Student & Graduate Reviews
Wouldn'tRecommend - 9/7/2020
Degree: Network Security
Graduation Year: 2020
"I started the ECPI bachelor's program for network security in late 2018 and was super gung-ho from the start, as an adult who had already been working for 20+ years and constantly seeing people with less qualifications and a degree making more money. The first several months of classes were pretty typical of what I would expect of entry tier classes, mostly about making sure you understood how the numerous systems of turning in assignments worked and less about gaining any real information or knowledge. I expected that to stop at some point, and really get into learning things that made me feel more confident in my ability to get out of school and be ready for potential careers but with small exception the teachers just seem to want to pass you (Even for inadequate work stemming from never gaining the correct knowledge) to the next class. After the first year and change I decided to just go with the associate's degree since I figured I could at the very least carry that degree over into a school with higher standards and quality of teaching, but as I attempted to transfer I found out that the credit hours and degree isn't accepted for the 4 different schools I have attempted to transfer to. My associate's degree is now completed from ECPI, and despite attending 20 months of classes I feel that I have left their program with almost no knowledge because of how little the teachers care about ensuring you know the college and just passing you into the next class with cursory knowledge. The only tiny consolation is I now have an extra line to put on my resume hopefully leading to extra pay, but as soon as I get into any related field to my degree it will be a disaster for any company hiring me expecting any useful knowledge from said education."
Danny - 7/29/2020
Graduation Year: 2020
"Avoid this school at all costs. I read warnings about it being a diploma mill and I still attended it. Do not make the same mistake I did. Your health and wallet will be better off for it. I can hardly begin to describe some of the absolute horrors that I and my classmates witnessed here. It started like you would expect any school experience to start. Everyone had high hopes for their future and was eager to learn everything the classes had to offer. When we had our first clinical experience, it became clear we were not attending them for the purpose of education. The nursing home we were sent to has over 270 pages of health code violations. Two students walked in on a man suffocating a patient with a pillow. An MA would spray residents in the face with disinfectant. We were forced to bathe patients using old pillow cases. Staff would disappear entirely and leave only the students with a couple of months of classroom knowledge and no medical experience to care for patients, even in emergency situations. ECPI continues to send students to that nursing home, which changes its name each year to avoid being closed. Rather than practice skilled nursing or learn anything, we were there to be unpaid CNAs for 12 hours twice a week. But that was only the first red flag of what was to come out of this school. Students aren't allowed sick days (totaling over 19.9% or precisely one day), which means for the majority of our classes, our entire class was sick since everyone had to come to school regardless of symptoms, even immediately following ER visits. This is difficult and grueling under normal circumstances. When the pandemic hit and nothing about our school changed in response, it became dangerous and in some cases, life-threatening. I often expressed concerns to my clinical instructors about the strange, unforgiving nature of the handbook. One replied that the school had to ensure that every student, or at least a majority failed at least one class and reenroll, so that the DON looked good for retention. When I frowned at that, she told me, "It's a business, darling." When a classmate took a leave of absence to celebrate her anniversary, she was told she could reenroll in three months when the class she would need came back around. She was denied reentry, but wasn't told why. After six months, she tried again and was, again, denied reentry. Unsatisfied with not knowing why, her husband came with her and demanded to get to the bottom of it. When reviewing everything, the school told her that she would never get back into the program because she failed Concepts II. She had never taken that class. Despite jumping through all of the LOA hoops demanded, the school continued to charge her for tuition for classes that she never attended. Worst of all, the teacher for that class had marked that she attended every single day of class and simply put a 0 in for every assignment, lowering her GPA further than anyone who had actually failed a class. The school blamed the student for the incident. After the pandemic began spreading, students started to feel unsafe attending clinicals at the hospital. No changes were made to the student handbook until the governor issued an executive order banning nursing students from hospitals. A classmate had treated a patient who tested positive for COVID-19 with no PPE and continued to come to class with all of us. She later had to quarantine, but the school casually swept it under the rug and didn't inform any of the class or staff that it had happened and that all of us had been exposed. ECPI scrambled to make some kind of online education program in just a few days. The only IT on campus apparently quit and the school took an entire term to figure out how they could administer tests without letting students cheat. We were no longer receiving the education