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This "school" is ridiculous. Basically this whole program is a scam. I signed up for the flex path program thinking this would be easier working a 40+ hour job per week and being a single mom. There is absolutely no wiggle room. They have you take one class at a time and basically you write papers while paying them an outrageous amount of money. Most of the papers are irrelevant to the real workplace. I was working on my bachelor's in Nursing, I am already a nurse practicing in my field. This is really just busy work that adds no real education or enhancement of knowledge. I decided to drop 24 hours into a new billing cycle due to problems at home and an increased work load. I fully intended to pick back up in the spring because I am literally 4 classes from my BSN. I just received a letter from an attorney stating that I owe $2700 for being enrolled less than 24 hours. Are you kidding me? What a waste of time and money for mediocre instruction and time wasted on writing senseless/irrelevant papers. Please avoid this school and do your research.
Capella University and traditional brick and mortar universities that offer this degree are cheating students because the degree is nearly worthless. The bottom line is if you are not a RN, MD, or LCSW this degree will not offer a high ROI because it's simply not in great demand. The problem is most public health jobs occur at the state government level in the U.S.; however, state agencies do not have sufficient budgets to address public health issues, particularly primary preventative diseases that account for most illnesses, premature mortality, and medical costs, e.g. type 2 diabetes. The U.S. continues to invest in clinical care that addresses the illness or injury through drugs and invasive therapies, hence, the demand for nurses, physicians, LCSW, etc. However, colleges and universities continue to promote public health degrees because they benefit. Take a look at most job listings and your will find that they are primarily looking for nurses, primary care physicians, LCSWs, and professors of public health. In other words, the demand for public health degrees is manufactured by irresponsible college administrators.
Capella University and traditional brick and mortar universities that offer this degree are cheating students because the degree is nearly worthless. The bottom line is if you are not a RN, MD, or LCSW this degree will not offer a high ROI because it's simply not in great demand. The problem is most public health jobs occur at the state level in the U.S.; however, state agencies do not have sufficient budgets to address public health issues, particularly primary preventative diseases that account for most illness, premature mortality, and medical costs, e.g. type 2 diabetes. The U.S. continues to invest in clinical care that is addressing the illness or injury through drugs and invasive therapies, hence, the demand for nurses, physicians, LCSW, etc. However, colleges and universities continue to promote public health degrees because they benefit. Take a look at most job listings and your will find that they are primarily looking for nurses, primary care physicians, LCSWs, and professors of public health. In other words, the demand for public health degrees is manufactured by irresponsible college administrators.
I wanted to wait until after I completed my program to write this review, but am confident I can give a fair assesment without having achieved my final milestones. I work in higher education at an online college, and I have earned other degrees at various online colleges. If you put forth minimal effort, that is what will show in your grade; online college is not for everyone. I chose Capella because at the PhD level they were slightly more affordable and they were regionally accredited, which is important to me. From their admissions rep, to advisors and financial aid, everyone was extremely accessible and I found thier SIS to be very user-friendly. Thier coursework was challenging, the instructors were experienced and knowledgeable and the coursework was reasonable for the degree program. The dissertation residencies were brutal, specifically the coursework leading up to it! But when I got to dissertation, I was totally prepared! I would highly recommend this college to others. In online education, it exceeded my standards. I am proud to say I attended this college and I look forward to graduating with my PhD this year (4 years after I began)!
This is a scam, their goal is to keep you there as long as possible. No wonder with a 17% graduation rate, they should have paid me to go to there school. I enrolled in Flex Path in Nov. 2017. Don't let the Flex Path name fool you, it's not flexible at all. You have to take one class at a time, they only have one instructor, and classes all have to be done in order. There are low-quality instructors and they seem over the top on stupid issues that have nothing to do with the class. They continuously tell The councilor didn't help much with anything. She never answered her phone or emails. They left you lingering with no support. No matter how you do you will always have to do your paper twice or three times no matter what. Slow you down they make more money. I already do work that encompasses this knowledge base, its easy class however they don't care.
I am writing this as a student who is in his final course the capstone and its has been a journey since starting this program in May 2018 and to be finishing by this January 2019 is phenomenal and Capella University has being the best decision I have ever decided. However, sometime it was quite daunting for me as a student because I felt the coaches or tutors were no help. The classes was tough but doable but in the flex path program for my MSN in Leadership and Administration you pretty much on your own and learning any subject was on you as a student. But in this program you could get it done as quick as you could do the assessments. The tuition was also awesome and I say this with all honesty Capella is a good school despite some challenges I went through but no school can beat you getting a Master's degree in less than 8 months. I am considering completing my DNP here.
Terrible experience. I got duped by their quick and easy sophia elective/gen eds. I paid a few hundred bucks to get some electives done only to find out I couldnt' transfer them because of some bogus policy that stated I couldn't use them past 10 or 12 weeks into my first term. No wiggle room. Nothing. Two courses down the drain. Advisers are inept. I was supposed to be in the combo program, then I found out that due to a lack of information I had already completed a course I wouldn't have needed otherwise. So let's mark down 3 unnecessary courses I could have avoided. I'm sure this is all just to roll me on for more terms, make this take longer, and soak more money out of me. Jokes on them. I am taking my money elsewhere for my MSN which I initially intended to finish with capella. DO NOT GO HERE. Bogus policies, tricks, scams, and I just feel broken after all this c***. I could write a novel of how bad this experience has been, but I'm so exhausted with it.
Their learning is set up in an acceptable manner, however feedback is often not timely. Their FlexPath Financial Aid is a joke. The rules change, or should I say the rules they cite change regularly with out notification. There is no accountability at all. I have multiple emails guaranteeing that my Financial Aid was covered when it was not. Leaving me with a large bill. I even extended a class on their recommendation due to a supposed change in the deadline, this is just costing me significant funds. In addition their in ability to appropriately verified to third parties may cost me additional monies.
While my Bachelor's program with Capella had a few ups and downs, overall it was a good experience. Some classes (and teachers) are more difficult than others, with some being so easy you don't have to read the book and others so difficult that they never give a perfect score even when there is no negative or constructive feedback. Discussion are a key part of the experience, but some teachers don't read for content so you find students typing almost unintelligible discussions that are off subject just to get a completion grade. This part of the experience is difficult for learners who want to get the most our of their education. I learned a lot, stress out some and finished strong in my program. Overall, I would recommend Capella as a place to learn and grow.
Do not enroll in the flex program. It is not what they advertise. Very complicated to navigate all the requirements. The classes are only 1.5 credits and are of the same requirements as a college or university who apply 3.0 credits to the class. I spent more time and money on plagiarism programs because the turn-it program does not work effectively.
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