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In four locations across the state of Texas, the Academy of Health Care Professions (AHCP) educates, trains, and prepares students for careers in Allied Health. Allied Health training and an Academy of Health Care Professions degree or certificate prepare students for entry-level careers in health care, or help them succeed in their current health care profession. Founded in 1988 by physicians from the renowned Texas Medical Center in Houston, the Academy of Health Care Professions has grown to include the Austin, Houston Southwest, Houston Northwest and San Antonio campuses.

Grown out of the need for a program which provided quality medical training to employees, the Academy of Health Care Professions stems from the MacGregor Medical Association, formed in 1953. A physician practice which operated in 42 locations, the Association’s constant expansion created the necessity for health care training facilities. As outside health care providers also experienced increased need for trained professionals the Academy elected to broaden its student base from in-house students only, and in 1990 it was accepted by the Texas Workforce Commission.

The Academy of Health Care Professions offers health care programs in the areas of dental assistant training, medical assistant training, medical billing & coding training, limited medical radiologist training, ultrasound training, surgical technologist training, personal fitness trainer, and massage therapy training. AHCP strives to provide modern, state-of-the-art facilities, and the academic resources necessary to help students succeed in the field of Allied Health through demonstration, actual operation of equipment and practice of learned techniques. Many students enter AHCP to pursue careers in medical administration. Students may choose from weekday and weekend study options. Flexible class schedules allow many Academy of Health Care Professions students to maintain current employment, whether full- or part-time while taking classes or completing a certificate or degree program. Available short-term programs get graduates out into the field fast by focusing only on essential career-based classes.

The Academy of Health Care Professions provides as a service to students and graduates professional development and job placement assistance. The Career Services Department provides guidance in resume wiring, interviewing, and establishing a career path, amongst other benefits, for student and grads. Many students find employment via internship or so-called “externship” programs.

The Academy of Health Care Professions is accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES). In addition to its approval by the Texas Workforce Commission, amongst its various campuses AHCP is regulated by the United States Department of Education, recognized by the Texas Department of Health, approved by the Higher Education Coordinating Board to administer Associate of Applied Science degrees in Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound, is an approved vendor of the Texas Rehabilitation Commission, a provider of educational training services for the Workforce Investment Act, and approved to train veterans eligible under Title 38.

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In order to be admitted to the Academy of Health Care Professions, prospective students must have a high school diploma or GED prior to the time of enrollment. AHCP holds free health care seminars where potential students can learn about opportunities and careers from experts in the health care fields. Tours of the clinical labs are also available during these seminars. For a complete list of upcoming seminar dates, prospective students should visit the AHCP website or contact admissions directly. Public events are held on a monthly basis.

To begin the applications process, prospective students should meet with an Admissions Advisor to talk about their goals, AHCP programs, to take a campus tour, and to verify student registration information. Next, students will create a financial plan with the AHCP’s Financial Aid Officers. New students will then go on a student orientation as the final step before beginning their certificate or degree program.

Financial Aid

Students seeking financial aid should first contact the Academy of Health Care Professions Financial Aid Department. Financial aid is available in the form of federal grants, student loans or state assistance, and all interested students should fill out the FAFSA.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 3644th for the average student loan amount.
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Each campus of the Academy of Health Care Professions has between 200 and 500 students enrolled at any given time. Some characteristic features of the AHCP student body are a racially diverse student body, and a high female to male ratio. There is no student housing provided by AHCP, therefore students should be prepared to live off-campus, and have a means of transportation- public or otherwise.

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Local Community

The Academy of Health Care Professions has four Texas campuses, located in three cities, Austin, Houston and San Antonio.

Austin in the capital city of Texas, was settled in the 1830s. On the banks of the Colorado River, Austin also features three man-made lakes, Lady Bird Lake, Lake Austin and Lake Walter E. Long. Austin has a growing and increasingly trendy downtown area, typified by the 2nd Street District, featuring museums, boutiques, coffee shops, residential projects, restaurants, records stores, nightlife and the Austin City Hall. A city that takes pride in its eccentricities, Austin hosts many cultural events like the wacky O. Henry House Museum’s O. Henry Pun off pun contest, Spamarama, and the Austin Reggae Festival and Art City Austin. The Austin City Limits three-day Music Festival is held annually in Zilker Park, living up to Austin’s official slogan “The Live Music Capital of the World.” Austin does not have a franchise in a major professional sports league, but does have the Austin Ice Bats, the Austin Wranglers, and the Austin Aztex FC (the latter a USL First Division professional soccer team). Other colleges and universities in Austin, Texas include the University of Texas at Austin, Austin Community College, and St. Edward’s University.

Houston is the most populous city in Texas, and was founded in 1836. Notably, Houston is home to the NASA’s Johnson Space Center, and the Texas Medical Center, the world’s largest concentration of healthcare and research institutions. Houston cultural events include the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, the Houston Pride Parade, the Art Car Parade, and the Bayou City Art Festival. With an already large and growing international population, Houston celebrates its diversity via its many cultural institutions like the Houston Grand Opera, Ballet, Symphony Orchestra, Alley Theatre, and both the Museum and Theater Districts. Additionally, Houston is home to over 300 parks and public spaces. Houston has many major professional sports teams that it supports with pride, including but not limited to the Houston Astros, the Houston Texans, and the Houston Rockets. More than 60 colleges, universities, and degree-granting institutions are located in Houston, like Houston Community College, the University of Houston, and Rice University.

San Antonio, currently the second-largest Texas city, is the Texan center for tourism. It is known for its Spanish missions, the Alamo, the River Walk, the Tower of the Americans, the Alamo Bowl, and attractions like Sea World and Six Flags Fiesta Texas. San Antonio is also home of the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs. Institutions of higher learning include the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, the University of Texas at San Antonio, Texas A&M University- San Antonio, and the Alamo Community College District.

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Ranks 130th in Texas and 2375th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 1 0.24
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 3 0.72
Robbery 4 0.96
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary N/A N/A
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 19 4.55
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 11,869 0.55
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 198 0.01
Forcible Rape 771 0.04
Robbery 8,054 0.38
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 27,459 1.28
Larceny 68,596 3.20
Vehicle theft 12,281 0.57

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Houston, TX 77092
Surrounding communityLarge city (inside urban area, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population37,899 (37,899 urban / N/A rural)
Households14,169 (2.67 people per house)
Median Household Income$32,095
Families9,296 (3.28 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

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

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringAt least 2, but less than 4 academic yrs
Calendar SystemDiffers by program
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District4802

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 Fee$50
Graduate Application FeeN/A
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 1,107 (196 male / 911 female)
Admitted 1,107 (196 male / 911 female)
Admission rate 100%
First-time Enrollment 656 (94 male / 562 female)
FT Enrollment 656 (94 male / 562 female)
PT Enrollment N/A (N/A male / N/A female)
Total Enrollment810

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 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 2817th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $55,719 ($58,473 male / $39,204 female)
Number of FT Faculty 26 (9 male / 17 female)
Number of PT Faculty 78
FT Faculty Ratio 0.3 : 1
Total Benefits N/A

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