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News & Information
  • 10/4/2013 - NOTICE: On Sept. 24, 2013, the Board executed and ratified the Stipulation and Final Agency Order whereby Boulder College of Massage Therapy (BCMT) agreed  to cease operations after this past quarter ending on or around October 5, 2013, to graduate 50 of the 65 students currently enrolled. Provided that BCMT complies with all terms and conditional of the agreement, the Division will withdraw its Notices of Non-Compliance. The Division is communicating with all remaining students to ensure that each has the necessary information to make an informed decision. Our purpose is to assist students in continuing training to become a certified massage therapist or to receive a refund if applicable. (Please see attached letter detailing election of options for students.)

  • 9/4/2013 - Boulder College of Massage Therapy releases public notice of school closure

  • 6/21/2013 - Notice of Statutory Repeal of Exemption from Regulation for Private Occupational Schools Having an I.R.S. "501 (3)" Designation

  • 6/20/2013 - Clarification on Options Currently Available to BCMT students
  • 6/20/2013 - Frequently Asked Questions: Closure of the Boulder College of Massage Therapy
  • 6/10/2013 - Press Release: Boulder College of Massage Therapy (BCMT) Ceasing Operation
  • 4/15/2013 - From the Director of DPOS, State Authorization for Accredited Schools.
  • 3/14/2013 - If your school receives Title IV funds, please review the attached notice from the United State Department of Education.
  • 8/15/2012 - Notice of Statutory Change concerning Complaints of Deceptive Sales or Trade Practices - Effective August 8, 2012 a new statutory provision took effect concerning complaints of Deceptive Sales or Trade Practices.
  • 6/7/2012 - Notice of Annual Student Graduate Data Submission - Available Online - Effective November 1, 2010 the Rules and Regulations concerning the Private Occupational Education Act of 1981 (Act) were revised. The revision is the addition of letter C. – Student Graduate Data under Board Rule V. – Annual Filings.
  • 10/6/2011 - Does your school receive federal financial aid?
    Compliance Training for Accredited Private Occupational Schools
    Learn more about compliant communications with students (click here)  

  • 7/26/2011 - Notice of School Suspension
    • School Name:     Greenway University
      Address:              405 S. Platte River Drive, Denver CO 80223
      Date of School Suspension:           Effective July 26, 2011
  • 6/20/2011 - NEW ANNUAL STUDENT GRADUATE DATA REPORTING

    DPOS now offers schools the ability of reporting online.  Schools are encouraged to set up user accounts for their schools and complete the reporting via the online process.  Users may access our website (New Users / Registered Users) and follow the posted link and instructions. Please note: DPOS hopes to implement many additional processes that can be completed online for convenience.  By setting up your user accounts now, you will be ahead of the game as additional reporting becomes available.  The next DPOS project will be online instructor reporting and maintenance.

  • 3/11/2011 - Attention Schools: Online Payments Now Available!! - DPOS now offers schools the option of paying assessment fees online via credit card or e-check.  You may access our website at highered.colorado.gov/dpos/payments and follow the posted link and instructions. Please note: there is an administrative portal fee for using the online options. Portal fees will be disclosed in advance of check out.


  • 3/1/2011 - NEW FEDERAL REGULATIONS: Distance Education Authorization in Colorado

  • NASASPS 2011 Annual Conference, Denver, May 1-4, 2011, Call for Conference Presentation Proposals

  • Subject: MHMA/Pima Update

    TO:                Students of Mile High Medical Academy
    FROM:          Jim Parker, Director
    DATE:            May 13, 2010


    Dear Students, 

    If you have elected not to continue your education with Pima Medical Institute and have requested information about filing a claim with the Division for a refund of prepaid, unearned tuition on the school’s bond this is your final notice.

    The Division has worked hard the past four months to provide an opportunity to students affected by the school closure to continue and complete their education at Pima.  Since you have decided not to continue your education through Pima, specifically, and believe that you may be eligible for a refund of any unearned portion of tuition monies either prepaid or liable to be paid, and fees that may be due to you as a result of the closing of the Mile High Medical Academy, pursuant to statute, you must:  (1)  Complete the “Claim Form”; (2) attach all items requested where possible; and (3) return the properly notarized form to DPOS no later than June 1, 2010.  No extensions will be given.

    You may fax the completed and signed claim form to (303) 866-4237.  Please disregard this notice if you have already submitted a bond claim form along with supporting documentation and verification or if you feel you are not due a refund and do not wish to file a claim.

    If you are interested in further exploring your option to complete your education at Pima, please contact them directly at (303) 426-1800.

