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1 out of 5
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Degree: Pharmacy Technician
Graduation Year: 2015

I attended Carrington College from October 2014 through June 2015 and I have a laundry list of complaints from my experience. First, the enrollment process was a joke. While processing my enrollment, Carrington College and its employees continued to lose all crucial documents that included my High School diploma, Associate's Degree, and my VA Education awards letter. In all, I submitted these documents more than twice and had to take the proactive steps required to ensure I was ready for the first day of class. However, after the first module, I was informed they were again missing and was threatened to be dropped from the program unless they had the documents the next business day. Second, the Pharmacy Director and my instructor were not helpful during the duration of the course. On a weekly basis, we (the students) were required to take quizes and tests that encompassed material from that week. However, the test standards differed from one instructor to the next as one class had a test on 50 medications while another test consisted of only 10. When confronted with these complaints regarding testing standards, my instructor's response was that it was based on the teaching styles of that certain instructor. Furthermore, the weekly lectures and course materials consisted more of a high school health class information than actual pharmacy technician information. My teacher taught us pharmacy math using the allegation matrix; the only math she taught the entire 9 months. There were a few students that had to self-teach the other pharmacy math that ended up teaching the course's math criteria when the instructor was not aware as to how it was supposed to be done. The course material is a fly-by-night agenda that included us being tested on the movie "A Beautiful Mind" because the teacher thought it to be a great idea though we were learning about the digestive system. Prior to the course completion, the Career Services representatives were in comparison to a gnat buzzing around your face for 9 months straight. Our program's rep, Sam, came into the classroom almost twice per week to bug students about their Pharmacy Technician training license, to inform of missing documents (see aforementioned comment regarding that), and/or to inform of missing tuition payments. Approximately one month prior to externship, I completed my resume and necessary documents in which I was almost held back from starting externship because Sam could not find my file. After resending all documentation, because this school's and my military experience taught me to always retain a copy of documents, I was able to start on time. Continuing on, my externship was unsatisfactory on many levels. My instructor attempted to have me extern at the Banner Estrella campus; however, she was unaware of the requirements that were necessary to be completed prior to starting the externship which had to be completed months in advance. Due to this, I was reassigned to a privately-owned community pharmacy because she knew the owner/Pharmacist. On my first day, I was told by the pharmacist that he typically does not take externs due to their short tenure, was not enthused that I was a male, and that I had a very minimal chance of being hired on post-externship. However, I did not let that affect my ability to perform as I left with positive reviews despite not being offered a position. Last, but certainly not least, the administrative staff, financial aid department, and event he Dean were by far the most unprofessional staff I have ever came across. Prior to externship, I was informed that I was billed a $65 "lab fee" because they required student portal access during the course of my externship and the VA would not cover it due to it being billed post-acceptance into the program. I attempted a rebuttal to the charge in which I was told that there was nothing Carrington could do. Also, during the course, there were instances of student fights and a student's psychotic episode that required the Dean's involvement. Instead, she sent a representative on her behalf and had zero presence in the classroom or during the program. Students attempted to setup confrences with the Dean that gone unscheduled and were informed the Dean had more pressing matters. Prior to starting the enrollment process, I attempted to contact the school for Pharmacy Tech and X-Ray Tech program information; a request that did not receive an answer. I should have taken that as a red flag but needed to look at a post-military career and Carrington seemed like a decent school. As a Veteran, I am highly disappointed that my GI Bill funded this school. I was treated more as a number and paycheck for the school than as a student... which says a lot when the military sees you as their property. I would not recommend this school to my worst enemy and I whole heartedly hope the VA denies admittance and cuts funding to this school.

2 out of 5
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Degree: Medical Billing & Coding
Graduation Year: 2016

Avoid Carrington College. It is a scam. They just want your money. The externship that I attended had nothing to do with Medical Billing and Coding. When I complained to Career Services, I was told that it meets the requirements. I'm currently unemployed, on Medi-cal and collecting food stamps because I can't find a job. I'm trying to get students with similar externship experiences to join in with me to file a lawsuit against the school.

1 out of 5
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Degree: Medical Assistant
Graduation Year: 2016

I did not attend this school, but I have been a medical assistant for 5 years and my coworkers and I have recently be asked to take on externs from Carrington. We have taken on externs from a local community college which offers a medical assistant program, and there is quite a vast difference between the 2 groups of externs. Our community college externs have come out with a "go getter" attitude and very knowledgeable. Our externs from Carrington are nearly paralyzed with fear, and lack confidence with necessary tasks such as taking a blood pressure. They have told us they barely practiced them in school, and have also revealed that the amount of money they paid for the program was nearly twice as much of the program offered by the community college. I'm very disappointed in the level of education and support this school has produced, and if any one of them are unable to get a job after they graduate, they are going to be stuck with a very large loan to pay back and nothing to show for it.

