Carrington College is a system of health care career-focused colleges with 18 campuses located throughout the West Coast and Southwestern United States. Now owned by the DeVry Education Group, Carrington College was formed when the U.S. Education Corporation bought and combined Apollo College, Western Career College, and the American Institute of Health Technology (Boise, ID) in 2003. The Carrington College system currently has campuses operating in Arizona, California, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas and Washington. Associate degree and diploma programs are available in the health care, nursing, criminal justice, and veterinary career fields.
Carrington College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges, Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACCJC/WASC).
The school's faculty of experienced professionals share the expertise they've acquired through years of practice in their fields. Class time is balanced between lectures and activity-based learning. The faculty creates an atmosphere of "learning by doing" by emphasizing lab work, classroom exercises and clinical practice, the school's website says. Instructors strive to challenge their students while providing them with a realistic view of what they can expect in their chosen career.
Carrington College is a commuter college and does not offer on-campus housing. Students can expect to receive hands-on, individualized instruction in actual professional situations through the school's externship program. In many situations, students will see actual patients while completing hands-on assignments. Carrington College expects students to attend class regularly, complete their coursework on-time, and follow the school's dress code. The school offers a "Student Success Center" as well as an online library. Wi-Fi access is available on campus. Students may also take advantage of the school's Career Services Department for help with job search strategies, resume building, and interviewing techniques.