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Known for its dedication to education in business, medical and culinary professions, Star Career Academy (formerly Star Technical Institute)’s Northeast Philadelphia location continues the tradition begun in 1979. In Philadelphia, students have a variety of careers to pursue in the medical and healthcare profession, with the opportunity to test these skills in the workplace before graduating. In some cases, a career can be begun in less than eight months of class attendance.

The Medical Assistant Program is one of Star Academy Philadelphia’s most popular courses of study, training students for entry level work in a doctor’s office or hospital. The choice of either clinical focus or administrative focus is available. An externship spanning 180 hours of on-site training is required before graduation.

Students may train for the EMT profession at Star Philadelphia, or elect to continue on with the educational program in hopes of becoming a paramedic. This challenging career is one of the most essential in the pre-hospital portion of medical care.

The curriculum in Surgical Technology will bring the student into the world of operational procedures. Besides learning how to handle the surgical equipment and take note of a patient’s vital signs, students will learn about the legal concerns which are involved in every surgical procedure.

Insurance and Health Technology students enter the healthcare field on the administrative end, learning how to process coding and deliver bills according to insurance company procedures. Students will be expected to handle the computer software necessary to work in this profession.

Other courses of study at Star Academy Philadelphia include the Cardiology Technician, EKG Technician, Phlebotomist and Dialysis Technician careers.

With various other locations in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, Star Career Academy is licensed in both states and receives accreditation from the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC). The Corporate Offices are located in Berlin, NJ, a short drive from Philadelphia. The President and CEO is Michael Iannacone.

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The admissions process at Star Academy will begin with students heading out to the Philadelphia location (2371 Welsh Road in the Northeast) to meet with a representative at the school. After a brief interview, a suitable course of study will be determined. Normally, a high school diploma or GED certificate must be in the hands of any student hoping to begin course in higher education. However, in some cases, if a student can perform successfully on the Ability to Benefit Test, exceptions may be made.

Financial Aid

Students looking for financial assistance when attending Star Academy in Philadelphia will have all the resources available to them. Many federal, state and local agencies can help students get in touch with sources of funding for higher education. The school recognizes the Veteran Education Benefits program.

To get access to all of the federal financial aid programs, students must complete the FAFSA. FAFSA forms can be submitted online. Once the award eligibility is determined, students can meet with a representative on campus to figure out the best way to pay for the program which has been elected.

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Students working toward career goals at the academy will have a focus on one of the different medical professions. While there is no on-campus housing, students will be able to work alongside students in classroom and externships, offering and receiving support from peers throughout the educational process. Before graduation, the time spent in externship will be essential in defining one’s individual role in the workplace. Participation in career services is mandatory for every student. Resume-building and interview practice are part of the options available. Star Academy has many contacts with healthcare employers and may be able to refer students to specific jobs.

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Local Community

Northeast Philadelphia is one of the city’s most diverse communities, located a short drive or train ride from the city’s imposing business center. Students looking for career opportunities will find many options in Center City, from university hospitals to private clinics and doctor’s offices. A cultural education is also one of the opportunities available to students with free time. Among the highlights are the Philadelphia Museum of Art off the Schuylkill River, the Rodin Museum and the Barnes Foundation in nearby Overbrook. Other events like the Mummer’s Day Parade on New Year’s Day showcase the truly unique character of Philadelphia culture.

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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 8,865 0.58
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 324 0.02
Forcible Rape 833 0.05
Robbery 8,246 0.54
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 12,057 0.79
Larceny 40,113 2.62
Vehicle theft 7,447 0.49

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Philadelphia, PA 19114-2206
Surrounding communityLarge city (inside urban area, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population31,083 (31,083 urban / N/A rural)
Households13,365 (2.29 people per house)
Median Household Income$41,592
Families8,174 (2.95 people per family)

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringAt least 1, but less than 2 academic yrs
Calendar SystemDiffers by program
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District4213

Special Learning Opportunities

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

Admission Criteria

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

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

Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary N/A (N/A male / N/A female)
Number of FT Faculty N/A (N/A male / N/A female)
Number of PT Faculty 47
FT Faculty Ratio N/A
Total Benefits N/A

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2371 Welsh Road
Philadelphia, PA 19114-2206
p. 215-969-5877
w. www.starcareeracademy.com

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