ve had to fight for the British, Commonwealth and European titles as well, and spend most evenings hitting the heavy bag and doing numerous press ups and sit ups,” he says.

Still, with his degree behind him, the appropriately named Cleverly is expected to make the fourth defense of his WBO title on March 16, 2013, against Robin Krasniqi.

7. Calvin Brock – Finance

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Calvin “The Boxing Banker” Brock’s nickname might not strike fear into his opponents like other boxing pseudonyms, but it’s well earned. The name was bestowed upon him by an advertisement for the Bank of America, but it was no random celebrity endorsement. Brock was a former employee of the Bank and achieved a Finance degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He also looked after his own portfolio.

Brock had always been passionate about boxing, and he went on to enjoy a successful amateur career. He won the National Golden Gloves in the heavyweight class in 1998 and was crowned the US amateur champ in 1999. He then went on to compete at the 2000 Olympic Games.

Brock turned professional in 2001 and tasted considerable success, with 31 wins, 23 by knock-out. His biggest match-up was in November 2006, against IBF and IBO heavyweight champ Wladimir Klitschko in Madison Square Garden. The fight was his first professional title shot but also his first professional loss.

Sadly, Brock’s blossoming career was cut short the following year when one of his retinas was damaged during a fight. Following unsuccessful surgery, he was deemed legally blind in his right eye and hung up his gloves. However, he returned to the financial world and now operates as a commercial real estate agent.

6. John “Super D” Duplessis – Psychology (BA), Social Work (Master’s)

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John “Super D” Duplessis earned his nickname from the Superman costume he wore when he spoke to school kids. As he explained in a 1988 interview, “It’s because I think I can be a super role model for kids.” Duplessis earned recognition for his work with disabled children and against drug abuse. He was also highly respected in the ring.

Duplessis was a champion amateur boxer from the age of 10, and he turned professional in 1984. Trainer Lou Duva compared Duplessis to Sugar Ray Leonard. But sadly, Duplessis’ career came to an early end in 1995 when a bout left him legally blind.

Still, undeterred, Duplessis threw himself back into education. As a full-time student at Southern University in New Orleans, he graduated with a BA in Psychology in 2002, before achieving a Social Work master’s degree from the same institution three years later.

5. Chazz Witherspoon – Pharmaceutical Marketing

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In 2003, a year after he’d taken up boxing in his sophomore year at college, Chazz “The Gentleman” Witherspoon won the Pennsylvania State Golden Gloves title. The same year, he proceeded to come third at the National Police Athletic League Tournament. And continuing his impressive performances, he also won the Middle Atlantic Regional Tournament, gaining the accolade of “Most Outstanding Boxer,” which qualified him for the US Championships. When he came second at national level, Witherspoon became eligible to try out for the Olympics – but in the end, he traveled to Athens in 2004 as an alternate. Still, later that year, “The Gentleman” turned professional.

Witherspoon managed a run of 23 professional fights unbeaten, 15 of which ended in knockouts. A natural athlete, he had been offered three Division 1 basketball scholarships and two track scholarships when he graduated from Paulsboro High School in 1999. But, proving he had just as much brains as brawn, he instead opted for an academic scholarship at St. Joseph’s University in Pennsylvania, graduating with a degree in Pharmaceutical Marketing in May 2005 – a year after he’d turned professional in the ring.

4. Juan Díaz – Political Science

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Juan “Baby Bull” Díaz (left) qualified to represent Mexico at the 2000 Sydney Olympics on the back of a string of amateur successes. Unfortunately, aged just 16, he was deemed too young to compete. Even so, the young Mexican had his first professional fight in June of that year and went on knock out his opponents in his first five bouts. In all, he racked up 24 victories with no defeats on his way to his first world title challenge in 2004.

On July 17, 2004 Díaz beat Lakva Sim to claim the WBA lightweight title. But what makes Díaz’s accomplishments even more impressive is the fact that he maintained his studies. In 2001, he graduated from Houston’s Contemporary Learning Center, then went on to attain a bachelors degree in political science at the University of Houston–Downtown.

In 2011, at the age of 28, and with a record of 35 wins and four defeats, Díaz announced his retirement. He then enrolled at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Law School and hopes to become a lawyer. Díaz can also add “businessman” to his already impressive résumé, as he owns a radio production company and co-owns a trucking firm with his brother.

3. and 2. Carlos Palomino (Recreation Administration) and Armando Muniz (Spanish)

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On January 21, 1977, boxers Carlos Palomino (left) and Armando Muniz (right) made boxing history. The WBC welterweight clash was the first world title fight between two college graduates. This led Los Angeles Times columnist Jim Murray to describe the bout as “boxing’s finest intellectual hour since George Bernard Shaw wrote to Gene Tunney.” Palomino won the fight thanks to two knockdowns and a knockout in the last round.

Palomino had recently earned a degree in Recreation Administration at Long Beach State, while Muniz had a Spanish degree from California State Los Angeles and was studying for an Administration graduate degree. Fortunately, both athletes had ignored advice to concentrate on boxing, with Palomino holding that “athletic careers are pretty short and I’d still have a whole life ahead of me.”

Despite their schooling, the fighters’ boxing abilities seemed unaffected. What’s more, their 1977 meeting is remembered as one of the best bouts of that year. Palomino went on to win the 1978 rematch, as well – but both men will be remembered for together challenging the stereotype that boxers lack brains.

1. Juan Manuel Márquez – Accounting

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Juan Manuel Márquez may well be one of the most successful champion boxers to also hold a degree. The 39-year-old is currently the WBO light-welterweight champ and is the first Mexican-born boxer to become a world champion in four divisions. In all, Márquez has won seven world titles in five different weight classes, so it’s easy to see why he is called “Dinamita.”

Believed by some to be the greatest Mexican boxer of all time, Márquez still appears to be on top of his game. This was ably demonstrated in his fourth meeting with Manny Pacquiao, on December 8, 2012, when he convincingly knocked out Pacquiao, earning the WBO “Champion of the Decade” belt in the process.

Incredibly, Márquez has somehow also found time to earn an accounting degree. During a recent HBO question-and-answer session, he was asked what he might have become had he not been a professional fighter. His response: “I have an accounting degree, so I’d probably be an accountant!”

Bonus Entry: Vernon Forrest – Business Administration

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Nicknamed “The Viper,” Vernon Forrest started boxing when he was just nine years of age. Moreover, he achieved a 225-16 amateur record on his way to becoming the US junior welterweight champion at the age of 21.

Forrest was the first member of his family to graduate from high school and, what’s more, he gained a scholarship to Northern Michigan University to study Business Administration. He left college – but only to follow his dreams, as he also qualified for the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. Indeed, Forrest went into the Olympics as the gold medal favorite, but he suffered from food poisoning early in the competition. Even so, “The Viper” turned professional that same year.

Forrest’s career highlights included defeating Shane Mosley three times – once as an amateur and then twice as a professional. In 2002, he was crowned WBC welterweight champion and “fighter of the year” in Ring Magazine.

Forrest also later claimed the WBC light middleweight title from Sergio Mora, on September 14, 2008. Sadly, it was his final fight. On July 25, 2009, he was robbed and murdered in Atlanta, Georgia.


