Westwood College is a private institution providing excellent career-focused programs that help students develop the necessary skills, knowledge, and credentials to begin, advance, or change careers. The college’s learning environment promotes pride, teamwork, and respect. Westwood College, which provides diploma, associate, bachelor, and master degree programs, develops curricula that emphasize hands-on projects and integrate leading-edge technologies and skills. The general education curriculum enables students to gain essential critical thinking, problem-solving, and analytical skills. The programs are designed for the student to gain practical experience and utilize internships and externships to provide real-world expertise. The online programs are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and include a technical help desk with live support.
Each online program is developed through cooperation between business leaders and instructors to provide the best educational experience. The faculty has real-world experience in their chosen field and is applied directly to the classroom. Career development advisors are available to help you throughout your program and beyond graduation, providing tools and guidance in job search and resume skills. Westwood’s unique structure allows for graduates to gain updated knowledge without added tuition if programs change.
Westwood College, originally known as the Denver Institute of Technology, was established in 1953 in Denver, Colorado. Several years later, as the school expanded into other areas, the name was changed. Currently, Westwood College is a part of Alta Colleges, Inc, an organization of higher education institutions. There are currently 17 Westwood College campuses in six states: California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Texas, and Virginia with over 15,000 students and 20,000 alumni. The college ranked ninth in the Online Education Database (OEDb)’s 2008 Online College Rankings.
Currently, Westwood College is nationally accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology (ACCSCT) or the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS).
Schools of Education
The School of Business provides a broad range of disciplines and industries such as business administration, business management, fashion merchandising, healthcare management, and Hotel and Restaurant Management. The business courses are taught by professionals in the industry that provide instruction on the latest and emerging business trends. The school provides real-world training at the bachelor and master degree level.
The School of Design offers a constructive and professional setting where you can learn practical skills for your chosen career within the multi-faceted design industry. The school provides programs that are challenging, interesting, and engaging in many areas such as animation, game art, graphic design, interior design, and web design.
The School of Justice guides students with hands-on and career-focused programs in criminal justice and paralegal studies. The school provides instruction that highlights current industry trends and technology. The programs prepare students for any situations and challenges they will face in the demanding environment of criminal justice. Graduates can pursue entry-level positions in many areas such as private security, law enforcement, and the correctional system.
The School of Technology enables students to gain the skills needed to pursue careers in the constantly evolving technology industry. The school offers many programs in the field such as computer network engineering, information technology, game software development, and software engineering. Industry professionals teach the courses to promote hands-on practical education.
The School of Healthcare develops career-focused healthcare programs to help you build the essential healthcare skills for the complicated healthcare industry. The school offers programs in medical assistance, medical billing and coding.
The School of Industrial Service offers programs in automotive technology and surveying. The curricula focus on hand-on career focused instruction. The school is intended for mechanically-inclined students who enjoy working with their hands. The programs enable students to build skills that can be used in a variety of positions in appropriate fields.
Westwood College provides a High School Scholarship Program that is designed to acknowledge motivated high school seniors and encourage them to pursue career-focused education. Outside scholarships may also be available.
Westwood College participates in many financial aid programs such as the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Federal Perkins Loan, Federal PLUS Loan, Federal Stafford Loan (subsidized and unsubsidized), Colorado Student Grant, and Colorado Diversity Grant. Alternative Loans, Educational Assistance Loans, and private loans are also available.
Credit Earning Options
Westwood College students may qualify for Advanced Standing if they have previous college experience and credits. Student profiles are evaluated on an individual basis.
- Institutional Accrediting
Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges of Technology (ACCSCT)
7350 North Broadway
Denver, CO 80221-3653
- Institution Type
Private, for-profit, Higher Education
- Delivery Format
- Carnegie Classification
Specialized Institution School of engineering and technology
- Technical Requirements
Windows 98, 2000, NT, XP/MacOs 8.1 or later; Pentium III/G3 Processor; 256 MB of RAM; 56 kbps Modem; Sound Card; Speakers; 10 GB Hard Drive; Microsoft Office Suite 2000 (or higher); MS Word, Excel, Access and Powerpoint; RealPlayer Basic.
- Geographic Restrictions
Programs not applicable in all states, e.g. TX, MA, IL.
- On-Campus Requirement
- Credit-earning Options
If you have any previous college experience and credits, you may be able to achieve Advanced Standing at Westwood College Online.
- Loans Offered
Grants (Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Colorado Student Grant, Colorado Diversity Grant), Federal Family Education Loans (Stafford, Perkins, PLUS, and Educational Assistance Loans), Alternative Loans
- Registration Details
From the moment you enroll at Westwood Online, our Student Services staff is standing by to offer help and assistance. They can assist you with the many issues that may arise as you begin school.