Southern California Landscape Peppered with Specialized Colleges

By Dulaney, Josh | Daily News (Los Angeles, CA), October 15, 2015 | Go to article overview

Southern California Landscape Peppered with Specialized Colleges


Dulaney, Josh, Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)


For students looking for a quality education at a specialized college -- Southern California is the place to be.

Variety brings university students from around the country and the world to the region to study architecture, engineering, the sciences and health care.

Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona is among the largest graduate schools for health occupations in California, with nine colleges, 21 degree programs and more than 3,600 students annually..

"We make doctors here," said Jeffery Keating, executive director of public affairs and marketing for WesternU.

Programs at WesternU range from graduate nursing and dental medicine to optometry, podiatric medicine and allied health, which provides patient care and support services. The university also boasts a graduate college of biomedical sciences, and its pharmacy college is ranked third among U.S. private colleges in fetching grant research funding, behind USC and Northeastern University.

The College of Veterinary Medicine at WesternU is one of only two in California, the other at UC Davis.

Keating says a critical learning component at WesternU is cross- discipline teamwork among students

"Students from all of these different disciplines work on these cases together. That's unusual in the health sciences. Students work together and come up with treatment plans together, and that's something that's really unique and has put us on the map for students who come here."

Building a career

The Southern California Institute of Architecture in Los Angeles offers bachelors and masters degrees in architecture. The nonprofit school enrolls about 500 students each year and is located in a quarter-mile long former freight depot in the artist's district of Los Angeles.

In the 2013 America's Best Architecture Schools survey from industry news publication "DesignIntelligence," SCI-Arc was rated the top graduate and undergraduate architecture program in the western United States, and placed second undergraduate and sixth graduate program overall.

"At SCI-Arc, we're proud of our technology that the students have access to," said Vice Director John Enright. "This includes computers, it includes robots, it includes 3D printing, wood and metal -- all these technologies, which are used today by architects. We're also proud that some of our graduates go on to other fields because of the breadth of architecture (knowledge) they have. …

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