A Trusted Michigan Career School for over 85 Years

In 1934, Ruth Dorsey founded the Dorsey School to meet the growing demand in business for highly skilled operators of Victor and Burroughs’ comptometer machines. In its day, the comptometer was the most advanced technology for data tabulation and was widely used, well into the 1960’s.

Over time, The Dorsey School evolved and adapted with the times here in Michigan. The Dorsey School became Dorsey Schools, going from a single campus to multiple locations serving students in various communities. Dorsey Schools also continued to find new ways to meet the needs within local communities by offering new training programs. Throughout this evolution and adaptation, Dorsey has continued to be grounded in serving both students and our local communities well.

In 2021, Dorsey Schools became Dorsey College.

Today, Dorsey College remains a committed career training school that prepares individuals for promising career opportunities and certifications for the healthcare, emergency medical services, culinary, skilled trades, and beauty fields.

Dorsey College is proudly represented by tens of thousands of successful graduates from our career training schools in Michigan. The entire staff of Dorsey College strives to prepare individuals for the best possible career opportunities in various fields. Get started on your career training today and you too can represent Dorsey College by working in the field of your choice, right here in Michigan.

On March 30, 2023, Dorsey College was acquired by the Lindenwood Education System. Dorsey College joining the Lindenwood Education System family represents an innovative and forward-thinking approach to not only provide additional opportunities for higher education, but lifelong learning as well.



Institutional Accreditation

Dorsey College is accredited by the Commission of the Council on Occupational Education.  This applies to the Madison Heights campus (which serves as the main campus) and the Dearborn, Grand Rapids, RosevilleSaginaw, Woodhaven, and Wayne campuses (which are branch campus locations of Madison Heights).

Dorsey School of Beauty located in Taylor, Michigan, a sister school of Dorsey College, is institutionally accredited by the National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts and Sciences, Inc., (NACCAS) and serves as a main campus. Dorsey School of Beauty is located at 23125 Ecorse Road, Taylor, MI 48180 and has additional classroom space located at 23129 Ecorse Road, Taylor, MI 48180. Contact information for the NACCAS is as follows: National Accrediting Commission of Career Arts & Sciences, Inc., 3015 Colvin Street, Alexandria, VA 22314, telephone (703) 600-7600, http://www.NACCAS.org.  To learn more about Dorsey School of Beauty, you may click here.

The “Dorsey Divisions” school locations do not hold institutional accreditation. These locations include Training Direct (with locations in Bridgeport and Danbury Connecticut).

Programmatic Accreditation

Accrediting Commission of the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation

The Culinary Arts program at Dorsey College – Roseville campus is programmatically accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation.

The Baking and Pastry Arts program at Dorsey College – Roseville campus is programmatically accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation.

Contact information is as follows: American Culinary Federation Education Foundation’s Accrediting Commission, 180 Center Place Way, St. Augustine, FL 32095, telephone: (800) 624 – 9458.

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs

The Dorsey College Paramedic program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP). Contact information for the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org), 9355 – 113th St. N, #7709, Seminole, FL 33775, telephone: (727) 210-2350. Send your communication to CAAHEP directly by clicking here. To contact CoAEMSP: 8301 Lakeview Parkway Suite 111-312 Rowlett, TX 75088 214-703-8445, FAX 214-703-8992, www.coaemsp.org.

Candidate Status – Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing

Effective December 14, 2022, Dorsey College’s Associate of Applied Science in Nursing and Practical Nurse programs are a candidate for initial accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). This candidacy status expires on December 14, 2024.

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, GA 30326, (404) 975-5000, http://www.acenursing.com/candidates/candidacy.asp

Note: Upon granting of initial accreditation by the ACEN Board of Commissioners, the effective date of initial accreditation is the date on which the nursing program was approved by the ACEN as a candidate program that concluded in the Board of Commissioners granting initial accreditation.

To read more, visit our Accreditation page.


Dorsey College is committed to providing quality career education and positive reinforcement to enable the development of self-esteem, self-reliance, professionalism and confidence in all students coupled with an obligation to support the diverse communities in which they live and work.


In support of our mission, the following measurable objectives have been developed:

  • Continually update the curriculum to provide programs that meet the needs of the community.
  • Offer students the opportunity to develop a foundation of skills and abilities that satisfy the performance requirements of employers.
  • Develop each student’s self-confidence and interpersonal skills.
  • Provide a pleasant and professional atmosphere conducive to learning that provides experience in operating equipment and software typical of that currently being used in the workplace.
  • Provide a dedicated, competent, and caring faculty and staff.
  • Offer community involvement activities designed to stimulate student involvement in the community.
  • Assist students to secure training-related employment.