1. Be Like Water

“Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way round or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves. Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.” ~Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee is considered to be the most influential martial artist and the greatest icon of martial arts cinema of all time. In the early 1946, he appeared in several films as a child actor. Lee received huge popularity across the United States in 1966-1967 with his role in the television series The Green Hornet after which he was starred in numerous movies until he died on 20th July 1973 in Hong Kong at the age of 32. He is also known for changing the way Asians were presented in American films.

2. The Guidance of Virtue

“Just as treasures are uncovered from the earth, so virtue appears from good deeds, and wisdom appears from a pure and peaceful mind. To walk safely through the maze of human life, one needs the light of wisdom and the guidance of virtue.” – Buddha

Gautama Buddha was a spiritual guru who is remembered for his teachings on living an enlightened life. His teachings are known today as ‘Buddhism’. Though the actual date of his birth and death is uncertain but it is known that he was born a prince in the 6th century BC in northern India at a place called Lumbini (presently known as Nepal) at the foot of Mount Palpa in the Himalayan ranges and died in 480 B.C. at age of 80. His father Suddhodana was the king who ruled an Indian tribe Shakyas. His mother Maya died only after seven days of his birth and he was raised by his mother’s sister Mahaprajapati. At the age of 29, he left his home, family and kingdom to seek enlightenment and a way to get rid of universal suffering and pain of humanity.

3. Catch The Spirit Of The Great Pioneers

“To win the big stakes in this changed world, you must catch the spirit of the great pioneers of the past, whose dreams have given to civilization all that it has of value, the spirit that serves as the life-blood of our own country – your opportunity and mine, to develop and market our talents.” ― Napoleon Hill

Napoleon Hill is one of the greatest personal-success coaches who is best remembered for his work ‘Think and Grow Rich’ in 1937, which is one of the best-selling books of all time. The book has been read and mentioned by several renowned and successful successful personalities and remains the inspiration for millions of people worldwide. He pioneered and revolutionized ‘New Thoughts’ on personal beliefs and success. By showing some real-life examples on how an average person can accomplish their goals, he brought success in the reach of any person.

4. Every Morning Is A New Arrival

“This being human is a guest house. Every morning is a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor…Welcome and entertain them all. Treat each guest honorably. The dark thought, the shame, the malice, meet them at the door laughing, and invite them in. Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.” ― Rumi

Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī, widely known as Rumi was a 13th-century Persian Muslim mystical poet and theologian. His devotional and inspiring poetry are his insightful experience of uplifting our consciousness for living a meaning and liberal life; in a nutshell, they enlighten us about divine life, and relieve the turbulent mind, distressed soul and devastated spirit. Diwan-e Shams-e Tabrizi and Mathnawi are among his most famous works. Diwan-e Shams-e Tabrizi is a collection of ghazals that has been named in the honor of Rumi’s greatest inspiration dervish Shamsuddin and Mathnawi is a collection of six volumes of poetry that demonstrates the diverse facets of spiritual life.

5. It is Between You And God

“People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway. If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway. The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway. Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway. For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.” ― Mother Teresa

Born as Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu, Mother Teresa dedicated her whole life serving the humanity; she is the symbol of compassion and love. It is known that she was highly fascinated by the lives of missionaries and their selfless services. By the age of 12, she was determined to live a religious life and devote herself to serve the poor and destitute. In 1950, she founded a Roman Catholic religious congregation ‘the Missionaries of Charity’, which is now active in 133 countries and has more than 4,500 sisters. The Missionaries of Charity takes care of the distressed, homeless, refugees, mentally ills, ex-prostitutes, abandoned children and aged, people with AIDS, and convalescent. In 1979, she received the Nobel Peace Prize for her significant contribution in assisting the poor to overcome their daily struggles for living better life.

6. Don’t Be Afraid Of Experience

“Experience life in all possible ways — good-bad, bitter-sweet, dark-light, summer-winter. Experience all the dualities. Don’t be afraid of experience, because the more experience you have, the more mature you become.” ― Osho

Born as Chandra Mohan Jain and later known as Acharya Rajneesh or Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh and later in 1980s as Osho was an Indian spiritual teacher who was internationally famous for his teachings. His concept and definition of ‘Sannyas’ was completely different from the conventional Eastern perspective, he initiated on self-exploration without renouncing the world, and promoted to have an open and better attitude towards sex which all together grabbed international attention. Osho was a professor at the Sanskrit College in Raipur in 1957, and the Professor of Philosophy at the University of Jabalpur until 1966. Later, he left his profession and traveled across India to awaken the human consciousness about the orthodox religion. His unorthodox and challenging attitude towards studies attracted people across the world.

7. God is Reflection Of Human Fraility

“I cannot imagine a God who rewards and punishes the objects of his creation, whose purposes are modeled after our own — a God, in short, who is but a reflection of human frailty. Neither can I believe that the individual survives the death of his body, although feeble souls harbor such thoughts through fear or ridiculous egotism.” ― Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein, a German-born theoretical physicist, is widely known for his significant contribution in developing the general theory of relativity, which proved revolutionary in physics. In 1921, he received the Nobel Prize in Physics for his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect. Throughout his life, he has written countless articles, published dozens of books and worked in several different projects collaborating with other scientists, some of them were the Einstein refrigerator and the Bose–Einstein statistics. On 17 April 1955, he died after experiencing the internal bleeding.

8. Mistakes Do Not Make us Evil

“We are all mistaken sometimes; sometimes we do wrong things, things that have bad consequences. But it does not mean we are evil, or that we cannot be trusted ever afterward.” – Alison Croggon

Alison Croggon is an Australian poet, fantasy novelist, and playwright who emerged in the 1990s. She was aspired to be a writer and at the initial stage of her career she worked as a journalist for the Sydney Morning Herald. Her very first volume of poetry This is the Stone received worldwide attention, won the Anne Elder Award and the Mary Gilmore Prize. Her novella Navigatio received The Australian/Vogel Literary Award. She was honored as the Geraldine Pascall Critic of the Year in 2009. Besides being a Melbourne theatre critic for the national daily newspaper, The Australian, she maintains her blog.

9. The Brick Walls Are There For A Reason

“The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They’re there to stop the other people.” ― Randy Pausch

American professor of computer science as well as human-computer interaction and design at Carnegie Mellon University Randolph Frederick Randy Pausch was born in Baltimore, Maryland, and grew up in Columbia, Maryland. He came into limelight after his last lecture “The Last Lecture: Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams” in 2007 at Carnegie Mellon, which led him to other reputed media appearances. In 2008, on July 25th, he died from pancreatic cancer.

10. The Greatest Blessings Are Within Us

“True happiness is to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future, not to amuse ourselves with either hopes or fears but to rest satisfied with what we have, which is sufficient, for he that is so wants nothing. The greatest blessings of mankind are within us and within our reach. A wise man is content with his lot, whatever it may be, without wishing for what he has not.” ― Seneca

Roman Stoic philosopher, dramatist and statesman Lucius Annaeus Seneca, who is best known as Seneca, was born in 4 BC in the southern Spanish city of Cordoba. Seneca was tutored to be an orator and lawyer in order to work in the the service of the state but later studied philosophy. He was accused of having a connection in the Pisonian conspiracy to assassinate the last of the Julio-Claudian emperors Nero and was subsequently forced to commit suicide in April 65 AD. Though his involvement was never proved.

