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Concorde Career Colleges, Inc. is a system of 16 campuses in 8 states that has been training nurses and other medical professionals for more than 60 years. Concorde is solely focused on health care education and offers a range of over 20 degree and diploma programs. They are accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) and the Accrediting Commission of the Council on Occupational Education (COE).
From becoming a dental assistant to earning a degree in respiratory therapy, students complete programs in as few as nine months and benefit from a hands-on, real-world learning environment that combines theoretical learning and practical application.
I was at a job fair and Concorde was talking to me about the opportunities that I could take and that the course was only for eight to nine months. I could have my degree or diploma in no time. Enrolling was really easy. The only thing I had to do was get my transcripts from college and high school and that wasn't even hard. Everything was smooth running. I love going to Concorde. I took up a health care career as a Medical Assistant. I love the teachers and the whole experience. I even cried on my last day because I didn't want to leave. I have been on a couple of interviews for a potential employment. I love Concorde.
A friend of mine went to Concorde Career College for Dental Assistant. I was in another college then, but it wasn’t good enough. So I decided to look into Concorde and I wanted to further my education there for Pharmacy Technician. Enrolling was quick. I got right in the program, got in my classes and it all went fast. The schedule was perfect and I had wonderful teachers. They made sure I wasn’t going to fail and that I understood everything. Overall, it's a good school. I enjoyed it and I learned a lot from it. I liked how their program was short and quick. In fact, I thought about going back for RN.
I just moved to Tampa and I was trying to find a school cause I wanted to go back to school. I was looking for different places and then Concorde came across when I was looking online. Then I went there and talked to one of the ladies. And she convinced me to start going to that school. I pursued Dental Assistance and the enrollment was easy. The professors were great, as well. I had two different professors and they were both there to help me out all the time. Also, going back to college, I was more of a hands-on person and Concorde was the perfect place to go to for that. My experience with them was really helpful and they were able to place me in a job. And I've been at my job for a year now. I recommended a friend to go to Concorde Career College.
During college, I was doing some courses but I felt I wasn’t really anywhere, and I actually wanted to study dentistry. One of my friends went to Concorde Career College and she was the one that set me up to take the dental course there. One of the staff members of Concorde helped me out a lot. She told me that I could take more classes and do more with my life. She also told me to take science, biology, and math. To succeed as a student at Concorde, be yourself and have a good personality towards others. If you're trying to go on to the medical field, you should take classes there. I would highly recommend them.
My mom went to Concorde and I like that they gave a chance to do a tour of the campus while classes are going on so I'm able to see what it would be like to actually be in the classroom. Until now I still go back and see my favorite teacher. She interacted with us more on the personal level rather than, “I’m just your teacher.” She showed us tricks that worked for her out in the field and even said if we have questions we can go back and see her and ask her. And she’ll help us out. I recommended Concorde to a couple of friends and got two to sign up already.
Concorde had a lot of healthcare programs the other schools didn’t have and everybody at Concorde played a good role for me. It was a good school and to be successful at Concorde you just have to stay focused.
My mother-in-law was interested in going to Concorde and when my husband told her I wanted to go into Medical Billing and Coding she told me about that school. I have a professor for Medical Billing and Coding who was awesome. He was very nice and very helpful. Concorde is a little pricey but it was quick and it was easy to get through and I got it done. It only took six months.
I was looking for different schools around where I live and I found Concorde online. I’m very impatient and it was a fast-paced school so that’s kind of why I went that route. They told me about all the other programs but I walked in knowing exactly what I wanted, which is to be a surgical tech. I really like my clinical instructor. The other teachers would tell us like how it was by-the-book but she told us how it would be in the real world as well as following the book so that was nice. So when you get out there it’s not all strictly by-the-book so it was nice getting both and she just was very helpful. I could go to her for any question, any problem I had.
I know other people have jobs and children but definitely when you decide to study at Concorde you have to study and make it a priority. Make it your number one thing and just want it really bad. And if someone wanted something fast and in less than two years then I would definitely recommend Concorde. It’s definitely worth the money.
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My experience at Concorde Career College was okay. The professors tried to make sure that they gave us the best help possible. My medical office teacher was absolutely the best. If it wasn’t for her, I would’ve stopped going. She went a little over and beyond with her job and made sure that we got the extra help. She also made sure we were prepared for there and for the real world once we got out. And if she had to stay all the time, she would help us with our thesis.
