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Casa Loma History


Casa Loma College (College) was a dream of Dr. Lewis T. Kohler, who with co-builders Rev. John G. Simmons, Lutheran minister and community leader, Dr. C. C. Trillingham, Los Angeles County Superintendent of Schools, Dr. J. Harold Williams, Provost of the University of California, Santa Barbara, Dr. Tracy J, Putnam, orthopedic surgeon, Mr. George Shector, Physical Therapy Consultant and Lt. Col Albert Elton, Professor of Aerospace Studies at UCLA, founded the College in 1966 as a California nonprofit corporation with the idea of promoting education in four major fields:

  • 1. Professional, pre-professional, practical, vocational and technical education and training, 
    2. Continuing education and training in literacy and the basic skills, 
    3. Liberal education for responsible citizenship and the cultivation of individual capacity for a satisfying standard of living, and 
    4. Advanced scholarship and research. The founders’ goals were to give under-achieving youths a direction into a field of study that offers a place in the upper strata of careers in Applied Sciences and Arts.

  • 1966 Casa Loma College was founded as a California nonprofit corporation.
  • 1972 The College implemented the Vocational Nursing program.
  • 1989 A second campus was opened in the Los Angeles area.
  • 1998 The College implemented the Nursing Assistant program. The valley campus relocated to Van Nuys to be more centrally located to its student population.
  • 2003 The Medical Assistant program was added.
  • 2004 The branch campus relocated to the city of Hawthorne.
  • 2007 The College became degree granting by instituting two programs: Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Emergency and Disaster Management (100% online).
  • 2008 The College implemented two new programs: Diagnostic Medical Sonography and Medical Insurance Billing/Coding.
  • 2009 A third campus opened in Anaheim, California. The Van Nuys Campus expanded to a larger facility.
  • 2011 The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Program was approved for Associate of Science (AS).
  • 2012 The College implemented the Physical Therapist Assistant Program (AAS).
  • 2014 The College received probationary accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)
  • 2015 The College received full accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)
  • The College is proud to have over 8,000 graduates who have gone on to pursue professions in nursing and allied health care. The school continues to broaden the scope of programs offered, and keeps current with the continued changes in the area of health care.
  • 2016 Anaheim Campus relocated.
  • 2017 Anaheim Campus closed.