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The CCSD Legacy

Generations of successful graduates

Decades of innovation and a focus on the education needs of busy adults has resulted in generations of successful professionals. California College San Diego’s legacy reaches back to the 1970s as a pioneer and innovator in respiratory therapy education. California College San Diego was formerly known as California College for Health Sciences (CCHS), and before that as the California College for Respiratory Therapy (CCRT). In May 2003, the College became California College San Diego (CCSD), the newest member of a family of schools now owned by the Center for Excellence in Higher Education. Academic offerings in healthcare, business and technology were expanded, and locations now include San Diego, San Marcos and National City. You can be confident that through the decades of growth, CCSD’s legacy of unprecedented student support lives on.

California College San Diego Provides


  • Convenience
  • Flexibility
  • Fast degree programs
  • Personalized student support
  • Employment assistance for grads
  • Personalized financial aid plan
  • Monthly program starts

“We’ve geared all of our degree programs to be not only career-specific, but to be focused on that adult learner who’s coming back to school and needs additional support, needs focused curriculum, needs career-specific curriculum, rather than a lot of electives that may not really add any value to their future career.”

– Eric Juhlin
President of California College San Diego

At CCSD, we are 100% Focused on

Your Success and Your Employment-Focused Degree



At CCSD, our degrees are career-focused, with no unnecessary elective credits so you can graduate and start your career fast.

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Our financial aid planners are experts at finding all the financial aid you may qualify for. Get the aid you deserve.

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You can become a member of the CCSD family, and get the personalized support, tutoring, and service you need, whenever you need it.

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Our Mission and Values

Our mission: To help you graduate and launch or advance your career as soon as possible. Everything we do is driven toward achieving this goal.



Meet Our Professional Faculty

Experience in the field is the hallmark of our instructors. In other words, our faculty members have industry-specific experience in the field they teach. You’ll get it straight from the pros.



The CCSD Student Experience

Smaller campuses. A thriving student community. Instructors and advisors who actually know your name. Learn about life at California College San Diego.



Employment-Focused Degrees

California College San Diego’s degree programs are designed for employment in some of today’s crucial career fields: healthcare, business, and information technology.

California College San Diego and Our Commitment to Excellence

We Are a Nonprofit, Accredited College (ACCSC)

What does nonprofit mean?

As a private, nonprofit institution, we are independent. This means we’re uniquely suited to putting your needs first. It means that as a college we can invest in you, your instructors, your tools, your educational experience – not the other way around.

What does accredited mean?

Simply put, being accredited institutionally means that when you choose CCSD, you can feel good about your decision. It means you’ve chosen a college that’s committed to honesty, fairness, trust, and academic integrity.

Why does it matter?

There are many colleges and universities, and finding those that meet rigorous standards can be difficult.  Having these credentials matters greatly when comparing universities and colleges, giving you the confidence you’ve made the right choice.

California College San Diego: Proudly Serving Our

Members of the Military

You’ve served your country. Let us serve you. Whether you’re a veteran, on active duty, or married to a member of the military, you can take full advantage of your educational benefits at CCSD.

Servicemembers and Spouses

A few of our Employers and Partners


Why Choose California College San Diego?

CCSD offers the convenience, flexibility, and employment-focused education you need to launch a better career—faster. You can finish your degree in as few as 20 months!2


In addition, our flexible courses allow you to arrange your classes according to your schedule. Go to school during the day or in the evening.1


Our programs are designed for employment in fast-growing job fields without elective courses that you don’t need or want. Your program will help prepare you for your career in Southern California and beyond.

  • 1 Convenient
  • 2 Employment-focused
  • 3 Flexible
  • 4 Path to a better career


California College San Diego is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC). The Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) is a recognized accrediting agency by the U.S. Department of Education.

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  1. General timeframe for completion of an Associate’s degree.

California College San Diego admits students of any race, color, and national or ethnic origin.