we paid for, if we ever were. Lecture became teachers reading off slides and losing internet connection or being unable to access their own class rooms. Clinical was at least a redeeming quality as it consisted of a virtual simulation that functioned similar to a flash game that required you to care for a virtual patient. This was when I first contacted the DON personally. I kept my head down through most of the program, but the rocky transition to online left a lot to be desired. When a teacher changed the grading metric used for a single test and only for our class, I immediately contested it. Why should I take a 70, when every other class in the school was given a 90 for my score on the same test. I called to ask "Why am I (and my class) being graded on a different metric than the rest of the program?" The DON, Robin Bell, dismissed my concerns and went so far as to say my questions were pointless because "you didn't pass, did you?" She continued to scream over me when I tried to answer, "you didn't pass, so it doesn't matter! Nothing you say matters!" I was completely floored. I had never spoken to someone so unprofessional and unable to answer a simple question. I never spoke to her again without recording the conversation. I passed the course and continued in the program after that, despite my first failing test grade. Next, the school attempted to reopen as fast as possible. They ignored all executive orders and packed over 100 people in the building the first day I came back to campus. I expressed concerns to the administration over the reopening. I told the campus president that reopening as cases spiked seemed hasty and I noticed that the school hadn't changed the policy on sick days. They also wanted every student to sign a liability waiver saying they wouldn't be responsible if a student caught COVID-19 and died as a result of their reopening. I explained that every single student in the school came to class sick because the handbook said they had to and no pandemic would stop that, because most of them were already paying $50,000 to be there for the year. He gave me a very canned response, saying student health and safety were his top priority. He then directed the rest of my questions to Robbin Bell. I decided that was his way of saying to drop the subject. As expected, about three weeks after campus reopened, the secretary in the front office tested positive for COVID-19 after personally screening every student who came through the front door. Students were not informed of this. To this day, they haven't been told that the school put them in direct contact with COVID-19. The state issued a waiver on clinical hour requirements for RN students to prevent the spread of disease. Despite this, ECPI has reopened its clinical sites in hospitals. A student who had just finished chemotherapy and was concerned for her personal safety reached out to the clinical instructor. She was informed that the floor they were sending students to was a COVID-19 overflow unit. The hospital waiver stated the school would be required to provide PPE for the students, however, upon arriving at the clinical site, none was provided. ECPI continues to send innocent students with no PPE to dangerous clinical sites with no remorse. They know that their students getting sick is the best possible outcome for them. The global pandemic is the best thing to ever happen for ECPI-VAB because all of the students they force to get sick for clinical hours that they don't need will have to pay for the term again, if they live through the pandemic. Absolutely sickening school. Glad to be gone, but I feel so bad for the students that must continue to suffer there."
Andrew Demarest - 7/22/2020
Graduation Year: 2021
"PSA FOR SERVICE MEMBERS AND VETERANS. Be mindful of their attendance policy. My grandfather passed and they dropped me from my class ( in the middle of week 5, the final week of the course) because i didnt submit work ( although the 1st 3 weeks were completed all on time). This stupid policy cost me thousands in back pay with the VA. They are not as military friendly as they claim."
Pissedoff - 6/14/2020
Graduation Year: 2020
"This school is so inconsistent with their grading rubric. You have some really nice teachers who are amazing nurses and who are passionate about teaching but you mostly get teachers that are there for the paycheck with minimum input, help and don’t care whether you are successful or not. During my time here they changed that we are required to get a Level 2 on ATI which is understandable because it is the NCLEX indicator. Then they changed it so we have to get an 80 test average. Every other school around us requires a 75, as long as you pass the class with an 80. I figure too many people were passing and they want their money from when you have to retake the course. Now because of COVID-19 we have gone online for classes. At least 7 people failed in the last class (Leadership). I was almost at a level 3 on ATI, yet I didn’t pass the class because the teacher literally reads the book to you. Everyone bombed the first test and the teacher had so much background noise and her smoke detector kept beeping and her dog was barking. She would only actively engage with the class if she seen that the DON was eavesdropping. The last class who took her class in-person had a lot of people fail too. You would think that because not everyone learns best online they would waive the 80 test average and keep the 80 class average for passing but they don’t care at all about you. Even when the world needs nurses now, more than ever. So tell me why I passed the ATI with an amazing score, but failed the class? Because the teacher. Thank you, that is all. Avoid ECPI!!!"