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Starting a business doesn’t have to be a daunting task. In fact many of the best startups in the world started in college dorm rooms, or in their parents garages.

Have you heard of Dell, Facebook, Fedex, or Microsoft ?

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Learning & Community
Hacker News
Code Academy
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Content Management System
Free WordPress Themes

Analytics & Conversions
Google Analytics

Web Hosting

Digital Product Development
Scrivener for Ebook/Infoproduct Creation
Cacoo for Wireframes and Diagrams

Document Sharing
Google Docs

User Acquisition & Marketing
RankPay for Pay Per Performance SEO
Visual.ly for Infographics
MyBlogGuest for Guest Blogging
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Social Contests for WordPress
Empire Avenue

Email List Management

Startup Funding


When it comes to sacrifices, men and women of the Armed Forces are well-acquainted. From long deployments to pay issues to family separations, the hardships that those individuals endure each day are countless in number. Even educational opportunities can be limited for individuals in the military due to the fact that they are constantly moving and training. Fortunately, many American organizations recognize the price that those individuals pay as protectors and enforcers of the “American Dream.” Some of the best of those organizations are colleges and universities, which often offer service members reduced tuition rates and accredited, master’s-level degree programs that are convenient and self-paced. The list below entails twenty of the best online and campus-based schools that offer flexible master’s degree programs to military graduate students.

The Top 20 Colleges for Military Graduate Students
1. Concord University of West Virginia-
Accreditation: Concord University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Degree Offerings: This university offers military students a Master of Education Degree program, a Master of Arts in Health Promotion Degree program, and a Master of Arts in Teaching Degree program.

Tuition Cost: The tuition cost for each master’s degree program is $238 per credit hour for residents of West Virginia. The tuition cost for non-residents is $529 per credit hour.

Attributes: Concord University is ranked as the number-one school for veterans by Military Times EDGE. This university accepts the Yellow Ribbon Program, ACE credits, and Veterans Upward Bound. It also entails its own Office of Veteran Affairs.

2. Eastern Kentucky University-
Accreditation: Eastern Kentucky University is regionally accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Degree Offerings: Eastern Kentucky University includes 30 online and campus-based master’s degree programs in fields such as education and counseling.

Tuition Cost: The tuition cost for online master’s degree programs is $450 per credit hour, and the tuition cost for campus-based master’s degree programs is $450 per credit hour.

Attributes: Eastern Kentucky University is ranked as the second-best college for veterans by Military Times EDGE. This university’s military students qualify to receive the same tuition rates that residents of Kentucky receive.

3. The State University of New Jersey-Rutgers-
Accreditation: The State University of New Jersey-Rutgers possesses regional accreditation through the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Degree Offerings: The State University of New Jersey-Rutgers entails three campuses that offer a total of 180 different master’s-level degree programs.

Tuition Cost: The cost of each master’s degree program varies between $7,512 and $10,500 per semester.

Attributes: The State University of New Jersey-Rutgers is ranked as the third-best college for veterans by Military Times EDGE. This university accepts the Yellow Ribbon Program, ACE credits, and Veterans Upward Bound.

4. California University of Pennsylvania-
Accreditation: California University of Pennsylvania is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Degree Offerings: California University of Pennsylvania offers both web-based and campus-style master’s degree programs in the fields of education, science, social work, nursing, teaching, and the arts.

Tuition Cost: The tuition cost for each master’s degree program is $429 per credit hour.

Attributes: California University of Pennsylvania is ranked as the fourth-best school for veterans by Military Times Edge. This university entails its own Office for Veterans, and it accepts ACE credits.

5. University of South Florida-
Accreditation: The University of South Florida is fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Degree Offerings: Approximately 139 different degree programs are offered for master’s-level education.

Tuition Cost: The tuition cost for each master’s degree program ranges between $417 and $430 per credit hour.

Attributes: The University of South Florida is ranked as the fifth-best college for veterans by Military Times EDGE. This university is also one of the country’s best private institutions for research.

6. Arizona State University-
Accreditation: Arizona State University is regionally accredited through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Degree Offerings: Arizona State University offers students over 13 different fields of study for their master’s degree programs, which include law, computing and mathematics, construction and design, health and wellness, and business.

Tuition Cost: The tuition cost for each master’s degree program is about $463 per credit hour.

Attributes: Arizona State University is ranked as the sixth-best school for veterans by Military Times EDGE. This educational facility accepts both the Yellow Ribbon Program and Veterans Upward Bound.

7. University of Kentucky-
Accreditation: The University of Kentucky entails accreditation through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Degree Offerings: The University of Kentucky offers over 120 specialty areas for its master’s degree programs.

Tuition Cost: Each master’s degree program costs $5,229 per semester.

Attributes: The University of Kentucky is ranked as one of the best schools for veterans by Military Times EDGE. This university is Kentucky’s only land-grant institution for research, and it accepts both the Yellow Ribbon Program and ACE credits.

8. University of Nebraska at Omaha-
Accreditation: The University of Nebraska at Omaha is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Degree Offerings: The University of Nebraska at Omaha offers 45 different master’s degree programs. In addition, five dual degree programs for master’s education are offered.

Tuition Cost: The tuition cost for each master’s degree program varies between $196 and $394 per credit hour.

Attributes: The University of Nebraska is ranked as the ninth-best college for veterans by Military Times EDGE. The Yellow Ribbon Program and ACE credits are accepted.

9. D’Youville College-
Accreditation: D’Youville College possesses accreditation through the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Degree Offerings: D’Youville College offers 8 different master’s degree programs in areas such as nursing and education.

Tuition Cost: The tuition cost for each master’s degree program is $810 per credit hour. Military students are eligible to receive a tuition discount of up to 50 percent.

Attributes: D’Youville College is ranked as one of the top schools for veterans by Military Times EDGE. This college accepts both ACE credits and the Yellow Ribbon Program.

10. Ohio State University-
Accreditation: Ohio State University entails accreditation through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Degree Offerings: Ohio State University offers over 100 master’s degree programs in fields that range from dance to physics.

Tuition Cost: The tuition cost for each master’s degree program is $12,200 per year.

Attributes: Ohio State University is ranked as the eleventh-best college for veterans by Military Times EDGE. The Yellow Ribbon Program and ACE credits are accepted.

11. Texas A&M University-
Accreditation: Texas A&M University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Degree Offerings: Texas A&M University entails over 130 online and campus-based master’s degree programs.

Tuition Cost: Each master’s degree program costs $6,348 per year.

Attributes: Texas A&M University is ranked as one of the best schools for veterans by Military Times EDGE. This public university accepts ACE credits and the Yellow Ribbon Program.

12. University of Pittsburgh-
Accreditation: The University of Pittsburgh is fully accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Degree Offerings: Roughly 200 master’s degree programs are offered by 14 different schools within this university.

