Career School: The College Alternative
Searching for the college alternative? Star Career Academy provides interactive training in a work related environment to best prepare you for your career. Our teachers bring industry experience to the classroom. The Offices of Admissions are open Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., Friday from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Office hours may vary by campus.
We have been helping students for decades to obtain the skills they need to be successful. Our fields of study include:
- Hotel and Restaurant Management
- Medical Assistant
- Surgical Technology
- Dialysis Technician
In most programs, an externship is part of the curriculum to enhance a student’s education.
Applicants are admitted, trained, and referred for employment without regard to race, color, creed, age, sex, religion, national origin, or sexual orientation. Star Career Academy is an equal opportunity training facility.
General Admission Requirements and Procedures
In order to be considered for admission into one of the career schools at Star Academy, an applicant must:
- Be a high school graduate, G.E.D. holder, or demonstrate the ability to benefit from the program of study as determined by the U.S. Department of Education.
- Be beyond the age of compulsory education and must not be concurrently enrolled in high school unless it is determined that the training will not be detrimental to the student’s regular school work.
- Undergo an admissions interview to demonstrate an understanding of and interest in the program of study, and be able to benefit from the training provided.
- Meet any special requirement for the program of study (see below).
If not a high school graduate or if unable to document graduation or possession of a GED; applicants to programs other than Dialysis Technician, Paramedic, or Surgical Technology may demonstrate the ability to benefit by passing a Federally-approved standardized Ability-to-Benefit (ATB) admissions test.
The test is monitored and graded by a qualified third party person who meets the regulations set forth by the U.S. Department of Education. ATB-qualified tests utilized are: Wonderlic Personnel Test: SCA Brick, Philadelphia, Newark, Clifton and Egg Harbor. Career Programs Assessment Test (CPAt): SCA New York and Long Island.
After the interview, applicants are invited to see a financial aid advisor to learn of the various programs available to help cover tuition costs and to establish the basis for meeting tuition obligations. The Executive Director and/or admissions director then makes an admissions determination and provides the dates of the next available start classes. Students then sign an enrollment agreement and must attend an orientation session before starting classes. The school must also confirm receipt of the high school, GED or ATB documents and of financial aid eligibility.
Students have three (3) business days in New Jersey, seven (7) business days in New York, and five (5) business days in Pennsylvania from the date of the enrollment to cancel the enrollment agreement and receive a full refund of all advance tuition and registration fees, even if classes have begun.
Special Admission Requirements Paramedic Program: Paramedic program applicants are required to pass a test mandated by the Pennsylvania State Department of Health.
Cosmetology Program: Students enrolling in the Cosmetology program must be a High School graduate, possess a GED, or demonstrate that they successfully passed the 10th grade (Transcripts will be required to verify 10th grade completion), in order to be permitted to sit for the Cosmetology license exam. This requirement can be waived if the student is 35 or older upon graduation or a veteran of the Armed Forces. Therefore, if a student applying for admission cannot meet any of these requirements, the student cannot be accepted into the Cosmetology program.
Clinically-based Allied Health Programs: Medical Assistant, Cardiology Technician, Dialysis Technician, Surgical Technology, and Paramedic Program applicants must agree to obtain or provide proof of: Hepatitis B Vaccine, PPD within 6 months, German Measles immunity, Measles immunity, physical examination, picture identification prior to starting their externship.
Criminal Background Checks: For programs where employment may be affected by a criminal record, Star Career Academy conducts criminal background checks. Students with prior felonies, misdemeanor drug offenses, or other relevant past incidents will have their record reviewed by the campus director and may be denied enrollment at the director’s discretion. Additional updated criminal background checks may be required prior to starting the externship for some programs..
NOTE: Criminal activity/charges that occur during the students’ didactic training could result in an inability to complete externship and therefore dismissal from the program.
Star Career Academy, New York: Students seeking admission based on the ability to benefit from training (ATB) and who are not referred by a government-sponsored agency, must provide an essay used to further assess interest in and understanding of the program. ATB applicants will then be evaluated for acceptance by an ATB Admissions Committee. The interview, essay, test score, previous education, and prior work experience are factors that determine acceptance, deferral for future consideration, or denial of admission. The school will notify ATB applicants of the Admission Committee decision.
Pennsylvania Admission Requirements: Pennsylvania
Wonderlic Scholastic Level Exam (SLE)
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Star Career Academy’s Manhattan campus is authorized under federal law and the United States Department of Justice to enroll non-immigrant alien students (M-1 Visa). All such applicants must have attained the equivalent of a U.S. high school diploma as determined by the school. All international candidates must meet the following to be considered for admission:
Provide official documents or transcripts of secondary education, translated into English where necessary.
Be proficient in the English language.
