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I am a current student. My first term was amazing! My second term has been a nightmare. They started a new curriculum for new students so they're doing a teach out with my term. The provided us with an incompetent instructor, and she screwed is over. So far, no major steps have been taken to fix the issue, and we may be stuck with her for two more terms. This isn't right or fair. We're paying lots of money for this education that isn't fairly being offered to us!
I attended Concorde in 2015 and it was the best decision I ever made. At first I was skeptical and worried reading all of the negative reviews online but I decided to give it a shot. I got great grades and did my externship at one of the best hospitals. They offered me a position which I turned down, I turned down many positions until I found the one that was just right for me. Finding employment was not a problem. I now work in an amazing hospital and make good money while I am in school again to become an RN. I would definitely recommend this program.
It's been 10 years and I still regret attending Concorde not to mention I'm still paying my loan and have never been late on a payment. They get you in the door take your money and never give you the proper training. The instructors that I had were a joke. PLEASE RETHINK ...Never want an education that bad to put yourself I this situation........RUN and Run fast.....
This program has been a big waste of time and money. It is very disorganized and I feel I have gained nothing from being here. The instructor is incompetent in teaching and frequently teaches wrong information. It is not even worth it to show up for class the majority of the time, it is just wasting time that I could be teaching myself the information at this point. The instructor doesn't even use recommended material for the subjects we are supposed to be covering, he often just makes up a lesson with no educational value. There is a lot of class time wasted on doing absolutely nothing, while he runs to print off PowerPoints or searches for YouTube videos that are not credible for the subject we are on. The entire program has been a mess from the start, we have had to deal with multiple firings of instructors, and even a change in program directors in the short time that I have been here. I strongly advise that you DO NOT waste your time and money here.
This school is all about getting you in fast so they can get paid. I just finished my CNA program at UTA before checking this school out for medical assistant. It was close to my house, and wanted to see if it would be a good fit in furthering my career. Not the case at all. The program cost was ridiculously high; $16,000. At the University of Texas at Arlington, the same program cost $4,500 and it's way shorter (3 months); plus they pay for your certification exams too. Before I could even find out how much my school was going to be covered by financial aid through Concorde, they had me enroll. Gave me my supplies before class started, and told me not to worry. Second week of class, financial aid advisor comes and tells me something totally different from what Admission counselor told me. I would have been paying back the school privately for 48 months, and the federal government for student loans. Was not looking to have more student loan debt, and be making the same money I make now on average. Along with my financial battles, the caliber of some of the students was too unprofessional for me. How do you expect to be working next to a doctor and you are acting disrespectful and loud? Would not recommend this school to anyone that is professionally oriented, wants to make a rewarding change, and likes to make informed decisions before executing anything.
Concorde Career College - Aurora is the nursing school of last resort for anyone in the Denver Metro Area. The school has consistently had a poor first time NCLEX passing rate. While attending, Concorde, I learned the nursing school had lost the full approval of the Colorado Board of Nursing in June of 2015 and was placed on conditional approval. The nursing school did not have nursing accreditation from the Accreditation Commission For Education in Nursing (ACEN). Many if not all hospitals require an applicant to be a graduate of a school with either ACEN or CCNE accreditation. ACCREDITATION MATTERS!!! Concorde Career College - Aurora is in candidacy for accreditation with ACEN and if they get their first time NCLEX passing rate up and make the corrections required of ACEN they should get accredited. The classroom instructors are OUTSTANDING! Second to none. However, clinical sights are poor. Very few hospital clinical sites are available. I do not feel that my clinical experience afforded me by Concorde Career College - Aurora had adequately prepared me for my first nursing job. Most of our clinical instructors were agency nurses as the college is unable to keep enough nursing instructors on staff for the college's instructors to supervise our clinical experience. Concorde Career College is a for-profit school. There is nothing wrong with making a profit. However, Concorde will squeeze every last penny out of its students it can. Supplying students with uniforms that can only be purchased from the school. Selling students textbooks at full retail price and charging a handling fee on top of that. The same textbooks can be purchased from Amazon or other retailers for considerably less. Several of the texts that the school used were the previous edition as a newer edition was available. Again, several texts that we were required to have we never used and were told that they were for reference. We never referenced them, or there were better resources to use as references. Lastly, the school was going to online-based classes for general education courses. I was fortunate enough to be able to take my general education classes on campus. Courses like Chemistry, College Algebra, and Microbiology should NOT be taken online in my humble opinion. I did pass the NCLEX on my first attempt. However, I am having difficulty obtaining employment in a hospital due to Concorde Career College's School of Nursing not being accredited. Until Concorde's program receives accreditation, I can not recommend the program. I believe that since the Colorado BON has moved the status of the school to conditional, it may lose its approval to teach nursing if they do not receive accreditation by June 2017.
