How Chronically Ill Adults Can Benefit From Online Training

If you’re an adult in the U.S., the likelihood that you have at least one chronic disease is pretty high. The National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (part of the CDC) reports that 6 in 10 adults in the U.S. have one chronic disease, and 4 in 10 have two or more. In fact, chronic disease is the leading cause of death and disability in the U.S. as well at being at the top of the list related to health care costs. 

Not only does having a chronic illness cause stress on you physically and financially, but it can be a major drag on you emotionally, too. One of the reasons that adults with a chronic illness sometimes struggle with their mental health is that they feel as if their illness has stolen their options for the future. For some, further training in their profession or learning a new profession seems like an impossibility. However, as more flexible online education has become much more accessible, adults suffering from chronic illnesses or disease can find hope in their future and opportunity through innovative programs that fit their needs.


As the cost of education has increased, the demand for more streamlined training has increased as well. Rather than saddling yourself with a lifetime of student debt, students have chosen to work through more intensive training bootcamps or to earn certificates in specialized areas like those offered through Washington Technical Institute. Instead of spending ten times longer in a program that covers information unrelated to the profession you want to enter, certificate programs focus on the skills and details of the job you’re training for and take less time to complete as a result.

For adults with a chronic illness, being able to start a new profession that could possibly offer more flexible hours is a game-changer. This type of streamlined training can get you in a position for working with Programming Languages, Database Management, Software Development, Medical Billing & Coding, or in the Paralegal field, among many others. Within a matter of months, you could be updating your resumé and starting a new career.


Another reason online learning is such a benefit to adults with chronic illness is the flexibility of the programs. For instance, WTI offers students the chance to complete classes on their own time within a set boundary of a completion deadline. That means that you might have eight months to complete your program, but when you complete the coursework within those eight months is up to you.

Additionally, because the courses are completed 100% online, where you work on your classes is limited only by your access to the internet. Provided you feel up to it, you can work on your classes when you travel for appointments or while sitting in waiting rooms. The flexibility of online has proven to be a game-changer for adults who need to be able to complete classes on their schedule rather than the schedule of an in-person class and instructor.


Not only do shortened, more direct online programs offer a faster and more flexible route for adults who need it, but they also tend to be more affordable as well. A chronic illness can wreak havoc on your finances, making it difficult to find a way toward a new career or advancement in your current profession. This means that as others move forward, you can end up feeling stuck. 

Online certificate programs provide hope because they tend to be far less expensive. Programs like those offered by WTI also offer monthly payment options, breaking down the fees of the certificate program into payments based on the length of the program. The goal is to help students gain the training they need to move forward on a career path that will help them increase their earning potential in the future. A chronic illness can create challenges that others don’t face, but because of online flexible programs, it no longer has to prevent you from progressing in your career.

Washington Technical Institute

Washington Technical Institute’s fully online certificates are an ideal option for anyone who needs a streamlined, flexible learning experience. Our courses can be completed in a matter of months, with daily or bi-weekly start dates. Such flexible start dates make these programs unique and much more accessible for our students. Most of our certificates can be earned as a self-paced program, meaning that you can work at your own pace to complete your work, even finishing early if you have the time and motivation to do so. An additional benefit of WTI’s programs is that we offer affordable pricing and monthly payments to help our students leave school without debt. 

Although our goal is to help our students graduate their programs with little to no debt, we also recognize that some students might need to utilize a loan for their educational investment. We are excited to announce our partnerships with Climb Credit or Ascent, student lending companies focused on financing career-building programs. 

If you’re ready to enroll and start working on a plan for the personal and professional benefit of professional development, you can register for your program online through our website. Still have questions about our programs? Feel free to call us at 800-371-5581 or text us at 952-465-3702. Our admissions specialists will be happy to answer whatever questions you have.

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Washington Technical Institute is Regionally accredited by the Middle States Association CESS, and licensed by the Minnesota Office of Higher Education as an institution of higher learning