However, I haven’t found a job yet. They kept saying I needed to be certified, but I know a lot of people that were not certified and working. So, there was not much help in the job search with them. There should’ve been more options before we graduated. Also, certification should’ve been part of the tuition before we even graduated instead of them stressing to work even harder after that. They should’ve ensured that everyone was certified before we leave to go somewhere else but everyone wasn’t. We paid this much for tuition, but we were not getting to pursue out of it. Concorde is not your typical college. Make sure that you are focused and you’re ready to work triple time as a regular college student because you’re on a fast pace.
I live right down the street from Concorde Career College and I liked their fast-paced graduation time and the hands-on experience that they give. I was exploring around at first. I was going to do MA and then I decided to do dental assistant. I loved my admissions coordinator, Carrie. But she was either let go or she left, which was very unfortunate because the lady that I had next was not very nice. It was the worst experience that I have had after going so well with Carrie. Nevertheless, I loved my instructors. I did the afternoon classes and they did the afternoon classes smaller, so we had gotten a lot more personal with the teachers. There were no more than eight kids in my class, so that was great.
However, I can’t find a job now that’s going to help me pay for my tuition and help me make a living. That was the downfall. I wouldn’t recommend anyone to Concorde because I didn’t know I would have so much student loans. And then I’m not getting paid so much as a dental assistant. There are just so many dental assistants and so many are willing to work even for a minimum wage. It’s insane that I had to pay $17,000 in student loans just to be making 25 cents with my minimum wage. It’s really not worth it. I love going to school there, it was a great experience, but I just wish I never went there. It’s just not cool financially. I'd tell others to just be prepared for their tuition.
I was moving up to Portland and I was looking for places to go to school for nursing. Concorde Career College was the only school that I checked out and it was a path for me to be a nurse because I was a CNA for 25 years and I was a medical assistant for four. My instructor, Carol, was wonderful. I owe my career to her because without her I don’t think I would’ve ever graduated. She was the best teacher that Concorde had. It’s a shame though that she’s no longer there. She knew how to teach all different types of students no matter their background, where they came from, what their learning style was. She took the time to make sure that everybody got it. She cared about her students and that meant a lot. I'd tell my friends not to enroll there unless they have a lot of time to study at their own pace because they'd go through things so fast in the class that they'd have to go home and review. I recommend Concorde. If I can do it, anybody can do it.
I decided to do Medical Assisting at Concorde as there wasn’t a Physical Therapy program offered. I like that studying there was hands-on and that we get to practice what we learned. All of my instructors and our graduate employment specialist were very helpful. The people at Concorde made sure they broke everything down where we could understand it and they were straight to the point. Concorde has a very interesting program and I would invite anybody to go for it.
Glad you were able to shift your original plans and find a field that you were equally passionate about pursuing!
There's a great deal of opportunity for Medical Assistants. Thanks for mentioning graduate employment specialists as an important part of your journey too! While we can never guarantee job placement, we do our best to make sure our alumni are confident, connected and prepared as they enter their respective fields.
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I recently separated from the military and I was looking to go back to school. A friend then told me about Concorde and I found them to be condensed and accelerated. I was interested in their Nursing program and they have great instructors that were very instrumental in me getting my Bachelor’s degree. However, it’s a private school, so obviously, money’s a factor in everything that goes on.
First and foremost, thank you for your service! We're so glad that you found Concorde to be a fit in your pursuit of becoming a nurse.
Regarding our tuition, we're committed to being as transparent and upfront as possible. We never want our alumni to feel that money is more important than our mission to prepare America's next generation of health care professionals.
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I was already working as a secretary at the hospital and I wanted to do a little upgrade. I went to Concorde and the classes with the teachers were amazing. I love all the hands-on. I liked the way one of the instructors was teaching us everything. She took the time to sit down with us one-on-one and repeat everything to us. And so we got it and she wouldn't get frustrated about it. I hope they keep on doing everything the same. I tell people about my experience in Concorde and how they were showing me step-by-step. The homework was a lot but it was meaningful.
I wanted to do dental assisting and Concorde offered that program. Plus they weren't that far. We had a lot of teachers because they kept leaving, but they were all really good. Concorde is a good school but I would tell friends not to go in the evening because there's not as much support staff so it's harder to get answers and get things done.
I live in Georgia and it’s complicated here, and I felt that it was better to go to Concorde. I told the admissions team what I wanted to do and they went along with it. I learned a lot at Concorde and they didn’t just expect me to know what the book says. They explained it as well as let me have hands-on experience. I was already a CNA, so Concorde helped me out more.