Tuition Cost: The tuition cost for each master’s degree program varies between $19,281 and $43,212 per year.

Attributes: The University of Pittsburgh is ranked as the fifteenth-best school for veterans by Military Times EDGE. This university possesses a Veterans Office that helps military students apply for benefits through the Yellow Ribbon Program.

13. Evergreen State College of Washington-
Accreditation: Evergreen State College of Washington is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

Degree Offerings: This college offers master’s degrees in environmental studies, education, public administration, and teaching.

Tuition Cost: The tuition cost for each master’s degree program is $2,643 per semester.

Attributes: Evergreen State College of Washington is ranked as one of the top schools for veterans by Military Times EDGE. This college’s tuition rates are below the GI Bill cap.

14. George Washington University-
Accreditation: George Washington University is fully accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Degree Offerings: Over 200 master’s degree programs are included in this university’s academic profile.

Tuition Cost: The tuition cost for each master’s degree program is approximately $1,340 per credit hour.

Attributes: George Washington University is ranked as the sixteenth-best college for veterans by Military Times EDGE. This university entails a special office for military students, and it accepts the Yellow Ribbon Program.

15. Valdosta State University-
Accreditation: Valdosta State University entails accreditation through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Degree Offerings: Valdosta State University offers over 40 master’s degree programs in areas that include: education, music, social work, accounting, and public administration.

Tuition Cost: The tuition cost for each master’s degree program is about $223 per credit hour.

Attributes: Valdosta State University is ranked as one of the top colleges for veterans by Military Times EDGE. This university entails tuition rates that fall below the GI Bill cap, and it accepts ACE credits.

16. Chadron State College-
Accreditation: Chadron State College is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.

Degree Offerings: Chadron State College offers approximately 24 master’s degree programs, and eight of those degree programs can be completed partially online.

Tuition Cost: The tuition cost for all of the master’s degree programs is about $250 per credit hour.

Attributes: Chadron State College is listed among the best schools for veterans by Military Times EDGE. This college accepts both the Yellow Ribbon Program and ACE credits.

17. University of Missouri at Columbia-
Accreditation: The University of Missouri at Columbia is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Degree Offerings: The University of Missouri at Columbia offers its students 95 graduate-level degree programs.

Tuition Cost: Most of this university’s graduate programs cost $336.50 per credit hour.

Attributes: The University of Missouri at Columbia is ranked as one of the top 50 schools for veterans by Military Times EDGE. This university possesses a Veterans Office, and its tuition rates are lower than the GI Bill cap.

18. Bowling Green State University-
Accreditation: Bowling Green State University is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Degree Offerings: This university offers master’s degree programs in 52 different fields, which include chemistry, teaching, history, geology, and construction management.

Tuition Cost: The tuition cost for each master’s degree program is $200 per credit hour for full-time students.

Attributes: Bowling Green State University possesses the distinction of being one of the best universities for veterans according to Military Times EDGE. This university possesses some of the lowest tuition rates available for master’s education, and it accepts ACE credits.

19. Colorado State University-
Accreditation: Colorado State University entails regional accreditation through the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Degree Offerings: Colorado State University offers its students over 50 areas of study for its online and campus-based master’s degree programs.

Tuition Cost: Each graduate degree program costs $555.42 per credit hour.

Attributes: Colorado State University is ranked as one of the top 50 schools for veterans by Military Times EDGE. This university accepts ACE credits and the Yellow Ribbon Program.

20. Fordham University-
Accreditation: Fordham University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

Degree Offerings: Fordham University entails exceptional programs for its master’s degrees, which are provided in the fields of business administration, religion, education, arts, sciences, law, and social service.

Tuition Cost: The tuition cost for each master’s degree program varies between $760 and $1,367 per credit hour.

Attributes: Fordham University is ranked as one of the best universities for veterans by Military Times EDGE. This university entails one of the highest graduation rates. Approximately 79 percent of Fordham University’s students complete their degree programs on-time and successfully.


Making your own way in the world can be a daunting thought. But it is not impossible. Achieving what seems like an impossible goal can make a world of difference to someone’s confidence and the way they take on life. Take a look at this list of people who not only achieved the goal of getting a Master’s degree, but also helped change the world after overcoming this challenge. Here you will see that a variety of people were able to overcome their situations and make a difference for the better in not only their life, but the lives of others around them.

1. Prasad Thammineni
Prasad Thammineni is an entrepreneur from Cambridge, Massachusetts. After graduating at BITS in Pilani, India with degrees in both Mathematics and Computer Science, he came to America to study at Princeton. He then dropped out and started his own business ventures, one of them being a technology service called jPeople. Thammineni received his MBA in 2007 at the Wharton School of Business. His current company, called OfficeDrop, is his most recent business venture since completing his classes and receiving an MBA. OfficeDrop is a new company that helps small businesses with an affordable document management system. This company was founded in 2007 with its headquarters located in Cambridge along with its founder. Officedrop uses a Cloud technology system so that customers can amplify productivity by sharing, uploading, and saving documents almost instantly. He not only developed programs for the computer that allow users to instantly ‘drop’ the files to the ‘cabinet’, but also apps for devices like the iPhone and Android.
In Thammineni’s spare time he blogs about funding and growing startups. He is a frequent presenter at business conferences as well as business schools such as Harvard and Wharton. He also likes to ride his bike and walk his dog when he is not working at his computer. He currently resides in Boston along with his wife.

2. Seth Goldman
Seth Goldman, originally from Massachusetts, was an entrepreneur from the start. As a young boy, he started with the usual lemonade stands in the summer and paper routes. As he got older, however, he went on to create a non-profit urban service program. In 1987 he graduated Harvard, following that up with an MBA from the Yale School of Management in 1995. Using the tools he gained with his degrees, he co-founded a company called Honest Tea in 1998.
Honest Tea is a company based in Bethesda, Maryland. Goldman and his friend Barry Nalebuff were the founders of this bottled organic tea company. This brand offers sweetened as well as unsweetened versions of their flavors of bottled teas. In 2008 the Coca-Cola Company purchased a 40% stake of the company for $43 million dollars. By 2011 Coca-Cola had purchased the rest of the company. Goldman now serves on boards such as Pennsylvania Certified Organic and Bethesda Green. He works with and contributes to The Mission-Driven Business blog on Inc.com in his free time. Goldman currently resides in Maryland with his wife and three boys.

3. Chuck Slaughter
Chuck Slaughter first started with his company called TravelSmith. This business took off and grew to over 2 million customers. In 2004 Slaughter sold TravelSmith and then turned his attention to building more philanthropic enterprises in both private and social areas. Slaughter traveled to Kenya and while there, he established his idea for Living Goods. Living Goods would be the next endeavor that Slaughter would venture into. Living Goods is a sort of Avon-esque business where networks of female entrepreneurs can earn money by selling life-saving products door-to-door. The products that are sold are affordable for the poor, so that the poor may have access to these things that they would not be able to acquire otherwise. During his work with Living Goods, Slaughter also is a speaker at many venues such as the Global Philanthropy Forum, World Affairs Council, Yale, and Harvard. He has received the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, as well as receiving the honor of being a Draper Richards Fellow.
Slaughter earned his B.A. and his Master’s in Public and Private Management from Yale. He is currently settled in California with his wife and three sons.

