Anthem Institute Reviews
I think every student should be aware of how Anthem will help cover their financial aid. The year I attended was very poorly managed by the administration and the financial aid professionals. Had I known what I know now, I would not have attended. When they learned that they would not receive the Cal Grant, they called students out of class and forced them to sign a document that gave them to immediately withdraw & get their money back or stay and pay what they had not intended to pay at the time of sign up. They pressured us to sign the document on the same day. (I have proof of this)We were already half way through the semester when this happened. Then we had a new administrator who seemed to run the building and school like a D.I. in training. Totally unapproachable. She set up a meet and greet as her welcoming party and served pizza. She served the pizza by using her hand to hold one end of the pizza as students ripped off pieces. Furthermore, she never introduced herself, nor was she introduced. I could go on and on, but many instructors left after she took over the administration. It's normal for people to leave, but the stress level of many employees and students became almost unbearable. Great Instructors and Support Staff. Poor Administration.
I personally LOVED Anthem but where my problem lies now is the fact that they say even when your gone you can always come back and get extra help weather its freshing up on your vitals or your vocab! I have called and left voice mails with the dierctor of the medical assistant program and I have not recieved 1 phone call back. I want to refresh myself with EKG's and because I havent recieved a phone call back i will not apply to anything but blood labs for fear of messing up an ekg and being fired!. I do not recmond this school just because of that broken promise! and I was really upset after finding out I still have to pay for the certifaction test when I have to pay 15,000 for going to school it should have been included
I had a great teacher. It did get me a better job than working retail. But please don't come here and expect to EVER make more than 10-14 an hour, unless you have been at your job before 2006. That goes for any medical assisting school.
It costs alot to go here, $20,000 for me---when you could have just went to a community college for a fraction of the cost. SO many people are flooding towards this school and schools like this, which means pay in the field goes down, and certain kinds of people are willing to work at a much lower rate. Places are work are not looking for quality workers, they are looking for who will take the least amount of pay.
I moved to Florida 2012 and on any interviews I went on they laughed at me when I told them I was working at a company for 5 years (labcorp) and ended making 14.50. The phlebotomist in hospitals around here are making 9-11 an hour. Medical assistants are being paid anywhere from 10-12 an hour.
When I was in Jersey, 13-14 per hr seems to be standard, and I know many people working as medical assistants up there. The job you have most likely will drive you to the ground. Its very hard work. I recommend getting an associates degree to get started.
But if this is good for you, do it.
I feel bad for you. I really do. Because if you're reading this, it means that you're at least giving thought to attending Anthem Institute in Cherry Hill, NJ. Don't!
From entry to graduation, this school has been nothing but conflicting information, disorganization and bold-faced lies. I won't bore you with the details of everything I've been told that has turned out to be a lie but trust me when I tell you, the right hand does not know what the left hand is doing at Anthem Institute.
Career Services doesn't know WTF they're doing and the information you get from day to day from ANYONE at the school changes with the wind. Everyone from instructors to Career Services to Financial Aid will tell you whatever you want to hear in order to get you to sign those contracts. Don't do it!
This school and everything about it is a JOKE, including the worthless DIPLOMA you receive. Yeah, did they forget to mention you won't have a degree when you're done?
It's unfortunate to say, but the school's agenda (at least mine in Aurora, Colorado) reads nothing but "SCAM".
I enrolled in the school approximately three years ago, finished with the "in-class" portion of my education a little over a year ago, and have been waiting for an externship site since then. You see, the school will not allow you to find your own site, so you are forced to wait. Wait, and wait, and wait. The program I was enrolled in, Surgical Technology, is priced a bit over $33,000 and the waiting has forced me to have to start paying student loans, and those same loans to start building interest. I'm not only deeply in debt, but I'm deeply in a growing debt with no career path.
I should add that I am no where near a poor student. In most courses I have placed higher than all past students, so naturally a 4.0 GPA. I have received high praise from four different instructors, and I am even a Student Ambassador (I suppose you could call this position the "Honor Roll" of Anthem College).
I have been calling the school regularly, but the persons responsible for continuing the last part of my education have begun completely ignoring phone calls and e-mails. From what I understand, I am not the first this has happened to--just the first to be vocal about it.
I will likely have to collect information from past and current students, and see about hiring a lawyer to form a class-action lawsuit. This is not the path I want to go down, but I think it's the one I need to take--Anthem College put me in this position.I wholly wish everyone who may have read this the best, and hope you do not decide to make Anthem your choice in education. This school is a trap, and you will be all the worse for making the decision to enroll.
I recently graduated from Anthem Institute in Cherry Hill, NJ and I have to say I am surprised to see some of these reviews written below me. All of the advisors that I met with in the beginning were very honest and helpful about what to expect throughout the process. It was emphasized to me that Anthem would help a lot, but I had to work hard to get the results I wanted, and I did just that.
Anthem is a school that offers a lot of great resources, but you have to work hard, show up to class, and put the effort in to get the results you want. It was a hands on class room where a lot of the stuff I was taught, I am doing out on my job now. I could probably point out the students around the school that wrote some of these negative reviews, because you can tell they are the ones that expect things to be handed to them on a silver platter. It does not work that way. If you are looking for a job in a field that Anthem teaches, you can come here and accomplish just that.
