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Brightwood College Reviews

  • 40 Reviews
  • Multiple Locations
  • Annual Tuition: $14,236 - $19,760
53% of 40 students said this degree improved their career prospects
48% of 40 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

Rachel
  • Reviewed: 3/21/2017
  • Degree: Licensed Practical Nurse
"The LPN program in Indianapolis is a joke DONT GO!! They have a Hessi test that is given to determine if you go to the next quarter or not. I don't understand how this test can determine if you will be a great nurse or not. You can have a 100% in the class but if you fail the Hessi V1 or V2 you fail the whole course with a Zero so you have to pay for the course again and this is in the second quarter. Who does this! You want even cover 90% what will be on the test you are set up for failure. They calculate your grades all wrong, the school it pro instructor and against student who pay money to get education. The instructors are thrown in without any skills on teaching what needs to be done."
Never would recommend
  • Reviewed: 3/20/2017
  • Degree: Vocational
"Teacher are great! But doesn't teach much. They money is definitely not worth it and also they will say anything to you to get you to sign up and go! But will lie about the total amount and stuff! Another thing can never get a hold of anyone and extern is awful! They didn't tell me I had an interview until the day of!"
SummerWinter
  • Reviewed: 2/19/2017
  • Degree: Medical Assistant
"The program directors are unorganized, only one teacher is reliable and honest. The teacher I had knew the system and creates a unstressed experience for her class, meanwhile the other MA teacher position is a rotating door and the students in that class were sadly steered incorrectly. Many many students were made to repeat courses due to faculty fault. I sure wouldn't pay for a re due when it was their fault. It was a discouraging experience outside of my classroom. I spent three mods watching "seniors" take priority in labs only to be disappointed in my senior mod. "Freshmen" were the new focus then. Verbal remarks regarding that. Extra lab hours left me waiting for MA director to show up for scheduled time, no show. Extremely unorganized. Promised certificates were never given. I wonder if many other students noticed all the started projects that were never completed? Externship was a horrible experience, again with organization and planning. Not one school official reached out to see how I was doing. Not supportive. Finance pulls students out of class in the middle of lectures, inhibiting student education. Medical terminology is not a course. Drama!!"
Brenda
  • Reviewed: 10/14/2016
  • Degree: Medical Office Administration
"I can honestly say my school experience was good. The problem was as soon as I went in to my externship! That's when I realized that I had not learn anything!! In my opinion the MOS program is over priced I owe 15,000 on school loans and the only job offers that I have had so far want to pay me 7.25 an hour for a Part time position !! Is it a joke? !! That's the reason I went to school because I don't want to get pay minimum wage! But don't you tell that to anyone in school because the only thing that you are going to get for an answer is not to be picky and to get experience in the field should be all it matters! Not to me!! I have bills to pay!! Don't take this program is not worth it!!"
Student
  • Reviewed: 9/13/2016
  • Degree: Nursing
"Two words- Seriously Disorganized In the Intermediate Algebra course here; the midterm was not on the material covered for assignments or quizzes, and the assignments get changed day to day. So if you did work on assignments early. Your basically wasting your time because the assignment will just get changed on the next class. The Human Anatomy course is all over the place. You have to study everything in every chapter to survive the course. There is little guidance on what you will be tested on. The Academic Strategies course is a complete joke. None of the students in the class even know what the information on the tests will be on. None of the assignments even get graded from the first half the course until after the midterm was complete. Again, little guidance on what material is stressed for exams or quizzes. disillusionment a feeling of disappointment resulting from the discovery that something is not as good as one believed it to be."
Leyla
  • Reviewed: 8/18/2016
  • Degree: Medical Office Administration
"Brightwood College was/Kaplan/Maric once you graduate they will not help you... just wait and see, that why they keep changing the names. The people that work their will refuse to help with your own loan resources that you pay for, you will not have access with anything and the name will change again, just wait and see."
Angelene Arzola
  • Reviewed: 6/7/2016
  • Degree: Dental Assistant
"Brightwood college is a friendly environment! the teachers and staff make sure they can help you in every way possible to help you succeed! They also help prepare you for what to expect in your field including interview preparation which helped me a lot. I truly left the school feeling prepared!"
Molly Folse
Responded: 7/18/2016

Thank you for your review, Angelene! We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience.

Abri pena
  • Reviewed: 6/6/2016
  • Degree: Dental Assistant
"I had a great experience at this school. The teachers were all amazing! I feel like they prepared me in every way possible for what I needed in the field. I am now working in the field and have been since the day after I was finished with my externship."
Molly Folse
Responded: 7/18/2016

Thank you for the kind words, Abri! We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience and have a job in your field.

Hard work pays off in a short time
  • Reviewed: 6/2/2016
  • Degree: Licensed Practical Nurse
"Fast program. Full time lots of work. Good thing graduate short time. Either days or eve. Clinical is al day. Can't miss school days or labs. Don't cancelĀ for weather or emergency or kids which you would need back up plans and tons of support. Bad thing credits don't all transfer."
Molly with Brightwood College
Responded: 6/6/2016

Thank you for your feedback of Brightwood College! We'd like the opportunity to discuss your experience with you to see how we can improve. If you would like to talk to someone, please give us a call and ask to speak with your campus president. You can find contact information for your local campus here: https://www.brightwood.edu/locations/

Regarding transferability of credits, the programs offered at Brightwood College are intended to be specialized, career-oriented degree and diploma programs. The credits earned at Brightwood College are generally not applicable to programs offered at other institutions. Ultimately, the decision to accept transfer credits is solely at the discretion of each receiving institution. The degree and diploma programs of the College are terminal in nature and are designed for the graduate's employment opportunities upon graduation.