4. Trish Karter
Trish Karter, the daughter of Peter Karter, who was a pioneer in the modern materials recycling industry, earned her MBA at the Yale School of Management after attending Wheaton College. Karter is a very interesting figure in the baking and entrepreneurial worlds and was the founder and CEO of the Dancing Deer Baking Company. The Dancing Deer Baking Company is a Boston-based producer of high-end, natural baked goods which eventually scaled up to nationwide distribution. In the mid 90’s, Karter became an angel investor for Dancing Deer, eventually taking the helm as its CEO in 1998. A stalwart of social responsibility, she relocated the offices of Dancing Deer to the Roxbury area of Boston, an area then known for its gang violence. While this and other decisions by her were seen as risky, they eventually paid off. By 2004 the company had grown to a business of approximately 6 million in sales. Dancing Deer has come to be known for its natural, preservative-free products, its commitment to employing individuals from deprived backgrounds and giving them equity in the company, and the trademark whimsical designs on their packaging. Karter stepped down from managing the company in 2010 to pursue personal interests. She lives in Milton, Massachusetts with her two children and enjoys artistry in her spare time.

5. Edward Miner “Ned” Lamont, Jr.
Edward Miner “Ned” Lamont, Jr. was born on January 3, 1954 in Washington, D.C. Lamont was born into old money thanks to his great-grandfather Thomas W. Lamont, a partner of the banking firm J. P. Morgan & Co., and grew up in New York. He received his Master’s in Public and Private Management from the Yale School of Management in 1980 after earning his A.B. from Harvard in 1976. In 1984, Lamont founded Lamont Digital Systems. This company was a builder and operator of telecommunications networks, mainly for college campuses and gated communities. It plans and builds advanced applications and maintenance services as well.In 2006 Lamont began his political career as an anti-war candidate, contrasting his political opponent at the time, Joe Lieberman. Unfortunately for Lamont, he lost that election to Mr. Lieberman. In 2010, Lamont started another political campaign. This time it was a campaign to become Governor of Connecticut. Once more, Lamont was defeated, only this time it was by the Stamford Mayor Dan Malloy.
Lamont and his wife Ann have three children, and they reside in Washington, D.C. Lamont spends his days as a faculty member of Central Connecticut State University.

6. Linda Mason
Linda Mason is someone whom most would say has a heart of gold. After spending the late-seventies in France studying the language and literature at the Sorbonne, as well as classical piano at the Rachmaninoff Conservatory, she returned to America and attained her B.A. from Cornell University and her MBA from the Yale School of Management.
A large part of Mason’s career has gone into creating and evolving the Bright Horizons Family Solutions company. In 1986, she and Roger Brown co-founded this company together, operating it as a public company until the spring of 2008 when it was moved to private. Bright Horizons Family Solutions is a company that provides worksite child care and early education. They operate more than 650 high quality centers around the globe. Mason has had the honor of holding high leadership positions on the boards of several important non-profit organizations, her most important one perhaps being a Chair of her company, Bright Horizons Family Solutions. Mason is married to Roger Brown and they have three children. All of her children are graduates of the early education centers that her company has helped build and support through the years.

7. Anne Margaret Glover
Anne Margaret Glover was born on February 6, 1954. She holds a dual citizenship with America and the UK, and speaks three languages; English, French, and German. She is the CEO and co-founder of Amadeus Capital Partners, which was founded originally in 1997. This company is a venture capital firm that invests in companies in Europe that specialize in high-technology and sciences. Throughout her career, she has had many great accomplishments. Early on in her career, she held a good number of management positions for many companies. An example of some of her great accomplishments includes receiving a CBE in 2006 at the Queen’s Birthday Honors list for “services to business”. She also holds a seat in the Technology Strategy Board of the UK’s Department of Trade and Industry. In 2008 she was elected an honorary member of the Royal Academy of Engineering. Glover attended the Yale School of Management and attained her Master’s degree. She also attended the Clare College of Cambridge and received a Master’s in metallurgy and materials science.

8. Ellis B. Jones
Ellis B. Jones was born in 1954. He attended the Yale School of Management and attained his MBA in 1979. He attained his B.S. from the University of California at Berkeley.Jones has invested more than twenty years in private equity and investment banking. He is also responsible for overseeing not only industry groups at major investment banking companies, but product groups as well. During the years of 1988 to 1994, Jones was the Head of the Hotel and Gaming Group at Salomon Brothers. Before that run, he was a Managing Director of the high end banking company, Los Angles Investment Banking. Jones has held many seats with boards such as Odwalla Inc., Phoenix House, True Advantage, and All Clad Holdings, Inc. He is currently serving on the boards of directors at Harry & David, Encompass Digital Median, and Access Scientific.

9. Eric Higgs
Eric Higgs is the CEO and president of the company known as LumaStream. He brings 20 years of experience with high-technology, a B.S. in Computer Science, and an MBA from Stanford University to the table of his innovative new company.
Higgs jump started his career at KPMG Peat Marwick as a consultant on information technology. He then moved on to become the Chief Operating Officer at Cerego, LLC, a company that produced a fundamentally new technology paradigm for adaptive learning.For almost a decade, Higgs pursued a fine art career. If you pay close attention you can find his work in museums and private collections around the globe.

10. Danae Ringelmann
Danae Ringelmann attended the Haas School of Business at Berkeley and attained her MBA. She also graduated with a B.A. in Humanaties from UNC-Chapel Hill. Before she helped found IndieGoGo, Ringelmann was a securities analyst at Cowen & Co. where she worked with companies such as Pixar and Lionsgate. She also worked with J. P. Morgan’s Investment Bank and focused on cable networks, the NFL, and newspapers.
In 2008, she co-founded the company called IndieGoGo, along with Eric Schell. This company is a crowd-funding platform that allows someone to raise money to kick-start their idea, whether it be a game or a book, or a charity or a business start-up. This amazing company allows a person to not only get their idea off the ground, but also lets the keep their idea without the fear of the company using it for their own personal gain.
IndieGoGo has helped thousands of projects and their founders raise money across the globe in 114 countries.

These stories are inspiring and show just how much you can accomplish if you keep focused on your goals. These wonderful people worked hard and kept innovating themselves. All it takes to change the world for the better is one amazing idea and the strength to push it forward and to make it happen. What will you do to change the world when you have the strength to push hard enough?


The healthcare field is increasingly moving to digital formats. From medical records to reference materials, content is going electronic, online, and increasingly, becoming available on mobile devices. The iPad is an ideal platform for accessing these digital medical references because it is easy to carry into exams, to work with at home, and has a large screen that facilitates viewing more and more detailed information than would be accessible on a smart phone.

Companies are realizing the market for these apps, and there are dozens of them available. Here, we provide a list of the ten best iPad apps for medical professionals. We include apps for doctors, other practitioners, and students to support their tasks and to educate patients.

