Charter College Online Reviews

  • 58 Reviews
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  • Annual Tuition: $18,161
25% of 58 students said this degree improved their career prospects
24% of 58 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

  • Reviewed: 8/11/2021
  • Degree: Medical Assistant
"What a joke! very disappointing for 20,000$... The teachers hardly respond to your teams messeges along with emails. There is nobody on the same page or behind. HUGE LACK IN COMUNICATION between anyone you are always lost... The head person from Vancouver WA accused a student of stealing a laptop as well even though she had her own... I would not send anybody here I would tell someone to spend the extra money else where. When we went back to in person I missed the first night of my class because no emails were sent out about in person lectures. When I brought this to my teacher attention she just said I need to get my eyes checked."
  • Reviewed: 6/25/2021
  • Degree: Veterinary Technician
"Program is way too expensive for the certification given. Business first, all about the numbers. Admissions does not know what a VA does. Do your own research. Limited hands on experience. Does not fully prepare you for a career in vet med. Recommend checking out other VA programs in your area."
Kimberly Lee
  • Reviewed: 11/16/2020
  • Degree: Pharmacy Technician
"I wanted to pursue a career in Pharm Tech and signed up online to receive newsletters. Within a day, a Charter College recruiter called me and made me sign papers of enrollment instantly! He hardly broke down the overall cost, which is a hefty price of $23,100! For a certificate? I know local community colleges that charge one tenth of that price. I would not give them another second of my time and emailed my unenrollment. They had no regard of the price and didn't have me speak with a financial aid rep until the very next week. This school is definitely profit motivated... BEWARE."
Bobbi Sue Sharp
  • Reviewed: 10/26/2020
  • Degree: Dental Assistant
"Charter college in Bellingham, Wa claimed I never graduated so now I have to pay a grant back which payed for over half of my schooling. I walked on stage, got my diploma and completed the externship program and all the paperwork that came with it. The program was rushed with very little hands in experience."
  • Reviewed: 7/31/2020
  • Degree: Medical Assistant
"This college is very expensive $23,100.00 for a certificate program. They will take all your FAFSA grants money plus you will need to take students loans to cover the expensive certificate program. They forced the students to take the 3 exams for the license from NHA (National Healthcare Association) even when they students are not ready to take the exams. The first exam is before take the internship. The internship is in 3 months just at the beginning when you just started the program. Then the forced the students to take the exam again after the internship and again before the graduation. The students don't passed the exams and won't be able to take the exams again because is only 3 times or opportunities that the students have to take the exams. The students will be able to work in WA under a registration, but the door to have the license is closed forever. Also, the door to use grants from FAFSA because they withdrew all your grants money. It means that you will be stuck for the rest of your life with a Medical Assistant Registration. If you want to become a nurse, study a bachelor or a associate in nursing. You will find out that Charter College took all the grants money in a certificate program. It is better and cheaper to study an associate or bachelor in nursing at any community college than waste your time and money in a very expensive programs at Charter College."
  • Reviewed: 12/22/2019
  • Degree: HVAC
"This school is an absolute joke and I advise everyone who decides that they what to go to school for HVAC and refrigeration to go anywhere else but here. The staff at Charter College said to the students that we would get a lot of hands on training. However, the hands on training consists of our hands on a computer doing everything online. There are two different instructors for this class. One instructor primarily uses YouTube to teach his class and when you ask him questions he is absolutely no help and I swear the only three words he knows is "I dont know". The second Instructor who is new to the school spent his career as an energy advisor and has zero experience as an HVAC/R technician in the field. Also, he doesn't teach anything that is based on the classes that we are taking and decides to teach whatever he wants. Why he decided to try and teach HVAC/R is beyond me. This has been an absolute terrible experience for me and other students that go here. I cannot stress it enough, do your research on schools before going so you don't go into student loan debt like I did."
  • Reviewed: 12/16/2019
  • Degree: HVAC
"The institution was more concerned with getting people in to get money than they were with the quality of education the students received. The lab wasn't built for the first two months of us starting the HVAC/R program. They decided that the best way to teach the students hands-on training would be online. Why didn't they wait until the lab was finished before enrolling students? Halfway through the program, the instructor decided to quit for a module and then come back. While he was gone, we had instructors from different campuses tell us that basically, 80% of what we were taught was wrong. The instructor for the HVAC program teaches us off of YouTube videos more than anything. He takes points off of your participation grade for asking questions. This institution is more concerned with your monthly payments than what you actually learn and take away from these courses. I recommend that anyone who decides that the HVAC field is what they want to go into, enroll elsewhere. I don't understand how they were accredited to continue to operate the HVAC program"
  • Reviewed: 12/16/2019
  • Degree: HVAC
"This course, or whole program rather, is absolute garbage. I would not recommend this school to my worst enemy. The teacher doesn't give a damn and makes it blatantly obvious. We get marked down for asking questions, we don't get any help from the instructor. Charter College is a rip off, I could've learned everything from YouTube and online readings for MUCH less than $24,000. Their motto should be,"We work to steal your money." Anybody considering the Charter College HVAC program, don't do it. Clover Park is the way I should've gone."
