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At a Glance

The purpose of this course is to give the student an understanding of entrepreneurship, business and an understanding of how their business will have a local as well as a global effect. Through these understandings, the student will be able to define how the business process works, how to use the knowledge gained to start their own enterprise, how to be an effective leader, and how to start a socially conscious and responsible business. Through the definition and creation of their concept, the student will begin to build a plan for the launch of their new endeavor.

Classes begin January 7, 2019

Applications due by November 30, 2018

You can use this link to apply.


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12-week Course
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Certificate of Completion
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Atlantic University has instituted a noncredit option for lifelong learners. Almost all of the courses at the university can be taken at the noncredit level (some restrictions apply). The Lifelong Learning program is a great option for those who do not wish to pursue a graduate degree or a formal certificate, but still want to participate in all that Atlantic University has to offer. And, the online format is great for those who cannot travel to Virginia Beach for on-campus programs. 

There are no prerequisite requirements for participation in Lifelong Learning courses and students will study with the same mentors as in the degree and certificate programs. Courses taken at the noncredit level do not have academic credit and are not transferable to the master’s degree program.

Upon the successful completion of each course, the student will be issued an official university Certificate of Completion. 

This course can transfer into the Spiritual Guidance Mentor Certificate program.  

Learning Objectives

  • Properly define a business concept and niche market

  • Develop a mission and vision statement.

  • Understand a business pricing model.

  • Build a viable business plan that can be used to launch a new business

  • Create an understanding of branding and marketing and how to use social media, public relations, networking, and other means of building a business

  • Realize the local and global effect of business and begin to build a socially responsible enterprise to engage the best in all people involved.

Organization of the Course

This course is designed so that each week builds upon the next, which will ultimately culminate in the final presentation of a fully developed business project in week 11. All of the components of this course have been specially designed so both the seasoned business owner as well as someone just starting out can gain more knowledge to start or run their enterprise. No prior business knowledge is required, just a desire to learn more about being an ethical entrepreneur and a true community leader.  

Weekly topics include: 

Week 1: Define Your Concept

Week 2: Mission & Vision

Week 3: Research Your Competition

Week 4: Ethics 

Week 5: Know Your Worth

Week 6: Marketing and Branding

Week 7: The Face of the Company

Week 8: All About You

Week 9: Organizational Culture 

Week 10: Employees vs. Contractors

Week 11: Creating the Full Picture

Week 12: Final Thoughts


Program Expectations

Transpersonal Business students are:

  • Held to the course deadlines for assignments;
  • Required to read the required material and to respond to the topic assigned (versus digressing from the assigned topic);
  • Required to complete practicums when assigned;
  • Expected to write clearly using proper grammar and punctuation.

Transpersonal Business students are not:

  • Held to strict APA standards in formatting written assignments (but must cite sources properly);
  • Required to take proctored exams.

At the discretion of the faculty member and the specific course being taught, some assignments may be identified in the course as optional for noncredit Dream Interpretation Certificate students. Faculty members may also elect to modify assignment requirements for noncredit Dream Interpretation Certificate students, such as word count or page count.

All grades for noncredit students are either Successfully Completed (SC) or Not Successfully Completed (NC). This grading criterion is used for all assignments and the final course grade.


This personal journey of self-discovery will be one of the most valuable investments you will ever make. Earn a Certificate of Completion from an accredited university!

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Rachel Vincitore, M.S. (formerly Alvidrez) is a healer, yoga practitioner, licensed massage therapist, mother, and teacher. She is also an amateur artist creating sculpture with found objects and an abstract painter. While living in Germany in the early 2000's, Rachel showed her work at a number of university-sponsored art shows gaining her recognition as a talented abstract artist. Through many present-life incarnations and various curiosities, Rachel earned her license in massage therapy, gained a 200-hour yoga teacher certificate, as well as completed a Master of Science in Psychology with a concentration in Industrial and Organizational.

From the outside looking in, this menagerie of skills, talents, experiences, and schools may look disjointed. Yet, with each rung of learning, Rachel began to see the universal and holistic approaches to life, relationships, and nature. These concepts are apparent in her teaching style. She treats each student as a unique individual and sees her class as a holistic, organic, living thing that needs to be nurtured and cared for. 

Rachel is not only the Associate Vice President of Enrollment Management Services for Atlantic University, but she also teaches business for Atlantic University and is on the faculty at the world renown Cayce/Reilly School of Massage Therapy. Additionally, Rachel presents and lectures on holistic business, conscious consumerism, and business improvement, Rachel has taught for many years focusing on various transformational topics such as the ancient art of mandalas, meditation as a healing tool, holistic self-care, the healing of others through massage therapy, the foundational principles of yoga, business and ethics, and so many more.  

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