I tried the community colleges, and visited other schools, and I am very please with my choice of Anthem Institute. I work in the field that I studied in, and have no regrets about my education from Anthem. They are now offering to pay for me to further my education to become a nurse. If you have questions or concerns, just talk to your advisors and they will help guide you in the right direction.
I've been an Anthem student for six months now. I started off with my "Anthem Train Ride" go-go rally and began school the next Monday. It was one of those "Come and drink the Koolaid" rallies to get you all hyped up before class started. It was a nice attempt at making you feel good about your school choice but in the long run it was about making you feel like the staff was on your side...which they rarely seem to be once you start your classes. Anthem preys on people of lower economic status. The majority of people attending school here are on some sort of government program, which makes it easy for the school to get paid. They don't care about the quality of students they have, they just want your money. That's the hard truth. First of all, there's alot of confusion about externships. Some teachers say they only send you to a place that's hiring and others will tell you thats not at all the case. I've talked to many people who have finished their program and only two have gotten jobs through Anthem. And, I don't think the jobs are anything you couldn't have gotten without wasting $17,000 on your certificate program at Anthem. (A certificate that carries absolutely no weight in the work field. Why the f*ck don't you get your CPC certification after a year of school? Is it because the AACPC wouldn't dream of recognizing Anthem as a legitimate school? I think that's it!) My teacher, M B is a not nice. No other way to say it. She's a dominating, talk-over-you-if-you-dare-to-speak kind of person. If you attempt to ask a question, she'll cut you off and give you an answer without hearing your question. Then, when you get frustrated because she wouldn't let you finish asking your question before she started to answer, she'll belittle you in front of the entire class. Her ego is enormous and she thinks she's God's gift to MBC. Even if you can show her in black and white that she's wrong, her standard answer is, "The book is wrong!" The most irritating thing about her is that she plays games with your grades and I find this completely inappropriate. If everyone in the class scores poorly on an exam, she automatically gives everyone 10 points added onto their grade. It's not out of the kindness of her heart; its to make herself look good. She can't uphold her holier-than-thou persona if her class flunks her tests, can she? She runs the school in Cherry Hill, even though she's not the dean. The other staff members are wrapped around her finger and they're too intimidated by her to stand up to her. Over our holiday break, we were invited to come to the school for a non-school breakfast function. Those who said they could not come and those who said they could but did not show up were chastised. Those who showed up got 10 extra points for a future test. How the f*ck do you do that? How can you get extra points added to your test for showing up to a non-school-related event, even if it was held at the school? Those who said they wouldn't show up are being punished for being honest. Those whose plans might have been changed during the ten days we were off also got punished for not contacting her when we don't have her number and the school communication (Moodle) system was down. Our class is jam packed with over 20 students while the other instructor has three students. Why? Because she's not qualified to teach MBC, yet she's an instructor at Anthem. That should tell you alot!!! This is what you have to look forward to with the MBC course at Cherry Hill. Trust me when I say, I cannot wait to get the hell out of this school and just be done with it. I've wasted my money, my time and my brain in thinking I would be better off going here when in fact, I would have been much better off going to a legitimate college or junior college that would have offered me more than a worthless piece of paper when I'm done. I drank the Koolaid when I first started attending Anthem but now that I've been her for awhile, I see what a joke it truly is.
I have mixed feelings about my experience at Anthem Institute. The instructors have a great energy toward recruiting and getting you hyped up before you begin your courses. The "Anthem Train" rally is almost cult-ish but it's at least encouraging and welcoming.
The school is set up to appear to be a legitimate "college". There is an Alpha Beta Kappa wall in the hallways and photos of people with cap and gowns on in another. Those all made me feel pretty good as I started my program but now that I've been there awhile, I see those as a joke. Do I really believe that anyone (an employer) will recognize my Alpha Beta Kappa from Anthem Institute? Not really.
Unfortunately for me, my recruiter no longer works for the school so I can't go back to him and ask about things that were initially told to me. I've been in school for five months not and some of the information, and unfortunately, a very important part of the information is never fully answered when questions are asked about it. Externships.
I was told when I signed up that I would be doing a four week externship at the end of my coursework at a facility that was hiring people for MBC. My first two instructors repeatedly told us that this was the case. Then in my third class, my instructor said that externships have to guarantee that they have open positions. My externship doesn't guarantee that I'LL be the one they hire, but they do have openings. Okay, I'm good with that because in the end, it's up to me to prove myself during this externship in order to land the job.
When I went to Career Services to get clarity about the externship, I was told that the externship does NOT have to have openings in your field or any openings at all...they just "have to have the ability to hire and fire people". In essence, as long as someone on staff at your place of externship has the ability to hire, they are an acceptable facility for externships. That's a lot different than telling me that my externship has openings in MBC. I've never heard of a business that doesn't have someone who can hire and fire people so I feel like this is a really slimy, creepy way of slithering around the truth.
