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Technically Speaking: Building Skills at Greater Gainesville’s Technical Colleges

Technically Speaking: Building Skills at Greater Gainesville’s Technical Colleges

Technically Speaking

Affordable Certification and Training Opportunities with Career Technical Education


Attending a technical college offers a multitude of possibilities and diverse educational opportunities. From cosmetology to criminal justice and acupuncture to auto mechanics, Greater Gainesville’s educational institutions allow for success in almost every career path imaginable.

Aspiring professionals in GG are afforded numerous options to specialize in a particular trade that paves the way for lucrative careers in sustainable and booming industries. Moreover, these institutions offer immediate access to the job market, ensuring a seamless transition from education to employment.


Academy for Five Element Acupuncture

Academy for Five Element Acupuncture is one of two accredited acupuncture and Oriental medicine institutions

in the country that emphasizes the Five Element tradition. The curriculum is specifically designed for this ancient tradition,

offering students a unique educational experience by integrating physical symptoms with emotional and spiritual ailments, resulting in a truly holistic approach to medicine.


  • Master of Acupuncture
  • Chinese Herbal Medicine





Bly’s School of Cosmetology

The Bly’s School of Cosmetology mission is centered around providing exceptional education and training to ensure that students are well-prepared for certification, licensing and successful employment in their chosen professions.

An integral part of their educational approach is instilling a genuine passion and reverence for professional ethics in their students. By fostering that commitment to ethical practices, students gain a competitive edge and achieve success in all facets of the beauty industry.


  • Basic Cosmetology
  • Basic Barbering
  • Basic Skin Care
  • Basic Manicuring


City College

As a prestigious higher learning institution providing a wide range of educational programs, City College is able to cater to any student’s needs.

City College earned an institutional accreditation from the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES). Additionally, licensing by the Commission for Independent Education, division of Nonpublic Career Education and Independent Colleges and Universities, further reinforces their commitment to maintaining excellent standards in education.


  • Allied Health, Medical Assisting
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Emergency Medical Technician
  • Healthcare Administration
  • Medical Assistant
  • Nursing
  • Paramedic
  • Radiologic Technology
  • Surgical Technology
  • Veterinary Technology


Dragon Rises College of Oriental Medicine

Dragon Rises College of Oriental Medicine, co-founded in 2001 by Dr. Leon Hammer, is a renowned institution in Greater Gainesville, offering exceptional acupuncture education.

The curriculum emphasizes the values of communication, understanding and respect. Students to become caring practitioners who make a real difference in patients’ lives. With a focus on genuine healing and long-term health and wellness, Dragon Rises College empowers graduates to achieve the highest standards of competence and success.

Beginning this year, students can adopt a hybrid education model, combining video lectures and in-person class sessions for a comprehensive learning experience.


  • Master’s Degree program accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine


Florida School of Traditional Midwifery

Florida School of Traditional Midwifery’s primary focus is to provide midwifery education that combines evidence-based practices with the rich historical traditions of midwives. FSTM is a non-profit, licensed by the Florida Commission for Independent Education and accredited by the Midwifery Education Accreditation Council.

Their comprehensive education ensures that graduates are well-prepared to provide compassionate and competent care to mothers and families during their remarkable journey through childbirth.


  • 3-Year Direct-Entry Midwifery Program
  • 4-Month Licensure by Endorsement Program


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Galen College of Nursing

At their newly established Gainesville campus, Galen College of Nursing is dedicated to providing exceptional pre-licensure programs that equip students with the skills and knowledge needed to succeed as a nurse.

Regionally accredited, Galen prioritizes hands-on training and offers modern simulation and clinical learning labs for an immersive and practical nursing education. Through these state-of-the-art facilities, students gain valuable experience and develop the necessary skills to excel in nursing careers.


  • 3-year Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
  • 2-year Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN)
  • LPN/LVN to ADN (Bridge)
  • Practical Nursing Diploma (PN)


McDougle Technical Institute

The McDougle Technical Institute offers a wide range of diverse programs that combine theoretical knowledge with hands-on practice, giving students the skills and experience necessary for success.

Their unique approach blends traditional student life experiences with vocational and degree programs, leading to gainful employment. In addition to providing high-quality education, McDougle incorporates well-rounded experiences like athletics, housing options, travel opportunities and internships for a comprehensive learning journey.

Diploma Programs

  • Restricted Barbering (Hybrid)
  • Master Barbering
  • Cosmetology
  • Cosmetology (Hybrid)
  • Full Specialty (Hybrid)
  • Massage Therapy
  • Instructor Training
  • Nail Specialist
  • Facial Specialty


Associate of Science Degree Programs

  • Criminal Justice
  • Medical Assistant
  • Sports Management
  • Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management
  • Physical Therapy Assistant


Summit Salon Academy

Summit Salon Academy trains future salon professionals using the highly effective Summit Salon™ performance-based system and the techniques of Redken 5th Avenue NYC. This combination creates an innovative and advanced Cosmetology School experience in which students learn how to provide exceptional care and maximize their earning potential in the industry.

They recently introduced Pivot Point, a cutting-edge online learning platform allowing students to acquire the necessary skills at an unmatched pace while enhancing their knowledge beyond the classroom.


  • Cosmetology
  • Full Specialist

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