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I just couldn't continue reading without making a comment...Although i value everyones opinions and understand that in many cases a few folks will have a bad experience while others have positive ones, I wanted to point out one of the most basic and simple ways for people reading these reviews to sift through most of the bullcrap i've read so far.
I'm not sure how many people who have gone to Harris realize this, but Harris, just like Prism, Star, and so many other technical institutes can't and don't enroll people just for the sake of getting that 10-15k in tuition. The reason is simple...These schools are held up to far higher standards than say, a cumminity college or any college for that matter. They are required by the state in order to keep their accreditation, to place 70% of their graduates. That means that nomatter how many people they enroll, 7 out of 10 must be placed by the schools placement services in a job. If they don't, they lost their state accreditation.
So while everyone insists they enroll mass amounts of students without a care in the world, and in some cases i'm sure people do get neglected, they can't and won't allow anyone to enroll who has 13k in their pocket because part of the enrollment process for these schools is determining whether or not they'll be able to reasonably find this student a job once they've completed the course.
For every one person i've heard bash Harris, i've talked to 10 either in class or outside of it who love the school and were placed locally as either an intern after they graduated or at a full time job. People need to grow up...If like the one guy said, you have nothing better to bitch about other than the cafeteria not being large enough you better get a clue. You should be lucky they have the facilities at all to provide a cafeteria to begin with, and there's no reason why you can't sit in your car or spend 20 minutes grabbing a quick bite to eat and sitting down at a deli.
I found a website, here it is http://www.business-training-schools.com/harris-school-of-business.html. This is a pretty good description on what Harris is all about, what it offers and what it doesn’t. They seem pretty ‘up-front’ about things.
For 'Run for the Hills' these are the 'rules' for AAPC – or were you even aware? From: American Academy of Professional Coder's website: - Certified Professional Coder (CPC) - To be eligible to sit for the Certified Professional Coder exam, "you must have worked as a medical coder for a minimum of two years." Furthermore, once you are certified, you are required to renew your certification annually.
Be real people. All I have read here is nothing but a bunch of excuses for your own failures. The ‘blame game’ of ‘you’ Americans. Blame everyone, everything, but yourself. It’s obvious a lot of you didn’t do your ‘own homework’ and now are now blaming the school for your disappointment, lack of common sense, lack of researching for ‘yourselves’ and ‘whatever else’ you are lacking or ‘not doing’… lacking responsibility maybe?
Here are some of your irresponsible excuses I quoted:
Following from: Overall experience--poor and threatening School not recommended by Susan on December 19, 2010 Source: http://www.guidetohealthcareschools.com/healthcare-school-reviews/harris-school-of-business#ixzz1IcqbyRYG “I was disabled prior to being admission to Harris” (this somehow is the schools fault?); “and have become an advocate to put a stop to this greedy process”.- (What have you done exactly?); “I failed a clinical” (isn’t this a Major part of a Medical Job?) - (but, you want a “Pass” because): “never mind I allowed students to draw blood from my arm over and over again, assisted classmates with their studies because I already had taken courses in A&P.”; ( sounds like you ‘failed’ that course too?) ” that grabs up applicantss by bullying them if they decide not to sign up” (No one can ‘bully’ you into signing ‘anything’ if you don’t want to. That is just silly.)
Following from: 'Run For the Hills' School not recommended by SJC on November 30, 2010 Source: http://www.guidetohealthcareschools.com/healthcare-school-reviews/harris-school-of-business#ixzz1IcrTQ5ax “Most hospitals and psyhician offices require that you have a CPC, CPC-H, or CPC-P cert which Harris DOES NOT offer.” (that’s because these are ‘Separate Exams‘ you take. There are testing facilities where you can take these exams, didn’t you ask this prior to signing on the dotted line for thousands of dollars?)
In conclusion, I cannot say if I recommend this school or not. I can say that it is up to the individual and how they do their 'own' research, what questions they ask and what they expect from the education. But, to say someone ‘bullied’ you into signing a loan for thousands of dollars is absurd.
Pick yourselves up, dust yourselves off and move on. Maybe this isn’t the ‘career’ for you or you were not that interested to begin with. Besides, I just blew a lot of your lame excuses right out of the water…
I know none of this is what anyone here 'wants' to hear. But it needs to be said because the excuses are so obvious. And, if they were 'that' bad a school, I would suspect they would be out of business by now. And, they would not be able to keep their accreditation.
I am glad a lot you dropped out or whatever because I would hate to wind up being your employer or worse your patient!
I attended the Harris School in Upper Darby, PA and felt like I was back in HIGH SCHOOL. They admit anyone and everyone, people with criminal records who would never be hired in the health care field (clearly a scam, just out to collect tuition.
They hire "teachers" who may have some knowledge about their job as MA's but have no idea about conveying this to their students. Half the people in my school were just there to get some sort of welfare check. It's really a joke.
Teachers fighting over STUDENTS! Financial Aid directors BS-ing and waiting until the last minute to inform students of their balance. OVERPRICED and UNDERSTAFFED. They don't even see to it that students become certified like Lincoln Tech and Penn Institute of Technology do.
Two schools in the area which are, needless to say, way less expensive. We got one pair of scrubs and a lousy BP cuff and books that I had to read ALL OVER AGIN by myself to pass the cert.
It's really a scam. Oh and they sent me to a hood ass physical therapy office for my supposed externship. I never once did anything i was supposed to do for my extern. Just sat around watching day time tv and answering the phone. Which Harris School seemed to think was just fine! They hire and fire teachers and staff way too often for any of them to actually assist a student with anything. They don't place you at a job site or even attempt to make sure you are REALLY prepared to gain employment. Waste of time and money. If you are serious about working in the medical field you're better off going to your local Community College and enrolling in a LPN or RN program.