1. Muscle System Pro III – This app was developed at Stanford University and has become the standard reference tool for students and professionals. The app is rich in features. It shows 548 isolated muscles alone with their insertion and origin points. To support understanding, it has hundreds of movement animations and pronunciations. For any body part, the user can see a 360 degree rotation along with inferior and superior rotations when applicable. Each muscle features 10 layers of visualization and 3D mapping to bones. For collaboration, a user can draw on any image and share it over email or on social media. It is the most complete musculoskeletal reference for the iPad.
Price: $19.99

2. Upper Respiratory Virtual Lab – This free app is a 3D simulator of the upper airway. It allows users to pinch and drag to explore the visualizations at different levels, and enhances learning by allowing students to interact with the simulation in all three dimensions. The app has detailed information on 34 anatomical structures. Users can tap on target areas in the app and see photographs, illustrations, and clinical information.
Price: Free

3. AirStrip – Cardiology – For clinicians working with patients’ ECG data, airstrip revolutionizes the way they can study and diagnose digitally. When hospitals or ambulances have AirStrip’s technology installed, the app can reproduce the ECG in detail for the clinician to view in real time on their screen. This eliminates the need to try to diagnose on faxed or scanned ECG strips. It also speeds up diagnosis by allowing fast transmission of ECG from the field to the clinician instead of requiring them to wait to receive the strips. AirStrip shows a 10 second view of all 12 leads, and users can see differences down to below 0.5 millimeters. A patient’s ECG history is also available, so a clinician can compare the ECGs over time.
Price: Free

4. Mobile MIM – This app is designed for clinicians to view SPECT, PET, CT, MRI, X-ray and Ultrasound images. Clinicians can to review images, DVH, isodose curves, and contours. It can show 3D depth-shaded movies, and supports annotation and sharing. When a workstation is not available, data can be transmitted to the iPad from MIMcloud (a secure cloud-based application) or MIM 5.1+ workstation software.
Price: Free

5. Rx-Writer – e-Prescribing is faster, more accurate, and more convenient for patients. Rx-Writer supports this for iPad. The free version supports 250 patients, includes 30 complimentary fax pages, and free faxing for 60 days. It has various subscription prices to support more patients and faxes. It includes features to renew all of a patient’s records at once, view medication lists sorted by indication, alphabetically, or chronologically. A clinician can see all the medications a patient is taking and fax prescriptions directly from the iPad. It also includes the entire FDA database for reference.
Price: Free trial, various subscription prices.

6. drchrono EHR – This is a complete electronic health records (EHR) system, in compliance with ONC-ATCB stage 1 Meaningful Use criteria. It has features for making customizable clinical notes and building clinical forms. Clinicians can take advantage of real time speech to text, e-prescribing, and databases for allergies and drug interactions. In addition to notes for documentation, it supports iPad-based photo and video. On the administrative side, the app supports phone call logging, chart printing and viewing, and paperless medical billing. Clinical instant messaging and chat is also included.

As part of the economic stimulus package, users of this app qualify for Meaningful Use EHR incentives under the HITECH Act. This can lead to over $44,000 in tax incentives.
Price: Free base version, subscriptions available for various costs.

7. Blausen Human Atlas HD – This atlas is an app designed to allow patients to learn about their medical conditions in a high resolution environment. It includes 3D animations and 1,200 high definition still images. It also has a glossary of over 1,500 medical terms and includes information on conditions, their causes, and their treatments. For doctors, nurses, educators, students, and care givers, this is an excellent resource to educate patients about their conditions and treatments.

The app has 360 degree rotation of the human body with a whole body view in addition to visualizations of different systems, including the nervous, respiratory, and circulatory system.
Price: $29.99

8. CardioTeach for iPad – When practitioners want to illustrate cardiovascular treatments and issues to their patients, this app is designed to help them illustrate. It uses simple graphics to show normal heart function as well as rhythm, common coronary, and peripheral conditions. Practitioners can mark up anatomical illustrations by hand or by inserting cardiac devices like pacemakers. They can also annotate the images and send the marked up versions to patients over email.
Price: Free

9. OsiriX HD – DICOM is a digital standard for transferring and storing medical images. This award winning app is a full DICOM image viewer for iPad that supports C-STORE SCP, C-MOVE SCU, C-FIND SCU, C-GET SCU, and WADO network protocols. Users can download and manipulate all standard medical image types in their native DICOM format, including ultrasound, CT scanner, MRI, PET, etc. Secure VPN communication is supported as well.

Users can zoom and pan images, adjust contrast and intensity, and measure object sizes, including when zoomed. For large sets of images, there is a slider for browsing through the set.
Price: $29.99

10. SurgiChart – This is a surgical case-log manager for posting, planning, and sharing cases. It is secure, private, and HIPAA-compliant.

The cloud-based service provides a social networking type environment for surgeons to collaborate by annotating their surgical records and sharing them securely with colleagues. Colleagues can create and edit records during and after the surgical process, upon invitation of the surgeon. Updates can be shared immediately with anyone the surgeon gives access to the records.

The app can serve as a surgeon’s case library. Images, notes, records, and videos of each procedure are organized together and viewable. Search over cases is also supported.

Price: Free, monthly subscriptions with various prices


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Humans have long depended on the natural world as the source of our most powerful treatments, from the use of sheep-gut thread to sew wounds up in ancient times, to the bacteria-killing properties of penicillin discovered in the first half of the 20th century. Yet, whether everyday or downright disgusting, some of these remedies can be pretty surprising to Western eyes. In Cambodia, for instance, cattle are sacred animals, and itÕs apparently considered quite healthy to drink cow urine. And, unbelievably enough, the techniques used for modern heart and lung transplants were partly inspired by Soviet experiments in creating two-headed dogs during the 1950s. We list our top ten strangest medical treatments involving animals.

10. Fish Psoriasis Treatments

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Originating in Turkey, fish therapy is a relatively common treatment for the symptoms of skin conditions like psoriasis. The patient immerses their affected locations in mineral water containing the fish, which proceed to slough off dead skin with their mouths in their quest for food Ð a bit like a more beneficial school of piranhas! Doctor fish (Garra rufa obtusas), the species used, is believed to nibble away the dead and unhealthy skin while leaving healthy skin untouched. This practice has been banned in some of the US provinces due sanitary concerns but is still legal in the UK and other countries.

9. Bee Venom Arthritis Treatment

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Bee stings may be painful, but apparently they can also soothe the joints of those affected by rheumatoid arthritis. A number of alternative medicine systems, including Chinese traditional medicine, use live bee stings to treat the condition Ð as well as shingles and eczema. Amazingly enough, a study by the University of San Paulo in 2010 found that bee venom produces higher levels of inflammation-preventing hormones, supporting claims that practitioners have been making for centuries. Their findings showed that bee stings may not only alleviate the symptoms of arthritis, but may also even prevent it from taking hold in the first place!

8. Snake Massage

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Anyone interested in a really unconventional massage should check out Ms. Ada BarakÕs snake salon in Israel, which offers clients a sensual back rub from up to six serpents at once. Various species are used, including California and Florida king snakes, corn snakes, and milk snakes, with the larger species being used to treat deep muscle cramps and pain and their smaller counterparts to create a ÒflutteringÓ effect. Ms. Barak said that she got the idea from observing that her friends tended to become more relaxed after holding her collection of snakes for an extended period of time. At $70 a session, itÕs also a bit cheaper than some of the other therapies on this list!