Don Darnley
  • Reviewed: 4/13/2016
  • Degree: Pharmacy Technician
"Kaplan College of Las Vegas. Well here it is the teachers were good. The Dept head was great. The learning was adeuate. But the bad was after the certificate there was no jobs, no one in town liked or trusted Kaplan or there students, from what I saw 3 people in 1 whole class were hired that is awful. Suggestion is stay clear of this school which is now going by Brightwood go figure that one lolol."
Tatiana
  • Reviewed: 1/19/2016
  • Degree: Medical Billing & Coding
"Please,please don't,t waste your time and money! 9 months of kindergarten- can't describe it with over words. And it is very hard to find a decent job that will pay you more than minimum wage. But they are really good at telling you "stories" how will this course will improve your career."
Lucy
  • Reviewed: 9/17/2015
  • Degree: Nursing
"Had a great time at this school teachers and all staff were extremely helpful when I had concerns about homework or didn't understand subject completely. Classes held on campus which made learning more individualized when needed. All staff willing to help you out. Teachers actually cared about the students success and ensured students would pass class by offering tutoring before or after class if needed. You could also email instructor anytime and within 24 hours receive a reply."
nerumaru
  • Reviewed: 9/1/2015
  • Degree: Information Technology
"Best option while maintaining full time job too. Outrageous financial services and loan, penalization and such."
Refund please
  • Reviewed: 11/8/2014
  • Degree: Medical Billing & Coding
"My extern experience was cringe worthy. The doctor in charge told me the following analogy. "Think of a baseball game. You know what a bat is, and what a ball is, but you do not know how to play the game." I was thrown into a job externship where the woman to train me was already on maternity leave. I had no idea how to start on my own using their computer program. The doctor was rude, I wanted to leave. Kaplan never returned my call when I asked to be placed elsewhere. The end result was my extern position was as a collector for unpaid bills. Calling the same people over and over again each day. I graduated with a certificate as a medical office specialist. I looked for a year trying to get State certification elsewhere. The end result is I am working at an elderly care facility as a housekeeper. I have another 6 1/2 years of paying down this debt."
Yana
  • Reviewed: 8/5/2014
  • Degree: Medical Assistant
"I was working minimum wage job untill I enrolled and finished medical assistant and Phlebotomist programs. Now I am certified, I am employed full time and love what I do. The pay is great benefits are amazing. Kaplan college have the best teachers who still in field and who inspired me every step of the way."
john basa
  • Reviewed: 6/8/2013
  • Degree: Health Sciences
"I graduated at Kaplan College North Hollywood. It was a 2.5 year program till you get your Radiologic Technologist Degree. All through those years it was a nightmare for me as a student. First year was a Medical Assistant/ Xray Tech program. I attended a 3.5 months externship. At exactly 3rd month externship, school found out that the externship site that I was currently working, their xray machine was not registered to the state. And told me my xrays may not count. Their solution: They sent me to a different site and start all over again !!! Second year was a Radiologic Technologist program. I attended a total of 8 months of externship- 6 months in a hospital and 2 months in an imaging center. At my 6th month, they sent me to an imaging center where i will drive over 56 miles one way, total of 112 miles a day. As a student, I work for free and gas was hella expensive. No way i can afford it. School told me to talk to financial aid and talk to them about LOANING FOR GAS MONEY?!?! I CANT AFFORD HAVING ANOTHER LOAN FOR THIS NONSENSE !! Solution: I ended up borrowing money from my parents and sold my valuable things. I really hate this school. I was depressed and cried often. As a member of their alpha beta kapa society honors, I was not proud. I would not recommend this school!"
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 12/17/2012
  • Degree: Licensed Vocational Nurse
"The evening vocational nursing program that I attended was overall, a good experience. Most of the instructors were outstanding with a couple not meeting student expectations. The enrollment counselors are friendly and good at what they do. Financial aid might be good for some. The financial aid rep. That I had, was unprofessional, lacked follow up and follow through. The job placement dept. seems to be a waste of Kaplan's budget. I personally received one call from this dept. and have yet to work with my current license. Focusing strictly on the nursing dept. I would say that I did get a quality education with an incredible amount of support from nursing staff. If you can get past the early steps of enrollment, I would highly recommend Kaplan's nursing program."
Kelly D erone Follie
  • Reviewed: 1/22/2010
"I attended Kaplan College when it was Texas Careers, and I muat say it was the greatest experience of my life. They had resources such as babysitters, we experienced hurricane Rita and Ike, they made all kind of arraangements for the ones that lost things. I also like that fact that the had monthly award ceremonies, that allowed us to feel successful. It was very rewarding to me. i have two children and it helped to instill in me and my children that education is important. I started working right out of school i did my clinicals and they hired me. You just have to want it!"
christina
  • Reviewed: 1/18/2010
"i went to kaplan college for about 7 months in i loved it it has a good medical assistant program. the teachers really go into detail with everything im glad i came to this school."
justin
  • Reviewed: 10/24/2009
"Went to the Vista campus, worst mistake of my life! The most pathetic school i have ever had the most unfortunate task of dealing with even after graduating from there. From the program directors to the financial aid/career helper dept they are rude, unconcerned with your education/career efforts and absolutely the most unorganized, unprofessional, lazy, incompetent bunch i have ever witnessed. Save your money , time and sanity by staying far from this cursed school!!!"