    Thank You
 
  • CLOSURE:  

LITTLETON ACADEMY OF HAIR DESIGN
5624 S. Prince Street in Littleton, CO 80120

The Department of Higher Education, Division of Private Occupational Schools (DPOS) was notified on May 6, 2010, that Littleton Academy of Hair Design located at 5624 S. Prince Street in Littleton, Colorado discontinued all instruction effective May 6, 2010.

The Division is working diligently to assist students, but first we must be able to identify currently enrolled and attending students or students that may have been on a leave of absence.  Therefore, the immediate need is for the Division to identify students of Littleton Academy who were attending any of its programs and obtain specific information regarding the status of each student when the School closed.  Division staff has obtained all the available student records necessary for the Division to assist students. 

In the meantime, we are requesting that you immediately contact Bernadette Esquibel so that we may continue to compile a roster of all Littleton Academy students affected by the closure.  

Bernadette Esquibel
Program Specialist
Division of Private Occupational Schools
(303) 866-4189
bernadette.esquibel@dhe.state.co.us

 

  • Subject: MHMA/Pima Update

    TO:                Students of Mile High Medical Academy
    FROM:          Jim Parker, Director
    DATE:            March 8, 2010


    Dear Students, 

    Pima Medical Institute (“Pima”) has announced that classes will resume on April 26, 2010 for students who have elected to complete their education through Pima.  Pima has set the class schedule for day and night classes. Please contact a Pima representative for more detailed information regarding the class schedule or if you have questions about the class schedule, start date, program/courses, clinical placement or any other aspect related to continuing your education at Pima.
    If you are undecided about continuing your education or want to continue your education but need more details, please contact a Pima representative as soon as possible.  The main telephone number for Pima Medical Institute, Denver Campus is (303 426-1800.

    As indicated previously, each student must ultimately decide what is in their best interest.  The Division has considered every viable option to continue the student’s education as expeditiously as possible.  Pima is the option most beneficial under the current circumstances.  Pima will provide students the opportunity to continue and complete their education and training that will allow you to earn a diploma/certificate from an accredited school.  In addition, Pima has also agreed to honor your original contract and tuition agreement.  
    I encourage you to consider the value of continuing your education.  I will continue to update you as I gain information.
    The Division’s first priority will be to get the students who are continuing their education settled at Pima Medical Institute.  The Division will then concentrate on the remainder of the students that have elected not to continue at Pima.  These students will be contacted by the Division with information for submitting a claim for a refund of prepaid unearned tuition. 

    If you have not already done so, please complete the attached from and return to the Division

    Thank You


  • TO:                Students of Mile High Medical Academy
    FROM:          Jim Parker, Director
    DATE:            February 8, 2010

    Dear Student, 

    On Friday, February 5, 2010, representatives from Pima Medical Institute (“Pima”) and the Division of Private Occupational Schools (“Division”) held an informational meeting to detail the opportunity to allow students enrolled at Mile High Medical Academy (MHMA) to complete their education through Pima.  Each student will have the chance to meet individually with a Pima representative to review and determine his or her status, options and requirements for completing each student’s respective program.  When students obtain an appointment with Pima, the Division will provide Pima with the student file previously held by MHMA.  Please bring any and all documentation, whether financial or course related, pertinent to your enrollment at MHMA.

    If you were unable to attend this recent meeting and would like to speak with a Pima representative, please call me and I will put you in touch with the proper person, as well as answer questions you may have about continuing your education at Pima.

    Though each student must ultimately decide what is in their best interest, the Division has considered every viable option to continue the student’s education as expeditiously as possible.  It deems this option most beneficial under the current circumstances.  Pima will provide students the opportunity to earn a diploma/certificate from an accredited school and has agreed to honor your original contract and tuition agreement.

    While another state approved private occupational school, College America, recently contacted the Division to express its interest in pursuing a sonography program to assist in providing programs for students who were enrolled MHMA, the Division to date has neither received an application for certification nor an estimate as to when this proposed program would be submitted for approval.

    Should you choose to pursue a claim for prepaid unearned tuition, please understand that the bond claim process can be very lengthy; may require a hearing; and possible court action to determine the amount, if any, a student may receive from the bond company.  In deciding whether to continue your education it is important that you know that all preliminary indicators point towards Mile High Medical Academy’s bond falling short of the total estimated claims.  Once students have been placed at Pima Medical Institute and it is determined how many of you will be continuing your education, the Division will then send out bond claim forms to any remaining student who requests such a form.  As I stated before, currently I am not optimistic about the bond money going very far to recover all potential claimed losses.   

    I encourage you to consider the value of continuing your education.  I will continue to update you as I gain information.

