Frequently Asked Questions
What is a hospital-based occupational school?
It is a hospital offering instruction in an allied
health profession for any remuneration, consideration, reward or promise (except
to hospital employees, members of the medical staff and training for contracted
workers) which has been approved to operate in the State of Connecticut by the
Executive Director of the Office of Higher Education. This school
is non-degree granting and does not offer collegiate credit or confer degrees.
What is the role of the Office
of Higher Education?
The Office of Higher
Education provides consumer protection for students and potential students.
The Office of Higher Education works with schools to assure compliance with state statutes and
What types of schools does the
Office of Higher Education
Office of Higher
Education has approved
a variety of schools that provide vocational training which can lead to
entry-level employment. These schools offer a wide range of programs
such as phlebotomy, radiologic technology and surgical technology.
What types of schools are exempt from
authorization by the Office of Higher Education? Exempt
from authorization are schools that offer instruction under public
supervision and control; instruction conducted by a firm or organization
solely for the training of its own employees; or instruction offered by a
school authorized by the General Assembly to confer degrees.
How do I apply to become a
occupational school? See
Information and/or contact
the Office of
Can I operate a school while my application is
pending? No. In Connecticut, only
schools approved by the Executive Director of the
Office of Higher Education can operate.
Filing an application indicates the intention of becoming approved but does
not assure that all the conditions of authorization have been met.
Can I submit a partial new school application
and submit the remaining documents at a later date?
No. The application must be submitted in its entirety.
At what intervals are school authorizations
renewed? Every three years.
What is the difference between authorization
and accreditation? A school receives
approval/authorization by the Executive Director of the
Office of Higher Education
to operate in the State of Connecticut. This is the first level of
approval. Once a school receives the Executive Director’s approval, it may
voluntarily apply for accreditation by an independent accrediting council
that has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Accreditation is a separate approval process where the school meets an
independent accrediting council’s evaluation standards. A school that
has met the independent accrediting council’s evaluation standards and has
received accreditation, may apply to the federal government to participate
in Title IV financial aid.