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Brown Mackie College-Quad Cities (Two Year College)


The College and Its Mission

Brown Mackie College - Quad Cities (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, certificate, and diploma 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 for almost thirty years. Following World War II, Harley and Stephanie Reese 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. A second location, now known as Brown Mackie College - Merrillville, was opened in 1984 in Merrillville, Indiana, and a third location was opened a year later in Davenport, Iowa. In 1987, the Davenport site relocated to Moline, Illinois. In September 2003, the college changed ownership again and the name was changed to Brown Mackie College - Moline in November 2004. In 2010, the college moved to its current location in Bettendorf, Iowa, and changed its name to Brown Mackie College - Quad Cities.

Brown Mackie College - Quad Cities is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) to award associate degrees and diplomas. ACICS 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.

The Associate of Applied Science in occupational therapy assistant program has applied for accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE) of the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), located at 4720 Montgomery Lane, P.O. Box 31220, Bethesda, Maryland 20824; phone: 301-652-AOTA.

Brown Mackie College - Quad Cities is approved and registered by the Iowa College Student Aid Commission (ICSAC) under the authority of Chapters 261 and 261B of the Iowa Code. ICSCA can be contacted at 200 10th Street, fourth floor, Des Moines, Iowa 50309-3609; phone: 877-272-4456 (toll-free);

Academic Programs

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

Each college quarter comprises twelve weeks. Programs are offered on a year-round basis, providing students with the ability to work uninterrupted toward the completion of their programs. Brown Mackie College offers all programs in a unique One Course a Month format. This schedule allows students to focus studies on only one course for four weeks and has proven convenient for students with multiple obligations such as jobs and family.

Associate Degree Programs: The Associate of Applied Science degree is awarded in accounting technology, business management, criminal justice, health care administration, information technology, medical assisting, occupational therapy assistant, and paralegal.

Diploma Programs: Brown Mackie College - Quad Cities offers diploma programs in accounting, business, medical assistant, and medical coding and billing.

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


Tuition for the 2011-12 academic year was $294 per credit hour and $15 per credit hour for general fees. Tuition for the occupational therapy assistant program was $361 per credit hour and $15 per credit hour for general fees. Textbook costs vary by program.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available to those who qualify. Brown Mackie College - Quad Cities maintains a full-time staff of financial aid professionals to assist qualified students in obtaining the financial assistance they require to meet their educational expenses. The college participates in several student aid programs. Forms of financial aid available through federal resources include the Federal Pell Grant Program, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG) Program, Federal Work-Study Program, Federal Perkins Loan Program, Federal Stafford Student Loan Program (subsidized and unsubsidized), and Federal PLUS loan program. Eligible students may apply for veterans' educational benefits. Students with physical or mental disabilities that are a handicap to employment may be eligible for training services through the state Agency for Vocational Rehabilitation. For further information, students should contact the Brown Mackie College - Quad Cities 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, have maintained a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0, and submitted a brief essay. The student's extracurricular activities and community service are also considered. The President's Scholarship is available only to students enrolling in one of the college's degree programs. Students awarded the scholarship must enroll at Brown Mackie College - Quad Cities 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 the college by March 31.


Brown Mackie College - Quad Cities has 4 full-time and 43 regular adjunct faculty members, with an average student-faculty ratio of 12:1.

Facilities and Resources

Brown Mackie College - Quad Cities maintains a library of curriculum-related resources. Technical and general education materials, academic and professional periodicals, and audiovisual resources are available to both students and faculty members. Students have borrowing privileges at several local libraries. Internet access is available for research.

The college is a nonresidential, smoke-free institution.


Brown Mackie College - Quad Cities is located at 2119 East Kimberly Road in Bettendorf, Iowa. The college is easily accessible by public transportation, and ample parking is available at no cost.

Admission Requirements

Each applicant for admission is assigned to 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 necessary appointments and interviews.

To qualify for admission, each applicant must provide documentation of graduation from an accredited high school or from a state-approved secondary education curriculum or provide official documentation of high school graduation equivalency. All transcripts become the property of Brown Mackie College - Quad Cities. Admission to the college is based on the applicant meeting the above requirements, a review of the applicant's previous education records, and a review of the applicant's career interests. If previous academic records indicate that the Brown Mackie College education and training programs would not benefit the applicant, the college reserves the right to advise the applicant not to enroll. Special requirements for enrollment into certain programs are discussed in the descriptions of those programs.

Application and Information

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

Prospective students can go online to for program duration, tuition, fees and other costs, median debt, federal salary data, alumni success, programmatic accreditation, and other important details.

For further information, prospective students should contact:

Director of Admissions

Brown Mackie College - Quad Cities

2119 East Kimberly Road

Bettendorf, Iowa 52722

Phone: 563-344-1500

888-420-1652 (toll-free)

Fax: 563-344-1501


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Location & Contact

2119 East Kimberly Road
IA 52722


Business Management Associate of Applied Science
Criminal Justice Associate of Applied Science
Health Care Administration Associate of Applied Science
Information Technology Associate of Applied Science
Medical Assistant Diploma
Occupational Therapy Assistant Associate of Applied Science

Program availability and degree offerings are subject to change.





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