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California College San Diego


At California College San Diego, the degree programs are designed to provide students with the real-world knowledge and skills necessary to start or advance careers in today's marketplace. Degree programs include healthcare, business, information technology, and graphic arts. The college has 3 convenient locations to help students reach their career goals.

California College San Diego takes pride in offering career-education programs in a flexible manner that meets the needs of today's busy adults. Instead of making students wait for a new semester to start, as happens at traditional colleges, California College San Diego offers monthly starts so students can begin -- and finish -- their degrees quickly. Students can choose from online, on-campus, or hybrid programs that fit their lifestyles, and they can take advantage of exceptional assistance every step of the way, from enrollment to graduation and beyond.

The college offers associate and bachelor's degree programs. Under an accelerated schedule, associate degrees can take 20 months or less and bachelor's degrees 36 months or less.

California College San Diego states its mission in this manner: "We are dedicated to helping our students graduate and get a much better job sooner. We focus on educating people for rewarding careers and enriching lives. Our goal is for students to achieve success in career-oriented programs and enhancement of skills in critical thinking, communication, problem solving, and using technology, culminating in satisfactory career placement or advancement in current employment."

As a private, nonprofit college, California College San Diego is independent. This means that the college is uniquely suited to putting student needs and goals first. California College San Diego gives students a competitive edge by investing in the programs, faculty members, and technology that students need to get their degrees and better jobs faster.

Below are some highlights of how the college's nonprofit status translates into benefits for students:

Programs and services - Student tuition goes directly to programs and special services to help students learn and graduate fast so they can begin working sooner.

Scholarships - California College San Diego makes scholarships available to hundreds of students each year.

Good Neighbor Initiative - The college invests in the community, which strengthens neighborhoods and families. California College San Diego offers free programs and free services -- such as GED preparation classes -- to help people who may not otherwise be able to take steps toward college degrees.

Degree Programs

Healthcare: Students who want to help others can find their professional homes in the healthcare industry. Healthcare is one of the fastest-growing occupational areas in America, and healthcare courses can prepare students for secure futures and a wide variety of specializations. Whether students want to begin careers in healthcare or take their current healthcare careers to the next level, they can find what they need in California College San Diego's healthcare courses.

Business: For today's students, success in the business world means having a broad knowledge of accounting, marketing, management, finance, real estate, and more. California College San Diego's business programs give students an education that's relevant to the core competencies they'll need to take advantage of, and advance through, a wide variety of business opportunities.

Information Technology: Students who want to stay on the leading edge of the constantly evolving world of information technology can develop their skills at California College San Diego. Through the college's degree programs, students can acquire skills in computer programming, networking, operating systems, Internet technology, database administration, and more.

Graphic Arts: By completing a graphic-arts degree program, students can become proficient in the art of visual persuasion with skills they can develop in print, electronic media, web design, and more. The college's on-ground and online graphic arts degree programs give students the focused education and experience they need to pursue careers in advertising agencies, design firms, production companies, and in-house corporate communications -- or to become freelance design professionals.

Tuition and Financial Aid

California College San Diego would be glad to personally discuss the costs of desired degree programs with prospective students. Such a conversation also provides students with the opportunity to learn about all the financial options available to those who qualify, including scholarships, grants, and more. Many people are pleasantly surprised to find that college may be more affordable than they imagined. Interested students are invited to call the college at 1-866-790-2161.

California College San Diego is proud to provide scholarships for new students looking to earn degrees for better career opportunities. These scholarships are for first-time degree earners, single parents, mothers interested in math, healthcare providers, Hispanic students, African-American students, Asian students, professional women, professional men, future nursing professionals, and entrepreneurs.

Each California College San Diego student receives a laptop to use in school, which he or she can keep once he or she graduates. The cost of textbooks is included in the tuition.


Getting started at California College San Diego is as simple as making a phone call. The college is happy to answer any questions that students may have, and helpful staff members can get students on their way to enrollment as soon as they're ready. The college's enrollment process includes the following steps:

Schedule a visit: When a student visits one of the college's locations, the receptionist will welcome him or her and invite him or her to fill out a short career questionnaire. This questionnaire will help the college work together with the student to find the best options. Students can call 1-866-790-2161 to schedule their visits.

