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Brown Mackie College-Michigan City (Four Year College)

  • Michigan City, IN
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The College

Brown Mackie College--Michigan City (Brown Mackie College) is one of over twenty-five locations in the Brown Mackie College family of schools (, which is dedicated to providing educational programs that prepare students to pursue entry-level positions in a competitive, rapidly changing workplace. Brown Mackie College schools offer bachelor degree, associate degree, diploma, and certificate programs in health sciences, business, information technology, legal studies, and design to over 20,000 students in the Midwest, Southeast, Southwest, and Western United States.

Founded in 1890 by A. N. Hirons as LaPorte Business College in LaPorte, Indiana, the institution later became known as Commonwealth Business College. In 1919, ownership was transferred to Grace and J. J. Moore, who successfully operated the college under the name of Reese School of Business for several decades. In 1975, the college came under the ownership of Steven C. Smith as Commonwealth Business College. In 1997, the college relocated to its present site in Michigan City, Indiana. The College was acquired by Education Management Corporation (EDMC) on September 2, 2003, and changed its name to Brown Mackie College--Michigan City in November 2004.

Brown Mackie College--Michigan City is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools to award bachelor degrees, associate degrees, and certificates. The Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools is listed as a nationally recognized accrediting agency by the United States Department of Education and is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. ACICS can be contacted at 750 First Street NE, Suite 980, Washington, D.C. 20002; phone: 202-336-6780.

Brown Mackie College--Michigan City is regulated by the Indiana Commission on Proprietary Education, 302 West Washington Street, Indianapolis, Indiana 46204; phone: 317-232-1320 or 800-227-5695 (toll-free). Indiana Advertising Code: AC0138.

The Associate of Science in medical assisting program is accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools.

The Associate of Science in surgical technology is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( upon the recommendation of the Accreditation Review Committee on Education in Surgical Technology. Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs 1361 Park Street, Clearwater, Florida 33756; phone: 727-210-2350.

The Associate of Science in veterinary technology program has provisional programmatic accreditation granted by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) through the Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA).

The college is a nonresidential, smoke-free institution.


Brown Mackie College--Michigan City is conveniently located in northwest Indiana, at 1001 East U.S. Highway 20, Michigan City, 1 mile north of Interstate 94, 1 mile east of the intersection of routes 20 and 421.

Programs of Study and Degrees

Brown Mackie College--Michigan City provides higher education to traditional and nontraditional students through bachelor degree, associate degree, and certificate programs that assist in enhancing their career opportunities, broadening their perspectives through appropriate general education courses, thinking independently and critically, and improving problem-solving abilities. Brown Mackie College strives to develop within its students the desire for lifelong and continued education.

The Bachelor of Science degree is awarded in business administration, criminal justice, and legal studies.

The Associate of Science degree is awarded in accounting technology, business management, criminal justice, health care administration, medical assisting, medical office management, paralegal, surgical technology, and veterinary technology.

The college offers certificate programs in accounting, business, criminal justice, medical assistant, medical coding and billing, and paralegal assistant.

The American Medical Technologists (AMT), which offers the certification for Registered Medical Assistant (RMA), accepts the accreditation of Brown Mackie College--Michigan City. Students will qualify to take the Registered Medical Assistant certification examination upon graduating the Brown Mackie College--Michigan City Medical Assisting and Medical Assistant programs. Graduates of the 48-credit-hour Medical Assistant program are not qualified to take the AMT/RMA exam.

Brown Mackie College--Michigan City does not guarantee third-party certification. Outside agencies control the requirements for certifications and are subject to change without notice to Brown Mackie College.

Academic Programs

Each college quarter comprises twelve weeks. Bachelor degree programs require a minimum of sixteen quarters to complete. Associate degree programs require a minimum of eight quarters to complete. Programs are offered on a year-round basis, providing students with the ability to work uninterrupted toward their degrees. The college offers all programs in a unique One-Course-a-Month format. This allows students to focus studies on only one course for four weeks. This schedule has proven convenient for students with multiple obligations such as jobs and family.

