Carrington College California

Founded in 1967, Northwest College Medical Assistants and Dental Assistants and changed its name to Western Career College and has been known by that until 2010 when the college chose the name Carrington College California.  Beginning as a school strictly for medical and dental assistants, the college has always had its roots in the healthcare field.  Carrington College California now offers a wide variety of career fields and educational courses to pursue including graphic design, accounting and renewable energy and a variety of expanded options in the medical and dental fields.

Overview of Programs, Certificates, and Degrees

  • Online programs in health care administration and health information technology
  • Two campus based programs are offered in vocational nursing and registered nursing
  • Federal financial aid (FAFSA) is available

Carrington College California’s degree programs including nursing and healthcare management focus on developing the whole individual, not just provide an academic education.

Online Nursing and Health Care Degrees Review

Carrington College California has two campus based programs in Registered Nursing and Vocational Nursing, which are currently not offered online.  However, the college offers degrees in health care administration and health information technology, both of which are very suitable programs for nurses interested in expanding their duties, career opportunities and expertise in the health care field.

Online Associate’s Degree in Health Care Administration

The online Health Care Administration associate’s of science degree program offers a comprehensive course for those interested in operating a medical front office.  Not only will students learn and become familiar with patient rights, patient confidentiality, and insurance claims forms, but will also learn techniques for communicating with patients and medical law and ethics.  Other topics include basic anatomy, medical terminology, office software training and critical thinking skills essential in the workplace.  The program tuition is approximately $27,000 and requires about 18 months to complete.

Online Associate’s Degree in Health Information Technology

If you are interested in a fast-paced career in a health care environment, but would like limited contact with patients, the online associate’s of science degree in Health Information Technology is ideal for you.  The program offers in-depth training in the care and use of patient medical records.  Students learn how to interpret medical records, and perform medical coding and billing. Health information techs must constantly maintain, update, and track data about patient’s diagnosis, treatment, and test results.  Health information techs also coordinate with doctors and other healthcare staff to maintain the accuracy of these records.  The online health information technology program takes approximately 18 months to complete and costs about $28,000 dollars.


Faculty at Carrington College California are experienced in their field and come from a variety of competitive online and campus-based universities.  Faculty hold advanced degrees from institutions including the University of Phoenix, University of Southern California, and Boston University.

Things to consider:

  • Costs listed above are tuition only and do not include additional college fees and books
  • The cost of this program is significantly higher than comparable programs
  • Such specialties can also be learned in conjunction with a nursing degree at other colleges.


Carrington College California is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (ACCJC/WASC).

Carrington Colleges Group, Inc.
27401 Los Altos, Suite 400
Mission Viejo, California 92691