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I managed to complete the program of medical billing and codeing. You get one 6 week class on Codeing, taught by an instructor who was not certified, and struggled with codeing herself. After completeion, not once did anyone from the school bother to contact me to see how I was doing in my job search.
It's been 3 months now and I haven't as so much to land an interview. Attendin Branford Hall has turned out to be one of life's biggest regrets. They promise you the world to get you to sign up. You have to pay 90.00 to sit for the certification inwhich for the most part codeing questions, which you will be unable to pass based on this curriculum. This should be illegal.
I taught at Branford Hall in Bohemia for just under one year and I have to agree with the students that have posted here about it being a cash cow joke. Administration has nothing but money on their minds. How to keep it, how to get more. Most of the time they lie to the impending students to get them to sign on the dotted line and be into them for $$$. I was given classes to teach where the pre-requisite was not taught, so I'd have to reteach that in order to teach my own. I also taught classes that were, in reality, review classes. "Filler classes" in the curriculum.
Even I was dismayed at wasting such time and $ in teaching this junk. Then there's the security-lack of. Anyone can walk in and out and since we had some issues with students and domestic violence-which Admin knew about-you'd think security would be important. NO! Can't tell you how many times 911 was called because an abusive spouse/bf came onto the premises.
And yes, the entire doubletalk about what you are paying for when you sign and what you actually get is true. Do yourself a favor-save your $, get a curriculum online, study, take prep tests online and then take the real test. You'll save yourself SO MUCH $$, TIME AND AGGRAVATION. Good luck!
My educational experience was exactly as I expected it to be. I am a focused student, and so no one should be surprised that I've been a 4.0 from beginning to end. I've perfect attendance from beginning to end. The first week of class I found my own externship site. I was the first to have my portfolio ready and turned in. I was the last to get an externship site, my site was given out. I ended up with a site completely unsuitable to my gender, and sociological background. I would not get a reference nor job out of this site, no matter what I do. It's an 180 hour waste of time. The last site available in my area, can you wonder why it's the last? Because everyone knows it's something that shouldn't be issued.
I've listened to instructors speak to each other, and am not surprised that they get written warnings if and when they fail students. So we're putting out a substandard product to hurt the community, and they are not going to pass the state exam! But that's ok, because they graduate (yahoo!) this looks good to the public, and more students will be attracted to Branford Hall.
Of course no one is thinking of the money in grants and loans that this will generate? The only good thing that I can say, is that I loved my instructors, they showed true concern with my education, and I believe that's because they knew that no matter what, I would gain my education. I am determined to succeed in spite of the unpleasant Branford Hall experience. I should have investigated my options before I signed on the dotted line. You should, too.
As advertised, "You can get your coding certification is less than 9 months".
* Wrong. Only after three months of the program, when it's too late to back out to get a refund and you'd have to pay for everything, do they tell you that you don't get anything except for your diploma in the mail that my get wrinkled if your mailbox is too small. They never told you that you'll have to spend an extra $420 to take the actual CPC exam once you graduate.
- As advertised, "You can get your coding certification is less than 9 months".
* Wrong. After they tell you that you not only have to pay for your exam, now you have to pay for the three books to take your exam which will cost you an extra $600+. Unfortunately for them, our class told them no, we don't think so. We fought tooth and nail to get the books that qualified us for our exam because we deserved that much and we paid for something in the initial $15,000. What we did paved the the future for other students at that school so they could learn with up to date materials.
- When we graduated and passed, we are given two letters of recommendations for our AAPC that will prove we coded enough to have considered 2 years of experience which will allow us to be CPC certified once we pass our AAPC exam.
* Today, I learned that was wrong too. The letter ONLY covers ONE year of experience, the year we put in for actual coding anyway, and now, when I pass my exam, I'll be CPC-A certified. A means Appearance. A means we have to complete another YEAR of coding to drop the A.
