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The Apollo College Portland campus is a private, for-profit two year institution, and part of the Apollo College nationwide system of post-secondary schools. Students at Apollo College Portland may participate in associate degree and diploma awarding academic programs of study in fields like health care, dental care, and veterinary career fields.

Currently, there are 10 total Apollo College campuses, including locations in Albuquerque, NM; Boise, ID; Las Vegas, NV; Mesa, AZ; Phoenix, AZ; Phoenix Westside, AZ; Reno, NV; Spokane, WA; Tucson, AZ; and of course Portland, OR. Recent Apollo has begun offering new online bachelor’s degree completion programs. For over 30 years Apollo College has been helping students meet their career goals within the health care industry.

With the goal of preparing students for entry-level career minded positions in the health care industry, Apollo College Portland offers programs in dental assisting, dental hygiene, medical administrative assisting, medical assisting, medical billing and coding, nursing, pharmacy technician and veterinary assisting. Students may also participate in online bachelor’s degree completion programs for medical imaging and respiratory care professionals. By focusing on real-world education and application, hands-on training, and ample individual attention, Apollo strives to provide students with all the necessary tools to directly enter the job market. Faculty and staff members are experienced industry professionals, who can give students up to the moment instruction in the classroom, during lab work and during clinical practice. Over the years Apollo College Portland has formed strong ties with industry leaders and the local health care community, helping students build professional networks and find recruitment opportunities with leading medical organizations, corporations and institutions as facilitated by the Career Services Department.

All Apollo College campuses are institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools, as nationally recognized by the United States Department of Education and the Council of Higher Education Accreditation, to award associate of science degrees, associate of occupational studies degrees, diplomas and certificates.

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Unique Programs

At Apollo College Portland, students are given special hands-on and real-world industry experiences that help them succeed in their careers post graduation. The dental assisting program gives students the opportunity to engage in an “externship” in a dentist’s office or other facility, upon completion of all training. Students begin building professional networks, and leave school with not only a degree but industry experience. Students in the medical assisting program are provided the opportunity to work with medical professionals as they examine and treat patients. All programs expect students to complete extensive laboratory and clinical work prior to graduation.


Accepting students that share the Apollo College philosophy that “successful training can lead to a positive and successful career,” is of utmost importance to the admissions department at Apollo College Portland. In order to meet minimum qualifications for admissions requirements, students must complete an application of enrollment, hold a high school diploma or equivalent such as a GED OR pass an approved Ability to Benefit Test (Diploma program), and pay the application fee. The Campus Director must evaluate and accept the application upon confirmation that the applicant has met all academic requirements and personal qualifications of a successful program participant.

Students may begin the admissions application by referring to the website, or speaking with an admissions representative.

Financial Aid

Accepted students at Apollo College Portland should begin the process of applying for Financial Aid by speaking with a representative from the financial aid office, or by contacting and admissions representative online. Students may qualify for various loans and grants, and will receive full assistance and support applying from an Apollo College financial aid officer. All available types of financial aid include grants, scholarships, private loans, and Federal financial aid. Apollo College fully subscribes to the Arizona Attorney General’s Code of Conduct when it comes to the promotion and issuance of student loans, designed to encourage “best practices” protecting student borrowers. Statistically speaking, the majority of students at Apollo College Portland receive either federal grants, or student loans.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 1383rd for the average student loan amount.
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Local Community

The area in and around Portland, Oregon, is home to fellow post-secondary institutions like Portland Community College, Portland State University, and the Oregon Health & Science University. A city of roughly half a million inhabitants, with around two million in the Portland metropolitan area, Portland is known as the “greenest,” or most environmentally friendly city in the United States. Students enjoy the tranquil city, the many fine bars and restaurants, and loads of microbreweries and microdistilleries. Cultural arts fans enjoy the Oregon Ballet Theatre, the Oregon Symphony, Portland Center Stage, and the Portland Opera. Sports fanatics follow the Portland Trail Blazers NBA team, the Portland Winterhawks Western Hockey League Team, and the Portland Naughty Dogs National Professional Paintball League.

Information Summary

Ranks 22nd in Oregon and 1851st overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary N/A N/A
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 1,842 0.31
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 20 0.00
Forcible Rape 258 0.04
Robbery 917 0.16
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 4,303 0.73
Larceny 22,494 3.81
Vehicle theft 3,225 0.55

Student Enrollment Demographics

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Portland, OR 97232-1309
Surrounding communityLarge city (inside urban area, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population10,618 (10,618 urban / N/A rural)
Households5,738 (1.80 people per house)
Median Household Income$35,755
Families1,951 (2.69 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Private For-profit
Undergraduate PopulationHigher full-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingSmall two-year

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringAssociate's degree
Calendar SystemDiffers by program
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District4103

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application FeeN/A
Graduate Application FeeN/A
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 46 (10 male / 36 female)
Admitted 46 (10 male / 36 female)
Admission rate 100%
First-time Enrollment 30 (5 male / 25 female)
FT Enrollment 30 (5 male / 25 female)
PT Enrollment N/A (N/A male / N/A female)
Total Enrollment242

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A / 
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
Other tests

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

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Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 993rd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $74,950 ($77,905 male / $50,131 female)
Number of FT Faculty 11 (1 male / 10 female)
Number of PT Faculty 31
FT Faculty Ratio 0.4 : 1
Total Benefits N/A

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