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Don't go here unless you want the run around about every question you ask. They have a team of people to find you clinical sites who I am convinced are unqualified for their position. The general consensus in my state(including coming from the board) is that IU has a bad rap. Hospitals don't want to sign contracts to take students for free with no preceptor teaching them. Period, and its offensive to ask them to. Some states think that even though IU meets the minimum requirements from coaarc, it isn't enough. For all of the student flooding into the field, but no help with clinical sites or board prep, my state in particular wants to raise the standard above coaarc just so IU can't play in the game anymore. I can't blame them. This is a joke.y grades are excellent, I've learned so much (because I taught myself). The ONE book the school offers you to hold physically is a workbook to go over in clinicals that I've seen made fun of by preceptors because it is so out of date. The only way to get anything done at this school is to talk to the heads, because they actually answer the phone and have the power to do things without passing the buck. I'm tired of defending my degree or my school. And to clarify, yes this school is absolutely nationally accredited. But, if they are not REGIONALLY accredited, so you will not be able to move any credits to a local college later on if it doesn't work out. It's not innovative and exciting anymore, it's a liability. For the amount of tuition I'm paying, and what has been offered to me for my education.... this is nothing short of pure robbery. I'm getting my degree because I am 30k in with no way of transferring out, but I will not be back for bachelors, and would beg anyone else to consider other options.
Let me start off with the positives.I enrolled at IU over the summer. I was so excited finally found a online school that was accredited in Respiratory Therapy. The teacher were hands on if I had questions it was answered right away. Grades was posted in a timely manner. Class work load was a lot but you have to manage time effectively. After going to the school for 2 mods I got a email stating I was going to be dropped from the program as a FALSE START due to financial Aid. It also stated that I will be getting a full refund. I spent over 4 days going back and forth with an advisor who couldn't explain anything and also had me wait over 45 minutes to speak with someone from Financial Aid department. Turns out FA said that it was showing I was enrolled in 2 Universities at once. I contacted the other school I went to 2 years prior to see why it would show that. They had no record nor the department of education. I left several emails and voice mails and so did my previous school and we have yet to hear from anyone from IU. I got all A's while I was attending this school. I also just got a notice stating that I am 30 days late on my in house Student Loan which I have emails showing they will be refunding my money. Last week I received an email from IU I was thinking now I can finally know what went wrong but to my surprise it was email letting me know that they have a class starting Nov 2 and on the Nov22. So did the issue mysteriously fix itself or am I suppose to re-enroll and get dropped again? STILL NO ANSWER!
This school, like any school has its ups and downs. I just graduated this month and have many opportunities ahead of me in the near and distant future. This school is great for those of us that are too busy for the usual brick and mortar school (kids, family, job, etc). The downside of this school is that you pretty much have to teach yourself for the most part in the first year. You will not have clinicals until you are close to your second year. A great thing now is the school just recently started having live lectures as opposed to looking at power points and reading chapters without a instructors input. The first year is mainly general education and basic anatomy, physiology, etiology, etc. Closer to starting your second year is where it all comes together at your clinical site. Here is where you need to do your best at getting hands on experience and ask lots of questions. Try and remember that it's a constant interview and your ultimate goal is to get hired on after graduating. I recommend shadowing a respiratory therapist for a couple of days to see if it is something you can see yourself doing. In my opinion this school is for the more "diy" types who have good self discipline, and self motivation. With hard work and time, you can accomplish this program a success. I would not recommended this school unless you have no other choice. I highly recommend attending a community college or university programs, which are way cheaper.
I just graduated this week July 2015 from the Respiratory Therapy program at IU and while attending I did have a few issues. I started in September 2013 after I transferred from a local college following a illness and doing online would make it easier so it would not matter if I had to miss class. I didn't have clinicals at the time, so I was not worried about being too sick to go to clinicals either. I started school and had a lot of classes transfer from my previous school, and by the time I recovered from my illness I was ready to attend clinicals. I started clinicals and attended for about 4 months when the facility decided not to allow students because a student from another school in a different profession had done a procedure without the instructor present. Therefore I lost my site through no fault of my own and they had to get another site for me, and in the meantime the NC Board of Governor's who regulate education requirements for colleges in NC had received complaints from the local colleges that IU was taking up clinical spots in an already competitive market. The Board of Governors then informed IU that they could no longer practice in the state of NC and if they did the associates degrees in Respiratory Therapy would be worthless. They would only allow them to grant degrees if they paid the fees and licensing fees to practice in the state of NC. This process involves flying the BOG to the main campus of the school, having them tour the campus, waiting for their approval, paying a $5000. initial fee, and then a fee for every degree with a different fee for associate, bachelors, and masters. Then they want the school to have a physical campus here in NC. I find this insane as well as a violation of my choice to go to whatever school I want to go to get my education. It did take me some time and I had to drop from school for a bit, but I did finally get done. The bad part is that I suffered because of the lack of clinical sites that were offered in NC. I was already set up to go to a site that is one of the largest healthcare providers in NC and I work for them. but because I could not get permission from the BOG, I was forced to go to a much smaller hospital in order to finish the program and graduate. It had it's pros and cons; the opportunities were few and it was mostly doing breathing treatments and being in the Emergency Room, or it was all hands on deck because the therapists at that particular facility have a much broader scope of practice than at other facilities. Any school is going to have issues no matter what so keep that in mind, but specific to this school and program is to make sure you have a clinical site secure before you enroll in the program. Make sure it is one they have either used for awhile and see if there may be more than one choice. You can always see if the facility where you work may be your clinical site, but make sure you get the paperwork done before you start school. Good luck in pursuing your degree from IU because it is hard work and worth it.
While I am still a student at Independence University, I felt compelled to write a review. I spent 15 months at another online college and left because I felt like I was left hanging in the wind. At Independence University, there are live lectures every week as well as open labs and a very useful and helpful student success tutoring center. This school, at least at this point, has done everything they could to make sure that students succeed in their training. Although the program I am in is fairly new, there is at present a 100% hire rate at graduation. This is almost unheard of in the online educational world.
I did not graduate, I was withdrawn before I barely started because I questioned where my tuition was going. No books, just e book links and free tutorials. Withdrawn against my will because I asked questions they couldn't answer. Being charged for being withdrawn even though I didn't ask to be withdrawn and being charged for a class i didn't take.
I am a current student of IU and I love this school! the program is acreditted and very well put together. I work as a respiratory therapy assistant while in school and I was hired because the program is recognized and approved by the CoARC. I am already seeing better opportunities for myself and I must admit it is difficult to find a clinical site, but start looking for one as soon as possible and once you have found one you are all set to study and complete clinical. I have been to a local college and I enjoy online school much more than a real classroom. My advisor is available to help me via phone and email and so are my teachers. I have so far had a great experience.
Thoroughly enjoyed obtaining my BSN through Independence University Online Program. Teachers are very motivational and pleasant. Independence University strives to help you succeed. Would further attend the MSN program if my personal funding allowed.
I would not recommend this school to anyone unless your only option is online. The curriculum is very hard if you don't have someone in the field to ask questions. Find your clinical site BEFORE you start!!!! If you are a visual learner you may not find this course easy, also just because it is online the course load is Heavy!! Expect at least 20 - 30 hrs of class work a week.
This school is very fun to me, and I am glad I attended this school. The instructors are great and the glass is great. I was kind of hesitant to keep going because half of my pell grant and my unsub/sub money went towards my tuition and I have to pay for school and I cant find a job. Hopefully the next half of money comes to me and I can pay for it. Overall this university is great, I would suggest the university to people