Complete an affidavit confirming the availability of sufficient funds for tuition, related school costs, and living expenses while attending school.
Provide a bank consular letter stating the applicant’s present balance in a savings and/or checking account.
Provide a deposit equal to 20% of the program tuition and fees.
Newly admitted students must attend Orientation which is held before the first day of class. Orientation provides an introduction to the Star Career Academy community and the opportunity to meet staff, faculty and classmates, and learn about rules and regulations, support services and available resources. The Orientation dates and times are distributed to students during the registration/enrollment process.
Americans with Disabilities Act
Star Career Academy provides reasonable and appropriate accommodations in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA, 1990) for individuals with documented disabilities who request and demonstrate the need for accommodation on a case by case basis as required by law.
To be eligible for disability-related services on campus, applicants are responsible for identifying themselves and disclosing information about the disability to the campus Executive Director and/or Director of Education at the time of enrollment. If all local, state, and federal agencies who may provide assistance have been exhausted, the Director and/or Director of Education will then contact the corporate offices of Star Career Academy to notify of the request for accommodations. An executive committee will assess the requests and notify the campus whether or not the student’s requests can be accommodated. Certain job competencies may be considered so essential to the professional practice in the field that some accommodations, as determined by Star Career Academy for eligibility or testing, may not be available.
Once eligibility has been established, the student and a staff member will work to make the reasonable and appropriate approved accommodations. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA, 1990), a person has a disability if he or she has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more of the major life activities (e.g., walking, standing, seeing, speaking, hearing, breathing, learning, working, or taking care of oneself), has a record of such an impairment, or is regarded as having such an impairment.
1. The applicant must exhaust all local, state, and federal assistance prior to requesting accommodation from the school.
2. The applicant must notify the campus immediately upon enrollment of requests for accommodations in writing.
3. Appropriate documentation must support the request
in a written report prepared on official letterhead by an appropriately credentialed professional that clearly diagnoses a disability and/or records showing the history of the disability. School plans such as individual educational plans (IEP) or 504 plans are not sufficient documentation although they may be included as part of the comprehensive evaluation and report. (For properly credentialed individuals, please contact the corporate office of Star Career Academy). Students have the right to choose to disclose or not to disclose their disability. If a student chooses not to disclose, then she/he will not receive accommodations. Star Career Academy is not required to provide accommodations to a student who does not self-disclose his or her disability.
Several programs of study at Star Career Academy require completion of an externship. During the externship, students apply their knowledge and skills in an actual work setting while under the supervision of qualified personnel. Externship hours are arranged according to the needs of the externship sites and students are responsible for adjusting their schedules to the availability of externship hours. Students should expect to attend their externship site at the same pace as they attended school (i.e. 16 hours for evening students and 24 hours for day students). Most sites require daytime schedules.
Students are required to complete medical and background checks as a condition of their externship and should have satisfied all of those requirements by the completion of the classroom portion of the program. Although these requirements are covered, in detail, during the Admissions process and in the publication Rules and Regulations, students are encouraged to consult with their instructors or school administrators to double check that they have met all such requirements before being offered an externship. The institution expects students to successfully complete these requirements timely so that these requirements do not impact their ability to accept the externship offer. Students who are accepted into the program but then cannot meet all requirements for any reason (for example, they fail a second background check, where required) will not be eligible for an externship offer and will be withdrawn from the program until they are able to satisfy the requirements. Upon completion of the necessary requirements, the student may appeal for re-entry into their program.
Externship site assignments are typicallymade near the end of the didactic portion of the program and students are usually able to start the externship shortly after their last class. In some cases, site requirements including, immunizations, orientations and scheduling options may cause delays. Star Career Academy makes every effort to offer externs a site within 30 days.
Students must arrange travel to their externship assignments. In addition, based on clinical site availability or program requirements, students may be required to complete their externships at more than one clinical site. Students who studied in the evening sessionmust be prepared to attend externships during the day and all students must make arrangements to meet site scheduling requirements. Students may petition the school to use a site they have located on their own, but the site will only be approved following a visit from school personnel and the execution of an externship contract.
Students are required to submit weekly time sheets signed by a site supervisor reflecting the hours they have completed.
All externship hours must be successfully completed before a student can officially graduate from the program in which he/she is enrolled.
Star will make diligent efforts to offer an externship site to all students within 30 days of completion of the classroom portion of the program. In the event Star is not able to make an externship site offer within this timeframe, the student will be placed in a withdrawn status, until the site is available to start the student on his/her extern hours. At that time, the student will be readmitted to an active status, at no penalty or cost to the student. If a student is withdrawn, for even a brief period of time while waiting for their externship, the student's six month grace period for repayment of federal loans will begin. Once the student is returned, the grace period will then be halted until graduation from their program.
