Carrington College was originally founded in 1967 in Sacramento, California. It was originally designed to train both medical and dental assistants and prepare them for those specific career paths. Today, Carrington College has grown to over eighteen campuses spread across a number of states. Each year, enrollment sits around 7,300 students and there are over 90,000 Carrington College alumni. Carrington College serves as a division of the DeVry Education Group and offers career training in medical, dental, veterinary, and criminal justice fields. John Roth is currently the dean of Carrington College.
Students embarking on their higher education journey want to know how effective a school's services and reputation are. That means that they want to know how many students finish with a degree/certificate in their hand and end up with a secure job. Carrington College has a 64 percent graduation rate, which compared to many trade schools, is extremely competitive. Through their job placement services, Carrington College has helped 67 percent of their graduates secure employment before or shortly after graduation.
Through Carrington College, students will be able to take advantage of nursing programs, medical programs, dental programs, veterinary programs, and criminal justice programs. There are specialties that break off each of these areas of study. In total, there are twenty-two programs for students to choose from.
Not all trade schools are able to take advantage of federal assistance, whether that is through their financial or work study programs. However, Carrington College students will be able to take advantage of federal financial assistance whether it be through grants of loans. Additionally, students can take advantage of federal work study programs. These programs provide students with the ability to finance their education while also paying the debt back over a period of time.
There are Carrington College locations found in eight different states. States where Carrington College is located include: Arizona, California, Idaho, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Texas, and Washington. In Arizona, there are five campuses which include: Glendale, Mesa, Phoenix-East, Phoenix-North, and Tucson. In California, there are campuses in the following cities: Citrus Heights, San Jose, Oakland, Pleasant Hill, Pomona, Sacramento, San Jose, San Leandro, and Stockton. There is only one campus in Boise, Idaho; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Spokane, Washington; Mesquite, Texas; and Portland, Oregon. In Nevada there is the Las Vegas campus as well as the Reno location.
As of now, Carrington College has yet to obtain a national accreditation. That being said, they have obtained a number of regional accreditations. These regional accreditations include: Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges and Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACCJC/WASC). Additionally, an institutional accrediting body has recognized Carrington College which earned them accreditation by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the U.S. Department of Education. While these regional accreditations are impressive, there is still a reason for students to wonder why the school has not earned a national accreditation.
One of the draws Carrington College boasts of include their Fixed Tuition Promise. This promise means that a student's tuition costs will stay the same throughout the entirety of their program. There are requirements that must be upheld by the student (students must remain active and in good standing). While this agreement is compelling, it remains difficult for students to gauge how much their program will cost as Carrington College does not make tuition costs public. Students will need to find out exactly how much their specific program will cost upon further research.