Sanford-Brown Institute Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (124)
When I was to speak to a higher member of faculty, they asked who I was and why I was called, I breifly explained. They transferred me to him... And this time he answered and acted so nonchalant about what he did, explaining that they have no deadline for those papers. Terrible. This same problem has happened before with the test applications and also with this faculty member apparent never answers, calls back or emails. Apparently the school has no intentions on fixing the problem. And no repercussions for the guy who messed it up!!
I'm thinking about taking Surgical Tech program at Sanford Brown in NYC on 16th near union square. I've read some the reviews here for the school and its making me nervous about the program. I'm getting loans to pay for college so i dont want to get stuck with a loan and no way of paying it back bc no job would hire me. anyone take the surgical tech program and had success?
First thing is not every course at Sanford Brown is worth the money. It is your responsibility to look into different profession's expected growth, pay and earning potential, and check different websites to see job requirements so you have an idea of what to expect once you graduate. The MA field is already flooded, take note of that before deciding to go to school in order to become one!
Just completing a program does not mean you are essentially 'ready' to work in a profession. If you lack certain basic skills and are not able to uphold professionalism in the workplace it will be difficult for you to get a job. That's through any school and any career path. You have to aim to be top of your class in order to be top of the pick when it comes to landing a job.
Do your research! Don't just take an admission rep's word for everything, you have to be responsible for your own success. Make sure that the program you want to take is accredited by the body necessary for you to sit registry exams as soon as you graduate. Don't go by the schools website, go onto the accrediting body's website and look up accredited programs to ensure the SBI you choose to take that specific program at is accredited! I'm a future Diagnostic Medical Ultrasound student and have opted to take medical billing and coding in order to receive my 44 credits towards the DMU program. Its easier for me to go that route instead of community college. I checked the CAAHEP website for accredited ultrasound/sonography programs to ensure I am able to sit the registry upon graduation. SBI NYC, Garden City, and White Plains are on the list for programs in the state of NY.
The better you do in your classes, the better the externship you land and are given the opportunity to amaze a potential employer. Use it to your advantage! Nothing will be handed to you, you have to bust your butt and take what you want.
I will be taking two classes online during the upcoming spring semester (needed for DMU) at a university that offers an online Medical Imaging BS program open to candidates that have successfully completed a CAAHEP accredited course. I will be awarded up to 60 clinical credits for the SBI program and will be able to transfer in 30 more credits towards the 120 credit degree program.
Bottom line is do your research, the school owes you nothing but the basics, its up to you to make it spectacular! No school can guarantee employment, I know people with law degrees that can't get jobs! It really is up to you to make yourself stand out and network while you are a student so you have employers attention upon graduation. Get out and speak to individuals that are successful in your career of interest and find out what they did to get where they are. I spoke to countless ultrasound technicians and the head of the echocardiography department of a well known hospital just to gain insight. All of the technicians went to Sanford Brown and the head of echocardiography told me to contact her when I graduate. I'm getting to know the right people from now.
DMS PROGRAM REQUIRES 60 CREDITS. THIS PROGRAM WAS 18 MONTHS LONG TO INCLUDE CLINICALS. SO IT WAS VERY FAST PACED. EVERY TUES AND THURS WE HAD A TEST TO INCLUDE STUDYING 12 TO 22 SHEETS FOR EACH TEST SO YOU HAD TO STUDY DAY AND NIGHT AND MORNING. VERY INTENSE STUDYING TO PASS. I DIDN'T WORK DURING THIS TIME BECAUSE IT REQUIRED A LOT OF MY TIME. A LOT OF PERSONALITY CAME OUT DURING THE PROGRAM BECAUSE YOU WERE AMONG ADULTS. I WOULD RECOMMEND THIS PROGRAM TO ANYONE READY FOR CHANGE. DON'T FOCUS ON THE COST. YOU WILL MAKE THE MONEY TO COVER ALL EXPENSES.
I APPRECIATE EVERYTHING AFTER ALL IS SAID AND DONE. THANKS SO MUCH SANFORD BROWN INSTITUTE. I WOULD DO IT ALL OVER AGAIN. IT'S WORTH IT LOOKING FORWARD TO STARTING MY NEW JOB NEXT YEAH GRADUATED IN MARCH. DO WORRY ABOUT HOW MUCH YOU GOING TO MAKE TAKE THE JOB PASS YOUR BOARDS THEN YOU CAN MAKE $35 HOUR AND UP. OH YEAH I'VE LEARN EVERYONE WANT START AT THE SAME TIME OR AT THE SAME PAY PRN IS BETTER THAN NOTHING TAKE IT GET IN THE DOOR. SOME CLINICAL SITES MAY HIRE STUDENTS AND START THEM VERY WELL SOME MAY START LITTLE LESS THE $20 TAKE IT AND MOVE ON.
I was dropped in january towards the end of the moth I was not told this until the day before my final exam, and then was told that I cant come back until the 20th of february. I waited and then they still tried to keep me from being able to start where i left off, I ended up having to restart a mod that I already did. they pushed my externship back and now im forced to wait another month. This school just wants the money but does not care about their students.
