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How the Courses Work

American Sentinel courses are developed specifically for online delivery. Course work incorporates traditional discussion forums and assignments with innovative technological approaches such as virtual simulations into class curricula.

An important part of the online learning experience is engaging with your fellow students and professor.

While there are no set login times or group projects, you’ll interact with professors through email and in the weekly discussion forums. You will also engage with other students in course specific discussion forums and, if you wish, within the student lounges.

Sentinel City

Immersive learning is an essential part of the American Sentinel learning experience.

You’ll receive instruction in a number of innovative ways such as the 3D virtual simulations in our nursing programs.

To ensure all students are able to achieve course and program objectives, our professors:

  • Outline course objectives at the beginning of each course.
  • Use textbooks and resources that are written by industry experts.
  • Guide students through each week and are available for questions.
  • Direct students to complimentary tutoring when dealing with difficult concepts.
  • Provide detailed, timely and constructive feedback.

You can access a video about our course platform and resources here >>


For courses that require textbooks, you can purchase or rent these from any source you’d like. Textbook information is located within the course details noted in the academic calendar:

Some courses use other types of materials such as online articles.

New Student Orientation

American Sentinel’s New Student Orientation helps students feel comfortable and knowledgeable when beginning their first course. All students are offered this short, self-directed course.

We provide video tutorials and practice activities to help students learn several common tasks within the online classroom, such as posting to the discussion forum, uploading an assignment, and navigating important resources.

Computer Requirements

The following computer and Internet provisions are required:

  • Computer and processor: 2 – 3 GHz or greater (Intel Pentium or Celeron, or AMD Athlon processors). Intel’s i5 or i7 or equivalent is recommended, 5 years or newer.
  • Memory: 1 GB minimum. 4-8GB recommended
  • Hard drive: 80 GB or larger
  • Display: 1024×768 or greater monitor and video card
  • Operating system: 64-bit Microsoft Windows 7 or later versions. Mac OS X.
  • Security: A current anti-virus program
  • Internet browser: Internet Explorer 9.0, Google Chrome (most recent), Firefox (most recent)
  • Internet access: A broadband internet connection is highly recommended. Media-rich content is included within courses and externally referenced materials.
  • Audio: Sound card with speakers or headphones
  • Microsoft Office 2003 or later
  • Email address
  • Adobe Acrobat PDF Reader (Free)


  • A web camera and functional microphone are required for courses that utilize Proctor U
  • If you are in an academic program that requires MS Project and use an Apple computer, you will need to purchase Parallels in order to run Windows-only software on your Apple computer.
  • There are certain software applications including ShadowHealth, ProctorU, and SentinelU products (Sentinel City® and Sentinel Town®) that will not run on Google Chromebooks, tablets, or mobile devices. You will need access to a laptop or computer to complete the required activities through these programs.


Questions about software, hardware or other computer requirements? Contact an Admissions Advisor at 866.922.5690.