Independence University Reviews of Associates in Respiratory Therapy

  • 20 Reviews
  • Salt Lake City (UT)
  • Annual Tuition: $16,972
50% of 20 students said this degree improved their career prospects
35% of 20 students said they would recommend this program to others
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Reviews - Associates in Respiratory Therapy

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Dustin
  • Reviewed: 5/1/2020
  • Degree: Respiratory Therapy
  • Graduation Year: 2019
"After reading other reviews of people in IU's Respiratory Therapy program, I'm even more astonished that I was able to not only pass my registry exams, but was able to land a job. The sign up process was very quick and easy, and unlike the horrors that others had to go through, they did find a clinical site for me rather quickly, but that turned out to be another issue (more on that later). But just like everyone else, I wasn't told that the school was on probation before I signed up, but luckily they were still accredited. Each class is broken up into 4-week modules, and you almost always have only 1 or 2 classes (usually only 1). Each week requires you to write a discussion post on a selected topic, write a 500-word essay, and take a quiz, as well as daily checkpoints. Each had a specific point total attached to it. Half the time the daily checkpoints either had a link that didn't work or chose the wrong answer as the correct one and I would have to email the classes professor to have them change the grade to give me the points. Discussion posts are self-explanatory. Essays are pretty easy, it's mostly just regurgitating information from the reading material. As long as you did the essay, you would almost certainly get the full point value. The weekly quizzes could all be found on Quizlet or by doing a Google search. The weekly lectures were not mandatory (until for one class they suddenly were) but they were recorded so you could go back and watch them if you weren't able to be there live. This was actually very convenient for me because I worked most nights when they would record. Later in the course your week 4 exam will be proctored, meaning you have to have a webcam on and allow them to see both you and your screen to make sure you're not cheating. As long as you do well on the prior three exams and do the rest of the work, you can bomb the proctored exam and be in no danger of failing. I honestly didn't have issues with the work, the professors were all very good about answering questions and responded quickly. I did have one issue where a weekly quiz was for the wrong week. It was week 3 of the module and the week 4 quiz, which was material we hadn't covered yet, was posted. When I emailed the professor, she informed me that there was a mistake and they couldn't post the correct quiz, but I would be allowed to retake the quiz and was given the information to read to prepare for it. The clinicals is where I had most of my issues. In a real respiratory therapy program, you'll go to several different sites so you can experience it all: ICU, NICU, ER, pulmonary function testing, breathing treatments, etc. I was put in a small, rural hospital about an hour away from my home (which was much closer than some other students had to go). This hospital did not have an ICU or NICU, so for the entirely of my clinical experience, all I did was breathing treatments and EKGs. I got to see one intubation but no ventilator work because every patient that was placed on a ventilator would be transferred to another hospital. When I met some students from another school, they told me about their experiences, and that they already had jobs working at hospitals as student-therapists, something that IU never bothered to tell me was an option. When I eventually got fed up with not getting the kind of education I was paying for, I reached out to other local hospitals, and had one interested in letting me come do some clinicals there, only to later get an email from someone at IU telling me that that was against some sort of CoARC rules. So I never got any experience working with intensive care patients or neonates. Yet, the school still allowed me to pass those clinical courses. When it finally came time to take my registry exams, I did it without the help of IU. I still did all the post-program training they made available, but it was the Kettering Review that helped me with the Therapist Multiple Choice exam and tutorialsystems.com that really helped me with the Clinical Simulations Exam. I was able to pass and have been working as an RRT for about a year now, primarily working in the ICU because I told my boss about my poor clinical experience and that I wanted ICU experience. I feel like I was one of the lucky few that was able to succeed with IU despite them doing everything they could to make me fail. I did feel like I was underprepared when I landed my job, but I knew going in that most RRTs feel that way no matter where they went to school. IU was convenient for me because I worked full-time and did have the ability to commit to classes, but had I known that it was going to be such a poor education experience, I would have found a way to go to real classes and make it work with my schedule. In closing, I'm proof that you can get a job in respiratory by going to IU, but it's not going to be the ideal way to go about it."
