Are you an accredited institution?
Yes, Orion College is institutionally accredited by ABHES, the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools.
Does Orion College offer job placement assistance?
Yes, our Career Development department offers a variety of personalized career services to current students, recent graduates and alumni. Our skilled professionals offer a range of job search strategies such as interview tips, employment outlook data, resume and cover letter authorship assistance, and individualized career coaching. For more information, Click Here.
Am I responsible for finding my own clinical site, or does OC provide one for me?
Orion College has a Clinical Placement department who is responsible for placing students in clinical sites throughout the country. For more information regarding clinical site placement, please review the Student Handbook.
Can we finish the program faster by taking two courses at the same time?
No, all Orion College classes are set up as one class per month.
Can the application fee be waived?
No. The fee is in place for processing all new students’ enrollment and for covering the cost of the online assessment exam that is part of the Admissions process.
What is the difference between a diploma program and a degree program?
Degree programs are longer than Diploma programs, as they contain general education courses required to earn an Associate Degree.
Where can I take the National Exams?
Our Career Development department will be in contact with you once you complete your program. Depending on the certification you choose to take, Orion College will find you a testing center or proctored location in your local area.
What is the potential salary range for my field?
The salary range can vary depending on the demand of the program you choose and the area in which you live. Please visit The Bureau of Labor Statistics at http://www.bls.gov/ for information regarding salary and wages in your area.
Are the online classes self-paced?
No, there are weekly deadlines students have to meet for their class. Students should endeavor to keep up with the pace of their instructor and fellow classmates.
Is there a graduation ceremony?
Yes! To bring our diverse alumni together, we offer a Virtual Graduation Ceremony. Please contact the department of Career Development for additional information regarding graduation.
How far will I have to travel to my clinical site?
Orion College utilizes sites that can be less than one mile to one hundred miles in distance from a student’s home location.
Can I pick any kind of doctor’s office?
OC’s Clinical department cannot guarantee a specialty office. Viable clinical sites are General practice, Internal medicine, OBGYN, Pediatrics & Family practice.
When should I order books/materials for my next course?
Week 3 of your current course.
How do I find out where/when to attend my clinical training?
The clinical department will contact you when they have a secured site.
How do I locate my schedule?
Once your student portal account has been set up, you may access your students records via the Student Logins page.
Do I have to log in everyday?
Our attendance policy requires students to complete work in the course at least four times a week.
I know I have to do 4 posts in a week, can I do them all at once instead of one per day?
No, in order to fulfill the attendance and participation requirements, students must post one discussion per day.
Will I be able to access ANGEL with my preferred browser?
ANGEL LMS is compatible with a number of operating systems and browsers. For more information about computer and software technical requirements, Click Here.
Can I get a copy of my transcript?
Yes, an unofficial copy is provided free of charge; it can be requested at any time, and faxed or e-mailed to you. To receive an official copy of your transcript, you will need to complete a Transcript Request form which can be obtained from the Registrar’s Office. The request must be approved by the Bursar’s office prior to release. Once it has been approved, there is a $7 fee which must be paid to the Bursar via phone or check or money order. Requests are processed within 7-10 business days of approval.
Can you send me an enrollment verification letter?
Yes, you will need to complete an Enrollment Verification Request form which can be obtained from the Registrar’s Office. Once the form has been submitted an Enrollment Verification letter will be processed within 7-10 business days of receipt.
How can I contact the bookstore?
You can call the Bookstore at 1-866-251-3244 ext. 137. If you do not get an answer, just leave a message, and your call will be returned within 24 hours (The bookstore is closed Saturday/Sunday). You can also email the bookstore at firstname.lastname@example.org
How do we order books?
New students: your book will be ordered automatically for you.
Active students: The bookstore opens on Monday of the 3rd week.
Student Services and Career Development
What kind of services does the department of Career Development provide?
We offer various services that range from career planning to more specific areas, such as resume writing skills, job search techniques, interviewing techniques and live chat sessions. We offer personalized, one-on-one assistance to our students and graduates.
When should I begin searching for a job?
We recommend that students start searching for a relevant career at least 90 days before graduation. Job hunting is a time-consuming, tedious process that requires careful planning and an integrated and proactive job search, comprised of various job search techniques, including networking, cold calling and online searches. Such an integrated process requires students to begin searching for jobs as early as possible. Networking with professionals in the field, including externship contacts if applicable, may lead to a viable job opportunity after graduation.
I have never participated in a job interview before. How can the Department of Career Development assist me with interviewing skills?
We regularly schedule mock interviews with students aimed at familiarizing them with typical interview questions and increasing their comfort level with the process of interviewing. We also focus on steps to prepare for an interview.
I have been searching for a job in my particular field extensively but I have not had any luck. What should I do?
We encourage students to contact our department in order to discuss their job hunting progress. We reach out to students to discuss job search strategies and job hunting tips before graduation. In case students are not successful in obtaining a job right away, we can contact potential employers on their behalf, while shifting job search strategies with the student depending on the progress that has been made. We regularly monitor career progress with our students and graduates and advise students who are having difficulties in the job search process to expand their search in order to include the medical profession in general. It is important to expand your options and be willing to cross-train. This can increase your chances of obtaining a job in your chosen career.
