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American Career College


American Career College (ACC) is a system of private, for-profit vocational schools which award diplomas and associate degrees in several different health care fields. Founded in 1978 as American College of Optics, American Career College acquired its current name in 1993 to reflect an expanding curriculum and growing student population. The school has five campus locations in Southern California with over 5,000 students currently in attendance. ACC offers career-oriented training programs in a variety of health care fields. Some of these fields include medical and dental assisting, massage therapy, respiratory therapy, radiography and nursing.

American Career College is institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).

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Points of Distinction

  • Five campuses located in Southern California
  • Seven-day trial period
  • Diploma and associate degree programs available
  • State-of-the-art facilities
  • Some programs can be completed in about 9 months
  • Lifetime job placement assistance


American Career College faculty consist of instructors who are experts in their fields. The school focuses its curriculum on career training, allowing students to gain knowledge and core technical skills that can immediately be applied to the workforce. Hands-on training is provided using the school's modern equipment and state-of-the-art facilities, as well as through externships and clinical rotations. Small class sizes allow for personalized attention.

Student Life

Students at American Career College must commute to their campus location as no student housing is available at the school. Parking is available at all locations. ACC students learn in a hands-on environment. Externships and clinical rotations must be completed for most programs. Flexible learning options, including blended learning and accelerated courses, are available. The school offers a seven-day trial period in which tuition will be refunded if students are unhappy with the school. Students may participate in quarterly satisfaction surveys and student appreciation days. Academic advising, tutoring, and lifetime career placement services are available.


  1. Home Page, American Career College, http://americancareercollege.edu/
  2. Why ACC, American Career College, http://americancareercollege.edu/why-acc.html
  3. Accreditation, American Career College, http://americancareercollege.edu/why-acc/accreditation.html
  4. College President Tom McNamara, American Career College, http://americancareercollege.edu/why-acc/accreditation.html
  5. Our Campuses, American Career College, http://americancareercollege.edu/locations.html
  6. Mission Statement, American Career College, http://americancareercollege.edu/general/mission-statement.html
  7. Programs, American Career College, http://americancareercollege.edu/programs.html
  8. Student Life, American Career College, http://americancareercollege.edu/why-acc/student-life.html
  9. Career Placement Assistance, American Career College, http://americancareercollege.edu/why-acc/career-placement-assistance.html

Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2016-17, National Center for Education Statistics, http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/

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