American Career College

American Career College-Anaheim: Student Enrollment and Financial Aid Info

American Career College - Anaheim is one of four campuses of American Career College; there are three other locations in Ontario, Los Angeles, and Long Beach, California. Learn about its ranking, financial aid, and student life, and get the pros and cons of studying at ACCA.

Is American Career College - Anaheim the School for You?

The Anaheim campus of the American Career College system is also referred to as the Orange County campus. American Career College - Anaheim is a two-year, private, for-profit career college located about half an hour from downtown Los Angeles, California. ACCA focuses on career training in healthcare, offering diplomas and associate's degrees. Weigh the facts to find out if ACCA is the school for you.

Pros

  • Open admissions, so acceptance rate is higher than the national average
  • Graduation rate is 17.8 percentage points higher than the state average
  • Offers employment, placement, academic, and career counseling services
  • Diverse student body
  • Located 29.7 miles from Los Angeles International Airport and 22.8 miles from downtown Los Angeles

Cons

  • Low number of academic programs
  • Does not accept alternative credit

Rankings & School Analysis

Like many schools focused on career training, ACCA does not offer a wide variety of academic programs; instead, it focuses on training students for careers in healthcare. As an ACCA student, you can enroll in a diploma program for training as a medical assistant, dental assistant, or pharmacy technician; pursue an Associate of Occupational Science degree in surgical technology, respiratory therapy, or health information technology; or earn a diploma in optical dispensing, massage therapy, vocational nursing, or medical billing and coding.

Your cost of attendance will vary depending on the program you intend to pursue. According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the annual cost of tuition and fees in the nursing program was $34,110 in 2012-13. Off-campus room and board added $17,052 to the average nursing student's costs, bringing the total annual cost of attendance, including living expenses, to $57,630. ACCA reports that the total program cost for the 13-month daytime vocational nursing program was $34,110 as of 2011, while the cost of the evening/weekend nursing program totaled $35,112.50; these costs include books, tuition, supplies, and uniforms. The total cost of the accelerated medical assistant program came to $13,057.50 (excluding cost of living), according to ACCA, and tuition, fees, and supplies for the associate degree program in respiratory therapy totaled $45,137.50 as of 2011.

Graduation rates also vary among programs. ACCA reports that 43.9% of students in the nine-month pharmacy technician program graduated within the normal program time during the 2011-12 reporting period, and 80% completed the 20-month respiratory therapy degree program within normal time. Campus-wide on-time graduation rates were 66.5%, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education (CHE), so ACCA's rates compare favorably to the California average rate of 48.7%. ACCA's student-faculty ratio in 2011 was 17:1, according to NCES, which is comparable to national average of 16:1 given by NCES's Digest of Education Statistics. NCES also reports that ACCA's retention rate was 83% from 2010 to 2011, suggesting a high level of student satisfaction.

Getting In & Financial Aid

ACCA has open admissions and accepts applications year-round. When you complete your admission form, you must indicate your intended program. Most programs require an entrance exam; the exam type and the minimum required scores vary by program. In addition, you'll need to schedule a campus visit and personal interview prior to enrolling. Some programs may have additional requirements, such as background checks, health screenings, or drug testing. Prior to or shortly after enrolling, you'll need to provide your high school diploma or proof of equivalency. While no fee is due at the time you submit your application paperwork, a $75 registration fee is due when you enroll in your classes.

You can apply for federal financial aid by submitting a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). California residents can apply for state aid, as well; the deadline for the Cal Grant Program is March 2 of each year. CHE reported that the average student aid per recipient was $5,730 in 2010, while NCES reported the 2011 student aid averages as $4,151 for grants and scholarships and $4,672 for loans. Because tuition varies among programs, financial aid awards and debt rates vary, too. ACCA reports that the median debt of its pharmacy technology graduates was $9,454 for federal loans and $5,814 for private loans in 2011. Graduates of the medical assistant diploma program owed an average of $9,454 in federal loan debt and $2,586 in private loan debt.

Application and Tuition Info
Regular Application Deadline (2013-14) Rolling admissions*
Acceptance Rate (2011) Open admissions**
Tuition & Living Expenses (2012-13) Vary with program**
Average Financial Aid Package (2011) $4,151 (grants/scholarships), $4,672 (loans)**
Student Loan Default Rate (2009) 13%**

Life at American Career College - Anaheim

The Anaheim campus in Orange County is located less than 30 miles from downtown Los Angeles. ACCA has 20 classrooms and computer labs and 9 medical labs between the main campus and the LaPalma building facility, and free parking and shuttle services are available at both Orange County classroom sites. NCES reports that the student population is diverse; the largest racial/ethnic groups in 2011 were Hispanic/Latino (51%), White (16%), Asian (15%), multi-racial (6%), Black or African American (5%), and Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander (4%).

Student Life Info
Campus Setting Large city**
Student Population (2011) 1,928 undergraduates**
Male-to-Female Student Ratio (2011) 25% to 75%**
% of Full Time Students (2011) 100%**
% of In-state Students (2010) 100%**
Retention Rate (2011) 83% (full-time)**
Campus Housing Available No**
Number of Libraries 1*
Extracurricular Activities None*
Noteworthy Offers a 7 day risk-free trial attendance period*

Sources: *American Career College, **National Center for Education Statistics.

School Contact Information

  • Address: American Career College, Orange County Campus, 1200 North Magnolia Ave., Anaheim, CA 92801
  • Phone: (877) 832-0790