I try to get as close to as many people in my program that I can so that I can get their feedback as they progress through the externship. MANY have had issue even getting an externship and a large percentage of them have been at facilities two hours away that aren't hiring. What's the point of sending us to do an externship at a place that isn't hiring? We're all going to Anthem to land a job at the end of our program and if the school can't provide at least the opportunity for me to have a fair shot at a job, they are not doing their job or fulfilling their promise to me.
My first two months at school were a joke. I made peanut butter sandwiches, did a "magic carpet ride", put together a puzzle, made a poster board...all things that were a complete waste of time and money. My second class started to get more worthy of the money I'm paying Anthem but the instructor had no clue and gave us the test questions the day before the test. If you didn't come out of that class with a 4.0, you must be retarded.
My core program is much more intense. My instructor knows coding like the back of her hand. However, she can be very demoralizing and condescending to the students. She never allows questions to be asked during her lecture and on the rare instance when she does, she usually belittles the person asking the question. Like I said, she knows coding but in turn she expects that the student who is new to this should know it as well as she does after one lecture. Her lectures are long, boring and off-subject for a majority of the times she's speaking and if there is any reference to people in her story, you can bet they're going to be Jewish and you can bet she saved the day. Her ego is tremendous. She's a smart lady but she was not intended to be an instructor.
This is an unbelievable complicated field of study and I think I made a mistake trying to do it through an "accelerated" program.
Do I think I'm learning at Anthem? Yes, I am. Mostly due to applying myself and reading my books nightly. But if I had to do it all over again, I'd go to a community college or other college to get a degree that will carry more weight and not just a diploma at the end of it all. (Your CERTIFICATE is up to you to get after you're long gone from Anthem with your diploma in your hand.)
I rushed into my decision to come to Anthem and wish I had not. I was pressured because classes were starting the following week and if I didn't start then, I'd have to wait another five weeks at a miserable job. I'd caution others to really look closely at the school before deciding. Talk to other students and ask to sit through a class in your potential core program. Any legitimate school will let you do that, at least for an hour and it would be an hour well-served.
These people are horrible . They will harass you back to back to back to back to BACK ! I never seen somebody call so much in my life . It was almost like a bill collector . I even told them I've decided i dont want to go there any longer and they still are calling me . I don't understand what's so hard about taking my name off the calling list . It's so annoying .
The financial aide department SUCKS ! They don't help you . What they do is try to scam you . They make you do your fafsa with them so you can put info that they want you to put on there vs what the actual truth is . They claim they do things the legal way . This is a LIE ! Ive took college courses before . A real college doesn't make you complete FAFSA with them.
FAFSA is supposed to be a tool that students use on there own to determine how much funding will be available for your education . By the time they made me put all that bullcrap on my fafsa i was not eligible for an grants . They wanted me to take over 16,000 out in loans just to go there .. It's a waste of money and also a waste of time . The credits won't even transfer to a real college .
You dont recieve a college degree from here . All you get is a certificate. IT'S NOT WORTH ALL THE MONEY THAT YOU WILL END UP PAYING IN THE LONG RUN ! You will be paying for the rest of Ur life and all you will have to show is a dum certificate . Please do not waste your time . Go to a REAL COLLEGE . Even if its just a community college at least you will be able to transfer your credits and get a REAL DEGREE !
There are tons of students, in fact, I'm willing to bet that the majority of the student body is there on government assistance. My experience in life has shown me that if you don't have to pay for something, you rarely appreciate or respect it. That doesn't mean you can't derive an education from Anthem. Your course books aren't written in terms for "ghetto", "middle class" and "real smart"; they're written the same way for every student. And if that's the case, why is it that some people walk out with a great education and some don't?...probably because the ones who do have put EFFORT into it. Those who don't probably expect life to be handed to them.
I'd suggest to anyone that is considering Anthem to GO TO THE SCHOOL during open hours, tour the facility, TALK TO STUDENTS who look credible (they encourage that, at least at the Cherry Hill campus), talk to the person who will be your core instructor and evaluate if you think it fits your needs. If it doesn't, walk away.
To those with sour grapes who feel they didn't get what they paid for at Anthem, get an attorney and sue the school. Better yet, during your educational process, contact the main office of the school and air your concerns. Suggest that you'll put your tuition into escrow until your contract is fulfilled. But don't expect more from the school than you're told you will receive and don't expect to get more than you're willing to give.
I've had a great experience at Anthem in Cherry Hill, NJ. I graduate in June of 2013 and my instructor has already given me a place to volunteer as many hours a week as I can to see the day-to-day life of someone in billing and coding. This place has already offered me to do my externship with them. Again, life is what you put into it. No one is forcing me to volunteer but if it gives me a heads-up against my competition in the work field, so be it.
I've only been a student at Anthem for two months but the career center has offered their time to me anytime I care to take advantage of it, financial aid has been very helpful and each instructor has offered 30-45 minute slots after class for one-on-one instruction for anyone who wants it.
Sorry to ramble on so much but after reading so many negative reviews, I thought Anthem deserved a voice of reason. Keep in mind that negative news spreads 10 times faster than positive news so it's very likely that there are many more satisfied graduates than there are negative.