I sit in class for 30-45 minutes till the instructor finally decides to start teaching, but we get in trouble if we're 10 minutes late. The director is rarely here and when he is, he does a horrible job at making mends meet. I don't suggest this school if you're going for DA. It's a waste of time and money.
I WAS SOMEWHAT PLEASED WITH THE TYPE OF INSTRUCTION. IT IS AN ACCELERATED PROGRAM SO CONSTANTLY DOING HOMEWORK IS A MUST. MAINTAINING A 4.0 G.P.A. AVERAGE REQUIRES REPETITION. MY PROGRAM WAS 3 MODS. LONG. EACH APPROXIMATELY 3 MONTHS LONG. AFTER THAT A 120 HOUR EXTERNSHIP PROGRAM IS REQUIRED.I LOVED THE FORMAT AND THE INSTRUCTORS WERE GREAT. MY PROBLEM WAS THE HOSPITAL THAT I EXTERN FROM ALL THE EMPLOYEES GAVE ME A RECOMMENDATION FOR EMPLOYMENT AND ALLOWED ME TO DO FREE LABOR FOR THEM. WHEN I HAD MY INTERVIEW THE HOSPITAL DENIED ME EMPLOYMENT BECAUSE I HAD A PRIOR MISDEMEANOR CHARGE AND THIS WAS TOLD TO THEM BEFORE I APPLIED FOR EXTERNSHIP. SO THEY NEW THIS . I HAVE GONE THROUGH THIS SEVERAL TIMES THEREFORE NEVER FINDING EMPLOYMENT. I AM STUCK WITH THIS LOAN REPAYMENT BILL.I FEEL THIS IS FALSE ADVERTISEMENT MIXED WITH DECEPTION..IF THERE IS ANY AGENCY THAT MAY AID WITH REPAYMENT. PLEASE CONTACT ME.
The terms on which I would recommend this school are very circumstantial. I was in a position where I didn't have a very reliable means of transportation, and I had rent and bills to pay, so the half days at one campus worked better for my schedule than full days at multiple campuses (which is the option for my local community college). Please keep in mind that this is an accelerated program, and it is also a "for profit" school. If you withdraw or fail, you will still have to pay back your loans. Also, you are going to be crammed with information (about 2-4 chapters a week) in the course of 8 months. The majority of what is taught is very much on you to retain. The class sizes aren't as small as they say they are because you are joined with another class that has been there for 1 month longer, and your class will be joined by a new class 1 month later. Most of what I learned solidly was on my externship. If you do not study and do your homework, you will not get very good grades, but as long as you study and do your homework, pulling a 4.0 is easy. Also, your credits will not transfer if you want to continue your college education. Basically, it's not a bird course, so don't expect to just fly through this 8 month program. If you don't put in your time by studying and practicing and taking it seriously, and being professional to your peers, then no, you're not going to get a job. I attribute my hard work to my success coupled with this program, but there is definitely room for improvement. Also bear in mind that Concorde is accredited by the AAMA, which is the most prestigious certification for medical assistants. Many schools do not offer this anymore, but, again, a lot of the studying is on you to prepare for that exam.
I'm attending the RN program at Concorde Career College in Memphis. This is a fast paced program and you need to be very dedicated to be successful. I would most definitely recommend this program to other. I believe currently it is an 18 month program which includes general education classes required. This school also has a contract with Christian Brothers if you desire to obtain for BSN. The teaching staff is very knowledgeable in their field. My only negatives are that schedules change slightly. And some of the clinicals sites are up to 100 miles away. These are all things that can be dealt with if Nursing is where you really want to be. This program is good for older adults who feel like they do not have several more years to spend at a traditional college.