Academic Facilities

In 2002, the college underwent a major renovation and added 3,360 square feet, for a total of 10,338 square feet of occupancy. An additional medical laboratory, a larger library, new classrooms, and a bookstore were added. All classrooms and the library are equipped with new technology, including multimedia projectors, surround-sound audio systems, VCRs, and DVD players. Five of the ten new classrooms are equipped with networked computer systems. The two medical laboratories contain newly acquired medical equipment and instructional tools and supplies. Administrative offices are easily accessible to students. In 2008, a learning site was opened at 1623 South Woodland Avenue, Michigan City, Indiana. Of approximately 6,500 square feet, this site is conveniently located within a mile of the main campus.


Tuition in the 2011-12 academic year was $294 per credit hour and fees were $15 per credit hour. For the surgical technology program, the tuition was $340 per credit hour and fees were $15 per credit hour. Textbook fees vary according to the program.

Financial Aid

The college maintains a full-time staff of Student Financial Services Advisors to assist qualified students in obtaining financial assistance. The college participates in several student aid programs. Forms of financial aid available to qualified students through federal resources include the Federal Pell Grant Program, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) Program, Federal Work-Study Program, Federal Stafford Student Loan Program (subsidized and unsubsidized), and Federal PLUS loan program.

Eligible students may apply for Indiana state awards, such as the Higher Education Award and Twenty-First Century Scholarships for high school students, the Core 40 awards, and veterans' educational benefits. Students with physical or mental disabilities that are a handicap to employment may be eligible for training services through the state's Bureau of Vocational Rehabilitation. For further information, students should contact the college's Student Financial Services Office.

Each year, the college makes available President's Scholarships of $1000 each to qualifying seniors from area high schools. Up

to three (3) scholarships may be awarded per high school. In order to qualify, a senior must be graduating from a participating high school, must be maintaining a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0, and must submit a brief essay. The student's extracurricular activities and community service are also considered. These scholarships are available only to students enrolling in one of the college's degree programs. Students awarded the scholarship must enroll at Brown Mackie College--Michigan City between June and September immediately following their high school graduation. Applications for these scholarships can be obtained from the guidance departments of participating high schools. These applications must be completed and returned to Brown Mackie College by March 31.


There are 9 full-time and 31 part-time faculty members at the College. The average student-faculty ratio is 13:1. Each student is assigned a department chair.

Admission Requirements

Each applicant for admission is assigned an Assistant Director of Admissions, who directs the applicant through the steps of the admissions process, providing information on curriculum, policies, procedures, and services and assisting the applicant in setting up necessary appointments and interviews. To qualify for admission, each applicant must provide documentation of graduation from an accredited high school or completion of a state-approved secondary education curriculum or official documentation of high school graduation equivalency. All transcripts become the property of Brown Mackie College.

As part of the admission process, students are given an assessment of academic skills. Although the results of this assessment do not determine eligibility for admission, they provide the college with a means of determining the need for academic support, as well as a means by which the college can evaluate the effectiveness of its educational programs. All new students are required to complete this assessment.

For the most recent information regarding admission requirements, please refer to the current academic catalog.

Application and Information

Applicants must complete and submit an application form along with documentation of graduation from an accredited high school or completion of a state-approved secondary education curriculum or provide official documentation of high school graduation equivalency.

For additional information, prospective students should contact:

Director of Admissions

Brown Mackie College--Michigan City

1001 East U.S. Highway 20

Michigan City, Indiana 46360

United States

Phone: 219-877-3100

800-519-2416 (toll-free)

Fax: 219-877-3110


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Location & Contact

1001 East US Highway 20
Michigan City, IN 46360
United States

Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
  • Business/marketing
    • Business Administration and Management
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Accounting Technology and Bookkeeping
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Health professions and related sciences
    • Health/Health-Care Administration
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Medical Office Management
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Medical/Clinical Assistant
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Veterinary/Animal Health Technology
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
  • Homeland security, law enforcement, firefighting, and protective services
    • Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Law/legal studies
    • Legal Studies
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Legal Assistant/Paralegal
      Associate Degree offered for this major.



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