Frequently Asked Questions

Below you will find answers to commonly asked questions. In case you can’t find an answer to your question, you are more than welcome to ask us using the button below.

General

How do I get to the school?
Where can I park?
Do I have to pay for parking at the Los Angeles Career College?
Where can I have lunch?
What method of payment is acceptable?
What should I wear?

How do I get to the school?

We are located in North Hollywood on Bellingham Ave. and Victory Blvd next to West Coast University Los Angeles adjacent to 170 Freeway. Get Directions

Where can I park?

There is a big parking lot in the front and back of the Los Angeles Career College, as well as the parking structure of the West Coast University and all parking options are complementary.

Do I have to pay for parking at the Los Angeles Career College?

No, the abovementioned parking options are free.

Where can I have lunch?

There are vending machines with snacks and cold drinks and coffee in the Los Angeles Career College, as well as complementary tea. The school has a kitchen area equipped with refrigerator and a microwave in case you’d like to bring in your own food. There are also several cafes and restaurants at walking distance from the College.

What method of payment is acceptable?

All major credit/ debit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, AmEx) and cash are accepted as methods of payments at the Los Angeles Career College. No personal checks are accepted at this moment.

What should I wear?

Casual attire is acceptable for most of the classes, however, there are career programs that do have a strict dress code. Please check career program information pages or consult the Los Angeles Career College facilitators for more information on the dress code.

Careers

How much are the classes?
How long are the classes?
Do you offer financial aid?
Do I need to have medical background to take your career programs?
What should I wear?

How much are the classes?

The tuition varies by career programs. Please check career program pages or consult the Los Angeles Career College facilitators for more information on fees.

How long are the classes?

The duration varies by career programs. Please check career program pages or consult the Los Angeles Career College facilitators for more information on the length.

Do you offer financial aid?

Yes, we do offer financial aid. Please check financial aid information page or consult the Los Angeles Career College facilitators for more information on the length.

Do I need to have medical background to take your career programs?

No. The absolute advantage of all our career programs is that medical background is not a pre-requisite. You can come from a totally different field of expertise, take one of our career programs and jump-start a new career.

Please check the career programs or consult the Los Angeles Career College facilitators for more information on prerequisites.

What should I wear?

Nursing uniforms/ medical scrubs are required to be worn during all the career program lectures and externships.

Certifications

Which state or national bodies are you certified by/ accredited with?
How long are the certificates valid for?
Do you offer CEUs?
How much are the classes?
How long are the classes?
When do you offer classes?
Do I need to have medical background to take your certification classes?

Which state or national bodies are you certified by/ accredited with?

The Los Angeles Career College is honored to hold the certificates and be accredited by the following bodies:

  • American Heart Association (AHA)
  • Red Cross
  • American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
  • Los Angeles City Fire Department
  • California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN)
  • National Healthcare Association (NHA) and National Center of Competency Testing (NCCT)
  • Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians (BVNPT)

How long are the certificates valid for?

American Heart Association and Red Cross certificates are valid for 2 years.

Neonatal Resuscitation Program of the American Academy of Pediatrics is valid for 2 years.

Hospital Fire Safety Blue Card and the Institutional Fire Safety Pink Card is valid for 4 and 2 years respectively.

Please check certification program information pages or consult the Los Angeles Career College facilitators for more information on the validity of the certificates.

Do you offer CEUs?

Yes, we do. Please check certification classes or consult the Los Angeles Career College facilitators for more information on classes that qualify for CEUs.

How much are the classes?

The fee varies by certification classes. Please check certification classes or consult the Los Angeles Career College facilitators for more information on fees of the classes.

How long are the classes?

The duration varies by certification classes. Please check certification classes or consult the Los Angeles Career College facilitators for more information on the length of the classes.

When do you offer classes?

The Los Angeles Career College is open 7 days a week and we offer morning, evening and week-end classes. Please check certification classes or consult the Los Angeles Career College facilitators for more information on the schedules of the classes.

Do I need to have medical background to take your certification classes?

Most of the certification classes we offer do require the students to have medical background, except e.g. Heartsaver FirstAid CPR AED through AHA and First Aid/ CPR/ AED through Red Cross. Please check certification classes or consult the Los Angeles Career College facilitators for more information on prerequisites of the certification classes.

Scholarship

Who can qualify for the scholarship?
If I am an LVN student, can I qualify for the scholarship?
Will I qualify for the scholarship if I am based outside of California and if I study in a school outside of California?
Do I need certification in BLS (Basic Life Support), ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support), and PALS (Pediatric Advance Life Support) in order to qualify for the scholarship?
What happens after I’ve posted my essay?
What does it mean if my essay was not published?
If my essays were not chosen, will I still be able to apply again?
Once my essay has been posted, how can I get people to vote for it?
If I win, could I apply again?

Who can qualify for the scholarship?

The scholarship provided by Los Angeles Career College is designed to financially assist nursing students through college. All nursing students are encouraged to apply for the scholarships, which also include bridge programs.

If I am an LVN student, can I qualify for the scholarship?

Los Angeles Career College currently does not have any scholarship programs designed for LVN or medical assistant students.

Will I qualify for the scholarship if I am based outside of California and if I study in a school outside of California?

Even if you are a nursing student, you must be a California resident in order to qualify for the scholarship. You must present your California Drivers License to prove that you are a resident of California.