MatB
  • Reviewed: 10/9/2019
  • Degree: Respiratory Therapy
  • Graduation Year: 2019
"I recently graduated from Independence University with an associate's degree in Respiratory Therapy. My experience with the school was very good. I received a full scholarship and was able to maintain a 4.0, throughout the length of the program. The teachers were very helpful and made every effort to ensure that students could pass the classes. The whole program was designed for students to do well. Although the setup was not perfect by any means, it was definitely designed with the student in mind. Online school on a whole is meant for responsible students, so those who need their hands held all the way through would have a difficult time with any online program. It is no different at Independence University. The staff is there to help you along the way but the student still has to be disciplined enough to do the work on their own. The school adequately prepared me to take the TMC and pass it on the first try, so I know it is possible for others to do so if they apply themselves. I have seen many reviews that mentioned the CoArc accreditation status. All students graduating from the program, if they pass, their degree will be CoArc accredited. My degree is CoArc accredited. The school's CoArc accreditation was on probation due to not enough students passing the TMC exam. I am not sure why more people do not pass, but based on my experience, anyone can pass if they apply themselves and put in the work that is needed."
Matt B.
  • Reviewed: 9/22/2019
  • Degree: Respiratory Therapy
  • Graduation Year: 2019
"My experience at Independence University was positive from beginning to end, I graduated in September 2019. I was pleasantly surprised to receive a full scholarship and all of my concerns were taken care of in a very promptly. The free computers worked perfectly and helped me to complete my studies wherever I happened to be. The staff was pleasant with every conversation and helped in every way possible. I was able to complete all of my classes with no problems and even was able to take extra classes toward the end so that I could graduate a couple months early. I have had no previous medical training and still never had a grade in any class that was less than 98% so I can definitely say the material was supplied and presented in a way that made it possible to do very well if a student applied themselves. I was fully prepared for my clinicals and was hired as soon as I graduated. I was also offered a job at three other hospitals before I graduated so there is no problem finding work because of the school itself as some claim. Overall, I could not have had a better experience and I am now enjoying my new career thanks to Independence university."
Sarah
  • Reviewed: 9/6/2019
  • Degree: Respiratory Therapy
  • Graduation Year: 2020
"Worst school ever! Don't waste your time. This school is a scam! They don't deliver on the things they promised you during orientation. Truly do your research on this school and find another. For the price that they are charging, you could go to one of the larger institutes. I even heard they are on probation. They don't care about their students. Check out the Better Business Bureau reviews as well!! I wish I had before I signed up."
C.T
  • Reviewed: 7/24/2019
  • Degree: Respiratory Therapy
  • Graduation Year: 2020
"This school is a nightmare. I TRULY wish I had read the reviews on the Better Business Bureau. I enrolled in the Respiratory Therapy program back in November. I've spent months taking psychology and "motivation" courses. Three weeks ago I was finally able to start my clinicals. When I arrived at the V.A hospital, all Respiratory Therapists began to ask me a series of questions to which I had no answer. These RRT's proceeded to tell me that Respiratory therapy is not something you can learn online, that that a clinical site is meant to apply what you've already learned not learn from scratch, and that the school is not equipping us at all for the real world. For example, the crash course on brochodilators takes a whole semester to learn, not one week...according to these seasoned RRT's stated. When I asked how do I learn to draw blood, these people told me to watch a YOUTUBE video. REALLY??? Long story short, the Veterans hospital decided to discontinue their relationship with IU due to their lack of properly training and instructing their students. Now, I'm being told to take more "fluff" courses until they can find another site in Georgia, which I received an email from another advisor stating this is going to be almost impossible. In the event they cannot find a site, I get dropped from the school and am STILL required to pay their fees. How so???Anyhow, I digress This school is a nightmare. Please do your research. Find another school."
