Brown Mackie College—Akron, a nonresidential campus, was founded in 1980 as the Southern Ohio College. It is now part of the Brown Mackie College network of schools owned by the parent company Education Management Corporation. The school is situated in Akron, a bustling city with a small town feel due to it’s many green parks and bike trails, and is a short drive to Lake Erie. Dubbed the City of Invention, Akron is home to a growing polymer industry, attracting many who want to work within that field.
This campus focuses only on four subject areas: nursing, healthcare and wellness, business and technology, and veterinary technology. Degrees earned vary by the program, but most courses will prepare students for career-oriented jobs with their combination of traditional coursework and hands-on learning.
Business and Technology
The General Business diploma offers courses on business ownership, marketing, personnel, and finance, accounting theories and principles, and computer operations and programs. The diploma prepares students to be executive assistants, bookkeepers, customer service and banking representatives, and sales assistants.
The Business Management associate of applied science 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.
The Business Administration bachelor of science degree combines the Business Management courses with specialized classwork in business law, human resources, and small business management. This degree will prepare graduates for entry-level management positions and even more advanced leadership positions in a large or small business.
Earning an associate of applied science in Database Technology will prepare graduates with skills needed to succeed in world of computer programming, networking, design, or repair.
Healthcare and Wellness
The Healthcare Administration associate in applied science degree prepares students for entry level jobs in hospitals, clinics, insurance agencies, home healthcare, and public health. Courses included are ethics in healthcare, automated scheduling and billing, and professionalism and communication in a healthcare setting.
The Medical Assistant diploma, offering courses in the structure and function of the body, routine procedures for a physical exam, and automated scheduling and billing procedures, prepare students for entry level jobs under the direct supervision of a physician or medical office manager.
An associate of applied science degree is offered upon completion of the Occupational Therapy Assistant program. This degree will prepare graduates to work under the supervision of a full therapist as rehabilitative treatments are performed on disabled patients to improve the quality of life.
The school offers a Practical Nursing diploma that informs students on the structure and function of the human body, instruction and practice on administering medications and dosage calculations, critical thinking, and information on how to treat health problems. Those earning the diploma are prepared for an entry level nursing job in hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, and other medical facilities.
The Veterinary Technology associate of applied science degree provides courses in roles and responsibilities of veterinary technicians, management, diseases, and veterinary and nursing skills of animals, and surgical preparation and assistance, pre-and post-operative care, and maintenance of the operating room and supplies. Graduates can find entry level employment in veterinary clinics and related fields.
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Applicants must provide proof of graduation from an accredited high school or a GED. Factors for admission also include academic record and career interest. Some programs have additional admission requirements. Check the catalog for complete admission requirements.
The school evaluates transfers credits by looking at accreditation of other institution, the age of credits, the compatibility of course descriptions, and if the credit hours are convertible. Grades must be a C on a 4.0 scale to be transferable.
Prior students can come back by filling out a request to return form (available online). A student can only re-enroll once every nine months.
Students should apply for financial aid as soon as they are accepted, and financial aid counselors are available to guide students through the process. Types of aid include grants and scholarships, federal and state aid, student loans, and work/study.
When completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form, please be aware that each separate Brown Mackie campus has its own code, so be sure you are confident in which campus you are attending.
Financial aid staff will also work with veterans through their process. The school can defer tuition, fees, and book costs until the Veterans Affairs paperwork is completed and processed.
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The Alpha Beta Kappa honor society at the Akron campus is very active in community outreach. Members have participated in a tutoring program, helped less fortunate families at Christmas, and participated in Habitat for Humanity projects.
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The school is transitioning to an innovative Student Advantage Program, where students use iPad tablets in the classroom. They will have access to class notes and be able to share information and connect more readily. Also, eTextbooks will be used on the iPads, saving students money and making life easier by storing all the class materials on one lightweight tablet instead of carrying around multiple heavy books.
The schools also give their students an advantage in learning by operating under a One Course a Month model. With this, students only concentrate on one subject for a month, giving them the opportunity to master the material without multitasking other classes.
The school as a whole is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).
The Occupational Therapy Assistant program is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA).
Accreditation of the Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assisting is provided by the Commission of Accrediation of Allied Health Education Programs.
The Veterinary Technology program has provisional programmatic accreditation by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA).
The Associate of Applied Science in Surgical Technology is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education.
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