In four locations across the state of Texas, the Academy of Health Care Professions (AHCP) educates, trains, and prepares students for careers in Allied Health. Allied Health training and an Academy of Health Care Professions degree or certificate prepare students for entry-level careers in health care, or help them succeed in their current health care profession. Founded in 1988 by physicians from the renowned Texas Medical Center in Houston, the Academy of Health Care Professions has grown to include the Austin, Houston Southwest, Houston Northwest and San Antonio campuses.
Grown out of the need for a program which provided quality medical training to employees, the Academy of Health Care Professions stems from the MacGregor Medical Association, formed in 1953. A physician practice which operated in 42 locations, the Associations constant expansion created the necessity for health care training facilities. As outside health care providers also experienced increased need for trained professionals the Academy elected to broaden its student base from in-house students only, and in 1990 it was accepted by the Texas Workforce Commission.
The Academy of Health Care Professions offers health care programs in the areas of dental assistant training, medical assistant training, medical billing & coding training, limited medical radiologist training, ultrasound training, surgical technologist training, personal fitness trainer, and massage therapy training. AHCP strives to provide modern, state-of-the-art facilities, and the academic resources necessary to help students succeed in the field of Allied Health through demonstration, actual operation of equipment and practice of learned techniques. Many students enter AHCP to pursue careers in medical administration. Students may choose from weekday and weekend study options. Flexible class schedules allow many Academy of Health Care Professions students to maintain current employment, whether full- or part-time while taking classes or completing a certificate or degree program. Available short-term programs get graduates out into the field fast by focusing only on essential career-based classes.
The Academy of Health Care Professions provides as a service to students and graduates professional development and job placement assistance. The Career Services Department provides guidance in resume wiring, interviewing, and establishing a career path, amongst other benefits, for student and grads. Many students find employment via internship or so-called externship programs.
The Academy of Health Care Professions is accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES). In addition to its approval by the Texas Workforce Commission, amongst its various campuses AHCP is regulated by the United States Department of Education, recognized by the Texas Department of Health, approved by the Higher Education Coordinating Board to administer Associate of Applied Science degrees in Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound, is an approved vendor of the Texas Rehabilitation Commission, a provider of educational training services for the Workforce Investment Act, and approved to train veterans eligible under Title 38.