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Brown Mackie College-Tucson (Two Year College)


The College and Its Mission

Brown Mackie College - Tucson (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.

Brown Mackie College was originally founded and approved by the Board of Trustees of Kansas Wesleyan College in Salina, Kansas on July 30, 1892. In 1938, the college was incorporated as The Brown Mackie School of Business under the ownership of Perry E. Brown and A. B. Mackie, former instructors at Kansas Wesleyan University in Salina, Kansas. Their last names formed the name of Brown Mackie. By January 1975, with improvements in curricula and higher degree-granting status, The Brown Mackie School of Business became Brown Mackie College.

Brown Mackie College entered the Arizona market in 2007 when it purchased a school that had been previously established in the Tucson area. That school had an established history in the community and was converted into what is now known as Brown Mackie College - Tucson. The historical timeline of Brown Mackie College - Tucson started in 1972 when Rockland West Corporation first formed a partnership with Lamson Business College. At that time the school was a career college that offered only short-term programs focusing on computer training and secretarial skills. In 1994 the college became accredited as a junior college and began offering associate degrees in academic subjects. The mission was then modified to include the goal of instilling in graduates an appreciation for lifelong learning through the general education courses that became a part of every program.

In 1996 the college applied for and received status as a senior college by the Accrediting Commission of Independent Colleges and Schools. This gave the school the ability to offer course work leading to a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration. Since then the program offerings for bachelor and associate degrees have expanded.

In 1986, the college moved from 5001 East Speedway to the 4585 East Speedway location where it remains today. In 2008, two of the college's three buildings were remodeled which resulted in updated classrooms; networked computer laboratories; new medical, surgical technology, and forensics laboratories; a larger library and offices for student services such as academics, admissions, and student financial services; and a full-service college store. In 2009, the third building was remodeled and provides newer classrooms and a new career services department.

Brown Mackie College - Tucson is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools to award 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 - Tucson is authorized by the Arizona State Board for Private Post-secondary Education, 1400 West Washington Street, Room 2560, Phoenix, Arizona 85007;

phone: 602-542-5709;

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

The Associate of Applied Science in occupational therapy assistant program is accredited 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 20824-1220; phone: 301-652-AOTA.

Academic Programs

Brown Mackie College - Tucson provides higher education to traditional and nontraditional students through associate degree and diploma 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. The college strives to develop within its students the desire for lifelong and continued education.

Each college quarter comprises twelve weeks. 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.

Associate Degree Programs: The Associate of Science degree is awarded in accounting technology, business management, computer networking and security, criminal justice, graphic design, health care administration, information technology, medical assisting, paralegal, and surgical technology.

The Associate of Applied Science degree is awarded in biomedical equipment technology, health and fitness training, and occupational therapy assistant.

Diploma Program: A diploma is awarded in fitness trainer, medical assistant, and practical nursing.

The American Medical Technologists (AMT), which offers the certification for Registered Medical Assistant (RMA), accepts the accreditation of Brown Mackie College - Tucson. Students will qualify to take the RMA certification examination upon graduating the Brown Mackie College - Tucson 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 - Tucson does not guarantee

third-party certification. Outside agencies control the requirements for certifications and are subject to change without notice to Brown Mackie College.


Tuition in the 2011-12 academic year for most associate and diploma programs was $324 per credit hour; fees were $15 per credit hour. Tuition for the health and fitness training program was $324 per credit hour; fees were $25 per credit hour. Tuition for the surgical technology program was $340 per credit hour; fees were $15 per credit hour. Tuition for the occupational therapy assistant program was $361 per credit hour; fees were $15 per credit hour. Tuition for the practical nursing program was $361 per credit hour; fees were $25 per credit hour. Textbook and other instructional expenses vary by program.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available for those who qualify. The college maintains a full-time staff of Student Financial Services Advisers to assist qualified students in obtaining the financial assistance they require to meet their educational expenses. Available resources include federal and state aid, student loans from private lenders, and Federal Work-Study opportunities, both on and off college premises.

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 - Tucson 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.


Experienced faculty members provide academic support and are committed to the academic and technical preparation of their students. The college has 15 full-time and 35 part-time instructors, with a student-faculty ratio of 12:1. Each student is assigned a faculty adviser.

Facilities and Resources

A modern facility, Brown Mackie College - Tucson offers more than 31,000 square feet. The college is equipped with multiple computer labs housing over 200 computers. High-speed access to the Internet and other online resources are available for students and faculty. Multimedia classrooms are outfitted with overhead projectors, VCR/DVD players, and computers. The college is nonresidential; public transportation and parking at no cost are available.


Brown Mackie College - Tucson is conveniently located at

4585 East Speedway Boulevard in Tucson, Arizona. The college has a generous parking area and is also easily accessible by public transportation.

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. They provide information on curriculum, policies, procedures, and services and assist 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 the college. Admission to the college is based on the applicant meeting the stated requirements, a review of the applicant's previous educational records, and a review of the applicant's career interests. If previous academic records indicate the college's 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.

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 state-approved secondary education curriculum or 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 additional information, prospective students should contact:

Senior Director of Admissions

Brown Mackie College - Tucson

4585 East Speedway Boulevard, Suite 204

Tucson, Arizona 85712

Phone: 520-319-3300

Fax: 520-325-0108


Web site:

Location & Contact

4585 East Speedway, Suite 204
AZ 85712


Accounting Technology Associate of Science
Biomedical Equipment Technology Associate of Applied Science
Business Management Associate of Science
Computer Networking & Security Associate of Science
Criminal Justice Associate of Science
Graphic Design Associate of Science
Graphic Design Assistant Diploma
Health Care Administration Associate of Science
Medical Assistant Diploma
Occupational Therapy Assistant Associate of Applied Science
Practical Nursing Diploma
Surgical Technology Associate of Science

Program availability and degree offerings are subject to change.





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