Originally founded in 1976 as Apollo College, in 2003 the U.S. Education Corp. bought the school and its branches. DeVry Inc. acquired the U.S. Education Corp., now renamed Carrington Colleges Group Inc., along with all of their holdings, and changed the name of Apollo College to Carrington College in 2010. This was done to consolidate all of the DeVry healthcare learning centers under one name and brand.
The mission of this school is to prepare students for careers in the health care industry by providing them with the knowledge and skill sets needed to assume entry level positions once they graduate.
The Phoenix campus offers the following programs:
Students who complete this program will earn a certificate of completion. The school boasts of a new state-of-the-art dental learning facility, which will give students the practical experience necessary when they transition to a career in a dentist’s office. Patient preparation for the dentist, administrative work in the office, and charting are all taught here, and students will also have the chance to participate in an externship to complete their education.
Certificate earners in this program will learn how to receive, fill, and prepare prescriptions under the supervision of a licensed pharmacist. They will also learn the terminology of the industry, and gain an understanding of the chemical properties of medications along with being able to prepare sterile dosages. Upon completion of the program, students will be able to sit for the Certified Pharmacy Technician (CPhT) national certification exam.
This industry is predicted to grow by a huge margin in the next several years, and this certificate program will give graduates the skills needed for injecting patients, drawing blood, and learning how to handle administrative duties. The program is broken out into three parts: Classroom learning, clinical experience, and an externship. Once the certificate is completed, students should be able to have the knowledge to take the Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) exam or the Registered Medical Assistant (RMA) exam.
All students in this certificate program will be able to handle the rigors of working in a veterinary office – including assisting with the furry or feathery patients along with the clinical, lab, and administrative tasks needed to keep the office running smoothly. Graduates will be expected to partake in an externship to complete their skill base.
Medical Office Management
This is the only program on the Phoenix campus offering an Associate’s degree. Students will learn all they will need to know about managing the front office of a medical establishment, which includes not only business administration tasks, but managing the staff as well. This program can be completed in nine months.
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Students interested in enrolling in the Phoenix campus must be at least 16 years old at the time of the first day of class. There are several steps that need to be completed before being accepted here. All applicants must have a high school diploma or GED, contact and meet with an enrollment representative, have another interview with a department faculty member and pass the entrance exam.
Prospective students are encouraged to take a campus tour to get a better feel for campus life and ask any questions they might have before enrolling.
As a private for-profit institution, the same tuition rates apply for in-state and out-of-state students alike.
Students have a variety of options available when it comes to helping them finance their education. These options include grants, scholarships, private loans, and federal financial aid for those who meet the qualifying criteria. As an ACICS-accredited school, students can apply for the same Pell Grants and other federal aid that is available to students attending any major four-year college or university.
At least 80% of the student body receives some sort of financial aid. For about 70% of students, this comes in the form of student loans. Around 60% of students receive federal aid to help pay for their tuition, while a little less than 10% receive state and local funding, and under 5% get institutional financial aid.
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Over the past 30 years, over 50,000 students have graduated from here, with about 2,500 students enrolled each year. Students can benefit from a variety of student services available, including academic and career counseling, work-study programs, career placement, and an on-campus library.
Since there is no on-campus housing available, all students must live off-campus and commute.
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The school is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools to award Associate of Science Degrees, Associate of Occupational Studies degrees, diplomas, and certificates.
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