    Please complete the attached form and return to the Division by March 1, 2010.

    Division of Private Occupational Schools
    1560 Broadway, Suite 1600
    Denver, CO 80202
    FAX: (303) 866-4267

  • CLOSURE: 

JOHN ROBERT POWERS INTERNATIONAL
400 S. Colorado Blvd., Ste. 330, Denver, CO 80246

The Department of Higher Education, Division of Private Occupational Schools (DPOS) was notified on April 22, 2009, that John Robert Powers International, located at 400 S. Colorado Blvd., Ste. 330, Denver, CO 80246 discontinued all instruction effective April 22, 2009.
The Division is working diligently to assist students, but first we must be able to identify currently enrolled and attending students, students enrolled to attend classes that have yet to start or students that may have been on a leave of absence.  Therefore, the immediate need is for the Division to identify students of John Robert Powers International who were attending any of its programs and obtain specific information regarding the status of each student when the School closed.   

In the meantime, we are requesting that you immediately contact Renee Belisle so that we may continue to compile a roster of all John Robert Powers International students affected by the closure.  

Renee Belisle
Program Specialist
Div. of Private Occupational Schools
(303) 866-4182
fax (303) 866-4237
renee.belisle@dhe.state.co.us

  • CLOSURE:  

CSB SCHOOL OF BROADCASTING
2000 S. Colorado Blvd., Annex Bldg., Ste. 310, Denver, CO 80222

The Department of Higher Education, Division of Private Occupational Schools (DPOS) was notified on March 5, 2009, that CSB School of Broadcasting, located at 2000 S. Colorado Blvd., Annex Bldg., Ste. 310, Denver, CO  80222 discontinued all instruction effective March 4, 2009.
The Division is working diligently to assist students, but first we must be able to identify currently enrolled and attending students, students enrolled to attend classes that have yet to start or students that may have been on a leave of absence.  Therefore, the immediate need is for the Division to identify students of CSB who were attending any of its programs and obtain specific information regarding the status of each student when the School closed.   

In the meantime, we are requesting that you immediately contact Renee Belisle so that we may continue to compile a roster of all CSB students affected by the closure.  

Renee Belisle
Program Specialist
Div. of Private Occupational Schools
(303) 866-4182
fax (303) 866-4237
renee.belisle@dhe.state.co.us

 

  • CLOSURE:  

ENGLEWOOD BEAUTY COLLEGE
3200 S. Acoma Street in Englewood, CO 80110

The Department of Higher Education, Division of Private Occupational Schools (DPOS) was notified on February 11, 2009, that Englewood Beauty College located at 3200 S. Acoma Street in Englewood, Colorado discontinued all instruction effective February 13, 2009.
The Division is working diligently to assist students, but first we must be able to identify currently enrolled and attending students, students enrolled to attend classes that have yet to start or students that may have been on a leave of absence.  Therefore, the immediate need is for the Division to identify students of EBC who were attending any of its programs and obtain specific information regarding the status of each student when the School closed.  Division staff has obtained all the available student records necessary for the Division to assist students. 

In the meantime, we are requesting that you immediately contact Bernadette Esquibel so that we may continue to compile a roster of all EBC students affected by the closure.  

Bernadette Esquibel
Program Specialist
Division of Private Occupational Schools
(303)866-4189
bernadette.esquibel@dhe.state.co.us

  • Joint Memorandum:
    Joint Memorandum issued by the Division of Private Occupational Schools and the Division of Registrations regarding the requirement to provide social security numbers for testing and licensure under the Division of Registrations and advanced disclosure by schools to students affected.
  • Notice to all schools – New Fees effective March 1, 2009
  • Notice of Required State Registration for Massage Therapist (11/2008)
  • Rule 800: Delegation and Supervision of Medical Services
    (3 CCR 713-30)
    RULE 800 - Colorado Board of Medical Examiners rules regarding the delegation and supervision of medical services to unlicensed health care providers pursuant to section 12-36-106(3)(l), C.R.S.

  • Notice of Lawful Presence (8/2008) - In July 2006, the Colorado Legislature passed House Bill 06S-1009, which requires the Division of Registrations to verify that an applicant for licensure be lawfully present in the United States.  This bill applies to all applicants for licensure and persons already licensed by various boards and programs of the Division of Registrations.
  • Refund Tools – The Division of Private Occupational Schools has recently released two new documents to assist private occupational schools in determining the refund due or amount owed by students in the case of a termination, withdrawal or closure.  The documents were drafted in accordance with C.R.S. 12-59-114. You can obtain the documents by clicking on the Refund Tools link under the School Resources heading on the left side of the page.