Keiser University Reviews
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Ok, after reading many, MANY reviews, I felt that I should also put my 2 cents in. First of all, I am currently a student, not a graduate and so my opinion is limited but I still feel is somewhat valuable to those seeking advice on whether to attend this college.
As someone who has been here for 7 months, let me tell you this school is so amazing! Maybe it's the campus I attend, but, I've had nothing but helpful staff to guide me since I've started. I have attended FMU/Everest and PSC (Polk State College - the local community college) and must say that this is by far the most challenging academically and most helpful when it comes to assisting you with any type of issues.
I have been told by a lot of people that this isn't a 'real' college due to accreditation, your diploma can be pulled at any minute, and they have been 'ripped off.' First of all, the college has 'regional' accreditation like USF/UF/PSC (big universities) so credits are transferable. Second,nothing is actually undisclosed when it comes to anything financial.
Also, I have read that people are being told they won't get hired because they went to keiser. This is so untrue as I work in an ALF (assisted living facility) and have 4 RN's that work there now and graduated from Keiser. I also know 2 RN's personally that work for the local hospital that graduated from Keiser. I have also been offered 3 different jobs as a PTA for when I graduate, working at Rehab starting at $25/hr.
So, what I'm saying is, don't believe everything you hear. Keiser is accredited and, as such, allow you to sit for state licensing. Since this is a fact, they therefore must meet the state requirements in order to let you sit for the state exam, therefore they have the same education provided as other colleges....
One other thing...like I said before, I have attended other colleges (including a community college)and as far keiser having the same classes, they have the exact same course code!!! This means that they have to meet the same standards as a state funded community college..... so, please, don't believe everything you hear when it comes to this college...it's for real :)
I just withdrew from Keiser Port Saint Lucie with four months left to finish my radiology technology degree, which is a 16-month program. I was doing well, with a B-average. Then I went to my second clinical rotation at Indian River Memorial Hospital's radiology department. I was scheduled to be there for 8 weeks. At the end of 6 weeks the hospital abruptly dismissed me from the rotation on a trumped up accusation of negligent behaviour toward a patient, despite my taking the right radiograph on the right patient. The incident was very minor, involving the mislocation of a work order that was the staff tech's fault. I got blamed so they would have a pretext to get rid of me. Up until that point I was given no indication from the staff that they had any problems with me or my performance there.
It seems that there is a fairly wide-spread negative attitude on the part of hospitals in general toward student interns, and especially Keiser interns, at least in this area. The staffs apparently see you as eventually competing for their jobs, therefor are not inclined to be of much assistance. If any of them decide not to like you for whatever reason (they seem to barely get along with each other) they may find some small excuse to drop you from your rotation. Or if they make a mistake and they can pin it on you, chances are they will and you are out of there. That was my experience.
Then Keiser will take this as a very serious set back to your achievements there, and usually will come up with an action plan that requires you to repeat your last semester of classes along with the rotation you were dropped from. Of course this means an extra $15,000 in tuition, plus the extra 4-5 months in time spent. Keep in mind that this can happen, even though you did nothing wrong. The hospital did not allow me to face my accusers or explain the facts. Keiser was very unsympathetic, automatically siding with whatever the hospital said. Of course, churning a percentage of their students helps bring in extra tuition. Many students don't feel the pain of the extra tuition right then, because Keiser is expert at hooking you up with more student loans. Later, years later, you will still be paying. They have you over barrell by the time you are two thirds or more through your program, and they know it. They know that many of their students are desperate to get the degree and a good paying job. Despite all their student-friendly advertising, remember that Keiser is a business first. Its not about students first, its about money first, in my opinion. If you are thinking about Keiser, beware! The time and money you think you will spend there may wind up being a lot more. And if you drop out like I did, your college credits will not transfer to any other college except another Keiser campus. Gotcha again! Beware! All of this is only my opinion, of course.
I signed up for Keiser August 2011 and i had no complaints up until now.I loved their class sizes and their class schedules and the fact that everything is pretty much laid out for you, so there is no rush to try and take a class cause you have your schedule for the year.I WAS suppose to start my OTA program August 27th and they even made me file for Financial aid and their loans before telling me i wasn't going to be able to start it AT ALL. I am .25 away from having a 3.0 and i was told that as long as i brought up my grades for the semester i would be fine.I had a meeting with the Dean and even the president of that campus trying to see if there was anything i could do to raise my GPA, even if it meant spending more money out of pocket, or just going to BCC to take a class to boost my GPA. They basically told me "oh well, so sorry, it's policy" and left me with no other choice except for going into another program. i REFUSE to do this because i don't think i should have to spend 40,000 in student loans to study something i WONT like. They're very helpful when they want you to sign up and take your money, but when you're in need of help they turn the other cheek and want nothing to do with you.I was told 3 days after the meeting that i could file for grievance but everything is in their favor and i have no case to build around it.I had no counselor and no one telling me that instead of trying to pass the class, it's best to just FAIL it and take it over.I have 3 C's that brought my gpa and they're not willing to help me make it into the program i want, but they're quick to say that i am now in 12,000 in debt for classes that i could have taken for less money at BCC or even FIU. This school is all about money and do not try to help out their students what so ever.
i say that it is best to avoid this school.
