Eastwick: Not Your Average College


Take a look at many of the colleges and universities in the area, and you might start to think that there’s only one way to get a higher education and (hopefully) a good career: four or five years of your life, a big list of required classes, and an even bigger price tag. But take a tour of any one of the campuses at Eastwick College and you’ll quickly realize they do things a little differently.

The first clue is the length and structure of their programs. You won’t find two years of gen ed courses as part of any student’s schedule there: instead, they’ve done away with a lot of the unrelated curriculum and focused each program on the skills and training that a graduate will need when they start their new career. So a nursing student isn’t required to study U.S. History I, and an IT student doesn’t need to take Philosophy 101. This means students can graduate in significantly less time, often in months not years. For example, the LPN day program is just 12 months in length, and the electrician apprenticeship day program schedule is only 9 months.

Just as there are no filler courses at Eastwick College, there are no filler programs. Instead, every path of study has been developed to meet a specific job market demand and is backed by a robust set of industry certifications and affiliations. For example, students of the diagnostic cardiovascular sonography associate degree are able to sit for seven different certifications (RMA, CET, CPT, CCT, RCS, RVS, and SPI) and can return later and transfer their previous credits to the bachelor degree path. The program is also approved by CAAHEP, providing some of the best career opportunities for graduates.

As you pass by classrooms, you’ll notice that they’re buzzing with activity: students are on their feet and working together, learning how to perform an echocardiogram, install an air conditioning and refrigeration unit, or assist in a simulated surgery. They haven’t done away with textbooks entirely, of course, but the emphasis is on taking the knowledge learned in those books and applying them in hands-on settings so that students are confident and capable in what they’ve learned. As a result, classrooms often look more like nursing laboratories, operating rooms, or construction zones, with students working with some of the same equipment and techniques they’ll use on the job.

One thing you won’t see are students worrying whether they’ll get into the classes they need that semester: each student at Eastwick College is given the classes they need to graduate on time, including externships for those in medical programs. By providing students with an optimized set of classes for each semester, they’re able to focus more on their studies and less on scheduling conflicts. It also saves them money, as there is no need to take extra semesters just to finish one or two classes that weren’t available previously, as is often the case at many traditional four-year colleges.

For these and many other reasons, an Eastwick Education proves there’s more than one way to do higher education. If you feel you’re a good fit for a different approach to college, visit eastwick.edu/cc18 or call (201) 746-5041. Follow them on Facebook at facebook.com/ EastwickEducation or on Instagram at Instagram.com/eastwickcollege.

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