I love one of my instructors since she didn’t look down on me. She related to us ‘cause she’s been where we’ve been and she was willing to do anything possible to help us. She explained things clearly instead of trying to tell us what she felt we should already know if we didn’t know it. There was another instructor that I like because she didn’t look down on us as well. She put herself in a perspective in relation to where we were. Concorde is the best school and I’ve recruited a lot of people that I worked with. They’ve seen how I accomplished everything in a timely manner, and they can learn more by going there. It was a good learning experience.
That's so good to hear! Out of the places they could teach, our instructors and campus leadership choose to invest in the amazing students at Concorde.
Whether it's staying late to tutor or helping navigate personal situations, our associates are committed to serving students as a whole person and not just as a number on a roster.
We're so proud of all you've accomplished and can't wait to see what's next!
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Concorde is just within the area so I decided to give it a shot and went with Dental Hygiene and dental assisting as well. I enjoyed everybody up there. Our instructor was very inspiring. There is also a bunch of great and caring people at Concorde. You just have to be really driven and focused. You have to be all-in and determined. You have to know what you want and on the hard days, you have to know what your goal is and why you’re putting in the work for what you’re doing. Concorde is a great place to get an education and I would definitely tell a friend to go for it.
So pleased that you Concorde to be such a great fit for you as you pursued your passion in the dental field!
We couldn't agree more about powering through the long days! You may remember doing it yourself - in Orientation, we often have our students write down why they started the program so that on those tough days they can look back and work with the end goal in mind.
If you're ever close to campus, we'd love for you to pop in and say hi!
I needed to make a career for myself. Concorde’s staff is really nice and my instructor certainly made an impact on me. He cared about his students and did everything he can to help and have us learn and understand. I trust him and we can call him anytime.
Concorde Career College is a decent school. It’s not the best thing in the world but it gets you where you want to be. I was looking for any school on Google and the timing worked out perfectly for what I needed. I like how quick Concord was when I decided to go with their RN program. I just had to study a lot and watch out for myself. Concorde should have all the teachers and staff on the same page because my class was the guinea pig class. We got tested on everything new and the staff didn’t know what they were doing, which made us all frazzled. So, it was difficult for us.
Thanks for taking time to share your experiences with us. We certainly value the feedback of our alumni and work to implement changes as necessary.
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They are a good school and it's the school to be with. They are very organized and they teach a lot of students. Educational wise, everything is okay with them. People pass their boards because I passed my board just once. They encouraged me when I was struggling and they try to put everything for me to be successful. I've recommended them to several of my friends already.
I looked up schools online and Concorde's LPN program was short. My anatomy and physiology teacher motivated me when he challenged me in his class. He said that the class was going to be difficult and I wanted to prove him wrong. However, sometimes the instructors wouldn't agree on something and different groups would go with a different set of standards to pass. But I've told friends that if you're committed to it then it's a good school to go to. Also, you have to know yourself as a student. For example, how you study, what gets to you, and what kind of help you need.
Your keen insight about knowing what type of student you are is so critical in finding success in an accelerated program like ours!
We've made some improvements in recent months that we feel addresses some of your concerns, too.
Thanks for being a valued member of the Concorde family!
I always tell people that I had a good experience with Concorde Career College and I recommend it. Their program was good for me. At that time, I had a young daughter and I was young too. I just needed to get something done fast and their program was quick. But I was going to take the nursing test and they played this game where you have to take the MA program before you can go into the nursing program. I told them I was not doing that. Besides, I can go to a doctor’s office and they can teach me to do everything that Concorde would.
I did my clinical at Medical City Dallas and it was Phil who put me there. He felt that that was the best placement for me and now, I work there. Phil was my teacher for one term but even when he wasn’t, I could always call or text him or go to his office if I needed help with anything. He was always willing to help. I have graduated for over a year but to this day, I can text him and say I need my shot records. That wasn’t his job but he would have the records in an envelope on his desk within 20 minutes and I would just run by there and pick them up.
I’ve always liked Concorde when my sister went there when she was younger. I went to Everest before and it was a whole bunch of runaround with them. And so I figured I wanted to go with somebody who was a little more recognized. The admissions team at Concorde was awesome. I have graduated March of last year, but I still stop by and see them. I love the president and everybody was terrific there. A lot of people have been meaningful to my journey, from my admission reps, Valerie, down to Cynthia and Reina, plus my instructors during my whole nine months there.
Concorde always had my back no matter what. I could call them right now and somebody would be calling me back. Or if somebody would go there on a short notice and they were busy, they would say that they would be right there with you. Also, there was always somebody there to listen. We would see the dean walk around. And the president sometimes came by and shook our hands and asked how were we doing.
