Independence University Reviews - Respiratory Therapy

2.35 out of 5 stars
(26 Reviews)
47% of 26 students said this degree improved their career prospects
38% of 26 students said they would recommend this program to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

1.0 out of 5 stars
Dustin - 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."
4.6 out of 5 stars
MatB - 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."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Matt B. - 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."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Sarah - 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."
1.0 out of 5 stars
C.T - 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."
1.1 out of 5 stars
Crystal - 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."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Mary Hall - 6/22/2019
Degree: Respiratory Therapy
Graduation Year: 2010
"After reading some of the horror stories on this review site I have to share mine too and try to save some good hardworking people the agony that I have had to experience for TEN YEARS. I wanted to expand on a medical assistant associates and needed to work full time so decided to try an online training. Unfortunately, I chose to try this "school" to get the training and make an honest living. At first the classes seemed normal until I had to sit for a proctored exam and prepare for a clinical assignment. The assignment notice was never sent to me and I wasn't assigned to a clinical site, all after I decided to sign student loan documents to pay for the rest of the "program". Right after I signed the papers the communication stopped and I had to stop the classes because without the clinical I wasn't able to finish the program. I know now after ten long years of harassment and constant calls and threats that they just wanted to claim the student loan debt and make me pay for it. I just want good people trying to better their lives to stay away from this "school" and to warn them that this will ruin their lives instead of elevating it. This is just plain fraud, and I pray that people will listen and stay away."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Chenelle - 11/13/2018
Degree: Respiratory Therapy
Graduation Year: 2021
"I was very interested in the Respiratory program through this University but I did look further and found that they are on probation through the COARC accreditation body. I brought this up to Ronald Hehn and right from the start he was very rude and was quickly to push me away from the program. First off saying o Colorado is so hard to place on a site and that there is a year wait list to get a site and that it's is so hard to get into this program. I currently attend Colorado State University and have Honors so for him to push me away like that was so rude and because I found that probation they are on.The worst costumer service ever. I do not recommend this university."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Crystal - 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.."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Amenra Mccarthy BS RRT - 5/28/2018
Degree: Respiratory Therapy
Graduation Year: 2018
"This was an awesome experience! I love the staff as well as all the business offices there! I was able to sail through with flying colors because I had a great team of professionals and fellow students to aid me. Also the material and study resources are top notched and offer everything a student can need! I am a husband and father of 8 and I was able to complete the course with few interruptions! I recommend INDEPENDENCE UNIVERSITY to anyone who is looking to better themselves and their career! Thank you IU!"
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