7. Maggot Debridement Therapy

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In maggot debridement therapy, fly larvae are placed in a wound, where they secrete digestive juices that break down dead flesh while leaving healthy tissues intact. Throughout history, many cultures have used this treatment, from ancient Aboriginal tribes, to surgeons of the Napoleonic era and American Civil War period. As disgusting as it may look, this form of therapy is gaining ground again amongst physicians, thanks to its efficiency in cleaning wounds. A study carried out in Caen, France in 2012 found that patients’ wounds treated with maggots were cleansed significantly faster and had less dead tissue than those treated with more conventional methods, and with no increase in pain. Anecdotal reports that maggots provide significant healing or antibacterial benefits have yet to be supported by scientific evidence, however.

6. Dolphin Therapy

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Dolphins are symbols of peace and serenity in many cultures. Small wonder, then, that the act of bonding with them is now used as a treatment for some forms of mental illness. A study by the University of Leicester in 2005 showed that playing in the water with ÒFlipperÓ and his buddies in short sessions over a period of two weeks can provide significant benefits for patients with depression. The treatment has also been used for autistic children who have problems with verbal communication. Interacting with animals can help to alter the dysfunctional social patterns of people with depression, so itÕs not surprising that spending time with one of the most intelligent creatures on the planet can help to raise someoneÕs mood.

5. Ant Mandible Sutures

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The heads of African driver ants boast mandibles that act as seriously strong natural pincers. Presumably for hundreds of years, traditional medicine has been taking advantage of this fact to close open wounds. To put the sutures in place, the healer holds the edges of the gash together and then places the antÕs head lengthwise against the wound. The insectÕs natural instinct is to bite down, which closes the gash, and the healer then twists and breaks off the rest of the body. This very efficient, if primitive, form of emergency medicine is still practiced even today.

4. Leeching


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Bloodletting with leeches was a very common treatment in medieval and early modern medicine. It was used to prevent inflammation of wounds, relieve fevers, and to treat practically every other kind of ailment. Sessions of bloodletting were often continued until the sufferer had fainted or was on the verge of falling unconscious. Famously, as a cure it was spectacularly harmful, generally causing as many problems to patients as the original condition. However, leeching has now been reintroduced in certain circumstances; for example, as a way of removing congested blood from a finger that has been reattached. It is more effective than many other forms of medical treatment because the leech secretes chemicals with anti-clotting agents, which prevent blood vessels from closing up and atrophying.

3. Fish Swallowing for Asthma

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Another fish-related cure is practiced by the Bathini Goud brothers in India, who every year treat thousands of visitors with their patented asthma medication Ð administered in the mouth of a live murrel fish. The herbal medicine is a family secret that (so the legend claims) was originally given to the brothersÕ grandfather by a Hindu holy man more than 160 years ago. The movements of the small fish are meant to help alleviate phlegm in the nose and throat and help ease congestion. Three successive cycles of the medicine are prescribed normally, and they are administered 15 days apart. Traditional, maybe, but we still find it pretty hard to swallow!

2. Terrapin Healing

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As previously mentioned, animals such as cows are associated with healing in Cambodia and are used in a number of different traditional forms of medicine. Terrapins also feature prominently in many Cambodian treatments, both as the ingredients for remedies and in more mystical ways. Why? Because they are believed to be able to cure rheumatism and other bodily ailments by touch. In this picture, a turtle is held to the mouth of a villager in the Kandal province. It is estimated that more than a third of CambodiaÕs native species are used in remedies, but many of the animals are threatened or high priorities for conservation. ItÕs a shame so many traditional cures involve killing the creatures for medicine that may have little more than a placebo effect.

1. Diabetes-Attack Preventing Dogs

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One well-known fact about dogs is that some of their senses are significantly more acute than those of their human companions. But did you know that manÕs best friend can also detect the symptoms of a diabetic attack? Diabetes Alert Dogs (DADs) can tell from their ownerÕs odor whether their blood sugar is too low or too high, and are trained to warn them either by fetching a special stick or fetching the diabetes kit and bringing it to their owner. This is especially useful for the care of young children who might not wake up if they enter hypoglycemia or hyperglycemia during the night. What’s more, it saves mom and dad from having to set the alarm clock to check on them every couple of hours.


10 Most Memorable Nurses In Cinema

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The depiction of nurses on film has changed greatly over the years: from the heroic candy-stripers of WWII-era flicks, through the bawdy sex comedies of the 1960s and 1970s, to the more heroic characters of the early 90s.

There’s no denying that nurses have roles to play in a wide variety of films: they are
expected to be supportive, caring, and understanding (which makes them good love interests in romantic movies), they are often near the front line of battle in war movies, and they have access to scary medical supplies like lethal drugs and scalpels in horror movies.

Many depictions, however, have been criticized as sexist. Not for nothing has the image of the nurse become associated with naughty Halloween costumes rather than medicine, which make the rare depictions that move beyond the stereotype even more memorable. From Annie Wilkes to Nurse Diesel, we list the 10 greatest movie nurses.

10. Nurse Alex – An American Werewolf in London

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Classic comedy-horror An American Werewolf in London is mainly memorable for two things: David Naughton’s incredible transformation sequence (accomplished solely through the prosthetics of effects legend Rick Baker) and the rather comely Nurse Alex, played by Jenny Agutter. Agutter portrays the character as a damaged but caring everywoman who, even though she’s out of her depth dealing with a supernatural werewolf, certainly gives it a good try. She represents the more positive aspects of the UK and London, as a counterweight to the culture clash which the Americans experience in other scenes. Her obvious onscreen chemistry with Naughton also adds to the film.

9. Evelyn Johnson – Pearl Harbor

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Lambasted by critics for its lack of dramatic tension, acting and historical accuracy, at least Pearl Harbor boasted Kate Beckinsdale. Here she plays Evelyn Johnson, a suspiciously attractive Naval Nurse working in America during WWII. The English actress manages to pull off a credible American accent and fares far better than her fellow actors involved in the love triangle (which takes up most of the movie’s rather long running time). Personally, we’re just surprised that there was an actual reason to watch Pearl Harbor apart from Cuba Gooding Jr.

8. Nurse Diesel – High Anxiety

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Stern, gravel-voiced Nurse Diesel isn’t all she appears in this 1977 Hitchcock spoof; in fact, she’s a murderous maniac with an unhealthy interest in witchcraft (pretty appropriate, considering her appearance). She and her lover Dr Montague are the driving force behind most of the events occurring at the psychiatric ward, including the framing of a Doctor, several murders, and many, many more events that satirize the works of the master of suspense. We suppose Mel Brooks thought it would be ironic to have a staff member at a psychiatric hospital being psychopathic herself – although it’s hardly promoting a positive image of the nursing profession!