When I lost my job recently and I called them, they said they would put me right in there and then asked what would I want to do. They were on top of it. I liked the whole process of working with them, even back to the externship. If I needed help or needed to talk to an instructor, everybody was there to help. It was not like it was just about a check. If anyone was struggling with something, even financially, they would try to find solutions. They really go above and beyond. I’m thinking about going back and doing something else. I recommended them to a couple of people and my cousin as well. CONCORDE IS THE BEST.
I have a small child so I wanted to do better for him and Concorde was the only one that had the program I was looking for. The director of the program that I had was really into the field that I was going into. He was very excited about it and that made it much easier to learn. Also, Nick and Jeanette were both amazing and I am still in contact with them as I'm working in the field that I was in school for. They were both very caring and if we have concerns or if we didn’t understand something, they took the time to make sure that we understood it before they move on to another subject. The teachers were accommodating and they help figure things out. I recommended Concorde to one of my friends and she's going there now. It was a great experience and Concorde was a great place to go.
I was searching for a program that could validate some of my credits and I was looking for a program that had a good quality rating. Concorde had very good customer service and everyone was really welcoming and friendly. My program instructors didn’t give up on me and they helped me out even if it was on their break or on their days off. They made sure that I got the help I needed to finish the program. I would suggest Concorde to anyone especially if those instructors are still there. At some point, they were a bit disorganized at Concorde because they were going through so many program directors. At some point, it got clustered. But they were able to fix the issue. Another thing is they should get a little more updated on the books. The teacher was teaching out of an older book and we had a newer version of the book.
The people at Concorde were so excellent, nice and welcoming, and they tried to help me all the time. Concorde has great teachers and also, they try to improve day by day. The admissions team helped me in knowing my specific area of study. And Gabriel, the guy there, told me to try Nursing instead of Radiology and he was right. Miss Nancy, the lady from the Financial Aid Office, was so nice in helping me because I was tired. The guy at the Finance office was also great.
Concorde has excellent tutoring books and their library is great. I couldn’t stay in the library because I have a kid, but sometimes, they left the library open for me. Concorde worked for me, and I’m going back to get my nursing degree, too. I will recommend Concorde to my friends, and I sent three people to the school already. Keep improving, Concorde.
Concorde Career College was my second option after not getting through the program at ASU in Jonesboro. Concorde is smaller and the classes were smaller and I heard the education was better. The admissions team told me about the program and what the borderline pay would be, the job availability and the passing rate. They were more expensive than some programs were because they lumped one of the prerequisites in with it and the books. But it was a fast program and not long and drawn out. I went from one semester to the next and got a better quality education.
One of the big things about being a student at Concorde was I was studying towards my career instead of just for the test. Also, one of the instructors, Yolanda, wanted her students to learn and wasn't just there to teach the class to get money. She was passionate about what she did. I graduated last April and I already have a job from my eight-week clinical rotation. But they tried to seek me out and see if I had a job so they were good with that. I would definitely recommend Concorde.
Concorde Career College had what I was looking for and I could get my certificate as far as a couple of months. I was very interested in that and I liked that I have to take all the remedial classes like a community college. There were a couple of people who made my stay at Concorde Career College meaningful. I was pregnant and they helped me out a lot. They put their time with me. I was in and out of the hospital but they made sure I got the homework and did everything. I was on my last month and I had my baby and went back to class. It was a lot of hard work doing the classes and labs but if I can do it in my last trimester, then others can do it. No excuses. Just make sure you like what you're studying for and take your time to pay attention. Do your work and study and make time for it.
I went online looking for colleges then a co-worker recommended Concorde to me. I found the opportunity to have a real career in my life appealing so I went there. I was going to get the office courses but I ended up in the dental assistant course. Miss Linda told me about the dental assisting position and I decided that I liked it better. She helped everybody find their niche. My instructors were also very caring and I was not not just somebody that brought in cash to the school. They wanted me to succeed.
In Concorde, the students need support from each other and their families. If you don't have anybody backing you up, you're not going to make it there. It was a six-month course and I got a lot of stuff to cram in it so I needed study buddies. All in all, Concorde offers a really good opportunity. I'm now an alumnus and I got a position as a dental assistant last September. It's now February and I've made lead DA.
My mom told me about Concorde Career College. I decided to go in there because I was able to apply more than one time per year and there were different start dates. Furthermore, their program was shorter than some colleges. Their Admissions helped me match with the program and I went through the Dental Hygiene program.
