Brightwood College-Vista in Vista

Vista, CA

(Rating 3.4 based on 5 reviews)
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Brightwood College-Vista offers 26-degree programs. Student-to-faculty ratio is 28:1. 24.3% are women, and 75.7% are men. The average annual total cost of attendance at Brightwood College-Vista is 24754$, that is above national average. 61% of full-time Brightwood College-Vista students completed their education program in 150 percent of time: graduation rate is above national average. Average salary after attending is $30,800, so if you studied 2 years, you’ll get your funds back in less than 2 years.

Average Annual Cost

Average annual cost includes tuition and fees, books and supplies, and living expenses, minus the average grant/scholarship aid. Separate metrics have calculated for different institutions depends on calendar system and sector of the establishment (public or private).

The Brightwood College-Vista is a private and academic-year institution, so it’s net price represents an average of all programs and includes only undergraduates who first enrolled in the fall term and receive Title IV aid. The total cost of attendance depends on whether undergraduates live on campus, off campus (not with family), or off campus (with family).


By Family Income

Depending on the federal state, or institutional grant and available, Brightwood College-Vista students in your income bracket may pay more of less than the overall average costs.

Family IncomeAverage cost
$0 - $30,000$24,352
$30,001 - $48,000$24,594
$48,001 - $75,000$25,219
$75,001 - $110,000$27,369

Student charges

Historical tuition and fees

Historical books and supplies cost

Student charges by the largest programs

The estimated cost of the Allied Health and Medical Assisting Services, Other (the 2d largest program, lasting 9 months) is $11,773 per year and $141,273 in total. Medical/Clinical Assistant is the third largest program at Brightwood College-Vista, and it takes a full-time student 15 months to complete. This one will cost $34,829 per year and $417,945 for the full completion. The 4th largest with 12 months length Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training will cost you $32,931 per year, $395,172 for the complete course.


Percent of students with financial aid


Types of financial aids


897 of Brightwood College-Vista undergraduates were awarded with some type of financial aid, it’s 70 percents of all undergraduate students. This makes Brightwood College-Vista number 231 in the amount of financial aid awarded to students among all educational institutions in California.

Students at Brightwood College-Vista awarded 5 types of loans or aids, the biggest percent of students received a any financial aid.

Salary After Attending


According to College Scorecard Data from U.S. Department of Education

Students services


Academic/career counseling service

Employment services for students

Living & meal

Full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking students required to live on campus

Institution provide on-campus housing

Institution provides board or meal plan

Veteran Services Available

Yellow Ribbon Program

Credit for military training

Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families

Disability services


Percent indicator of undergraduates formally registered as students with disabilities

Does not offer distance education opportunities

Alternative tuition plans

Any alternative tuition plans offered by institution

Tuition guaranteed plan

Tuition guarantee is a program which guarantees to entering first-time students that tuition will not increase for the years they are enrolled. These guarantees are generally time-bound for four or five years.

Special learning opportunities

Here are the learning opportunities available in Brightwood College-Vista.

Weekend/evening college

Weekend/evening college allows students to complete courses and attend classes only on weekends or only in evenings.

Graduation Rate


Brightwood College-Vista graduation rate is above the national average.

61% of full-time students enrolled for the first time to Brightwood College-Vista completed the education program and got a degree in 150 percent of the expected time of completion.

The graduation rate value includes only programs that were completed less than six years for four-year degrees or less than three years for two-year degrees.

Graduation rate is the percentage of institution’s new-entering, first-time, first-year undergraduate students who complete their program within 150% of the published time for the program. Graduation rate excludes a huge number of students. This index doesn’t take into account students of nontraditional enrollments - part-time students, students who enroll mid-year, and who transfer from one institution to another. So graduation rate alone can create a misleading perception. Completion rate in the form of total number of students receiving any types of awards/degrees creates a complete picture. Combining this data with graduation rate is a better way to compare schools.