How can the Career Development department assist me with registering for certification exams?
We process certification applications and send them to testing organizations along with payment and official transcripts. It is up to our students to choose what certification is optimal for them and send us their applications.
How do I know which certification is right for me?
You can research what exam may be optimal for you by going to different job websites and doing a job search for your field in your geographic area. Examine every job listing to see what employers require or prefer in terms of certification and see if, in general, employers prefer one or the other. After that, access the main website of the testing organization and select the application for your specific examination in order to complete it and send it to Career Development. You may also network with medical professionals to see which certification may be more suitable for you.
How can I connect with the community at Orion College on a constant basis?
Orion College maintains a presence of various social networking avenues, such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. We update our social networking pages regularly and we encourage students, alumni, faculty, staff, professional contacts and interested students to participate and give us their feedback. This aspect solidifies our community and allows us to keep in touch with one another.
Is there a forum outside of the academic framework where I can connect with other students in my field and discuss a variety of professional topics?
Orion College is pleased to host several Student Societies. This is a forum where you will have the opportunity to network, share information, post topics for thought, ask questions, recommend ideas and much more with your fellow schoolmates. It is also a great opportunity for you to develop support groups needed to continue to be a successful student. A great deal of information will be posted that will cause you to think and grow individually as well as professionally. Feel free to post your comments daily, weekly and/or monthly. Play a part and join in on the conversation!
How can I access Student Societies?
The link is located at the top-left corner of the ANGEL home page. Once you click on the link it will take you to the main page of the Student Societies forum. You can then click on the “Contents” tab to access the individual societies and participate in the discussion forums.
What is financial aid?
Financial aid refers to using federal and/or state assistance to cover the educational costs of accredited classes and programs.
What are some types of financial aid offered by Orion College?
The most common types of financial aid are the direct Stafford loans and the federal Pell grant.
What is the difference between a loan and a grant?
The difference between a grant and a loan is quite simple. Loans have to be repaid in full, and grants do not have to be repaid at all. There are different terms for different loans. For example, direct loans consist of the subsidized direct loan and unsubsidized direct loan. The subsidized loan does not start accruing interest until repayment start, whereas the unsubsidized loan starts accruing interest from the day it is disbursed.
What is the first step to applying for financial aid?
The first step is to complete the FAFSA. FAFSA stands for “Free Application for Federal Student Aid.” The FAFSA determines financial aid eligibility for the federal Pell grant and direct loans. The FAFSA website is http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/. If you need help completing the FAFSA, please call the financial aid office at (877) 959-3570. When you complete the FAFSA, you will receive a SAR (Student Aid Report) and the school you applied to will received an ISIR (Institutional Student Information Record). These reports provide a summary of the information submitted by the student. It will also notify the student of the eligible aid the student can receive and any issues with the FAFSA will be stated.
Do I need to reapply for financial aid every year?
Yes. you must reapply for financial aid every year. Depending on when you apply using the FAFSA, you may see two separate award years on the FAFSA website. A calendar year and award year are not the same things. A calendar year is generally accepted to be January 1st through December 31st. An award year starts on July 1st and end on June 30th. For example, let’s say your program begins on April 1, 2012 and ends on January 1, 2013. Although your program begins in 2012, you still need to complete the 2011-2012 FAFSA because your program would still be in the 2011-2012 award year. Once your program crosses over the July 1st date, you would have to complete the 2012-2013 FAFSA to receive additional grant and loan funding.
When should I complete the FAFSA?
If you are interested in a school you can complete the FAFSA and have it sent to the school of your choice. The FAFSA is free but takes time to process. The sooner your paperwork is complete the better. Most schools have strict deadlines regarding financial aid. If you have completed the current year, you should complete the FAFSA for the following year as soon as you file your taxes to ensure you can receive all the financial aid you are eligible for.
How and when do I repay student loans?
Before repayment starts, you will be contacted by your lender. Your lender will inform you of your repayment amount and dates. For the federal Stafford direct loans, repayment starts six months after the last day of attendance for any institution.
Are there other types of aid besides the standard federal aid, loans, and grants?
We also accept the GI Bill, MyCAA, and Workforce to those who qualify. We also accept a number of state grants/scholarships. Contact the financial aid office to find out if your state grant or scholarship can be used at Orion College.
I do not qualify for any grants and don’t want federal student loans. Is there another way I can pay for my education at Orion College?
Orion College offers an institutional loan. The institutional loan is a flexible payment plan that is similar to the federal Stafford loans in terms of length. The main difference between an institutional loan and a direct Stafford loan is the interest rate. The direct Stafford subsidized loan currently has an interest rate of 3.4% that will be increased to 6.8% on July 1, 2012. The direct Stafford unsubsidized loan currently has an interest rate has an interest rate of 6.8%.
When and how are funds disbursed?
This depends on the institution. Orion College is a term-based school. A term is usually three consecutive classes (12 weeks). We do not receive the aid in a lump sum, but rather in small disbursements at the beginning of each term.