A few faculty were particularly meaningful to me in my journey there. They were easy to learn from because they taught in a way that made me understand. And they were really patient, understanding and really knowledgeable in different aspects of the field. They really were hands-on and made sure that I understood things before they moved on. I found a job a month and a half later after I graduated. They even gave help regarding job placement. They emailed me and called me. But I already had a job at that time so I did not need any help. I have already recommended Concorde to others and told them that they are going to have to make sacrifices while going through the program but it is going to be so worth it.
The class, teachers and the staff at Concorde are wonderful. But the tuition is high. I wanted my dental assistant license and if I knew that I could've gone to Southwest or University of Memphis for a cheaper tuition, I would've never gone to Concorde at all. The key to becoming a successful Concorde student is to be in class on time, maintain good grades and graduate. I just wish that it was a little cheaper to go to school especially since I graduated with honors, my tuition should never have been so high. And I wish I found a job afterward. I still haven't been called for a job and Concorde hasn't tried to help me find one. I've just been looking on my own. I wouldn't recommend Concorde. If anyone asks me about Concorde, I would tell them to weigh their options before they settle with Concorde.
I used to work at an assisted living facility and I got very interested in the medicine that was being used there. I figured going to Concorde would be a good step towards medicine, kind of get my toe in the water and see if I liked it. I live a little bit down the road from it too so I was driving past it and I did some research online.
The hands-on practice was very appealing, the fact that I was able to do things practically instead of just reading about it and going, "Do this when you're out in the field." I probably would have done better with the nursing degree or getting my LPN first, but MA seemed to be a good thing. The medical assistant course was a lot easier than I expected so I just swept through it.
The instruction was done in blocks, where you had the first three blocks with one professor and the next three blocks with another. The first professor was fine but the second professor showed blatant favoritism and that was frustrating because you couldn't get her to answer any of your questions if you weren't one of her favorites. She offered a lot of wrong information and she openly said that lie detector tests are admissible in court even though they haven't been since 2005.
She gave the wrong draw order for vials when we were doing venipuncture. I didn't listen to her the entire last half of the MA course and studied on my own because I figured anything she told me was going to be wrong. I taught myself which was fine because it was simple. And as long as I actively paid attention in class, I didn't have to take notes. It was not incredibly difficult and finding a study group was good for people who had trouble.
I was studying for my PANCE, for the physician assistant, and I was trying to be ahead so I took a couple of practice tests for the PANCE while still in medical assistant school that's why it was easy. But study groups would definitely be a good thing and they were easy to find there because you were in class for eight hours. You could go in and get it done. Concorde is a great place to go but beware of the favoritism.
My daughter's aunt went to Concorde Career College for a dental assistant course. I also always had an interest in teeth, so it was inevitable that it ended up happening for me eventually. All the instructors there and especially Joe helped me the entire time. When I needed anything, they worked with me. It was awesome. I had surgery and when you're in a course like that, you can't miss a day because that means you're missing out on a whole section. I was able to catch up on everything with the help of my teacher. And the best quote I've ever heard from an instructor was, “If you don't use it, you lose it,” which was so true because for a while I wasn't working and I went back to work and I can't remember anything. Everyone at Concorde, whether it's your classmate, instructor or your counselors, is always there when you need them and their door is always open. I've recommended this school to many people already.
Concorde Career College expert review by ConsumerAffairs
Concorde Career College focuses on the healthcare industry, offering degree completion, diploma and degree programs for nursing and other medical professions. There are 16 campuses in 8 states: California, Colorado, Florida, Mississippi, Missouri, Oregon, Tennessee and Texas.
Short program lengths: The shortest program length is five months (Surgical Technology online degree completion program). Several programs, like the Dental Assistant, Medical Office Administration, Medical Office Professional, Primary Technician, Polysomnographic Technology and Medical Assistant programs, can be completed in as little as 8 months. The longest program length is Healthcare Administration Respiratory Therapy Bachelor of Science, which takes on average 24 months to complete.
Business partnerships: Concorde Career College partners with hundreds of businesses, including hospitals, insurance companies and physicians, so their graduates can find fulfilling careers soon after they graduate. Businesses can participate in externships to give Concorde students a hands-on opportunity to apply what they learn in the classroom to a real-world medical or insurance environment.
Accreditation: Concorde Career College is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) and the Accrediting Commission of the Council on Occupational Education (COE).
Nursing and medical focus: Concorde focuses only on healthcare-related fields, like nursing, dental and allied health.
Easy online application: Applying to a program is quick, easy and free with Concorde’s online application process.
Best for: high school graduates and career changers.