7. Greg Focker – Meet the Parents

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Forget the diminishing returns which came with its sequels: Meet the Parents still stands up as a fresh and original comedy. Male nurse “Greg” Focker (Ben Stiller) is a normal guy who just happens to have an embarrassing name, until he meets his girlfriend’s ultra-paranoid ex-CIA father and everything goes swiftly downhill. The movie was fairly ahead of its time both for featuring a male nurse as a major character and for portraying the discrimination which non-female members of the profession face (there’s a memorably awkward dinner party scene where Greg tells everyone what he does for a living). Sadly the movie series was also the beginning of Robert De Niro’s decline as an actor, though male nurses everywhere should still be thankful that it came along and brought them into the public eye in a pretty positive way.

6. Nurse Ratched – One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

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Indisputably the evil nurse. Icy Head Nurse Ratched (Louise Fletcher) runs her mental health ward like a police state in the 1975 classic One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Although she never raises her voice, her contempt for her patients shows in her every look and action, and she’s such a control freak that she spends most of the movie trying to break down Randle McMurphy for his independence and desire to resist the system. Her crowning moment of nastiness is when she prompts the neurotic Billy Bibbit to kill himself by playing on his fear of his mother, purely because she’s afraid of losing her grip on the patients under her care. Truly the face of institutional evil.

5. Major Margaret “Hot Lips” Houlihan – M*A*S*H

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Sally Kellerman played the straight-laced blonde bombshell Margaret “Hot Lips” Houlihan in the 1970 M*A*S*H movie. While the movie would have arguably been a success regardless, no small amount of its appeal came from Houlihan – to say nothing of the fact that most of the comedy in the early part of the film derived from surgeons Hawkeye and Duke’s plots to drive her completely hysterical. Yet, while she was a rather two-dimensional character in the film, she quickly became a more sympathetic foil for the other characters in the TV series.

4. Madam Pomfrey – Harry Potter Series

Madam Pomfrey

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In the Harry Potter books, Madam Pomfrey is the best kind of nurse a magic school could have: stern, a skilled healer, but possessing a heart of pure, magical gold. The film version is equally dedicated to her profession, taking care of dragon bites, petrification and various other magical illnesses with equal skill. Being a nurse is a very difficult job in reality, so it must be even tougher in a school where wounds from Sphinxes and falling off broomsticks are an everyday occurrence. Also, oddly enough, there don’t seem to be any doctors at the school. Maybe more seriously injured pupils get to go to magic ER…

3. Amy Nicholls – Fragile

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A modern take on the heroic nurse character shows up in the 2005 horror movie Fragile, starring Calista Flockhart. The plot concerns a young woman who is transferred to work on an understaffed and decaying maternity ward. As if that weren’t trouble enough, she’s also faced with a malicious spirit that wants to hurt the children under her care. It plays out in a similar fashion to movies like The Ring, but Fragile‘s ghost is far more intimidating: it appears as a girl strapped into a crude medical treatment device that makes her look like a very low-tech cyborg. Creepy! It’s a welcome counterweight to flicks like One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, where medical personnel are portrayed as soulless villains, and it’s also a classic traditional horror movie as well.

2. Cyril – Carry On Matron


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The Carry On films came to typify the bawdy English comedy of the 1950s onwards, and one of the gang’s classic settings for hijinks was the hospital. Carry On Matron, released in 1972, features a “cunning” gang of thieves’ attempt to steal a maternity ward’s contraceptives by disguising one of their members as a nurse – in typically hilarious unfeminine drag (clearly they’d never heard of male nursing in the 1970s). Other funny medical characters in the film include Hattie Jacques’ formidable Matron and Kenneth Williams’ shrill and uptight head of the hospital – who believes he is turning into a woman.

1. Annie Wilkes – Misery

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Annie Wilkes from the movie Misery is a loner, a former maternity nurse and an obsessed fan of the popular writer Paul Sheldon. At the beginning of the flick, she “rescues” him from a car wreck and forces him to bring his most famous character back from the dead – with the threat of increasingly painful forms of bodily mutilation if he refuses. Despite being a middle-aged recluse, she makes most of Stephen King’s supernatural villains look tame through the sheer force of her craziness.


In today’s world, there is an ever growing need for nurses. Many schools and universities are now offering, what is called, Accelerated BSN programs. These programs not only teach individuals about the nursing field and provide them with the education and knowledge to be a successful nurse but also help them complete the program within months rather than years. The way that an individual can obtain a BSN through the accelerated programs can be done two ways, through online schooling and through the traditional classrooms. Some of the top online schools include: Marian University, University of Wisconsin, and University of Texas at Arlington, to name a few. Most of the Accelerated BSN programs range from 12 months to 18 months at most. The programs allow students to transfer credits from non-nursing classes that count towards their BSN and then the students take on classes regarding nursing and more. This prepares students for the clinical examines that occur after classes are completed. The students then have to pass the exam in order to become a nurse.

The work that one must do in the Accelerated BSN program is not to be taken lightly. It is time consuming and a student must be able to focus on what needs to be done and be able to devote their time to their studies. Nurses are extremely valuable. Nurses are normally the first point of contact when we receive any kind of medical treatment. It is imperative that an individual who decides to pursue a nursing degree have the time and energy to concentrate on the tasks at hand without being distracted. The Accelerate BSN program requires this of the students. It is quick and fast paced. It leaves very little, if none, room for mistakes.

One of the most critical things about the Accelerated BSN program is that it takes an individiuals experience from other programs that they may have earned degrees in, and builds on that with the BSN program, regardless of the previous program the student was in. Most schools will find that the type of students wanting to pursue an Accelerated BSN program are those individuals who are serious individuals, fast learners, and determined. Many individuals are making career changes, either because they were unhappy with the job market, or unhappy in general, in their chosen profession.

The number of Accelerated BSN programs has increased exponentially since they first appeared in 1990. The need for these programs is greater with every passing year. While the programs may be tough and require a lot of time, the end result of getting the degree is a rewarding career, helping individuals and also making a respectable amount of money. It is important that a student research the different schools out there offering the Accelerated BSN program. Students can attend online or on campus in a traditional classroom, but it is suggested that the student focus on their BSN degree and nothing else. This means, not working either. This can be difficult for some individuals who are just looking for a better way to make more money in a different field. Those who decide to take the courses online may be able to work part time, while focusing the majority of their time on their studies.

To get into one of these programs, most schools require a decent GPA, normally around the 3.0 area. Also, they look for particular courses taken and completed and sometimes the school may require pre-requisite courses to be taken such as biology or statistics. Many times, classes like these are not taken unless required by the previous degree program.
Tuition rates for an Accelerated BSN program also vary. Depending on the type of campus a student attends, they can either expect to pay at least $600 per credit hour at an online school or $300 per credit hour at a traditional campus. Even though, the online schooling may be a bit more higher in price, it is the convenience factor that attracts most students.

An individual looking to enroll in an accelerated BSN programs needs to understand that they will be required to take on a large workload and complete that work in a very fast amount of time. This is why some people, with families, such as spouses or children, that need to work, may want to reconsider taking the courses. Not only is it an expensive program, but it is also tedious and stressful at times.

Either way, an individual who completes the program will be happy with the new opportunities that await them.