Carrington College Reviews

  • 87 Reviews
  • Multiple Locations
  • Annual Tuition: $13,975 - $54,125
13% of 87 students said this degree improved their career prospects
23% of 87 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

Alex L
  • Reviewed: 9/12/2023
  • Degree: Nursing
"~$60,000 per student in the Nursing program. We were given old iPads, slow computers, out-of-date books, broken projectors, printers that don't work, a sub-par library, as well as simulation equipment that is both expensive and finicky. The turnover rate for instructors and nursing staff (about 2 or more per semester) is insane for the 6 figures they're paid annually. Students are taught the bare minimum once they get to Level 3. Clinical schedules are made last minute and instructors are allowed to pick favorites, give answers to those they like, and treat the other students terribly. The only ones teaching and testing fairly were the male Pharm instructors. On top of everything, there seems to always be tons of drama involving both staff and students. The wait at CNM is worth it."
Montana Satterwhite
  • Reviewed: 8/18/2023
  • Degree: Medical Assistant
"Lance is awesome and so is Colton and everyone there that approves u officialy to the college they are all very respectful and very sweet and helped explain things very well I would recommend this college to anyone they are hands on and they are willing to help u achieve the goals u want!"
Krystal Ward
  • Reviewed: 8/4/2023
  • Degree: Health Sciences
"Carrington College is the worse place to attain anything. It shouldn't even be legal for this place to operate. To finish all my classes and be dropped during extern for no given specific reason and NOT receive my certification and diploma really wasted my time, energy and effort. It's false advertisement. I have never seen anything like this before."
  • Reviewed: 6/18/2023
  • Degree: Dental Assistant
"It’s a good school to go to if you are ready to handle fast paced and rigorous classes, they’re not for the weak. There’s a reason it’s accelerated, so just try to keep that in mind. Credits are not very transfer friendly. I’m currently trying to transfer out of the AS degree program because I realized all the science classes I am taking aren’t going to help me pursue a bachelors degree or prerequisites for a graduate school (like dental or medical)"
  • Reviewed: 6/13/2023
  • Degree: Nursing
"Run. Run far away and fast. I had the deprivilege of sitting shotgun on a journey with the Mesa, Arizona Carrington College Nursing program and all I can say is, RUN. Point blank and period, run. Do not give them your money and if you already have try to get it back ASAP. For a mere $43,000 Carrington College tells you they will provide you with everything you need to be become a Registered Nurse. Here’s all the stuff they FAIL to tell you… • They do not have a permanent Dean or Director of Nursing. They change regularly and often during the semester making the administration there a joke. • Teachers are in the same boat. For most classes during the 18-month curriculum the teacher quit or was fired and replaced; as many as three times during a single block. As a result, there were teachers from Reno, NV proctoring online and by proctoring, I mean handing out PowerPoints and expecting you to learn. • In fact, the ENTIRE curriculum is PowerPoints, and not good ones. You could just get copies if you prefer to save yourself the money and just skip to the part where you teach yourself. That’s how it ends up when you go to Carrington anyway. • Who cares about the classroom though when you know you are going to get all your experience and real learning during the clinical hours. Wrong. Here is what you can expect to experience for clinicals: o Incorrect information of where to report and what is required of you to get set up to attend clinicals. o A new preceptor/teacher for every clinical; sometimes people that Carrington just found to fill in for the day. o Last minute cancellations or changes to your clinical schedule. o In reality, most of the clinicals ended up being the student nurse sitting at home and doing simulators (v-sims) on a computer with no instructor available. Great way to learn! • And what was the end result you ask? Well, way less than half the class passed the NCLEX on the first try. Most struggled the entire curriculum to teach themselves. Most had to take the test MANY times, trying to re-teach themselves along the way. Many have not passed and will not pass. • And here’s just a couple more fun facts from our experience: o Every single schedule changed. This was sold as an accelerated nighttime nursing program, but Carrington College expected you to be at their whim anytime of day. If they wanted you at the school, you were expected to be there, even with less than 24 hours’ notice. They had zero respect for students’ personal lives. o Carrington College was previously disciplined for allowing student to cheat on tests. As a result, the way they attempt to proctor tests is obnoxious. Expect to not know where you are taking your test (at home, on site, at an alternative location) as they have a hard time getting teachers to come on site and proctor exams. o As mentioned, Carrington College is regularly either on Censure or Probation with the Arizona state nursing board. This is because of several factors but first and foremost is the fact that the student nurses they produce can’t pass the NCLEX at high enough rates. This is public information. You can validate their current status through the Arizona State Nursing Board online. The bottom line here is $43,000 is a lot of money to invest in your education and there are much better places to get your education. The community colleges here in Arizona are your very best option and are only around $15,000. Get on the wait list now and don’t rely on these ridiculously expensive schools to provide you a future. I’m having a hard time understanding how Carrington is still in business and in all honesty would consider taking legal action against them for false advertising of their program if I thought it was worth my time and money. So in conclusion, RUN."