Amy Bettendorf
  • Reviewed: 12/11/2019
  • Degree: Medical Assistant
"So far, since I have been going to this school it has been an amazing experience, the teachers and staff are all very nice and approachable.. I was looking around for a good medical program and I picked Charter College. Looking at the reviews and what the school is about, I went ahead and applied to the school.. This has been a great experience for me.. I wanted to get on the right track to be apart of the medical field and Charter College is openly and honestly helping me to achieve this goal.."
  • Reviewed: 12/7/2019
  • Degree: Medical Assistant
"I’m so glad I went back to school! Charter College in Pasco, WA has some of the best staff that are always willing to help. It feels like a family! We would get together in the HUB and study. I totally recommend this school for HVAC, medical assistant or dental. I’m even going back for my AA!!"
Christopher G Hudspeth
  • Reviewed: 11/27/2019
  • Degree: HVAC
"WASTE. OF. TIME. If you have any alternative do NOT go to this school, saying the education is sub-par is being polite. It is a business, they have one goal and one goal get your money. I went through their MA program as they did not have HVAC yet, and pretty much completed it sans the externship. I learned NOTHING that I did not already know save for how to take a BP, which you can do that on YT, which seems to be their number one go to for education material. Switching to the HVAC program was more of the same, but even less professional, they rushed to get it so they get bodies in the chairs and dollars in their accounts. very FEW of any of their graduates actually get placed in a job by them, sure they will help with resumes and interview tips. They also force you take classes that have absolutely no bearing on what you go to school for (at least the MA and HVAC program) This is where they got me. I did not do well in those pointless classes..because pointless classes, and because of that they forced me to divulge VERY personal reasons as to why asking for documentation (which was provided only to be asked to provide the same documentation again) all for nothing. I am absolutely LIVID with the treatment I received and the lack of consideration and felt like nothing more than a paycheck to them..The general mood seemed to be reflected by the other students. Horrible quality "video lectures" Along with more typos and grammar mistakes in their material than any "professional" school should allow...My advice...if you think going to school in a strip mall is just peachy...maybe make another choice..Most of the certs you would need for the jobs, you can get online, on your own for far less than what the school charges...Dont waste your time, or your money, I wasted over a year there. There are far better options. They cant even seem to keep instructors around long enough, its just awful. I wish I had actually read the reviews before I went."
  • Reviewed: 1/27/2019
  • Degree: Health Sciences
"I wouldn't recommend this school to anyone. They are a business, first. Being a school is their second priority. They do the minimum to keep up with accreditor guidelines and feign care for their students. They love a good "rags to riches" story they can highlight and boast about, but the average student is just pushed through their certificate mill and charged upwards of $20k for a certificate that they may not need. They make lots of promises while they are trying to get you to enroll. It's a sales team in the beginning, then they hand you off to instructors who are underpaid and overworked, and an academic advisor that doesn't care."
  • Reviewed: 1/2/2019
  • Degree: Aviation
"After going to school for 4 months they decided to know longer do aviation and told everyone they are sorry and bye. I moved 1,500 miles to go to this school because it accepted the VA but now I wouldn't recommend anyone going to this school ever. DO NOT waste your time or money going here. There are plenty of other options out there and also they don't teach they just have you do some homework and give you a grade if you did it or not that about it. Just keep schooling to other schools and don't look back."
  • Reviewed: 12/30/2018
  • Degree: Medical Assistant
"My whole experience from the beginning to the end of the program was awesome. The staff was so supportive. If I had a specific problem and if they didnt know the answer, theyd find someone with information or a solution. The staff at my campus care and enjoyed doing their jobs."
  • Reviewed: 10/5/2018
  • Degree: Medical Assistant
"I am in the Medical assistant program in Montana and I have to say that I am seeing a lot of bad reviews and people saying not to go to this school. I can honestly say that Charter is so welcoming and kind, from the moment I started school. Calls can be persistent from what seems like sales people, but they are friendly and want to get you started. I am currently taking Pharmacology and the instructor really knows her stuff and she uses different learning styles for people who need the extra help (which I needed the help) not to mention how understandings and patient she is with teaching. This school uses mostly online so you must be dedicated to your computer, while the hands on will be in class normally 3 times a week. Overall, I recommend this school ONLY if you are comfortable with doing your work from your computer and ready to buckle down!"
