Four-D College, founded in 1992, is a school in southern California that offers extensive study programs for students interested in careers in medicine. A number of programs are available to help meet the healthcare needs of the community, while aiming to teach preventative medicine and to treat patients’ physical ailments along with considering their spiritual and emotional well-being. Originally established as the Four-D Success Academy by Linda L. Smith, who has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, she named the school based on the principles of desire, determination, drive, and deliver. More programs were eventually added to meet the growing demands of the students who wished to attend, and now the school awards certificates to graduates in campuses in Colton and Victorville.
Students earn certificates in programs that take less than two years to complete, sometimes as little as eight months. Currently, there are seven programs available:
- Vocational Nursing
- Healthcare Administration
- Medical Assistant
- Pharmacy Technician
- Dental Assistant
- Medical Billing/Coding
- Massage Therapy
Students receive traditional classroom time and hands-on experience as well. Most programs require a high school diploma or GED before being allowed to enroll. Students are also encouraged to participate in the externship program to gain valuable on-the-job skills and to get a jump on career placement opportunities.
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The school has an open admissions policy. Prospective students can enroll in any program provided they have a high school diploma or GED-equivalent. In addition, they must pass a standardized entrance exam. Students applying to the Vocational Nursing Program must pass an Ability-to-Benefit test.
All prospective students must schedule a visit to the campus so they can see the facilities of the program in which they want to enroll. They must also fill out a questionnaire and complete an interview with a representative from Admissions. Finally, they must sign a Statement of General Health form.
International applicants are required to show documentation that they have completed a high school curriculum that is certified to be equivalent to a high school in the U.S. They must also demonstrate proficiency in English.
As noted above, all applicants are required to visit the campus; in addition, they must schedule an appointment with an advisor in the Financial Aid Department. Any student can request a free financial aid assessment before they enroll.
Many different types of financial aid are available for students seeking admission. Grants, loans, scholarships, and work study programs help most students here pay for college. In order to begin the process, fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The Walter Russ Sr. Scholarship is also available for those who qualify.
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The main campus is located in Colton, California, a small town in San Bernardino County. The city is home to the Colton Crossing, one of the country’s most active at-grade railroad crossings. Students looking for things to do with their spare time need not look very far: Los Angeles is a one-hour drive away, and San Diego is a two-hour trip down Interstate 15. Those not in a big city mood can head east, where Joshua Tree National Park is just over an hour away.
Many extracurricular activities are available to students. The Career Development Department assists students who seek guidance finding the right career path. A school counseling program advises students in a range of issues, from healthcare to housing. And positions on the Student Council are available to ambitious young men and women who maintain a minimum 3.0 grade point average.
On-campus pre-school and child care services are available for busy parents working their way through college.
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Accreditation is provided by the National Accounting Bureau for Health Education and the State of California Bureau for Private Postsecondary and Vocational Education. Moreover, the Board of Vocational Nurses and Psychiatric Technicians has accredited the Vocational Nursing Program.
Justine Ventimiglia graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Michigan – Dearborn. Currently residing in a 1950’s modest ranch in Metro Detroit, she enjoys researching and writing about Mid Century Modern furniture and decor as she works on restoring her home and documenting the process.