With two campus locations in the New Jersey communities of Clifton and Dover, the Dover Business College has been providing diploma and certificate programs in the areas of business, health care, and information technology (the latter two areas having been added more recently) for the last 50-plus years. The school offers flexible study options for students who, in many cases, have other important obligations in their lives, such as family and work. Programs in all three areas are completed after between 9 and 15 months of studying, which makes Dover an excellent choice for students looking to quickly plunge into their careers.
The school is privately owned and operated on a for-profit basis, with its academic calendar set on a quarterly basis.
Dover is accredited at the national level by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools, and some of its healthcare programs are separately accredited by the Allied Health Education Programs’ Commission on Accreditation.
Academically speaking, the college can be broken down into 3 schools: the School of Nursing, the School of Business, and the School of Information Technology. Within each school there are different tracks available: for example, within the School of Business, areas of focus include Business Administration, Office Systems Management, or Computerized Accounting; within the School of IT, a student may concentrate in PC Support & Network Administration; and within the School of Nursing, a student may concentrate in the tracks of Surgical Technologist, Patient Care Technician, Surgical Processing Technician, Licensed Practical Nurse, Medical Insurance and Coding, or Medical Assistant.
Contrary to what may be inferred from the school’s name, the healthcare programs at Dover are by far the most popular among students (judged by the number of students graduating from each program each year).
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Students can apply for admission to Dover at any time throughout the year in light of the school’s rolling admissions policy. The school is fairly selective; on average, a little less that 60% of applicants end up being admitted to the school. The general requirements for the admissions process include filling out the application form, payment of a non-refundable undergraduate application fee, proving possession of a high school diploma or equivalent (GED) or, in some cases, near-completion of high school studies, and, finally, taking the school’s entrance exams. Though not mandatory, Dover highly recommends that applicants contact the admissions office at the campus they are interested in attending to arrange for an in-person interview, which will frequently help improve the student’s chances of getting in and will help match the applicants interests with the programs offered.
Specific admissions requirements are in place for people looking to enroll in Nursing and Surgical Technologist and Patient Care Technician programs, which may include such things as submitting results from a physical assessment, having a criminal background check performed, and proving immunization against certain diseases. Contact the school for more details on these specifics.
Dover does accept outside credit (transfer, high school, etc.) under certain circumstances. Specifically, credits will be accepted from Advanced Placement (AP) exams above a given level and for Life Experience.
There are many forms of student aid available to help defray the cost of attending school here, the most important of which are those available through the Federal Title IV financial assistance programs. To gain access to the wide array of federal financial aid opportunities, students should fill out and submit their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form to the financial aid office as soon as possible, as such funds are handed out on a first-come, first-served basis. Also, most of the funds are made available on the basis of need, so only those eligible will be provided with such assistance.
A majority of the Dover student body currently receives financial assistance of one form or another. Federal grants and loans account for most of this assistance, while institutional grants are more limited, with less than a quarter of students qualifying for this type of aid.
Dover does not offer student housing facilities; therefore, both Dover and Clifton locations are commuter campuses. To make the student experience more amenable, the school offers flexible study times (regular day classes, evening classes, and online learning), academic support services and small class sizes, and. finally. job placement services prior to and following graduation.