ONTARIO, CA-American Career College and West Coast University have broken ground on a 64,300-sf medical training campus at the corner of Haven Avenue and Inland Empire Boulevard. The two institutions, which offer vocational nursing and associate degree in nursing educational programs that combine academic and clinical training, plan to offer more than half a dozen specialized medical programs at the campus.

Officials of the schools say that the Ontario campus is designed to meet the needs of an area where population growth and an explosion of new medical office space are creating a need for additional skilled medical professionals. Says David Pyle, president and CEO of American Career College and West Coast University, “We are responding to Southern California hospital and healthcare center officials who are telling us they are in the midst of a dramatic shortage of healthcare professionals, particularly in the area of nursing.”

The Ontario campus will be the largest of five campuses operated by American Career College and West Coast University, which already have campuses in Los Angeles, Orange County and Norco. Specialized programs offered in the first phase of the new ACC Ontario campus will include medical assisting, pharmacy technician, diagnostic medical sonography, optical dispensing, massage therapy and medical billing.

Future phases of the Ontario campus will offer an Associate Degree in Nursing program through West Coast University, making it one of the first postsecondary schools in the Inland Empire to offer an LVN-to-RN bridge program, Pyle notes. The LVN-to-RN bridge program is planned for the second phase of the new campus.

American Career College was founded in 1978 as American College of Optics and became American Career College in 1993 to accommodate an expanding curriculum and growing student population. West Coast University was originally chartered in 1909 as an ophthalmology school and has undergone several incarnations.

In the 1950s, for example, West Coast emerged as one of the early pioneers in offering bachelor degree programs for working adults. The university was reorganized in 1997 to refocus on medical programs that are in demand among working adults.

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