Should a student refuse a site, abandon a site, or be terminated by a site, Star will not be obligated to locate and offer another externship site for the student and may result in dismissal from the program. It is expected that the student will behave professionally and attend as required by the site.
If a student is dismissed from a site for behavioral or attendance reasons, Star will not be obligated to accommodate the student with another site.
Former students who wish to return to school must complete a request for reinstatement and have their record reviewed by the Executive Director or Director of Education for approval. Students who previously failed the same course twice are not permitted to re-enter. Placement in class is determined through an evaluation conducted by the department chair or Director of Education. Remaining tuition charges will be determined accordingly.
Re-entry is also subject to class space availability. Students who wish to return to school whose last date of attendance is more than 365 days earlier must complete an Admission Application in order to begin the re-entry process.
Transfer Credit Acceptance Policy Applicants with previous formal post-secondary education training in the field for which they have elected to enroll may be granted credit toward the completion of the program based on an evaluation of proficiency in that field. Applicants who request credit for previous training must apply for transfer credit prior to starting school.
Transfer applicants must submit an official transcript from their former institution that clearly indicates the courses taken, grades achieved and credits awarded and a completed Request For Evaluation Of Transfer Credit Of Education form. If necessary, a catalog description of the previous coursework completed may need to be submitted to SCA staff. The catalog description of the coursework taken will be used to determine the comparability of those courses offered at SCA. To be considered as eligible, all credits requested for transfer from applicable courses must have an earned grade of ‘C’ (75% or 2.0) or better.
The Director of Education will make the final determination regarding previous coursework with respect to when it was taken and its appropriateness for evaluation or acceptance.
Finally, the applicant may be required to meet with the Director of Education or a member of the SCA educational staff designated by the Director of Education to further evaluate the educational preparedness of the individual to enter SCA as an advance standing student. Additionally, at the request of the Education Department, the applicant may be required to pass the mid-term and final written and practical exams for the course(s) with a grade of “75%” or better.
Regardless of the number of transfer credits awarded, all students must complete a minimum of 50% of the credits required for graduation through actual attendance at SCA for all programs taken. Tuition and Financial Aid will be adjusted accordingly.
Prior courses taken that become accepted for transfer credits will not be used to determine a student’s satisfactory academic progress (SAP), but will be considered in calculating the cumulative maximum time frame (CMTF), which is one and one-half (1.5) times the normal program length in credit hours. For example, if a student enrolls in a 36 credit hour program and 10 credits are accepted by transfer, the maximum time frame for that student to complete the program is now based on 26 credits (26 x 1.5 = 39 credits CMTF).
Those students who transfer credits from an accredited postsecondary institution will receive a grade of TC as noted in the grading policy.
For students who change programs within Star Career Academy, only those courses that count towards a student’s new program of study will be used to determine satisfactory academic progress.
Students transferring credit from another Star campus must complete 25% of the coursework at the receiving school.
Evening School Program
Most Star Career Academy programs are offered in an evening format with reduced schedule over a longer number of weeks. They are designed to accommodate working students seeking a career change or advancement although, as stated above,
Most externships are available during the day and students must make accommodations accordingly. Admissions offices can provide details as to the evening program scheduling.
Length of Time to Normally Complete a Program
Each program has a specific number of hours or credits required to meet its educational objectives. The Academic Programs section of this catalog (or the Enrollment Agreement) notes the number of weeks and credits or hours normally required to complete the program of choice. All programs must be completed within one and a half (1.5) times the normal time scheduled to complete the program.
Program Offerings Disclaimer
Please note that not all programs listed in the catalog are available at all locations. See the Academic Programs section of this catalog for a list of programs by location.
Allied Health Disclaimer
Applicants applying for allied health programs should be aware that employment in the field may be affected by the health condition of the potential employee.
Star Career Academy’s programs do not include occupationally specific certifications as a requirement for graduation. However, most programs are written utilizing a number of the educational objectives that will be required for the graduate’s future attempts at certification. Star Career Academy is not a certifying entity/agency. However, all graduates are encouraged to sit for the certification examinations available to them through non-affiliated agencies (please refer to agency eligibility requirements for individual qualifications).
Credits Not Transferable
Credits are not guaranteed to be transferable to other institutions. Determinations are made by the school or college receiving the student. Some institutions may consider acceptance of credits subject to a review of transcripts and course descriptions. Others may require competency testing. Students wishing to transfer should first consult with the Registrar or Education department at those institutions concerning acceptance.
NOTE: SCA’s New York state schools offer training in clock hours only. Schools and colleges offering transfer will assign credit values.
Cosmetology LicensureTo work as a Cosmetologist in Pennsylvania a graduate must pass a licensure qualifying examination and receive a state license. Cosmetology students must be familiar with Pennsylvania State Licensing rules.