This doesn't even cover the quality of education your receive in the school, or actually, the lack of education. The pre-test to get into the school was a joke and I think I had a similar test when I was in grade school. We had four amazing teachers that were well educated and reached out to their students who struggled. The rest of the teachers were unqualified, even reading out of the books and handing us loads of work to do on our own. We even had one mod (semester) where we only had one class a day and we had to teach ourselves the coding, so by next mod, we had no idea what we were doing and the teacher had to backtrack and teach us what the other teacher never did, making us have to double work to keep us on track.
The administration was poor and people were getting laid off and replaced left and right. Most people employed outside of teaching only lasted a few months. They were more against the students than with them and when we were fighting for our rights to have books, we were baby sat like children.
Please consider your options before choosing Branford Hall. I would never recommend them if you're looking to start a new career. I graduated with a 4.0 GPA, was able to get hired through my internship (which was only run by one person, making it ridiculously hard to find a place quickly and accurately) and currently making $14hr (which is on the low end of medical coding). I honestly say that if I didn't do most of the work, the extra hours, the long nights and my own achievement of getting somewhere, I wouldn't be as fortunate.
You can get the same education and become a CPC-A for less by doing online classes or even going to a community college. Don't waste your time and money on this institute, you deserve better for yourself and your family. It's really a shame and there's nothing I can do now but to give you some insight and hope you make a better choice.
I would absolutley not reccomend this school to anybody. This school was more like an alternative high school than an adult continuing education program. The teachers had no clue how to teach, and the directors were in no way able to direct anyone especially themselves. Do not be fooled, they do not help you find a job after you graduate. They barely help you find a site to do your externship, and what they fail to tell you before you sign up at thhe school is if you, yourself do not find a site within an allowed amount of time you will be dropped from the program. Nobody knows whats going on there but everyone is always covering up the next persons mistakes so nobody ie EVER on the same page.
Save yourself a lot of time, money and aggravation and DO NOT attend this so called school.
I graduated at the Bohemia school in NY. The training was good and I looked forward to tests every week because it was fun for me. Some students here were not fit to learn or even socially skilled enough to work in a healthcare environment and others were treated like first graders because they acted that way. I never heard so much swearing in typical conversations from some students and I knew they could never conform to an environment where advanced communication is crucial. So it was depressing having these slackers around when I was taking this course very seriously.
I had a good outcome after graduation. I was hired for $16 hr to start at a diabetes practice and worked many hours. A typical paycheck was 800-1000 week. I loved that job and have decided to become an RN so I am back in college. This school is good for entry level into healthcare but if you want to be more...go to college. My only advise to the school is to be more selective who the enroll and don't just accept anyone because they are eligible for a grant.
This school sucks so bad!!! The teachers read out of the book and cant answer half of the questions that you ask. Just about anybody could teach there. If you have 2 years of experience and need a job. Call them now. I wish I could sue them. Anybody who went there got ripped off!
I have to say I did complete the medical assisting course at Branford Hall Career institute in Southington and averaged a 3.90 GPA and also was on the Director's List twice for outstanding attendance. I enjoyed the people that took the course during my time there and I found the teachers very helpful. Despite, some saying that there was no job placement, well....they're not going to do everything for you, this is the real world with real challenges and obstacles.
They did give me some opportunities to persue, but I did the footwork myself and did land a job as a medical assistant in a 9 physician practice where I worked for a year. It was a great job but it was my own personal decision to change my career path because I was the one to change my mind. I am grateful for the education I received at The Branford Hall Career Institute.
I am currently a student and would have been much better off spending less money at a community college. The criteria for entrance is "1st grade sub-mediocre" with people who say "Who do dhat" etc.
The majority of students are on state aid and don't pay full boat so they have no real interest in the classroom and suck up everyone's time because they can't articulate a full sentance. Let's put it this way... Half of the class knows where all the courts are and the other half has no clue. RUN!!!!
i was told i should join a pc course...i did, there were 9 of us, then 6 then 4 .the men in the class who were familar with the information and technical aspects of the course were far ahead of the others in the class, so we proceeded at their rate, not a chance of catching up.
then it was video games and searching the web....the other course was taught by a man with baggage and a bottle....nice guy bad time....i did not graduate, haha...and i am still paying off the educational fee for this wonderful academic experience.