Gainful Employment

Final regulations published in the Federal Register on October 29, 2010, require institutions to report certain information about students who enrolled in Title IV eligible educational programs that lead to gainful employment in a recognized occupation (GE programs). These regulations also provide that institutions disclose to prospective students certain information about the GE Programs, effective July 1, 2011.

Currently, our list of programs approved for Title IV (Federal Financial Aid) funding include our Vocational Nursing certificate program, Medical Assistant certificate program, and Massage Therapy certificate program.

Federal Financial Aid Gainful Employment Disclosures:

The US Department of Education requires colleges to disclose certain information for any financial aid eligible program that, “prepare students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation”. This information includes program costs; occupations that the program prepares students to enter; occupational profiles; on time completion rate; and for the most recent award year: the number of students who have completed the program, the number of students who complete the program within the estimated duration, the job placement rate, and the median Title IV and private loan debt incurred by those who complete the program.

If you have any questions regarding the data provided and what it means to you as a student, please feel free to contact the Office of Financial Aid.

AC’s on-time completion rate for all other listed programs is defined as completion of the program within the normally scheduled length of the program.

AC’s “job placement rate” is measured by two different methods for Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) and the California BPPE (Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education), respectively. The time period measured by ABHES begins July 1st and ends June 30th of the following year, whereas the CA BPPE time period ranges from January 1st to December 31st, i.e. a calendar year. Since ABHES job placement rate is calculated separately by each campus, the published rate in GE page is the average of the two rates.

Gainful Employment Placement Methodology


Accreditor (ABHES) Placement Rate State (CA BPPE) Placement Rate
The accreditor placement rate includes graduates placed in their field of training and related* field of training (July 1 through June 30).

Placement Rate = (F+R)/(G-U)

F = Graduates placed in their field of training
R*= Graduates placed in a related field of training
G = Total Graduates
U** = Graduates unavailable for placement

*Related filed refers to a position wherein the majority of the graduate’s job functions require the use of skills and knowledge acquired through successful completion of the training program.

**Unavailable (exclusion) is defined only as documented: health-related issues, military obligations, incarceration, continuing education status, or death.

Example: 21 students completed, 15 are employed in field, 2 are employed in a related field, 1 is employed in a non-related field, 1 is pursuing continuing education and 2 are not employed and not seeking employment: The placement rate is 85%.

85% = (15+2)/(21-1)

The state placement rate includes the number of graduates employed in the field* divided by the number of graduates available for employment**.

*“Graduates employed in the field” means graduates who are gainfully employed in a single position for which the institution represents the program prepares its graduates within six months after a student completes the applicable education program. For occupations for which the state requires passing an examination, the period of employment shall begin within six months of the announcement of the examination results for the first examination available after a student completes an applicable educational program.

**“Graduates available for employment” means the number of graduates minus the number of graduates unavailable for employment. “Graduates unavailable (exclusion) for employment” means graduates who, after graduation, die, become incarcerated, are called to active military duty, are international students that leave the United States or do not have a visa allowing employment in the United States, or are continuing their education n an accredited or bureau-approved postsecondary institution.

Example: 21 students completed, 15 are employed in field, 2 are employed in a related field, 1 is employed in a non-related field, 1 is pursuing continuing education and 2 are not employed and not seeking employment: The placement rate is 75%.

75% = 15/(21-1)

This information includes:

Program cost
Median loan debt incurred by students who completed the program
Student on-time completion rate
Occupations the program prepares students for

Click on a program below to obtain gainful employment information:

Certificate Programs:

Vocational Nursing
Medical Assistant
Massage Therapy


U.S. Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences (IES) – National Center for Education Statistics
U.S. Department of Labor – Bureau of Labor Statistics
The Occupational Information Network (O*NET)
Gainful Employment Information, including Debt-to-Earnings (D/E) Rate Data

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