Shonn Anderson - 4/17/2020
Graduation Year: 2021
"Everything started out great during the admission and interview process at the Virginia Beach campus at Medical Career Institute. I was in the practical nursing program and everything was a disaster immediately within the first 3 weeks. Everything is completely rushed in the program with every block being 5 weeks. Our A&P1 lecture by week 3 was around chapter 3 and 4 while the lab instructor was teaching us things into chapters 10 and 11. The entire class would ask questions about material and we were given one answer by the instructor (Van Dyke) was study study you should know this already. This issue went beyond the instructor level to the administration level but nothing was changed. Bottom line is this place is a cash cow, education for hire facility. Look at the low graduation rates and cost. If you are a veteran like me, please go to your local community college or state university and go to school. ECPI was a complete was of time for myself and many others. I should have listened to my gut after reading so many similar reviews."
Lauren - 2/20/2020
Graduation Year: 2017
"Initially I was in the RN program. Failed nursing psych with a 79.1, had to sit out for a month or so and retook the class and passed with a high B. Failed med surge 1 with a 76 had to sit out for 2-3 months and retook it and got an A. Failed acute care with a 78, no retakes, had a board meeting with my husband who was active duty military, no one cared that he was on deployment and I was taking care of my baby while going to school. No one cared that had I been able to turn in my 1st week of class quizzes online i would have passed. Went into the lpn program and had to retake pretty much every class. I owe this school an outrageous amount of money for an lpn certificate. When I tried to get my RN, the school said I had 3 failures even though they admitted the grades received at ecpi wouldn't have been considered failures for their school, but they had to accept the Fs that were placed beside them. I have never recommended this school and I graduated from it."
Sabrina - 2/20/2020
Graduation Year: 2020
"The director at the Richmond location in my opinion, have been placed here to completely turn the nursing program upside down. I say this because of level of the ATI's you are required to have after each class, If this is a requirement for the students then in all fairness the directors or teachers teaching the class should be held accountable to teach the ATI'S during the semester, this would help the student be more prepared in taking this exam. Don't offer them tutoring after the fact. That's doing an injustice to the students who's paying tuition , which is paying their salaries to teach . So, I feel if you want the school to be successful to assure years of success, then stop getting over by not teaching the ATI'S during class room time and acting like you're all for the students and just offer tutoring !! If you're making the students accountable, then you need to hold the teachers accountable and incorporate the Ati's throughout the class! If no changes aren't made soon I'm thinking about calling channel 12 on your side and letting them know all the B--- , ---t this school is putting their students through. P.S. I hope the Director of this program sees this review."
Brohaun - 1/17/2020
Degree: Business Administration
Graduation Year: 2020
"I am posting this review to save promising veteran students of wasting military benefit money. This school will purposefully fail you just a few classes away from graduating. This is done so you will have to pay out of pocket to retake the class. There is a hidden agenda to increase incentives for becoming a more profitable scam. The Veteran Affairs should investigate and prevent this unethical practice."
Unhappy student - 12/22/2019
Graduation Year: 2021
"Not only is this school more expensive than other schools, they set you up to fail. You still have to pay money even if you fail after one term, in which you will have to wait a whole year to retake. They don’t offer classes while waiting. I wish I would’ve listened to reviews before going. They offer day classes every month, but night classes you would have to wait a year if they have a sit for you. Advisors and teachers don’t care, they say they will help you but they don’t. RUN, DONT GO HERE. They don’t offer any help. Also, my advisor tried to make me take medical assistant instead of nursing, and to quit my job to attend day instead of night classes, why? I will never know. I wish other schools offered night classes. Lastly, you teach yourself, they just give you a lot of work that’s it!"
M - 12/20/2019
Graduation Year: 2020
"Stay FAR AWAY from ECPI-Roanoke. Some of the instructors are incompetent, unprofessional, and down right lazy. They lack passion for teaching and nursing, and trust me your grades and overall experience will be greatly affected by this! It’s a trap!!"
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