Degree: Health Sciences
Graduation Year: 2015
"I'm so sorry I ever attended here. I was desperate to find a school that would get me in and out and working in a short amount of time. This one paid for multiple certifications, so I was sure the time and money invested would be worth it. Boy, was I wrong. First of all, an Associate in Occupational Specialties is NOT regarded the same as a typical associate's degree by employers. It's barely a step up from a diploma in their eyes. I was told this by 5 different employers i interviewed with. Second, none of the employers I interviewed with had heard of this school, except for 1 who said they have a bad reputation. I never got any call backs or follow ups. Third, the career services is really a joke. They literally tell you to bring them information on where you want to go. If you tell them you really don't know, they actually give you Craigslist ads or internet leads. They do NOT have these close, tight "relationships" with employers that they tell you they do. At least, not here in Phoenix. Fourth, it took them 8 weeks just to find me an externship site because no one had heard of them. That was 8 weeks that I was just sitting around, doing nothing, wasting time while they convinced someone to take me on. I excelled at my externship, and i was actually told that if they were comfortable with the school they would have hired me. But they did not want someone from this school representing them. Last, the program costs $46,000!!!! Even other for-profits in the area, who offer associate's degrees in actual NURSING, cost less. Nursing degrees are typically more expensive, but even schools like Carrington, Brown Mackie, Brookline, Arizona College, and Chamberlain School of Nursing (DeVry's nursing school) charge between $33,00 - $40,000 for an actual Associate of Applied Science in Registered Nursing. Yes that's very high, but at least it's an actual degree for a job that pays $70,000 a year to start here in Phoenix. The $46,000 a year "degree" you get from College America gets you qualified for a $30,000 - $33,000 a year job...if you can find an employer willing to hire you. I'm a mom wanting to get my kids off the system. I wanted to have a degree I could be proud of, a job where I could work hard and get ahead. All I have is an insane amount of debt and still NO JOB. Please avoid this school. They are slick sales people that only care about getting your financial aid. Once you finish school and can't get a job, you only have $11,500 TOTAL left of financial aid, which isn't enough to go back to school anywhere and actual get a degree you can use. I'm screwed. Don't fall for their BS and end up like me."