  • Reviewed: 5/17/2023
  • Degree: Medical Billing & Coding
"The professors do not care or are not fully knowledgeable of their subject matter. When asking questions they don’t answer/give short generic answer. After 1yr I still do not have a job because hospitals don’t recognize Carrington or NHA credentials. They told me I could begin applying while in school and that some companies may even pay for school… these were lies. It is very frustrating to have paid all this money for school and STILL be unemployed!"
  • Reviewed: 4/16/2023
  • Degree: Veterinary Technician
"They take in more students than externship site and they don't guarantee job placement or externship in writing. The sign off sheet for externship is obsolete. I went through 8 months no externship, job, or certificate. Don't not attend this college!"
Juandarius Hamilton
  • Reviewed: 3/7/2023
  • Degree: Health Sciences
"In 2022 this review would have been pleasant; based on a different staff. The 2023 staff is terrible. They were terrible. They barely hopefully throughout my journey. They’re unprofessional unreliable. There was a lack of communication, and they have truly made this difficult for me."
  • Reviewed: 2/6/2023
  • Degree: Veterinary Technician
"Imagine going to Starbucks and paying for a $6 coffee and breakfast and then being told to make it yourself, that's what it's like Carrington college fir $18,000, which instead of teaching the class go ask another student and walk away. Here's the price for Portland community college. Save yourself some money! Item Cost Tuition and fees See tuition and fees (Use the college cost calculator to determine costs per term.) Textbooks and note packets $500-$800 total, for the entire program Supplies* $300-$500"
  • Reviewed: 11/8/2022
  • Degree: Veterinary Technician
"The staff is really nasty. There's days I wanted to cry. The financial aid office messed up my paperwork. The staff is caddy, gossip, rude, and unprofessional. My personal info spread out to entire campus. If it wasn't for VA benefits I would not go here. The first semester we had no teacher for four weeks. The course is really hard so much homework you can't hold down a full time job. It's only certificate course, but I am spending more time than I did with my Associates Degree. The financial aid office will not give you a straight answer. I'm three semesters in and too deep and working my tail off to quit. This school all they care about is money. They are super nice, until they get your money. Then they show their true colors. I heard from people that are ahead they can't find a place to go to clinical there supposed to help you, but they don't."
  • Reviewed: 9/17/2022
  • Degree: Veterinary Technician
"It was so stupid, I wanted to go to this college but since I live in Oregon they only had vet assistant. the vet tech school was in Cali and with Cali being very expensive to get a apartment they sadly didn't have dorms. I asked the Portland campus why they didn't have vet tech and it was because no one wanted to do that program. they also told me I needed to start with vet assistant first then join into vet tech which I thought was weird because I have a friend who was already a vet tech without being a vet assistant first. It felt kind of suspicious to be telling me I needed to be a vet assistant first then a vet tech when you can be either or."
  • Reviewed: 8/16/2022
  • Degree: Medical Billing & Coding
"There is not ONE SINGLE POSITIVE thing that I could say about Carrington! I truly wish I could have made ratings of NO STARS after giving several ONE STARS. I learned NOTHING I did not already know. I expected to be taught how to code. Of the 9 months I wasted attending, we might have covered ACTUAL coding for no more than a SINGLE MONTH! The other 8 months covered basics; writing, terminology and general topics of little import to my career. Financial Counselor basically pulled a "bait-and-switch". "You qualify for multiple grants and discounts ... " I qualified for NOTHING and was stuck with 2 loans. What I received was not worth the paper my 'certification' was printed on. Job placement assistance was a joke! Promised positions in the $30-$35 range. No employers/positions offered directly was anything over $20. If I wanted to follow up or get any direction, I had to call them. TLDR: If you've worked in something close to your chosen field, you already know ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING they will be "teaching" you."