  • Reviewed: 9/25/2018
  • Degree: Business Administration
"I don't recommend charter college at all. I wish I never attended that school. I never got the help I needed and when I did the instructors were annoyed. I was also promised after graduation that they would help me with a career which I never received."
Lesson Learned
  • Reviewed: 6/6/2018
  • Degree: Medical Assistant
"It all started with wanting more information on the program and campus. From then on it was nonstop sales tactics. Receiving constant calls asking if I would be registering, telling me spots were filling up and they needed a decision right away. I'll admit I have no complaints about the first few mods, the instructors we had on campus had been there for awhile and knew their stuff. Well, most of them, one instructor seemed like they didn't care how assignments were graded and would never respond to our emails when we had a question. The online Billing and Coding instructor was horrible and unfair in her grading, when comparing our work and grades with other students we noticed it was inconsistent. Then comes our last mod before going out to externship. The Pharmacology instructor didn't know anything about what she was teaching. When giving a lesson on drug calculations, she would confuse herself, which led to the students' confusion. We had to get our information from other instructors. When we would have questions, we were told to "Google It." When we brought it to the attention of the Campus President, she laughed it off and told us to be patient with her and to do what we can. Because of this, I didn't want to go to class and felt uncomfortable and questioned: "What the hell was I paying them for?". Now comes externship, we were not given a choice where we wanted to be placed. The person responsible for this put a few other students and me at sites that were new to the campus extern program. Which led to a four-week delay, we had to get an okay from the site before we could start our extern. In my opinion, I felt that they should've gotten everything settled before placing any students at those sites. Such as background checks, drug screenings, and other documentation. We felt like guinea pigs like they were using us. When we asked if this would affect our hours, we were told it would not. Until the fifth week of extern, we were told we needed to make up the hours. The hours that we lost because of their incompetence. I was looking into the Associate's Program but after all I had been through I decided against it. To me ALL of this wasn't worth it. They do not take any responsibility for their mistakes. They don't listen to your concerns. You're basically on your own."
Upset student
  • Reviewed: 5/30/2018
  • Degree: Medical Assistant
"Very last module the instructor didnt know how to teach pharmacology! Was told to google and talked with the Dean to only find her laughing about the whole situation and nothing was done! Externship happened and didnt get to start on time then was told the last 5th week it was our responsibility to make up the hours!!! Highly regret trying this program & the money put into it!"
  • Reviewed: 5/10/2018
  • Degree: Business Administration
"This place was great. At first. I started off doing a certificate program, took a short break, did the associates program, took another short break, and then finished my bachelor's degree. It was easy to enroll each time. No problems there at all. What sucked is that there was NO help. At all. I basically got my degree through Google. The material they give you half the time is only opened about once or twice, then you have to Google the rest. The math classes were the worst. If I have a formula, I can figure it out quick. No formulas were given. Just answer this question and we'll grade you on it. Again, had to Google what the teacher wanted because they never answered emails. Fast forward to graduating with my bachelor's degree and I look into getting my Master's. I call and ONLY THEN am told/find out that they don't take financial aid for a Master's degree. When talking to the lady on the phone, I said "Okay, then how much would it cost?" She goes on to say "Around $3,000 a month." I didn't say anything because I was absolutely floored. She LAUGHED. LAUGHED and said "I guess you're not quite there financially huh, honey?" I hung up. Treated like dirt and/or a number since day one. They offered to make a resume, and when they did, I was told by other professionals that it was horrible in every aspect. When asking them for help finding a job they pointed me to my local staffing agency instead of helping me find a job like they promised. I have a Bachelor's degree that I can't even really boast about because 90% is Google and the other 10% is shame for being in debt 50k for it. The degree feels useless as well. Even with all of my reception and basic business administration backgrounds, I have a hard time finding a job. I should have actually gone to a university. Lesson learned."
E Bradley
  • Reviewed: 3/26/2018
  • Degree: Allied Health
"I am a graduate of Charter College and have an Associate degree. I am also attending Charter now in pursuit of a Bachelors degree in Healthcare Management. I read some of the negative reviews and strongly disagree. No school that you attend can give you a job after graduation. Charter is an institution for grown ups. Yes the classes are hard. If you need to be baby sat to do your work this is not the college for you. If you need help just ask for it. I have been treated very well by Charter. And I have asked for help many times and promptly received it each time. Getting a College degree is one of the hardest things I have ever done. But so worth it."