The Brown Mackie Colleges started in 1892 as a single school, Kansas Wesleyan School of Business. In ensuing years, this school and others were consolidated under American Education Centers and was then acquired in 2003 by Education Management Corporation of Pittsburgh.
The Atlanta campus, located in Brookhaven, was originally founded in 2003 as the Asher School of Business. The school has expanded to include programs in healthcare and wellness, business and technology, legal studies, and early childhood education. The school is very career oriented, giving students a combination of traditional classwork and clinical experiences so they are prepared to enter the work force upon graduation.
Business and Technology
The General Business certificate offers courses on business ownership, marketing, personnel, and finance, accounting theories and principles, and computer operations and programs. The certificate prepares students to be executive assistants, bookkeepers, customer service and banking representatives, and sales assistants.
The Business Management associate of applied business degree offers the same courses plus accounting and business decision-making and development of small business courses. Graduates are prepared for jobs as an office manager, human resources or marketing associate, and account representative. The office management associate degree offers instruction on applying software products to business problems, general business courses, and effective communication for an office setting, preparing students for entry level jobs in human resources, or as an office manager, account representative, or marketing associate.
Those seeking the Bookkeeping Specialist certificate will learn to organize financial records for small to large businesses.
The Accounting Technology associate of applied business degree gets its graduates into entry-level positions at companies to assist in tax reports, payroll, accounting, and to help manage financial documents.
Early Childhood Education
Those enrolled in the Early Childhood Education program take classes in environments, resources, and materials appropriate for young children; best practices with children in an educational setting; and classroom management strategies. By earning this associate of applied science degree, students are prepared for entry level jobs in preschools and nursery schools, center-based and school-age programs, family childcare homes, early childhood development centers, and childcare resource and referral organizations.
Healthcare and Wellness
The Healthcare Administration associate in applied science degree offers courses in such subjects as ethics in healthcare, automated scheduling and billing, and professionalism and communication in a healthcare setting. Graduates are prepared for any entry level job in a healthcare setting, such as hospitals, clinics, insurance companies, home healthcare, and public health,
The Medical Assisting associate of applied science offers courses in the structure and function of the body, routine procedures for a physical exam, and automated scheduling and billing procedures. Those who go through the program are prepared for entry level jobs under the direct supervision of a physician or medical office manager.
The Occupational Therapy Assistant associate in applied science degree offers courses in the human body, kinetics and kinematics, and diseases and disorders of the physical system. This program prepares students to work with disabled patients who need occupational therapy.
The Pharmacy Technology associate in applied science degree offers instruction in structure and function of the body, pharmacy practice, and all aspects of safe preparation and distribution of medications. Graduates of the program are prepared to work in either retail or institutional settings and to sit for the national certification exam.
The Criminal Justice Specialist certificate program offers courses in guidelines for law enforcement officers, criminal law, and legal research and writing. Those who earn the certificate can go on to a criminal justice degree, or if the student already has a degree or work experience, it can be used for a career change.
The Criminal Justice associate in applied business degree provides training in guidelines for law enforcement officers, criminal and other areas of law, and an understanding of police agencies, defense and prosecution, and judge and juries. Those earning this degree are qualified for jobs in corrections, investigations, juvenile law, and security.
The Paralegal associate in applied business degree offers courses in legal research and writing, application of the principles of law, and drafting basic contracts and other legal documents. Paralegals are prepared for entry level jobs under the supervision of an attorney and perform much of the background work for a law firm or agency.
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Applicants must provide proof of graduation from an accredited high school or state approved secondary curriculum, or a GED. Academic record and career interest are factors for admission. Some programs have special admission requirements. The catalog contains complete admission requirements.
Regarding transfer students, the school evaluates credits from other accredited institutions, looking at
accreditation of other institution, the age of credits, the compatibility of course descriptions, and if the credit hours are convertible. To be transferrable, grades must be a C on a 4.0 scale.
A former student can come back to finish a program by filling out a request to return form (available online). A student who withdraws from school can only re-enroll once every nine months.
Financial aid for students is readily accessible at this school. Students should apply for financial aid as soon as they are accepted at the school. Financial aid counselors are available to guide students through the process. Students can apply for grants and scholarships, federal and state aid, student loans, and work/study.
For those filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), please be sure to use the Atlanta code on the form.
Financial aid staff will also work with students regarding eligibility for veteran’s benefits. The school can defer tuition, fees, and book costs until the Veterans’ Affairs paperwork is completed and processed.
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Students at the Brown Mackie College Atlanta campus can participate in such clubs as the Business Bulldogs, Legal Eagles, Medical Awareness, and Student Ambassadors. The clubs have banded together to sponsor children through the Salvation Army Christmas Angel Tree Project, to raise money for food banks, and to purchase phone cards for injured soldiers so they can call home.
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Students attend one course a month in a unique educational program to help them master the course content without juggling several other subjects at once.
Also, the school network is switching over to using iPad tablets instead of textbooks. Students will be able to load their books onto one lightweight tablet instead of carrying around heavy books. The tablets will also make sharing and reviewing class notes easier and they will be able to connect with other students and faculty more readily.
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