Student Body

The student-to-faculty ratio at Brightwood College-Vista is 28:1, that means that for every 28 students the institution has one professor, lecturer or specialist with a degree in education. Lower student-to-faculty ratio is better - it means that professors can dedicate more time and attention to each student.

Student-to-faculty ratio



Race/ethnicity breakdown


Students enrollment in distance education


In Brightwood College-Vista the biggest percent of students are enrolled in on-campus courses.

Distance education location breakdown


Here are the students enrolled exclusively in distance education courses at Brightwood College-Vista and grouped by their location. Distance education courses are the most popular for students located in not reported location.

Academic Programs

Number of degree programs offered

Brightwood College-Vista offers 26 programs in total: 22 are for 1-year, but less than-2-year certificate programs, 3 - for Associate's degree, and 1 are less than 1-year certificate programs.

This is one of the lowest number of programs in comparison with other 73 universities in San Diego county. Brightwood College-Vista is one of the few institutions in San Diego that offers an Associate's degree program.


Total credit/contact hours

Here you can find the data on instructional activity in measured in total credit and/or contact hours delivered by institutions during a 12-month period. Also we shown the California state average data to help you compare.


Brightwood College-Vista provides coursework for undergraduate students оnly.

In 2014-2015 academic year estimated full-time equivalent undergraduate enrollment was 1554 students with 46613 сredit hours for 12-month instructional activity period.

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Student Reviews and Ratings for Brightwood College-Vista

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Overall Rating:

If I could give this "school" zero stars I would. This is the most garbage school I have ever had the misfortune of attending. I have attended other colleges and never had the problems like I have had at this school. I was not a bad student; I was on the dean's list and had perfect attendance. The whole experience of externship was horrible , from the beginning when I was told "nobody wanted me" to getting placed in the most garbage site where we saw 2 people/patients in 4 weeks. The staff didn't care even when these grievances were brought to their attention. I wish I could've saved my money and time by going to a more legitimate school than this. The only good part was my instructor but thankfully she has also left the school for a better job. To top it all off after paying in full they send me to collections because of their accounting error.EDIT: the school has contacted me to try and take this review down because “prospective students may see it”. Well that’s the point. Especially since it wasn’t made aware to me before I signed up that I could not get certified by AAMA because they aren’t accredited.Edit 2: I would also like it to be know that they offered students extra credit to put up fake 5 start reviews. I can see the people in my class who did it.

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Overall Rating:

Brightwood blatantly ignores bullying even when the ENTIRE CLASS goes to Destry and other administrative staff MULTIPLE times, and he says that he will handle it, it’s never actually handled. If you want to deal with people who will make your life miserable and make you scared to come to school, then Brightwood is the place to be. If you would like an actual education, go anywhere else.

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Overall Rating:

Brightwood College is awesome since they support you from day one you walk in the campus even after you graduate and the y help you to find your dream job. I appreciate staffs that they always serve you with smile and help you to succeed. I recommend the License Vocational Nursing Program since it is fast and you graduate in a year.

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Overall Rating:

For sometime now I have been wanting to go back to school and change careers. After a horrible experience with a school in Escondido, I immediately paid a visit to Brightwood which was the best decision I made for my future. From enrollment, to financial assistance and instructors, this school is top-notch! When the going gets tough, everyone is so encouraging and willing to help you succeed. If you're looking to make a change in careers you won't regret stepping through the doors and Brightwood, Vista, CA.

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Overall Rating:

I would highly recommend Brightwood College to my friends and family. The dental instructors made my time here a great time and made it fun! They are always so happy and enthusiastic about teaching you everything you need to know! They highly prepare you for what you need to know when you are in the field and make sure you end up where you would love and fit in. Definitely will miss this place!

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Location & Website

Address: 2022 University Dr


Religious affiliation: Not applicable

Calendar system: Continuous

General Phone Number: +7606301555

Institution is active in current year: 1

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