February 24, 2011 | | Leave a comment Anthem College Online recently announced that the launch of a degree completion program for individuals who have already earned a medical assisting diploma. Officials told the news source that the associate's degree completion track for medical assisting enables students to develop the skills they need to advance in their careers or to broaden their employment opportunities. "Medical assisting is one of the fastest-growing occupations in the nation," said Bill Hillard, Anthem College Online interim president. "Today's busy medical facilities need [these professionals] who possess excellent communication and problem-solving skills as well as exceptional technical skills." Officials noted that the program is an attractive choice for busy professionals because it enables them to decide when they attend class, study and complete assignments. Furthermore, students meet with instructors and fellow students in online discussion forums. According to the 2010 Sloan Survey Learning, out of more than 2,500 colleges and universities in the U.S., an estimated 5.6 million students were enrolled in at least one web-based course in the fall 2009 semester.