Blackstone Career Institute
P.O. Box 3717, Allentown, PA 18106
Year Founded: 1890
First Accredited: January 2005
Accreditation Expires: January 2015
CEO/President: Kevin McCloskey
Accreditation(s) and Agency Contact Information
Blackstone Career Institute is nationally accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC), Washington, D.C. This commission is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency, and is a recognized member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Questions about the Distance Education and Training Council may be directed to Blackstone or to DETC (1601 18th Street, N.W., Suite 2, Washington, D.C. 20009, Telephone: (202) 234-5100, Fax: (202) 332-1386).
Blackstone Career Institute is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Secondary Schools. Questions about Middle States may be directed to Blackstone or to MSA (3624 Market Street Philadelphia, PA 19104-2680, Telephone: (215) 662-5603, Fax: (215) 662-0957).
State Approval and Contact Information
Blackstone Career Institute is a private licensed school regulated by the Pennsylvania State Board of Private Licensed Schools. For questions or more information please contact Blackstone or Pennsylvania Department of Education (Bureau of Postsecondary Education, Occupational Training Schools, 333 Market Street, 12th Fl, Harrisburg, PA 17126-0333, Telephone: (717) 783-8228, Fax: (717) 772-3622).
Participation in Funding Programs
Mission and Description
Institution Mission Statement
“A pioneer in distance education, Blackstone Career Institute has been meeting the needs of adult learners since 1890. The school’s mission is to change people’s lives through education, teaching them new skills and preparing them for entry-level careers in today’s high demand fields. Blackstone offers adult learners convenient and affordable training that accommodates their busy schedules while helping them successfully meet their educational goals. As a nationally and regionally accredited school, we fulfill our mission by providing high-quality, effective, technology-driven distance education programs and services.”
Areas of Special Focus
Description of Institution
Our objective is to provide high-quality distance education and training to individuals seeking entry-level training, para-professionals seeking continuing education, and adults seeking to enrich their lives. We provide students with the technology-driven training they need to improve their prospects for meaningful employment or advancement in their current career, all as a part of lifelong learning. Year after year, we seek to improve our overall student completion rates.
Student Demographic Profile
Data taken from student enrollments over a two-year period.
In 2010, Blackstone’s student body was made up of 45% male and 55% female students.
Blackstone offers training programs in the following career fields:
- Legal Assistant/Paralegal
- Medical Transcription
- Medical Billing & Coding
- Medical Office Assistant
- Dental Office Assistant
- Pharmacy Technician
- Veterinary Assistant
- Physical Therapy Aide
- Child Day Care
Blackstone offers certificate courses in the following paralegal specialties:
- Business & Corporate Law
- Civil Litigation
- Personal Injury/Torts
- Criminal Law
- Real Estate Law
- Family Law
- Practical Bankruptcy Law
- Wills, Trusts and Estates
Average Program Tuition
- $1,442 for Career Training Programs
- $396 for Advanced Paralegal Courses
Average Completion/Graduation Rate for Students: 86%
Student Survey Results
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Download Blackstone’s Career Consumer Information Disclosure (PDF), a public form for DETC accredited institutions.