Brightwood College

Brightwood College is a system of vocational colleges with 32 campuses located in 8 states. Brightwood specializes in on-campus, hands-on learning and career training. Formerly known as Kaplan College, the school offers associate’s degrees, diplomas, certificates, and continuing education courses that focus on building skills in medical, legal, business, and information technology fields, as well as other professional disciplines and trades.

Brightwood College Departments

Students at Brightwood College can enroll in one of 39 programs organized within 6 departments. The largest department, and the only one housed at each campus location, is Allied Health.

Brightwood College departments include:

  • Allied Health
  • Business
  • Information Technology
  • Legal Studies
  • Nursing
  • Trades

Certificate/Diploma Programs

Certificate and diploma programs at Brightwood College can be completed in a few months to about a year, depending on a student’s course load and selected field of study. Not all programs are available at each campus location. Certificate and diploma programs include:

  • Clinical Massage Therapy
  • Dental Assistant
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Ultrasound
  • Healthcare Assistant
  • Holistic Health Practitioner
  • Massage Therapy
  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Billing and Coding Specialist
  • Medical Office Specialist
  • Patient Care Technician
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Phlebotomy/EKG Technician
  • Therapeutic Health Technician
  • X-Ray Technician/Back Office Medical Assistant
  • X-Ray Technician
  • Applied Business Fundamentals
  • Business Administration
  • Computer Support Technician
  • Network Support Technician
  • General Practice Paralegal
  • Practical Nursing
  • Vocational Nursing
  • Computer Numerical Control Technology
  • Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning/Refrigeration (HVAC/R)
  • Electrical Technician

Associate’s Degrees

Associate’s degree programs are typically completed in about two years. Each Brightwood College campus varies in which degree programs are available. Programs offering an associate’s degree include:

  • Health Information Technology
  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Practice Management
  • Occupational Therapy Assistant
  • Physical Therapist Assistant
  • Radiologic Technology
  • Respiratory Care
  • Business Administration
  • Computer Networking Technology
  • Network and System Administration
  • Paralegal Studies
  • Nursing

Brightwood College Programs

As a for-profit vocational training school, Brightwood College caters to the varied needs of working students by offering part-time and full-time programs as well as day, night, and weekend classes.

Brightwood College also offers students, especially those returning to school, a provisional period, where admitted students can enroll in their chosen program for a short time without committing to or making tuition payments. After the provisional period is over, the students can choose to continue in the program.

While the school specializes in hands-on training, Brightwood College provides further flexible options for its students with an online option. The school partners with the New England College of Business to offer accredited online programs in business and technology, including bachelor’s and master’s degrees.


Brightwood College features 30 different campuses across the United States. Each campus is different, with unique student bodies, program offerings, and tuition prices that reflect local populations, career opportunities, and needs. Click on the Brightwood College campus below to learn more about its demographics, graduation rate, and the programs.

Admissions Information

Prospective applicants to Brightwood College are encouraged to begin the process by contacting an admissions representative to discuss their goals and interests. To apply for admission, students must either be a high school graduate, have a GED, or possess a high-school equivalent and valid Home Study certificate.

Prospective students can apply for admission using Brightwood College’s online admissions portal. An informational interview and campus tour with an admissions representative is also required prior to enrollment. There is no application fee.

Tuition & Fees

Tuition, fees, and other expenses will vary based on both program and campus location. Prospective students can consult Brightwood colleges’ tuition and expenses calculator to determine the cost for their chosen program and campus. All textbooks and materials for required courses are included in tuition prices and provided on the first day of class.

Financial Aid

Students are encouraged to apply for state and federal grants, along with private scholarships. In addition, Brightwood College offers a needs-based Grant Match program that matches each student tuition payment made, up to $2,000.

An Extended Payment program reduces tuition and fee payment amounts while the student is in school and defers the bulk of the cost to payments charged after graduation. Scholarships are available to working students. Reduced tuition rates are offered for qualifying military students.



Each Brightwood College campus is separately accredited. For campus-specific accreditation details, including approvals, memberships, and programmatic accreditation,
please navigate to a campus accreditation page. Accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS). For questions about our accreditation, call 202.336.6780. The ACICS website is located at


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The College makes no representation, promise, or guarantee that completion of a program assures either passage of any certification examination or acceptance by any state board. Brightwood College does not guarantee job placement or career advancement. For information about graduation rates, median debt of students who completed our programs, and other important information, please click here.

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