Southwest Florida College Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (32)
Took from graduating in 2009 until this year 2015 for me to find employment with an associated degree in medical administration & a diploma in medical billing & coding. Im finally currently employed, but not in the field I went to school for. the school failed to tell me that I needed to be "certified" to get anywhere & they were no help with job placement. now im stuck on 20,000$ worth of debt. if any one looks in to legal advise for "deceptive acts" or something along that line, let me know. this schools has been screwing over a lot of people for a lot of years & its not fair.
Worst school ever. Had 3 different program directors during my time there and sometimes didn't even have a teacher at all. All this school did for me was make me look like an incompetent fool when I went to clinicals and now I'm stuck with over $20,000 in student loans for NOTHING!
Look into other institutions first!!! The financial aid office is amazing, but i made the mistake of walking in with questions and leaving with student loans and a class itinerary, this place being my first stop. Thats how they get their student populace. The worst part about this place is they demand to be put above all (god, family, and definitely work). The programs directors will be little you, and talk down to you, then tell you what you ARE going to do. And what you ARE going to do is risk your job and of course your home and whatever little else you may have well because they are priority. If yoy dont show up to class you obviously lose points or fail (and you should, thats not the point) but to be treated as sub human because things happen, stuff comes up, and work is essential to life is mind blowing. DO NOT LET THEM ROPE YOU WITH THE SUPER QUICK ENROLLMENT PROCESS. If you insist on this school make TRIPLE sure you wont have any interfereances in your life for the next two yearals (and its a continous school so account for that as well.) If you need to take a semester off for any reason (the classes are year round continous) it takes an act of god to make happen, then you have to complete an exit interview and come back and reapply which they then have the option to "pass" on you depending on your previous standing. In otherwords if you have children, and a full time job id heacily recommend you look into other places (summer vaction while the kids are oyt of county schools, you will still be required to attend class, please please think about every nook and cranny of you life) dont let them blow all that smoke about how great, easy, understanding, and willing to work with you they are, and still treat you with some form of decency anyway.
So to start off, when I started in the ultrasound program there was 16 students in my graduating class. Now that I have left, there are 4 left. When I started at the school the program director was a PODIATRIST, not a registered sonographer. Since I left about a month ago they have gone through 3 program directors. They can not hold on to students nor staff. They told me 4 semesters in a row that I was unable to take the ONE class I needed (applied sonography) due to the fact they did not have enough people who needed that class. ....that class is a pre-requisite to the other hands on ultrasound classes...so they expect me to be okay with them pushing my graduation date back 3 semesters? ?? They must be out of their mind...on top of all this, when I signed up for the program , the advisor told me it was accredited. ..I guess he forgot to tell me that the SCHOOL is accredited, not the ultrasound program itself. Then when I decided to leave the Tampa campus, a fellow student told me that the head of the program through a fit in the middle of class because another student decided to leave, and that the school gets ratings and accredidations based on graduation rates. ...so basically in a nutshell the school is only concerned about taking your money and not about you graduating or succeeding! BEWARE.
I attended Southwest Florida college back in 05-06. I asked for the instructors credentials at the time I attended those courses. I was told that they could not give out that information and the current dean is very rude and unprofessional along with the staff. I am postings this review so others don't waste their time or their money.
Do not waste your time unless you want to waste your money. You will spend about 20,000 on just an associates degree and that is with financial aid. Oh and dont think about starting and transferring to another school they arent the same number of credits for the classes so when you transfer you will be left with having to take almost another year of classes to make it equal in the states eyes with local colleges such as manatee scf or edison or usf etc.. I had to pay the hard way :(
This school is crooked and will lie to to until you reach the point that leaving would cost you a lot of money and hurt you significantly. They are liars and all of their marketing sounds real good. SOUNDS good. Dont Do It. Go to Edison or some other college that is actually recognized by state universities. This school is a joke. Waste of time and money.
This school is strictly out for money!!!! I attended the Tampa campus and I found the admissions staff and director to be quite rude.
They put you through a ton of loop holes to get an answer for something and it seems that everybody has a different answer for the same question. I havent been there a year and I've seen at least five teachers leave.
I wouldn't recommend this school to.anyone youre better off going to a junior college bc swfc is wayyyyy overpriced
I'm enrolled in the Health Information Management (HIM), two year Associate's degree program at SWFC. I am current into my second year. I have had a very positive college experience at SWFC, meeting great students and learning from helpful and focused instructors.
The Port Charlotte campus is small and allows for a nice size of class to teacher ratio. All classes taken so far have been relevant to my major, and thoroughly interesting and enjoyable.
The program manager for the HIM department is also an excellent instructor and mentor. She is willing to help students with their resume, and actively seeks to place both current and graduated students in jobs within the HIM field.
Teachers are always willing to help out students. The workload is pretty substantial, so be prepared to work hard. I feel confident that I will pass the RHIT and CCA exams!
Overall, SWFC is a great college that I highly recommend!
This is my review now that I have completed my degree: I wish I had located all of the bad reviews I can now locate when I started a year ago. When you sign up everyone is more than helpful. But once you start class, you are no different than anyone else and I can say I felt invisible and ignored. Any time I had an issue everyone acted like they were going to help and were concerned but no resolutions were EVER reached. I received books for class AFTER midterms on two occasions (only in a diploma program) one of my classes cut out an entire part of the syllabus (because the teacher was not qualified to teach it) Twice books were removed from the syllabus because "you don't need them" the program manager has changed three times in the last four years, the director of education three times in the last three years. Teachers frequently "didn't have time" to write a test, find what they said they would, grade your papers, etc. There were standards set and when they were not reached, they were thrown out the window. Their career services department copies postings online and sends out a mass e-mail so if your in any kind of medical program you get all of the medical postings, not just ones for you. I am still waiting on answers on assignments from FOUR weeks ago. She cant answer my questions but she will grade my work?