Branford Hall Career Institute Reviews - Certificate in Medical Billing & Coding
If I can give this school ZERO stars I would...First of all the administrators lur and harass you after inquiring about the school..They literally call you over and over until you come to the school ,they maniipulate you and tell you all these wonderful things about the school .God if I thought twice I would not me in the predicament I am now..So gullible me starts school and basically they have what they call MODULES and each module is 16 days,which is clearly not enough ..Once your done they make you fill out a million pieces of paper and sign all these agreements .. I send you our externship and most of the XO shipped dont even show you anything that you were supposed to learn in school there are extra ships with they want even show you anything .Im done almost 2 months now and I cant find a job nobody wants to hire anybody without working experience this is the worst school dont ever go here
I decided to attend a school rather than to learn online as i am a person who needs guidance and support. Unfortunately i received very little of either while attending this school. The teachers give you the test questions and answers. There was no need to study. I received high marks in all my classes even though i didn't achieve all the objectives that was required. Despite receiving high marks in my coding classes, i still failed the CPC exam twice. A waste of time and money. I wish i could turn back time and attend a different school
I currently attend the jersey City campus and if this means anything to you its HORRIBLE, HORRIBLE, HORRIBLE. If by any chance you might be looking for a good education this is not the place for you.If I didn't really inspire to become successful and not to allow anything to come in my way I would have been dropped out.
My life is completely changed because of Branford Hall Career Institute in Southington. I just finished my externship, which yes, I did find myself. I got both certifications offered by the school, and am starting my new career next week. Some of the most caring teachers I have encountered, all of them helpful and passionate about me succeeding. I have heard the whining about how they don't help you, and about the drama among students. Yeah, this goes on if you get caught up in it. However, if you are intelligent enough to put your head down, go to class, DO your homework, trust me you can make it here. They bend over backwards to ensure you make up your hours so that you have enough to graduate. I defy you to go to a degree colloge and see that type of personal handling. This education experience is truly what you put into it. I guarantee the same people that complain would have the same experience at any institution they attend. You reap what you sow.
Watch out! This is a For Profit school. All they care about is taking your money. I left at the end of the program with a debt of $8,000 and with no clue as to how to be a medical biller. Don't expect this "school" to prepare you for a job. It won't.
As far as information and the actual classes go, the program is good. The complete misrepresentation by the staff to get you to sign up is horrific. A relative of mine also attended the school and they told her the same things they said to me despite differing entrance exam scores. Truly, the worst part of the program is the unprofessional attitude of the instructors. Some are wonderful but others turn it into a junior high scenario of rumors and encourage and promote students to discuss other students when they aren't there. Complaints to the higher administration did nothing, denial and unprofessional behavior is rampant. The hours are rigorous but they do tell you that. The level of education you get for the cost isn't the best value, you can't transfer any credits to a real college, and out of the 40 or so people who started in my class, only approx. 7 of them finished the course. Nothing about it is easy. Even the parking is difficult, many of us had to drag wheeled suitcases through the snow in the winter because you have every class every day and need to bring all relevant books and materials. The basic premise of the school seems to be to churn as many students through a 9+ month course as possible, with daily quizzes and every other day tests with hours of nightly studying and homework in a relatively safe but socially childish and unprofessional environment with the aim of making as much money off of you as possible and then sending you on your way. It should also be noted that you do not have to purchase the course books from the school, that they can be purchased online or via other students, which they do not tell you and they do make you pay for all of your books up front, which is incredibly expensive. Some of the instructors are amazing, some of them treat the job as a joke. If you have the time and energy and you're willing to settle for a certification instead of degree, and are also willing to overpay to learn in a less than stellar academic setting but need to move your education along as fast as possible, this is the school for you. You certainly won't be an expert in your field but you will learn enough to hopefully get your foot in the door somewhere. No job opportunities were offered to me like initially promised, only unpaid internship experience, which was a graduation requirement, though you can find your own paying job and use a paid externship to fulfill that requirement. I personally have never recommended this school to anyone and never will. *Because of the length of time between attending the school and writing this review, please check any facts for yourself, as some policies at the school may have changed.
If there were a rating lower then one star, no facility would be more deserving then Branford Hall. Told 2 weeks before "graduation" course is an intro to Med coding. Then take it off course title! Also, focus on billing aspect not coding since they do not offer coding certificate. Staff turnover was unbelievable. The math instructor couldn't even do basic math, what a joke. Earnings in this field start at min wage they lead you to believe starting wages are much higher. A lot of drugs being done on campus. After 6 yrs, still waiting for certificate!!!! If you enjoy waisting your time and money I highly recommend Branford Hall . I can't believe they are still in business.
I went to this school in Springfield ma. I busted my butt to get there everyday. And worked hard believing that when I graduated I'd have a good job. After I graduated. I didn't get a diploma or certificate. I didn't get a job. They said to look in the paper and go here. But every place wanted at least 2 years of experience. Other places heard you went to Branford hall and didn't even want to talk to you. It was a waste of time and energy. They told me I was getting financial aid and I wouldn't have to pay anything back cuz I had no income. Now I still have it on my credit report. I never received any bills or payment requests. So I'm in default for not making payments. I don't recommend this to anyone. They don't tell you the bad parts of going here. The only good thing we're the teachers. They were all great.
I attended Branford Hall campus in Amityville and I believe that the administration is poorly run. I also believe that the courses they give is nonsense, some of the books that came with the courses and the externship. I have met people who became "medical billers and coders" without going to a school. Sadly the school teaches you to become a biller, but not thoroughly to become a coder. I believe a lot of the information they provided is not supported by their actions, but say *anything* to keep their quota to maintain being paid and that ultimately, they truly & solely want money. I loved the teachers, but they even know that what they're teaching is not enough for the actual job especially in 25 days for 3.5hrs. Only thing I'm really glad is some of the books that are somewhat helpful, but some were published in 2010, it's 2016, a lot of stuff can change in the medical field, especially since Obama Care and ICD-10 came into play. I ultimately felt like I could have done equal as much for less money without coming here.
4 directors in the 7 months I was there. This school cost more than I made in a year; and I had to pay for everything (except for a pel grant). They refuse to give my diploma. the first one they printed out, without an official seal and gramatical errors!! I was promised a new one a month ago, STILL WAITING. I have contacted numerous people about this situation and they ignore it. No job placement. The very few teachers that were good human beings left or were fired or quit. I have never seen so many people leave in a 7 month period in my life! Im in a far worst position now than I was before. This place is a joke, they fill you with lies to get you to sign and then they do NOTHING to help you succeed. Every thing I learned, I taught myself. There were only two good teachers there, but I dont even know if they are still employed there. This place is a SCAM and a huge waste of time and money. Biggest mistake of my life! I will not be silent about this joke of an institution. Its criminal! Completely unprofessional. They should be embarassed!! They should refund every single student that had to pay. Its disgusting.