  • Reviewed: 6/27/2022
  • Degree: Medical Assistant
"So this school is absolutely terrible. I started the school September 2021 unfortunately due to circumstances out of my control I had Covid-19 I was hospitalized put on a ventilator for 40+ days and then was in a rehab for about a month. I had my family contact the school about a leave of absence and about coming back when I came out of the hospital and this school decided to just withdraw me. The VA was helping me out with tuition here and because of the schools decision to just withdraw me instead of putting me on a leave of absence they screwed me over completely. Now the VA says that they cannot approve to help me anymore due to laws of being withdrawn and not being able to reenroll. The school has increased their tuition since kicking me out and charging nearly 3,000 more for a program that isn’t even worth the amount they were charging back then. All with the excuse of needing to increase due to demand exc… I have the uniforms the iPad exc. The school has went from having class available nights 2 different schedules to just one they don’t even have a steady MA teacher for their medical assisting program. The in class assignments are a joke they don’t make sense and have many many errors. I have been trying to get a hold of someone anyone from the school all day calling multiple numbers even leaving a voicemail on the campus directors line but nothing no one here gives a crap. I just am looking to withdrawal from the school may be considering looking for help from the BBB or a lawyer because I feel as though I have been completely screwed over. The school at this point owes me. I wasted time and money here all to be screwed over, this needs to be fixed asap…"
Ken Ryan
  • Reviewed: 6/23/2022
  • Degree: Medical Billing & Coding
"Im stunned to see the reviews are so low for this school. I absolutely loved it. And I think that for anyone unhappy with this place, would be because they didnt try hard. You get out what you put in. I got my Billing Cert. I got hired immediately. I have been employed the entire time. And never thought id make it as far as I have. I bet if my entire class reviewed Carrington, they'd say the same. I recommend this school. I would go again just for fun. Spokane was tight knit, great instructors and staff. The students cared and encouraged each other. Thank you, Carrington. Kenny Ryan Spokane, Wa campus class of 2012"
No one
  • Reviewed: 4/13/2022
  • Degree: Radiology
"In the radiography program you have a one year external ship which is unpaid. Carrington will tell you that your program will be 23 months but then they will withhold your degree from you and will not allow you to sit for your exams until months after your last day of clinical. The communication from the school is terrible and once you leave campus no one will come check on you to make sure you are learning what need to from your clinic site. The school is also extremely expensive and you will need to take out a huge loan. Which good luck repaying if you can’t work until after you licensing exam many months later."
  • Reviewed: 10/18/2021
  • Degree: Nursing
"Do NOT attend this school. There are so many other options, pick them, and run away from this school. Teachers are useless, matter of fact everyone on this campus is useless. You will be treated just as a money sign because that's all they care about. Deans and teachers drop like flies here which means you'll have a "professor" that knows nothing about what they're teaching you. Terrible School, wish I read the reviews instead of going to this school. This school should be illegal to attend"
  • Reviewed: 9/13/2021
  • Degree: Medical Assistant
"I absolutely do NOT recommend this school whatsoever. It is full of adults who have NO CLUE what they are doing. They are always confused and unable to fix or manage ANYTHING. Teachers are no good, and when they finally got ONE good teacher they took her away from our class and moved her to something else. I do not recommend at all. The program is outdated, all the equipment doesn't work, all the supplies are expired, there is NO STRUCTURE WHAT SO EVER to the entire program. We pay 18,000+ to attend this college, that should not even be in business. I say again, they literally have NO IDEA what they are doing, not a single clue. None of the online stuff works properly, and the teachers don't know how to fix it. I just think you shouldn't waste your time here, yes its a 9 month program, so it is quick, but taking a 2 year program at a better college would be worth it. Take your money elsewhere, I promise."
  • Reviewed: 9/7/2021
  • Degree: Veterinary Technician
"Well the reviews were definitely right this school is an absolute disaster! Administration and financial lie to you and don't give you all the details you need, the teachers are incompetent and aren't even correctly hired for the position. I was there for a week and didn't receive any help even when I asked for it, when I did decide to drop the class none of my calls were answered. I threatened to get my lawyer involved if I wasn't given an answer and then magically I was given answers right away and the attitude from the staff was unnecessary and uncalled for, they give you the run around and procrastinate! Do your research before you decide to go here, it is unreliable and unprofessional. DO NOT attend this college, it's a joke!"
  • Reviewed: 7/25/2021
  • Degree: Nursing
"admin is terrible and lies. professors are even worse. I would highly recommend not going to this school. Only thing that is good about it is that you finish quickly but I would say the incorrect information, lack of support, and terrible staff is 100 percent not worth it. I did not believe all of the bad reviews from other websites but they are all true. There is nothing good about this school."
  • Reviewed: 4/20/2021
  • Degree: Medical Billing & Coding
"This school is a joke. Especially the Portland, Or. campus. They talk a good game to get you enrolled and then show their true colors after the fact. To parents who have younger adults enrolling... go with your children, read the fine print, and record conversations if possible. These people told may lies and tried to force me to pull student loans when I told them I was not interested and had another way that I would pay for my tuition. The person who enrolled never told me about the add drop period and when I decided to leave two weeks into my program, I was told that I would still be charged for the books, iPad, and two uniforms even though I never wore them. I was told to bring the uniform back to the school if it did not fit, but they could not take the uniforms back because I had removed the plastic from one of them to try on at home like I was told to do even though it was never worn to the school or anywhere else because of Covid-19. After I filed a BBB complaint, the tuition due for the time I spent with Carrington College was erased as a “customer service gesture,” but the school still hit me with a bill of $2,474 for the given supplies because the books and iPad were opened. They were so salty that I’d decided to further my education elsewhere that they were going to stick me with a bill regardless. I don’t know about any of the other campuses, but the one in Portland, OR. is not it."