Are we accredited?? Did an admission representative at another school tell you, "They're not accredited!" Please do your homework before enrolling in a vocational program!!
Here is some great information!!!
You will never be called over, and over, and over (and over...come on....some of you are already hearing your phone ring non-stop by other schools - am I right!) to get you to enroll in our school!! We want people to enroll here because you WANT to be here not because you were pressured!!! We do not hard sell our programs!! Word of mouth is how we get the word out about our school - Not commercials, billboards or dozens of nagging phone calls!!!
The following is sited from the Medical Board of California on 08/30/2016. It clearly states that an institution approved by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education can provide training for Medical Assisting. Liberty Career College is approved to operate by the BPPE.
Medical AssistantsTraining Without CertificationMedical assistants are unlicensed individuals who perform non-invasive routine technical support services under the supervision of a licensed physician and surgeon, podiatrist, physician assistant, nurse practitioner, or nurse midwife in a medical office or clinic setting without the need of receiving a certification. The supervisor must be on the premises in order for the medical assistant to perform non-invasive technical support services.
A medical assistant gains experience by training in one of two ways:
Education Codes were updated by LCC 09/2016 as the prior codes listed were no longer valid (invalid codes: 94130 and 94311).
Below is the link to Laboratory Field Services showing that our Phlebotomy program is approved by this state department. Click on the link under the Resources section for Approved Phlebotomy Training Programs (PDF).
It is about time we stop wasting tax payer dollars by charging so much for vocational education!!! It is the opinion of the owners of Liberty Career College that there should be legal caps as to how much schools can charge for vocational education!! The salaries that are paid upon completion simply DO NOT justify the costs that the majority of schools are charging!! What if you don't like the field that you studied in.....you could easily become thousands and thousands in debt to only want to now go and seek education in another field.
Our programs are low cost and less time in class.....however, we pack a lot of punch in our classes and give you the skills you need to seek employment!!
In summary......there are more than one ways to be approved to offer vocational education programs. Liberty Career College has simply chosen a different option to operate (by seeking recognition from the BPPE) rather than national accreditation. Some of us were raised "old school" and were taught that if we didn't tell the WHOLE truth then we simply didn't tell the truth. I believe that is the case when schools try to mislead people just to try to gain admission into their school.
A little about Liberty Career College: (As you begin reading you'll see that I am quite passionate about what we do and our mission!)
We opened our school August 1, 2006 and are approved to operate by the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education with the State of California Department of Consumer Affairs.
“This institution is a private institution approved to operate by the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education. Approval to operate means the institution is compliant with the minimum standards contained in the California Private Postsecondary Education Act of 2009 (as amended) and Division 7.5 of Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations.”
Below (at the bottom) is the link to the state website with our school information showing the programs that we are approved to offer.
In my opinion the ONLY, and I mean ONLY, reason why vocational schools seek national accreditation is so they can offer Title IV funding. Title IV funding is when you fill out the FAFSA and take out student loans and possibly qualify for grants. Schools want to charge you thousands and thousands and the only way to do that is do offer financial aid and in order to do that they need to become nationally accredited. It's ALLLL about the money and DOES NOT guarantee that you get a more quality education!
Just recently we had a graduate of another school, right here in Bakersfield, take our Phlebotomy program. She pulled me (Ann Salinas) aside one day and said she was learning so much more in the short time that she was with us than she did the whole time she was at the other school for Medical Assisting! She continued to tell me that the instructors at the other school never lectured the way we did or explain things so thoroughly. I'd really like to say that I was surprised! However, the truth is.....we hear this all the time from students! We have students come and enroll in our Medical Assisting program after literally "walking out" of the school that they first enrolled in!!! Students are basically tattling on the other schools and the poor education they received when they come to see us. One student reported to us that their instructor just put up the power point slides and sat at the desk on her phone and told the students when they were done writing everything down she would change to the next power point slide! What??....wait....this was an "accredited" school!!!! How can that be!!! Students are being charged WAYYYYY to much for that!!! I'm seriously telling you that going to an "accredited" school does not guarantee quality!!!
Students who enroll in our Phlebotomy program, after taking another program at one of the other local schools who is "accredited", tell us all the time what a difference the quality of education is between Liberty Career College and the school that they previously went to for the other program!!
Let me also say that I cannot believe that all the instructors are offering poor instruction at the other schools. I've met instructors who previously worked at other schools and I truly believe they had great intentions on teaching thoroughly and had the desire to see their students grow academically. I'm sure that some schools have the right intentions to provide quality instruction. It is just unfortunate when we hear so many stories and know that there is much room for improvement.
Let me stick to accreditation....that is the topic right now...
Schools DO NOT have to be nationally accredited in order to provide quality vocational education programs!!! I'd like to say SHAME on the admission representatives at the other schools......but I won't say that to them.......they are simply under EXTREME pressure from their higher management/administration to get people enrolled in their programs!!! It is the higher management/administrators who are putting extreme pressure on the admission reps to get more and more enrollments! I would like to say that the VAST majority of admission representatives at other schools don't understand a fraction about accreditation as Co-Owner Carlos Salinas from Liberty Career College knows!! See....Carlos Salinas was a commissioner for the Accrediting Bureau for Health Education Schools (ABHES) for 6 years!! Mr. Salinas was also Chairman of the Board for the last 2 years that he was a commissioner! He visited schools all over the U.S. to evaluate them and determine if they were following accreditation guidelines. He knows about accreditation!! He met with a LOT of very rich school owners!! We (LCC) have considered numerous times on whether to seek national accreditation and offer Title IV funding. However, at this time we just won't do it!!! WHY??? We love offering our programs at a MUCH lower rate than other schools!! The employers love our students and say they are very well trained!!! We like that our students are not getting themselves in debt tremendously and they can save their student loans for higher education!! Yes, higher education like nursing, PA, medical school, clinical lab scientist, x-ray tech or what ever field you so desire!! We know that our programs are private pay but we strongly feel that students can pick up a part time job to pay it off within the due dates. We also accept all major credit cards.....(use one where you get airline miles or some reward back.)
Carlos worked for another local vocational school for 12 years prior to he and I opening Liberty Career College! Seeing how much students were charged for just Medical Assisting alone was heartbreaking!! We've welcomed the grown children and wives of doctors, grown children of office managers in our programs!!! One of the biggest reasons why we opened our school and have kept our prices down is to continue helping our community!!
Thank you for reading this information!! We hope it helps you to make an educated decision on where you will be enrolling for your vocational education!!
Please see the information on the left from The Medical Board of California web page (the link is provided).
Ann Salinas, COO, Liberty Career College