Dawn Career Institute Reviews - Certificate in Medical Assistant
Review of Medical Assistant Certificate Degrees
I attended Dawn's hybrid MA program and graduated recently. I have yet to receive my diploma or transcripts as well even after giving updated address info. I was scheduled to take the CCMA exam this morning only to be told that I have to reschedule because there is no internet connection throughout the school. This is a issue that could have been prevented, not to mention that I rearranged my whole Saturday to make sure I get to the school an hour early before the exam. I missed a days work for nothing. I really hope that this school gets more organized and when students schedule their certification exam we expect to take it the same day we schedule it. Now I have to wait another two weeks become even more anxious that I am now with anticipating the exam and all that can go wrong before the exam. Thanks Dawn.
This is a great school, they changed a lot and they have a new campus opening up. This year their biggest graduate program was CNA and MAs. I took MA hybird and honestly is it a lot of work and you have to care about you and your own education. I couldnt be any more happier with my degree.
This school was so out of order, took a class that was meant to be like a sort of exit class to prepare you to interview in the middle of the "semester" because the class we were supposed to go to "was not ready" you get 2 pair of scrubs that if something happens to these scrubs you are responsible to replace, they HOUND you for your money yet when you go to the staff about an issue they tell you basically you have to deal with it even though you are paying them to "teach" you, if I knew then what I knew now i would have went to another school
During my time at Dawn i was an online student. Their classes were a joke, it wasn't easy to navigate their site either. Half the time I had no idea who was the teacher in my classes and none of the teachers really seems to care how I did my assignments, it seems they did the least amount possible. It was always a struggle to reach people at the school both by email and phone. I live in Washington State and I advise if you live in this state DO NOT GO TO DAWN!!!! They do not have an externship as part of their program and believe their students shouldn't work for free. Well in the state of WA you have to have a MA license through the state which REQUIRES an externship (all of this I found out on my own doing research without the schools help). I now have a degree that I can not use in my state its worthless. This school should know this information if they have students from other states they should know the rules and regulations. And when I contacted Dawn they said there was nothing they could do for me. This has been by far the WORST experience I've ever had along with putting me in Thousands of dollars in debt for NOTHING.
SOME IS GOOD SOME IS BAD. Here's the breakdown, I'm currently attending and supposed to graduate early 2016. I'm in medical assisting, I have so far received 2 pairs of scrubs, a stethoscope & BP cuff, and CPR certification. the school is nice, kind of dirty but it's not That bad. The teachers are good (so far) they are good at teaching and very involved. What scares me is that I'm hearing a lot of things about people not finding a job after graduation. This is a program that is only 8 months long, employers will hire someone who has gone to college for four years with that kind of experience before hiring a Dawn graduate with just 8 months of training that only learned the basics WITHOUT AN EXTERNSHIP I wish I thought about that before I signed up. Another bad thing is they only teach you the basics, we are skipping all over our textbook because like I said, it's a timed program. Oh and with phlebotomy, they only teach you the basics of that too, you have to pay more to take the full class. Also students are allowed to do whatever they want. People in my class don't wear scrub tops, out of dress code and get away with it. THEY SAY you're supposed to have an 80% attendance record or you'll fail but that's not true, some students are NEVER here or only show up one day a week and nothing ever gets said to them. Also I've witnessed a student zoned out on drugs in the classroom, and not asked to leave or anything by the teacher. So yes they are good at what they do teach, they are nice and helpful, the students are great (most of them) but with every plus there is a minus. I'm still happy I chose this over Harris school.
This school is absolutely terrible! Do not waste your time nor money. The teachers as well as the staff do not care about learning. The other students in the class are disrespectful as well. The school just wants your money that's it. I was having issues with the classes and went to the student services leader as I was told I could go to her for anything and nothing , not one thing was done. I never even received a follow up phone call as I was promised. This school is a complete joke , I don't know how they are in compliance still.