There is STILL some hope out there for those that had bad experiences with the school.
Remember, school is big business and they "sell" So what can you do? You CAN transfer credit but they do not tell you how.
I have been a part of the adult Ed system for sometime and know how to help everyone on this page.
1) First, report them to Dept of Ed if you have a loan you feel you did not commit to and encourage others to do so. 2)Next , try to get certificates from the school or at least a trasnscript or any classes completed 3)Focus on getting "certified". A certificate of completion does not mean you are certified. Many agencies out there will accept your current transcript and allow you to take a $500-$1200 refresher course and sit for certification testing such as ECG Tech, Telemetry Tech, Medical Assistant, Certified Electronics Record Course, Cardiac Tech etc.
Some are 3-5 classes and after allow you to sit for certification. Once certified, the CERTIFICATIONS count for college credit from 12-24 credits each certification you pass.
I completed the entire course and completed one off site internship when I had to drop because they wouldn't give me a leave of absence. I was pregnant and wasn't allowed to work at the other site because they handled chemo drugs. It is going to cost me around $2,100 to re-enroll and I just received a letter in the mail stating that I have a loan out that they applied to with out my knowledge. This school is a joke. The "teachers" play favorites and tend to base your grade off of how much they like you and not what you are supposed to know. Don't waste your time. I don't plan on going back to finish the 80 hours to get my certificate. A waste of my time and money. Find a different school to go to.
I went to Sanford Brown for the Medical Assistant program 9 months i graduated with a 3.8 gpa. After my externship i was told to go back to Sanford Brown so that i could set up a test date for my certification, they gave me the run around for over a year, making excuses. It's been over six years & i still have not gotten my certification.
I wasted 9 months @ that school and i am still paying for that student loan. I couldn't find a job because noone would hire me without the certification. I drove over a 120 miles a day for 9 months & I have nothing to show for it but another damn bill. DON'T DO IT!!!!!!1
My experience refers to the White Plains, New York, branch..
I strongly DO NOT RECOMMEND this school, which is the worst school I ever dealt with in my life!!! First, the school's website does not really provide detailed information of the programs they offer. They don't have any information about the requirements of each program. Because of this, I had to arrange for a meeting with the school's Admission office (the person I met with doesn't deserve the title "counselor"). This was no problem, she was more than anxious to pencil me in on her appointment book. When I got there for the meeting, I haven't even sat down when the admission person told me right away that I qualify for the Cardiovascular Tech. Program (this is after their review of my transcript I emailed them prior to the meeting). That's great! The problem is I was actually inquiring for the Diagnostic Med. Ultrasound Program. All I heard from this person is how great the school is and was also asked how I'm going to pay for it. She did not go over the Program's requirements that I have to meet in order to get in.
Instead, I was handed a school catalog for the schoolyear 2010-11 with an addendum attached to it. She also gave me a 5-minute quick tour of the school, then sent me on my way. After reading the catalog when I got home, I found out that half of what the admission person told me was crap! I needed to meet a lot of requirements that are listed on their catalog to be able to get in the Program. But because it is an old catalog, I thought I should clarify these requirements and make sure this is still the case. So I again contacted the admission person whom I met with. That was frustrating as I had to wait for almost a week for some kind of a response that did not really answer my questions. So instead of investigating to look for answers for me, she just referred me to contact the Program administrator directly, since she was "no help" to me, she said. So I did. After two voicemail messages and two emails to the Program administrator... still no response. So I emailed another person from the school (whose name was also given to me by the admission person). That was also a failure.
For a school that charges $35,000 for a two-year program, I would think they could at least provide some information to the people who are checking out their school. Oh, you should also check out if the program you're interested in is accredited. Their DMU program is accredited, but their Medical Asst. Program is not. For all the wasted time and effort I put in to this school just to get information, I would rather not give them the money they charge for their program. You might be better off checking out your community college which will cost you half of what this school is charging and might also be accredited for the program you're interested in. I did, and I'm already registered to take summer classes.
First let me start off by saying I am working in the field for what I went to this school for. While attending SBI I was an A/B student. I took the Cardiovascular Technology program (a steep $35,000) and I was never the student to complain.
When I went to sign up for the school they told me that it was an accredited school and that whatever credits I received I can transfer to another college if I wanted too. This is entirely not true, as I have yet to find a school that will accept my credits. The teachers' knowledge of the subjects was fair at best. Our teacher almost always sent us home early...3 or 4 hours early almost every day. Which sounds great as a student but if your paying a lot of money to go to school you want to get a full day of learning.
They did have student services that helped me to prepare my resume, which the person who prepared my resume had very little computer knowledge. I had to show her how to copy and paste!
I never complained or was a student to start trouble but I would not recommend this school to anyone. Take $35K and get a real degree at a real college. I feel like they did not prepare me for the real world, and I did most if not all of my learning working in the field. We had 16 people in my class and 3 are actually doing what they went to school for. I was one of the lucky ones who got a job but it was no thanks to Sanford Brown.