I started at the harris school of BS in linwood thinking that i would get a great job and externship, i was wrong.
The first couple mods were good then we got a differnet teacher and things just went down hill from there. The teachers there do not care if you learn something, its all about the money and how many people they can get in their doors. They just want you to sign-up and take your 13,000 dollars.
This is the most unprofessional school!!! Teachers are never in the room with you and then expect you to take a test on something that they didnt even teach you. You have to teach yourself if you really want to learn something, and if you ask them for help you have to stay after hours to get it.
They say they have a Master Grid for all of there classes but none of my classes have been in order! There isnt even enough classrooms for everyone, oh and the lunch room forget it you might as well not even eat there isnt enough chairs for the students. Dont Waste Your Time & Money Here. I would never recommend this place to anyone, its a scam!!!
I started my program in June2010.The start was positive,than as I went into my third mod things went all over the place.Teachers were quitting and getting fired left and right.We started a class w/ several different teachers(most not knowing what they were doing).The instructors were being taken out of class 15 minutes into class only to return an hour and a half later for meetings on student attendance...ironicly.The school was trying to hold teachers accountable for student absences.
Iv'e seen about 3to4 directors come and go,more than 2 handfuls of my peers dropped out.I'm trying to stay optimistic through this experiance.I hear scary rumors that companies dont want to hire Harris students.All and all I would not recommend this school to anyone.I have retained a 4.0GPA thus far,but I do work hard for it.It is what you make of it.
In these desperate times, I was among those dreaming that I would receive the education necessary to re-enter the allied health profession at Harris. Yes, the school does accepts felons, no it doesn't provide the vocational education its admission reps bully its applicants into signing up for a $13000 9-month program. I tried to cancel my enrollment, only to be told how bad another admission rep had it until she get a job at Harris (and obviously gone a month after I began my nightmare studies at Harris).
I tried my best to have positive classmate and instructor (not professors) interactions, but it was so ridiculous trying to concentrate while classmates were constantly interrupting class instruction. While I was well aware of students cheating, the instructors ignored it. When it got to the point that I was only able to attend two classes during the day program two modules in a row, I was livid.
Despite straight A's in all courses, I failed a clinical (despite excellent scores and completion of all assignments) because the instructor told an administrator she wouldn't hire me--never mind I allowed students to draw blood from my arm over and over again, assisted classmates with their studies because I already had taken courses in A&P.
The final straw was repeatedly begging an instructor for help while she ignored me, before she realized I was ill, requiring emergency treatment for heart disease. A few days later I underwent cardiac bypess; Harris School terminated me. Without advising me, I underwent a so-called exit review while recovering in a cardiac ICU, and received a "disappointment" letter for not completing the program while recovering at home, with a bill for the difference between the student aid loan and what Harris claimed I owed them. It continued to send letters threatening to terminate me (?) if I didn't pay up.
I was disabled prior to being admission to Harris, which the institution was well aware, and certainly no less disabled now. I have since learned that the education division of the U.S. Gov't is concerned about the numerous student loans being given to individuals randomly, simply to fill seats at schools such as Harris, and have become an advocate to put a stop to this greedy process. If you want to become a allied healthcare student, go to your local community college for a legitemate education--not a unprofessional vocational school that grabs up applicantss by bullying them if they decide not to sign up.
If you plan on attending Harris School of Business for the Health Claims Specialist program, please please please do your research about the field and the requirements for the job which you hope to obtain after completion of the program.
If you aspire to become a certified coder like I did, do not even waste your precious time and money. I was sold a bill of sale saying that I would be qualified to be a coder after I finished the program. It couldn't be further from the truth. Most hospitals and psyhician offices require that you have a CPC, CPC-H, or CPC-P cert which Harris DOES NOT offer. You are better off going to the American Academy of Professional Coder's website where they offer cetification and online classes. Instead of paying $13,000 to Harris, you can take the courses through AAPC for about $1300 and they teach you everything that you need to know for the test which runs about $300.
Harris School of Business is a for-profit school which means they are more worried about their bottom line than the education of their students. Anyone and everyone is accepted that qualifies for financial aid. They try to make it seem that they are being selective but they aren't. There even isn't any type of enterance exam.
Little to no of the teachers know what they are talking about and have no type of teaching credentials. I asked all of my teachers whether they were even certified in coding and all of them said no, even the one teacher who did have a bachelor's in Biology wasn't certified.
it is what you make it, thats all the positive advice i can give, because when it comes to the school id do the research on this place before you attend it... if i knew was i was getting into i wouldnt of came here....1 out of 10 teachers actually know what they are doing..i bet there are more but they only work during the morning. the school doesnt consider the night students as much...and yes i agree that most of the staff is there for the money! ...its pathetic.
Most of the students that claim the school is crap, are the ones who come there and think they do not need to apply themselves. They want everyone to do the work for them. Then they wonder why they don't get an A for a grade.
The staff in Linwood, NJ for the Medical Assistant Program are highly qualified. They are more than willing to assist you if you need extra help. Most of you sound like the cry babies I personally encounter during my program. The knowledge is available if you are willing to work for it.
Nothing comes easy in life. I know many of students whom excelled in their career by going to this school. Stop the crying work for what you want.
Any attempt at education is guided by what you put into it as a student. Thus far, my experience has been very positive.
I fully believe that if you have a set plan of action as to your professional development, this institution will enable you to complete the goals you set for yourself.