Meet a financial planner: The student will be introduced to a knowledgeable financial planner, whose goal is to simplify the financial aid process for the student. The financial planner will give the student a short introduction to the financial requirements of attendance and the wide variety of tuition assistance options available if he or she qualifies.

One-on-one career planning: Next, a friendly admissions consultant will review the student's career questionnaire and ask questions to learn more about the student's needs, interests, and motivations. The aim is to identify the degree program and career goals that will help the student determine if California College San Diego is the right school for achieving his or her dreams.

Campus tour: The admissions consultant will take the student on a tour of the California College San Diego campus and familiarize him or her with the facility. The college strives to make each of its locations inviting, personal, and up-to-date, equipped with all the necessary technology needed to give students the educations they deserve.

Develop a personalized financial plan: The financial planner will create an affordable financial plan for the program the student chooses, explaining all the details the student needs to know. The financial planner will help the student every step of the way, including keeping track of important forms and applications.

Meet with the director of admissions: Once the student has interviewed with and received approval from the director of admissions, the financial planner and admissions consultant will continue to function as the student's support system through enrollment and beyond. California College San Diego makes it easy to start college!


California College San Diego has 3 convenient locations that feature easy parking, friendly local faculty members and staff members, and modern, comfortable buildings with smaller, personalized classes.

San Diego: 6602 Convoy Court, Suite 100, San Diego, CA 92111

San Marcos: 277 Rancheros Drive, Suite 200, San Marcos, CA 92069

National City (satellite of San Diego campus): 22 West 35th Street, National City, CA 91950

Students can call 1-866-790-2161 to schedule visits at any of these locations.


In order to evaluate an institution's quality of education, accrediting agencies compare colleges and universities against certain standards of excellence. California College San Diego is honored to be accredited by the ACCSC (Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges).

Accrediting agencies periodically examine institutions in important categories such as communication, integrity, continuous improvement, and accountability. The goal of accreditation agencies is to ensure that the colleges and universities under their supervision uphold high educational standards.

In addition, the medical programs at California College San Diego are accredited by several specialized agencies.

History of California College San Diego

The school that eventually transformed into California College San Diego first began in 1971 as the Scottsdale Education Center in Phoenix, Arizona. As a vocational-technical school, the center offered a variety of allied health and technical programs. In January 1974, the Respiratory Therapy Technician program was started.

In 1976, the Scottsdale Education Center moved to California and became the California College for Respiratory Therapy (CCRT). This school operated in San Diego from 1977 to 1980, offering only a Respiratory Therapy Technician program. In 1978, CCRT launched a distance-education model for its Respiratory Therapy program. CCRT changed its name in 1983 to California College for Health Sciences (CCHS).

The National Education Company's subsidiary, International Correspondence Schools (now Education Direct), acquired the college in June 1996. Ownership of this parent company changed hands in 1997 to Harcourt General, and in 2001 the Thomson Corporation acquired the parent company.

In May 2003, the college was purchased by California College, Inc., becoming the newest member of a family of schools that includes the Stevens-Henager Colleges in Utah and Idaho and the CollegeAmerica schools in Arizona, Colorado, and Wyoming. At that time, the name of the institution was changed to California College San Diego (CCSD), and the academic offerings were expanded to include degree programs in business, technology, medical specialties, and graphic arts.

Majors & Degrees

Degrees Offered
  • Health professions and related sciences
    • Health Information/Medical Records Technology
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Health Professions Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Nursing Practice
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Nursing Administration
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Community Health and Preventive Medicine
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Nursing Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Respiratory Therapy Technician
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Business/marketing
    • Business Administration and Management
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Accounting
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Human Resources Management
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Business, Management, and Marketing Related
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Computer and information sciences
    • Computer Programming
      Associate Degree offered for this major.
    • Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Computer Science
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
    • Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design
      Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.
  • Visual and performing arts
    • Graphic Design
      Associate Degree offered for this major. Bachelor's Degree offered for this major.



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