Also they give out the wrong information about what an OTA Salary is ( i happen to know what it is since i work for one of their sites where they send the students to do nternships) and they are over populating OTA's into the workforce which means fewer jobs when you graduated.None of this is mentioned at any point.
First of all, this school is extremely expensive and it will leave you with a never ending debt even after a 2-year degree. I am talking about $40,000 in loans debt just for an associate degree. I personally think the classes taken at this school do not prepare you for the real life, and the school does not really care about graduating incompetent students.
Keiser graduates an Occupational Therapy Assistant class every 4 months, which is causing an overpopulation of people looking for this job in the area. Of course, Keiser is not the only at fault. Sometimes I wonder what is the AOTA doing to control this? Aren’t they supposed to protect our rights and look after us? Well, it looks like more than one person is not doing their job! I remember how back in my time people used to struggle to pass the board exam. Sadly, I have overheard how most of the students from Keiser already have all the questions from the board examination, which has not been changed in the last 4 years or more.
This school is endangering the future of my career and soon there will be so many of us that we are not going to be able to get jobs, and if we do the pay rate is going to decrease for sure. My recommendation, find another school and maybe another career!
I'm a graduate from keiser when it was known as keiser college. I graduated from their nursing program. Its a private university and so it will cost you but i can promise you this if you're persistent and willing to further your education you will graduate with a degree in hand. The classes are small and so teachers takes the time to pay attention to each individual weaknesses in a subject or strengths and help the students that needs help along the way.
I started out going to a well rebound community college and they were prejudice i had panic attacks thinking about facing my clinical instructor who made my clinical very nerve wrecking. I'm a nurse today because of keiser university and yes the fort lauderdale campus. Each teacher i met there were mentors and great teachers. I owe student loans but i have a great career one that's marketable and one that the sky is the limit once you get that degree you hold your head up high because you have achieved your dreams and goals. Choose keiser people its quick and painless.
Got an associates degree in Video Game Design, which I still haven't received and I graduated in April 2011, been well over a year, I've called and met staff/directors/supervisors, basically everyone that works there, and I keep getting bullshit excuses. The technology my class and I were taught on was a joke, daily computer crashes, 4 year old software, and even older computers made doing any animation or modeling so tedious and nerve wrecking that you would want to put your fist through the computer screen. I suggest find somewhere else to go to school this place wants your money and nothing more, sad truth but that's how it is.
P.S. because I don't have my degree in hand or at least a copy of it I've been turned down for 2 really great jobs, I have the skill and know how, just not the stupid piece of paper from the poor excuse of a university.
P.S.S. only good thing I can say about my time at Keiser was my professors knew how to teach. Still though much better places out there do your research.
I attended Keiser after a LONG waiting period at a local community college. I thought the monthly classes were great. I was able to stay focused and concentrate on one class at a time. My instructors were the best! They took time to help you if you needed something and were always available. Student services was awesome too. They helped me build my resume to make it more appealing to future employers.
The only bad thing I can say about Keiser is that the financial aid department was very unorganized. Not only is Keiser expensive, they hire just about anyone who can add in the financial aid department. I was a student at Keiser for 3 years altogether and my FA adviser changed 4 times! I had to bring back all my information and re-sign everything because the previous adviser "misplaced" it.
I'm definitely considering Keiser when I'm ready to obtain my Bachelors.
Im taking classes online for the medical assisting program. it is ok for me because i am an independent learner but i recommend that you go on campus if you are not an online learner. the price is ridiculous but i hope its worth it after i graduate.
If you are considering earning your A.S. degree in Medical Assisting, Please check out your community college. Keiser's tuition is ridiculously high. I chose to attend online classes with Keiser so that I could care for an ill family member.
I found the classes challenging and graduated with a 3.8 GPA however, if I had to do it all over again, I would have "done my homework" Taking all of the classes online was a mistake. Keiser does not have the best reputation in the medical community and when you disclose that you have done most all classes online with the exception of Preceptorship and Externship, employers shy away from e-learning.
I think that if you have a business degree or something to that nature it is viewed very differently. However, when it comes to the medical field, you are much better served in a classroom setting. I now owe a ton of money and still have not found a job. Do yourself a favor and attend your local community college. If you are in Florida, doing so will automatically allow you to attend the state university of your choosing. GO GATORS!
I am attending my first semester o and as far as I can tell, everyone in the group is disappointed. This semester we are taking two classes-Pharmacology and Nursing Fundamentals.
Pharm is hard, but the teacher is top-notch. She knows how to teach and everyone likes her. Even though it's a lot of material, she makes it achievable. Fundamentals, on the other hand, is a complete disaster. The two teachers don't know anything about teaching. They don't emphasis what's important, the tests are impossible to pass. Each chapter is long, and you are expected to be able to know every tiny detail. I am convinced that the teachers would not be able to pass this class if the shoe was on the other foot.The main problem is that the program is very condensed. Without good teaching and adjustments to the program it almost impossible to do well. Do yourself a favor, find a longer program. There must be many cheaper programs out there.