California College San Diego Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (4)
Enrolling at this school has to be the biggest mistake I have ever made. The enrollment process was a whirlwind blur that made it almost impossible to fully understand what I was getting into. In the beginning, everyone was extremely supportive and caring and boasted a booming job market for respiratory therapists, but by the end, it was obvious I was just another tuition payment to them, and I found out the job market for respiratory therapists almost everywhere was basically non-existent for new grads. The staff became very cold and indifferent. They reneged on promises made to finance my clinical rotations (after throwing a fit and groveling, they paid for some of it, but not all as I was initially told) and to cover the cost of taking the test for my state license that I cannot afford on my own, so now I am stuck with a $50k Associate's degree that is virtually useless. The clinical director is just plain rude as is the woman who is in charge of the financial department. The program dean knows how to speak to you in order to brush you off, but nothing is ever accomplished by speaking to him. Their career services department is nothing more than what you can look up yourself on any job posting site online, and their resume services are barely professional. The classes were a joke. Most of the instructors were either semi-retired or getting ready to fully retire or unhappy with being respiratory therapists and looking for another career. They gave us test answers right before the actual test during our "reviews" and passed us when we obviously had no idea what we were doing. Any time we complained about the lack of coherent instruction, we were told that it was our own fault for not studying hard enough or expecting to have our hands held. It was never taken into consideration that the instructor might be at fault for not teaching the class adequately, even when the teacher was actually asleep in class. The labs were a waste of time. Most of the equipment did not work properly. They were sometimes taught by the class instructor and sometimes taught by some other random instructor. Sometimes, they were just taught by other more senior students (“senior” being the class just ahead of mine). Their tutors and teacher's aides were recent graduates who had yet to work as an actual RT somewhere, or who had only been working as an RT part-time for a short while. Much of the clinical rotations were spent goofing around because the instructor was off doing something. For the entire cost of the tuition, we had to buy our own stethoscope, scrubs, and we did not get to keep our textbooks but rather only check them out from the library for the duration of our class. I really have no idea what my $50k was paying for besides someone's salary. At the end of the program, during our final review class, we were sat at a computer and told to take a test with no instruction or information as to what test we were taking. It was supposedly an NBRC simulation that was to prepare us for the actual state exam. After several attempts, only one of us was able to barely pass. We were told that we needed to take some Kettering classes (which run about $400) in order to be fully prepared for our state exam which is why were not able to pass yet. I feel it is absurd that I should have to spend hundreds of dollars on additional classes after spending two years in a $50k program in order to be able to pass the state exam for which this program was supposed to have been preparing me. This school might work for a very few people, but for most, it is a complete waste of time and money. If you really want to be a respiratory therapist, you are better off going to Grossmont College where the exact same degree runs about $15-20k and your credits are transferable to another real college/university.
What a joke of a schooling my opinion! Once you realize it's a worst school you can go to they charge you for leaving and I had to pay all sorts of fees. Do not ever go to this school not worth it. There was only one instructor who was good and the rest no one could believe they were instructors and yes they are called instructors and not professors that alone should tell you a lot and no one can transfer their credits no another school and that information should tell you even more.
At first this establishment sounds good, but over time you will see that it is a joke. Going here means you just need the paper saying you have your degree. CLASSES: The classes are definitely convenient, meaning they have classes during the day and at night and you can switch at a moments notice. They are assigned based on the teachers availability and the amount of students that need it; so you do not get to choose which course to take next. The classes are to short and barely skim the surface when it comes to the knowledge you are supposed to take away. Their resources are minimal to non-existent. DEGREE SPECIFIC: For computer students there is no physical lab there, all they have is labsim (web-based) and it teaches older OS's (Win 2000/Vista/XP) and very little Win 7. The computers they give you are crap, hope and pray you do not need to run two applications simultaneously, including different office products. TEACHERS: It seems as though the teachers do not have much time to prepare for their course before hand, which end up being clearly seen on the exams. There is also a handful of them that don't care about the students or course information. TRANSFER?: DENIED, no other colleges/universities that accept credits from this college, unless of course it is a sister college. Ex-military, they will only only match 3-4 classes coming from an E7. OVERALL: I give this 2-stars. The information that i left with did not help improve or advance me.
This school was very expensive but offered it all and then some..... No regrets.... yet.