Carrington College Reviews - Medical Assistant Certificate
Review of Medical Assistant Certificate Degrees
Fast and to the point certification but half a**** lessons learned. The school spoon feeds you the answers to pass the tests and doesnt focus on actually learning to understand the concept. Also, reading 10 textbook chapters per week on average isnt practical for most people to retain the information read. Iv been a cna for 8 years, and am scared to death, having graduated from the medical assisting program april 2017, to start working as a medical assistant. I feel extremely unprepared and iv been in this field for a while.
Carrington college looks only to take money from students..horrible college they cost way more than regular school because they are a private college. Sure it's a short course I mean who doesn't want to get a job right away without having have to go through all those years of college? But in reality it doesn't pay off because you are learning all the medical stuff in a short 9 months and they don't teach you everything you need to know more like less than half. I took the MA program and they refused to let me take the CMA exam after I finished the course and graduated because I didn't "pay them a left over balance of 17000 dollars" and I had no job at the time. I tried to get loans to try to pay the balance and they just had no empathy or care if weather or not I had the money they wanted it paid now in full balance. My suggestion to anyone thinking of going, I'd say look else where. It's not worth the debt or "education" from them.
I did not attend this school, but I have been a medical assistant for 5 years and my coworkers and I have recently be asked to take on externs from Carrington. We have taken on externs from a local community college which offers a medical assistant program, and there is quite a vast difference between the 2 groups of externs. Our community college externs have come out with a "go getter" attitude and very knowledgeable. Our externs from Carrington are nearly paralyzed with fear, and lack confidence with necessary tasks such as taking a blood pressure. They have told us they barely practiced them in school, and have also revealed that the amount of money they paid for the program was nearly twice as much of the program offered by the community college. I'm very disappointed in the level of education and support this school has produced, and if any one of them are unable to get a job after they graduate, they are going to be stuck with a very large loan to pay back and nothing to show for it.
I'm one of the fortunate ones I had a great instructor. But my problems started on extern. Miscommunication between the ladies and I on my site and when I was asked to come to a meeting, no-one wanted to hear my side, just your a student you don't know everythig keep that in mind. When I had an extern on my extern. sore telling me what to do because nobody wanted to train me, and even she was doing things wrong.No support whatsoever. Yes I was put on extern to learn but even I know always wear gloves when handling a needle, but yet I'm in the wrong. Again I'm there to learn so I'm sorry I don't want to discuss you and your boyfriends argument last night, but I have patients and Drs to attend to. Yeah the employees got offended why because I have good work ethic and I go to work to work and not to socialize. But the school rode my butt, and told me again your JUST a student do things there way, talk to them make the employees if they want to talk. I'm not a therapist I don't want to play therapist, I thought I was a medical assistant. Sorry, not there for insecure women but to help PATIENTS!!!! As for career services...psh... All they did was go on indeed.com, good luck. 39 interviews later I got hired not for my education, but my experience in caregiving and Wal-Mart....Wal-Mart?!!!! Not my extern. My conclusion my instructor taught me well couldn't have done a better job. The issues lie with the rest of the campus. Like the program director and mainly career services...the education was worth it I learned what I needed to succeed in this field but I'm still making creepy pay. Career services doesn't even need to be on the payroll because it seems like all the students I graduated with found their own jobs again for a mere $10/hr job like we just didn't pay for a $15,000 education. not worth your money.
This school is a waste of time and money. I graduated with a perfect GPA of 4.0 and perfect attendance. I was not hired on my externship because that particular site does not hire anyone, so I continued on to numerous interviews and I was never hired. I suggest saving your time and money.