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1 out of 5
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Degree: Pharmacy Technician/Assistant
Graduation Year: 2008

The Pleasant Hill Western career college Aka Carrington college, is a joke of a college. you are better spending your money on a college that sticks with their words. I was told they would help getting a job after graduation, but I had already applied to the jobs they sent me to. after months of trying to land a job,they sent me a e-mail saying they will no longer help with finding a job. So the financial counselor lied to me about them helping to find a job. yeah they knew the places that were looking for a job and the job would do interviews, but the people i graduated with, none of us landed the few jobs that were out there. I'm very dissatisfied with the schooling. it started out good ..small class size,until they got rid of the morning class and had one huge class. The good teacher they had ended up leaving and the teacher they put in her place didn't know much about being a tech, because most of the class i was with knew more about the lessons than her. This so called college is just about the money, once they get your money,they don't care about you!!! trust me, you will be smarter going to a school that will help with more hands on lessons. They also changed the courses to online which made taking the class not worth the money they ask from you!!! you can take other online courses for less money!!!

2 out of 5
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Degree: Medical Assistant
Graduation Year: 2015

I'm one of the fortunate ones I had a great instructor. But my problems started on extern. Miscommunication between the ladies and I on my site and when I was asked to come to a meeting, no-one wanted to hear my side, just your a student you don't know everythig keep that in mind. When I had an extern on my extern. sore telling me what to do because nobody wanted to train me, and even she was doing things wrong.No support whatsoever. Yes I was put on extern to learn but even I know always wear gloves when handling a needle, but yet I'm in the wrong. Again I'm there to learn so I'm sorry I don't want to discuss you and your boyfriends argument last night, but I have patients and Drs to attend to. Yeah the employees got offended why because I have good work ethic and I go to work to work and not to socialize. But the school rode my butt, and told me again your JUST a student do things there way, talk to them make the employees if they want to talk. I'm not a therapist I don't want to play therapist, I thought I was a medical assistant. Sorry, not there for insecure women but to help PATIENTS!!!! As for career services...psh... All they did was go on indeed.com, good luck. 39 interviews later I got hired not for my education, but my experience in caregiving and Wal-Mart....Wal-Mart?!!!! Not my extern. My conclusion my instructor taught me well couldn't have done a better job. The issues lie with the rest of the campus. Like the program director and mainly career services...the education was worth it I learned what I needed to succeed in this field but I'm still making creepy pay. Career services doesn't even need to be on the payroll because it seems like all the students I graduated with found their own jobs again for a mere $10/hr job like we just didn't pay for a $15,000 education. not worth your money.

2 out of 5
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Degree: Medical Assistant
Graduation Year: 2015

This school is a waste of time and money. I graduated with a perfect GPA of 4.0 and perfect attendance. I was not hired on my externship because that particular site does not hire anyone, so I continued on to numerous interviews and I was never hired. I suggest saving your time and money.

3 out of 5
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Degree: Agriculture
Graduation Year: 2013

I went to Carrington College in 2013, I majored in the PTT program. I can tell you Carrington is a giant scam! First everything sounds great they tell oh you will get a job after graduation. I went through the program got good grades, when I went to externship, every tech I worked with said Carrington is a scam. The reason why they said this is because you don't need school to become a physical therapy tech, you could literally walk in volunteer for 2-3x a week once the PT trusts guesw what? Your a technician, after I finished my externship I didnt get any job help, they are supposed to help you, rather the lady gave me copies of how to make a resume. No job leads, i kept going a week after then after; still nothing. Eventually I applied at places on my own and got one call back for a pt tech job starting at 9 an hr. Thanks Carrington!! After all this I talked to most of my class and they ALL said they didn't get jobs after! After 13 graduates only 2 walked away with a tech job. Stay away from this school and apply at a REAL school. Was it worth 10k+ debt and no help?

2 out of 5
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Graduation Year: 2016

Horrible. Threats, fear, politcs from upper management.

1 out of 5
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Degree: Dental Assisting/Assistant
Graduation Year: 2013

This school is strictly for profit. The quality of education is not worthe the cost. Classes are not transferable and unstable instructors.

2 out of 5
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Degree: Medical Assistant
Graduation Year: 2011

For the people who had good experiences with the schools and the instructors you don't understand the peoeple who have negative things to say about the school and the program because you didn't experience what they did, doesn't make it not the truth. I attended one of the vocational schools medical assistant programs and finished and had a good instructor (but I haven't found a job not from lack of trying and my internship was never hiring they just use lots of interns all the time to fill their employment roster so they never hire) and it's not from lack of skill on my part of experience because I have experience in medical just not as an MA, I attended that same school for a prior program and had a horrible (the two instructors who taught the class could care less what they were teaching, and were very careless with their safety methods and were always late because they say they drove long distance to come teach our class) they needed more than supervision and training even though they were up in age they should have known what they were doing (point is they didn't care) and that is why I dropped out of the program and the school paid me a partial refund.

It's not always just the school it's a luck of the draw who you get as an instructor their experience and if they give a d--. It's best to really do your homework when shopping around for a school and to shop around for an employer before you decide to go back to school, call employers and ask what their looking for and what they will except from a new hire a degree or a diploma or a certificate and will they be will to employee someome with only internship as their experience. Do the homework yourself don't just rely on the school to tell you the work is their because you will owe a ton on money potentially and the school will be paid and you will owe the bank and in the end that will just be your problem. Remember the school is in the business of making money first and foremost. Best of luck to everyone.

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