The American Career College (ACC) was founded as the American College of Optics in 1978 and continued to provide education in optics till 1990, after which several programs in the allied healthcare field were added to the college curriculum.
The college now has three branches in California at Ontario, Los Angeles, and Anaheim. It is accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools and also has multiple departmental accreditations. It is also a member of the California Association of Private Postsecondary Schools.
ACCs Los Angeles campus is a 30,000 square foot facility with ten labs, all of which have the latest equipments designed to prepare students for their professional careers.
Allied healthcare programs at the college include medical and dental assisting, surgical and pharmacy technology, optical dispensing, vocational nursing and medical billing.
Most programs at ACC can be completed in as little as eight months, with the exception of surgical technology. Surgical technology is an intensive program with duration of 20 months, after which students are awarded with an Associate of Occupational Science degree.
ACC provides practice and training to help students earn a GED (general education development) before graduating so they complete minimum admission requirements for any educational program.
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ACC provides career services so students can prepare well for starting their professional career. The career services department at ACC assists students with career and interview training, resume preparation, career workshops, job leads and networking.
Graduates have landed job positions at hospitals and medical centers across the country.
Students are encouraged to visit the college campus and learn more about available programs by speaking to an admissions representative. You will be required to provide official high school transcripts, in the absence of which you can take the Wonderlic Basis Skills Ability to Benefit exam and then apply to ACC programs.
It is mandatory for all applicants to take the CPat evaluation exam and obtain the minimum required scores, which your admissions rep will inform you about.
Students applying to the vocational nursing program also take the HESI exam which is a healthcare training test. Only students with scores above 70% on HESI are admitted to the nursing program.
Eligible students must apply for financial aid by completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid at the FAFSA website.
Your admissions representative will help you get in touch with a financial aid officer, who can guide you about available programs for funding your education.
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