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I graduated from the Concorde Career College in Memphis,TN back in October.2013. I haven't found a job yet I wish I had someone to tell me about this school before attending please don't attend this school if you're pursuing a career in dental assisting
I attended the Memphis, Tn Concorde College campus for Respiratory Therapy and just recently graduated. The instructors are amazing and you are fully prepared to start your career immediately after graduating. At times it was extremely challenging but with that comes the ability to graduate sooner than everyone else. I graduated and completed both board exams within a month. This is a great a school for Respiratory Therapy. All of my clinical sites say they prefer hiring Concorde grads because they receive the best training.
This school is the worse school you can go to, the staff doesn't even care about your education, they will push you through just until you get to the end and you don't know enough to pass the predictor or the nclex. Now lets talk about this predictor, its an ATI test that is suppose to tell you how are going to do on the nclex well here at Concorde to pass you need a 63 which is equivalent to getting a 73 on the nclex and guess what that's failing!! The curriculum at Concorde is not properly planned out i cant tell you how many times we had multiple exams in one day some of which were 10+ chapters its nearly impossible to overcome. We also have some instructors who because the have a higher level of education they feel like you should already know all of it and can talk to you anyway they want. A unprofessional instructor should not be teaching professionalism. When an instructor is approaching the campus president and director of nursing because her entire class is failing because they are lacking the skills that they were suppose to get in another class and they say "well the students are not my first priority making money is so we cant fail them all do something" what does that say about this school as a whole? We have approached every problem we have had since the start of the program and nothing has happen now its 6 terms later and half the class cant graduate now they are looking for answers. We have no clinical sight besides nursing homes because we keep losing the hospitals because of our reputation and its horrible. Concorde is a self teach college we learned drugs and injections off of a YouTube video like really look at like this if you were a patient is the hospital would you want someone sticking you with a needle who learned off a video and has never done it on someone or even been able to practice on a fake arm or etc like promised when you first enter the Concorde tour? When you come to the Concorde tour they make it seem so perfect well you ever hear if it sounds to good to be true it usually is? well that's what its like being enrolled at Concorde. Please people read this and take my advice do not come here its a horrible school don't waste your time and money, sounds good to finish in 15 months but 9 out of 10 don't finish in 15 they finish in 2 years+ for that go to a good college like FSCJ and get your education the right way , don't ruin your life i promise you it will be hell.
I would definitely NOT recommend this expensive school to anyone. The instructors and directors change frequently and that really challenges your motivation on what you're really investing your time into. They are not thorough in telling you what will hold you back on your background check just to get you in the door. I was told traffic tickets wasn't a problem. Concorde ran my check and it came back with no holds. When I graduated, the board of nursing said different. Now I can't take my NCLEX exam until those are fully taken care of. The DON and Vice President never got back with me when I reached out to them about my concern. I had to call them nonstop for a month before they spoke with me. They don't care nothing about you! Concorde was a total waste of my time and I hope no one makes the same mistake that I did.
NOT military/veteran friendly! They ASSUME you have PTSD,own fire arms, and are a danger to society! And WILL expel you because of RUMORS about you and without any evidence against you what so ever. They also like to lie in official police reports so you get arrested. I'm still looking into how to sue them for this but am not finding any luck because in their student hand book it says they can pretty much terminate anyone anytime. If anyone has info on how to sue them please let me know.
Constant changing of DON and teachers. The teachers expect you to understand the full material in a week which is impossible because you have 2 important classes at the same time. They don't understand because they went to a 4yr program and had time to understand the material so they expect you to get it. Test and quizzes every day. Some clinical sites don't want students and sometimes you don't learn anything there. The business manager keeps coming to the class even if you are a day behind on payment, all they see is money. Would not recommend this school to anyone. Go to a school where they actually care about the student because this is not that school. Save your money, this school is also on probation. You cannot work while going to this school because it is so oberwhelming
Constant changing of instructors, dons, everything even front office staff. The business manager harasses you about payment in front of others. The last don was a crazy woman who felt the need to control any and everything plus the school is on prohibition!!!
Like everyone trying to find a school that'll work for them I was very hesitant about going to a school I saw as an annoying ad on TV over and over again. But something about that time in my life I knew I needed a change and this school just fit. There were a few instructors that we're not very good teachers thankfully I never had them as the one instructor I had which was incredible ended up moving out of state. Not sure if the program is as good as it once was when I was there but I'm very successful in my career and advancing because Concorde gave me that head start.
Don't do PTA program at San Bernardino. Instruction is poor, doing "busy work" as stated by one instructor instead of doing productive work that relates to our studies. Spend more time teaching each other and always conflicting answers by instructors where they deny they said the wrong thing. The "structure" of the program is to set is up for failure. This last term, they changed the grading scale as compared to other terms. Can they really do that? If complaints are presented the trend is that the student gets dropped, by having stricter grading on papers or practicals. Since when is it a great idea having someone never in lab or lectures come in to grade practicals? Classes are inconsistent, dates changed with disregard on student's schedule. Time management is horrible, instructors are trying to figure out lesson plan minutes before. Degrading feeling by least 2 instructors, never seeming to answer questions directly. Bottom line, waste of money and time. For the amount of money you pay, instruction is poor and student's rely on each other and youtube. We are denied extra time in lab to practice, the "extra time" we get is to rush to get our check offs done, for during the actual lab, we do busy work and are given little to no feedback. Look elsewhere for the PTA program. Concorde is a school about $$$, pushing student's like cattle and taking money, the turnover on careers after graduation is low, based on stats I've seen and people I know who have gone through the program. I see every day, New recruits painting a nice picture, but be aware looks can be deceiving. The PTAprogram in San Bernardino is alone, complaints are not heard, president of the campus scrutinizes perhaps for we don't even belong there.
I'm still in school but I can honestly say that yes my degree is/will be helpful to my career.