Do I need certification in BLS (Basic Life Support), ACLS (Advanced Cardiac Life Support), and PALS (Pediatric Advance Life Support) in order to qualify for the scholarship?

Though LACC offers courses in ACLS, BLS, CPR, PALS, and ECG & Pharmacology, the scholarship does not require its students to have certifications in those courses.

What happens after I’ve posted my essay?

Once your essay has been posted, it will go through a qualification round where a team of LACC instructors will choose 20 essays that have been reviewed and assessed for their content and creativity. These 20 essays will be posted online where the public can vote on which essay is the best.

What does it mean if my essay was not published?

Essays that have not been published are the ones that did not qualify or meet the standards of LACC. Please review the schedule if you would like to submit another essay for any of the upcoming scholarship programs.

If my essays were not chosen, will I still be able to apply again?

Yes. LACC will still accept essays throughout the years so long as a scholarship program is being offered.

Once my essay has been posted, how can I get people to vote for it?

There are so many ways for participants to share their essays online in order to collect votes. You can share the link through social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and other social media outlets. You can also spread the link through E-mail and send it to your family members, colleagues, and peers.

If I win, could I apply again?

Each student can win a maximum of $2,500 annually.

Nursing Entrance Exam (TEAS)

Who takes the TEAS exam?
How do I know whether I should take the TEAS exam?
When is the TEAS given, and how do I register for it?
When should I take the TEAS?
What do I need on the day of the test?
How is the TEAS scored?
When will I receive my score?
How do I submit my score to nursing programs?
Is my score good enough?

Who takes the TEAS exam?

The TEAS exam is used for admission to certain nursing schools as a nursing entrance exam. The Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) of Leawood, Kansas, administers it. Different programs require different exams: for example, some schools expect applicants to take the Nurse Entrance Test (NET) or the National League for Nursing Pre- Admission Examination (NLN PAX-RN). Other schools give you a variety of entrance exams from which to choose. Still others require the TEAS exclusively. Some may require TEAS 3.0 or 4.0; others may require TEAS V or a later exam, and a few may allow you a choice among the different versions of TEAS

How do I know whether I should take the TEAS exam?

To know whether the school or schools of your choice require the TEAS, visit their websites or call their admissions offices. Before you begin to study, make sure that you are studying for the correct test.

When is the TEAS given, and how do I register for it?

The nursing entrance exam is given at testing sites around the country, often at nursing schools or community colleges. The dates of the test depend on the application dates for the nursing school where you take the test. Some sites offer only online testing, others offer only paper-and-pencil versions of the test, and some offer both

Before you take the test, you must log onto the ATI website and set up an account. Remember the username and password you use for your account – you will need them when you log in for the electronic version of the test. Test sites are listed on the ATI’s website. You will also need to register at the testing site and pay a fee as designated by that site.

When should I take the TEAS?

You have the option of designating recipients of your transcript when you take the nursing entrance exam. It may take up to 48 hours for scores to be sent out. Check with your chosen nursing programs to find out when they need score transcripts. Then work backward from that date to determine when you should take the test.

If you take the test at the nursing school that you hope to attend, the date of the test will be designed to mesh with that school’s application dates.

What do I need on the day of the test?

If you are taking a pencil-and-paper version of the test, you will need several sharpened number 2 pencils with erasers that work well and erase thoroughly. If you are taking TEAS online, you will need your ATI account username and password. For either form of the test, you must present one form of government-issued identification. Passports, driver’s licenses, or green cards are fine; credit card photos or student IDs are not.

You may not use any resources such as calculators or reference books. You may not carry a cell phone, pager, or other electronic device. You may not bring food or beverages into the testing site

How is the TEAS scored?

You will receive a printed transcript, which will include a variety of numbers. In the top right corner is your adjusted composite score, which is the number of correct answers divided by the total number of questions, adjusted for the difficulty level of the test you took. Below that number is the national mean, which is the average of the adjusted composite scores for all people who took this particular version of the test. Below that is the program mean, which is the average of the adjusted composite scores for all people who took this particular version of the test and are in a program similar to yours. Below that are the national percentile rank ant the program percentile rank. These figures show how you rate compared to other people who took the test.

A table below these headings shows the breakdown of skills- how you performed in the various subcategories within the tested areas of reading, mathematics, science, and English and language usage. Some schools look specifically at these breakdowns; others may only be interested in you adjusted composite score.

When will I receive my score?

At the end of your electronic test, you will receive a printed score report. The facility where you took your test will be able to access that score online. If you take a pencil-and –paper version of the test you should receive your scores within 48 hours.

How do I submit my score to nursing programs?

Your testing fee automatically includes the submission of scores to the facility where you took the test. If you want your transcript sent to other schools as well, it will cost you $22 per additional school. You can order transcripts, which are sent immediately via e-mail, by logging onto the ATI website at.

Is my score good enough?

That depends on the program to which you are applying. Some nursing schools have specific cutoff points for each category – reading, mathematics, science, and English and language usage. Others accept entrants who have achieved a score equal to or better than the national average for that day’s test. Still others give greatest weight to the science section of the test. Many nursing schools look at the adjusted composite score, which is made up of the average score of all four sections. ATI will not interpret your scores; you must contact the nursing program of your choices to do that for you.

Some nursing programs allow you to take the TEAS three timed or more if your first scores are unacceptable. Again, the rules vary from program to program.

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