Centrally located in San Diego, Bridge Career Education is a short-term health care career school that offers practical training programs at affordable cost
Learn Real World Skills
Our Medical Assistant, Pharmacy Technician, and Nursing Assistant (CNA) Programs will provide you with the essential skills to help you enter your chosen field quickly. You'll learn by doing from instructors who care about your education. Medical Assistant and Nursing Assistant Students gain real world experience via an externship at an actual clinic or medical office.
Discover Your Path Into Health Care
Our students come from diverse backgrounds with different objectives. Whether you are seeking your first career, a career change or stepping stone, we'll help you find a path into health care. Not sure what's right for you? Meet with us to discuss your options.
Fast And Flexible
We know you lead a busy life, which is the reason we offer flexible day, evening and weekend classes to fit your schedule. You can even earn your certificate-diploma in only a few short weeks.
We Make Education Affordable
Complete our program without the burden of student loans after graduation. A combination of low tuition cost, short program duration and 0% interest-free payment plans make it possible. A small investment in yourself can make a long-term impact on your future.
Small Classes. Personalized Attention.
Small class sizes, low student-to-teacher ratio and an intimate school setting allow us to more closely interact with our students. You'll only be with us for a short amount of time, so our instructors make it their priority to provide you with truly personalized attention.
Get Career Assistance
We're here to help you from start to finish. We offer career guidance and will help connect you to employers in the San Diego Region. Locally owned and operated, our goal is to produce graduates who will serve our health care community with competence. Your success is our success.
Take the first step to starting a new career in health care. Contact us today!
Call (619) 693-5857 or Text (619) 782-2735
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Frequently Asked Questions
Accreditation and Approvals
Bridge Career Education is a private training center with exemption status through the Department of Consumer Affairs Bureau for Private and Postsecondary Education (BPPE). Bridge Career Education's programs are approved by the State of California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Licensing and Certification Program, Aide and Technician Certification Section (ATCS).
Why are our program shorter and why do we charge less in tuition than other schools with similar programs?
Becoming a Medical Assistant or Pharmacy Technician does not require post-secondary education. With a high school diploma/GED, one can enter into the field with on the job training. However, Bridge Career Education’s training program teaches the necessary skills to prepare students how to function on the job versus finding an employer that will take the time to train an entry-level person. Further information can be found on the Bureau of Labor Statistics website below.
Why is our program shorter than other schools with a similar program? It’s simple, our students are serious learners and our intensive program can be accomplished with hard work. Students pay for our program, then, they show up prepared and ready to learn. This is not a high school and should NOT be treated like one. We will do what is necessary to help our students who put in the effort and work hard.
Bridge Career Education invests most its training on hard skills. Our program is designed to train front and back office hard skills and not much time on soft skills such as time management and attendance.
Bridge Career Education students must take their training seriously by being prepared and attending class sessions. Every student must be able to demonstrate and perform all competencies and this can be achieved through preparation and practical training in our laboratory being guided by skilled professionals. No students are left behind. If students need refresher training or more support, Bridge Career Education ensures this is provided before and after completing the program.
Longer programs must train for a minimum number of hours which equal approximately 8 – 9 months in length to have access to government financial aid programs.
Longer programs are also geared towards teaching “life” skills and soft skills students from under-served communities may lack. Longer programs help ensure these students are learning the basic functions of working at a job such as, time management, showing up to work on time, professional dress, use of proper language, etc. These habits take longer than 11 weeks to develop.
Employers ultimately care about Medical Assistants, Pharmacy Technicians, and CNA’s being proficient, reliable, customer service oriented, and ability to perform core competencies regardless of the length of the program. Our employers have been pleased with our graduates.
Why is our tuition less than other schools? Our students require less support in professional development and soft skills. As a result, we require less staff, less time training on life skills, and most of the training is focused on performing functions in their trade. (Also see answers to question on accreditation)
We are not accredited and do not participate in Title IV federal financial aid programs (FAFSA). Many vocational schools (depending on their status as a non-profit or for-profit) are required to meet a minimum of 10% of their tuition revenue as non-government aid (90/10 rule mandated by the Department of Education). As an example, an 8 month program with access to financial aid and tuition of $18,000 will receive a maximum of approximately up to $15,500 in financial aid from the government for qualified students. The remaining balance must be paid out of pocket by the student or through a private lender.
Bridge Career Education’s training delivers core competencies in approximately 11 weeks. With committed students they can achieve the skills necessary for employment and don’t require extra staff and time to teach basic life skills and soft skills. Most students that can meet our expectations exhibit the professional soft skills when they start our program.
Since we are not seeking government aid, we don’t require an 8 – 9 month of training. We require less staff because there is no need to focus heavily on teaching basic life skills and we invest our team’s efforts on hard skills. We also occupy very little space for offices. With these efficiencies we’re able to pass this savings along to our students. Our goal is to make a profit (like many other businesses) but we believe Bridge Career Education will continue to be a positive impact on our community by providing training that will prepare student for employment quickly and efficiently.