What Exactly Is a Career College?

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It says it right there in the name. Concorde CAREER COLLEGE. But what exactly is a career college? Or, in Concorde’s case, a health care career college?

When most people think about higher education, what pops into most people’s heads are traditional four-year colleges, maybe two-year junior colleges. Then, they think about what comes with it. Where are you going to need to move to attend? What’s it going to cost? Finally, you think about the big loan you’re going to have to take out that you’ll be repaying for years after landing that first job.

The career college, in Concorde’s case the health care career college, is a great option for many. Not only for students who have just earned their high school diplomas, but also for those considering a career change.

But what is it that you’re actually considering? We thought we’d take a more in-depth look at what a career college is, along with some of the advantages of attending one. The website HotToLearn.com recently published an article explaining the details that separate career colleges from traditional institutions of higher ed.

What exactly is a health care career college?

A career college, also known as a technical or vocational school, specifically focuses on teaching you the tools of the trade in which you wish to be employed. Unlike a traditional degree, where you learn everything on the curriculum, whether it applies to you or not, a career college is focused on preparing you for your professional life. At a health care career college like Concorde, you can opt for either a diploma program or an associate’s degree.

What subjects can you learn at a health care career college?

The range of subjects when considering a health care career college can be nearly endless. At Concorde, we offer more than 20 programs, ranging from core programs such as medical assistant, dental assistant and pharmacy technician to clinical programs like nursing, dental hygienist, surgical technologist and massage therapy.

Career colleges can offer a variety of other careers in other industries, such as bookkeeping and accounting programs, business administration and IT.

How do you choose a health care career college?

Though there are many factors to consider when choosing a health care career college, in the end, it boils down to finding the best fit for you. Some things that can help you determine that best fit are:

  • Location of the college
  • Duration of the course
  • Curriculum of the program
  • Cost of the program
  • Externship/internship offered?
  • Flexibility of the class schedule
  • Qualifications of the educators/accreditation
  • Job search assistance
  • Funding options available

Why is a career college a better choice than a traditional?

A job-specific education is the best reason to choose a career college. Most career colleges have much smaller class sizes, which leads to more interaction with instructors. Flexible timing is another advantage. You can work while you study, as most of our Concorde students do.

For those who have just left school, you can possibly pay off the course fee while you study or within a short period of time after you graduate. Most programs include externships/internships which make you job-ready and set you ahead of the competition. Finally, not only is a career college much cheaper than taking the traditional route, it also offers a variety of ways to fund your education.

What are the funding options?

At many career colleges, there are various payment options and schedules for making payments. There also are a variety of financial aid options, including Federal student loans and scholarships.

So, with all these benefits lined up, a health care career college seems to be the way to go for the students of today.

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“I have taken the MA program and the LVN program. Concorde is a wonderful school. There is a difference between passion and a paycheck, and most of my instructors had a passion for what they do. The program was challenging but well worth it. I love this college!”

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“Knowing I could be working as a Dental Assistant in eight months was crazy to me! I loved going to class and would drive an hour there every day. I’m truly happy that I took the step to go to Concorde. It was the best thing I have done for my family.”

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