Daymar College

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Daymar College
Type For-profit Educational Institution, not accredited[1]
Established 1963
Location Owensboro, Kentucky, U.S.

Daymar College is a for-profit college based in Owensboro, Kentucky, United States. Founded in 1963 and operated as Owensboro Business College until 2001, Daymar College offers more than 35 career tracks in 22 different academic programs. Daymar College is a senior college formerly accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) to award certificates, diplomas, associate degrees and bachelor's degrees.[1] Daymar College is Title IV Eligible under the Higher Education Act.


Daymar College opened its doors as Owensboro Business College in 1963, with a focus on general business studies. In 2001, Owensboro Junior College of Business changed its name to Daymar College. The name change accompanied the opening of additional locations outside of Owensboro. The Louisville campus was then opened to students in October 2001.

In 1970, Daymar College obtained national accreditation from the Accrediting Commission of the Association of Independent Colleges and Schools, and is supported by accreditations from the state level.

In June 1999, Daymar College outgrew its old building and moved into a free-standing, one-story structure built for the growth of Daymar College students. Located on 6.4 acres (26,000 m2) of land in the Heritage Park Development of Owensboro, Kentucky, the facility comprises 17,000 square feet (1,600 m2) of space.

By 2000, Daymar College was chosen as a Microsoft Authorized Academic Training Program (AATP) member, and became a Prometric Testing Center and a Microsoft Office Specialist test site.

Tennessee history[edit]

Originally called Draughons Practical Business College, changing its name in 2010 to Daymar Institute and finally to Daymar College in 2015, was founded in 1879 by Professor John F. Draughon of Adams, Tennessee. The first permanent school was established in Nashville, Tennessee around the beginning of the 1900s. The school prospered, and by the time of Draughon's death in 1921, it was a chain of business colleges stretching across the south and western parts of the United States. In 1954, Daymar College had earned accreditation by the Accrediting Commission for Business Schools.

Starting in 1978, Daymar College was an accredited junior college of business. After more than 100 years in business, Daymar College built a new facility on Plus Park Boulevard in 1980. During the summer of 1987, Daymar College expanded with a branch campus in Clarksville, Tennessee. Daymar College expanded to a second branch campus during the summer of 2003 in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.


The primary campus of Daymar College is located in Clarksville, Tennessee.[citation needed] In 2001 Daymar opened a branch campus in Louisville, Kentucky, and in 2008 an Online Campus was created for distance learners. Today,

Daymar College maintains 5 campuses in Kentucky, Ohio and Tennessee:

Kentucky campuses
  • Daymar College – Bowling Green: 2421 Fitzgerald Industrial Drive, Bowling Green, KY, 42101
Ohio campuses
  • Daymar College – Columbus: 2745 Winchester Pike, Columbus, OH, 43232
Tennessee campuses
  • Daymar College – Clarksville: 2691 Trenton Road, Clarksville, TN, 37040
  • Daymar College – Murfreesboro: 415 Golden Bear Court, Murfreesboro, TN, 37128
  • Daymar College – Nashville: 560 Royal Parkway Nashville, TN, 37214


Daymar College offers both one- and two-year programs, as well as bachelor's degree programs:


  • Accounting
  • Billing and Coding Specialist
  • Business Administration
  • Business Management
  • Cardiographic Technology
  • Criminal Justice
  • Dental Assisting
  • Electronic Engineering Technology
  • Graphic Design
  • Health Information Technology
  • Health Insurance Specialist
  • Human Resource Management
  • Medical Assisting – Administrative Track
  • Medical Assisting – Clinical Track
  • Medical Massage Therapy
  • Network Support Administration
  • Nursing
  • Paralegal Studies
  • Personal Fitness Training
  • Pharmacy Technology
  • Physical Therapist Assistant
  • Website Design
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Management
  • Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration
  • Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration

Notable alumni[edit]

Corporate affiliation[edit]

Daymar College campuses are overseen by their corporate parent entity Daymar Colleges Group. Daymar Colleges Group is a private, for-profit company owned by brothers Mark and Damien Gabis.

Legal trouble[edit]

In 2011, Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway filed suit in Daviess County against the owners and operators of Daymar College, charging that the college violated Kentucky's Consumer Protection Act.[2] Currently, the case is ongoing and has been remanded to the Daviess Circuit Court.[3]


  1. ^ a b "ACICS Loss of Accreditation Recognition". Retrieved 2017-04-10. 
  2. ^ "Attorney General Conway Files Suit against Daymar College". 2011-07-27. Archived from the original on 2011-09-29. Retrieved 2011-08-22. 
  3. ^ "Commonwealth of Kentucky v. Daymar Learning, Inc et al". 2012-03-22. Retrieved 2013-03-05. 

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Coordinates: 37°44′15.58″N 87°8′36.35″W / 37.7376611°N 87.1434306°W / 37.7376611; -87.1434306