Crystal
  • Reviewed: 7/13/2019
  • Degree: Respiratory Therapy
  • Graduation Year: 2020
"This scam of a school is an overpriced institution that does not deliver what they promise, sets their students up for failure and is only out for your money. They do not research their clinical sites, much less prepare their students for what is expected of them when they go to the site. The experience was so bad, that the Veterans hospital decided to terminate their contract with Independence U due to us, the students, not even being prepared or knowledgeable about simple basics. They do not have an umbrella of hospitals they work with. Now we have no site and are being told that if they cannot find a site for us, we will be dropped from the program and will STILL be required to pay, even though THEY dropped the ball. Additionally, I've been informed that they are on probation. Theora was great to work with. Kristi was nice at first, but once she realized they were at fault, she stated "your choice is to either stay enrolled and wait for a new site, or drop out of the program. That is where we are at this point". Just rude. Anyhow, I digress. Do yourself a favor, find another school."
Crystal
  • Reviewed: 6/23/2018
  • Degree: Respiratory Therapy
  • Graduation Year: 2020
"I am not currently enrolled in this school, and i do not recommend anyone to enroll. About a year ago i contacted IU and the first person i spoke with seemed not interested when i told him my age. When i finally got hold of someone i was convinced that i should enroll in the RT program. After taking all the required testing, i was offered a scholarship from the school to help pay for my classes, as well as i had Federal funding. The young lady i spoke with in the finance department was the most helpful out of everyone, cant say the same about my advisor. My advisor let me know that i would not be able to start classes until i have a clinical site locked in, which the advisor stated the schools finds. i did offer to help find a clinical site but was told no, but when i would ask my advisor which hospitals has he reached out to he couldnt tell me and would just say he would get back to me, which he never did!! After having one issue after the other with my advisor, i wanted to email the Dean and let him know what was happening and why i would be declining to enroll, so i emailed the one person that i could count on, the finance person. She was able to give me the email address of the Dean, so i emailed him and let him know how helpful the finance person was but how horrible my advisor was. But guess what? No response, no help trying to fix the issues, no want to help me with a clinical site, NOTHING!!! And i even included in my email my advisors name as well as the name of the young lady that was helpful. PLEASE BE SMART IF THINKING ABOUT ENROLLING IN THIS SCHOOL. PLEASE TAKE NOTE THAT IF YOU ENROLL IN THE RT PROGRAM YOU MUST HAVE A CLINICAL SITE BEFORE YOU ARE ABLE TO START CLASSES.."
Aggravated
  • Reviewed: 11/2/2017
  • Degree: Respiratory Therapy
  • Graduation Year: 2019
"Learned their RT program was on probation and then learned they werent fully accredited as they say they are. I dropped 4 classes in when I realized what was going on and ended up owing a lot of money with classes that of course wouldnt transfer. Please dont make the same mistake I did and be very sure you know about EVERYTHING before making your decision to go here. I dropped and joined a school close by thats much cheaper and less time and am making the schedule work."
Rrt
  • Reviewed: 8/22/2016
  • Degree: Respiratory Therapy
  • Graduation Year: 2015
"I graduated from Independence University in 2015 I would recommend the school only if you currently work in the field you are trying to get your degree and it's hard to teach yourself respiratory I luckily worked around respiratory therapist they were able to help me on a daily basis if you have this kind of support system this is a wonderful way to get your degree without having to work part-time because you're able to do your classes around your work schedule I was able to work full-time and still get my respiratory license and just 23 months"
Nina.J
  • Reviewed: 2/21/2016
  • Degree: Respiratory Therapy
  • Graduation Year: 2017
"I'm am currently attending Independence University. I began my education in July 2015 and so far it has been going good. If you choose to attend this university beware you will need to focus and study for each and every class. Every month you have to take 2 courses and with each course comes weekly exams and assignments which you will need to turn in by the end of the week. I have already started my Clinical's and so far it has been good, I'm learning a ton and I can't wait to see what else I learn throughout this year. My expected graduation is May 2017 and I am looking forward to getting my degree and finally having a career."