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Okay, since I have not checked out the other campuses, I can only describe my own personal experience with the Radiologic Technologist program at the Keiser Daytona Beach campus. It is important to note that ALL CAMPUSES ARE NOT ALIKE. There are several students in my current class that have come from other campuses due to the other programs not being as high quality as the Daytona one. I don’t know why there is such a difference between the various campuses, nor do I care. I am perfectly happy with where I am!
I HIGHLY recommend this particular program! I’ve read all the negative reviews on assorted websites and here are some things I think you should know:
a. Your education at Keiser is going to be very expensive! I learned at an early age that if you want quality, you are going to have to pay for it. I have grants and scholarships and I’m still going to end up with an estimated $30,000 bill – part of which is for living expenses and necessities. It’s worth it. The RT graduates from this particular campus are in high demand. From past experience, I know that if I budget and don’t squander my earnings, I will be able to pay this off in approximately five to six years. This is an investment in my future and I believe it to be an excellent one. I knew how expensive it was going to be when I signed the paperwork. It’s right there for you to see if you just read it. There are no financial surprises like some people implied.
The financial aid advisors are NOT sharks. At least mine isn’t! She’s really very cool and works like crazy to make sure you get what you need. I was having problems receiving my military stipend and was broke for a couple weeks and I popped my head in her door and jokingly said, “Can I borrow five dollars so I can have dinner at Taco Bell?” She was already reaching for her purse when I told her I was only kidding. I don’t know about all the advisors, but I know that MINE would never do anything to hurt me or take advantage of me.
b. The RT program is going to be extremely difficult…the program at Daytona Beach is NOT for the average or below average student. You have to give it your all or you WILL NOT make it. This is not, like some have suggested, a padded degree for purchase. You’re going to EARN IT. I’m in only my fourth month and I can honestly say I’m very tired from all of the hard work and late nights. We have several quizzes throughout the week and a big exam every Friday. There is homework EVERY SINGLE NIGHT AND EVERY SINGLE WEEKEND…and lots of it. The education I am receiving isn’t some Mickey Mouse degree (sorry Disney) where you just skate along and pass anyway. This is the real thing. How do I know? Because I have proof. The RT program at this particular campus has a 100% first time pass rate on the national certification exams. You can verify this yourself by contacting The American Registry of Radiologic Technologists. Their contact information can be found on www.aart.org. This perfect pass rate is not the norm and it’s highly commendable and something to be proud of.
c. Regarding the RT instructors at the Daytona Beach campus – they are truly wonderful. They are knowledgeable, funny (always a plus when you’re exhausted!), they help you in any way they can, and they truly CARE about their students. I think maybe it’s because the classes are so small that they have a chance to get to know each and every one of us. The thing is? They don’t have to. They could just show up, teach, test us, and then go home. They don’t! If you need help, they’ll stay and work with you. They CLEARLY worry if a student is absent. I forgot to mention that (great, now I’m the one rambling) – part of the dedication and giving it your all is that you can’t miss class. So much information is provided in each lecture every day that it is very hard to make a comeback if you miss. I missed one day and thankfully the other students made sure I had what I needed, but it was really very hard and I got a B on the exam. I’m used to getting A’s on everything, so missing class is definitely a situation I will avoid in the future no matter how sick I am. Additionally, if you miss a certain number of times, you are unable to remain in the program.
Reading all the negative reviews makes me laugh because first of all, some do not make any sense whatsoever and are clearly just individuals ranting at random because they couldn’t cut it. Others clearly cannot put together a coherent sentence and obviously are going to have a difficult time passing their courses. As I’ve already stated, this program is NOT for the average or below average student.
I’m not saying that other programs and other campuses don’t have things seriously wrong with them. What I AM saying is that if you’re specifically looking for a Radiologic Technology program, you have the drive and the grades to prove it, and you live anywhere near Daytona Beach (or, if you’re like me and you’re willing to move here…I came from Memphis, TN to attend this program and another of the students in my class came all the way from California just to go to this program!), you really owe it to yourself to check it out.
Now for the bad news. The program at Daytona is SO AWESOME that the waiting list is crazy long because they can only take a limited number of students per class. But it’s worth the wait.
So. How can you verify that I’m not on the Keiser payroll? Come sit next to me in class and see for yourself (I’ll pretty much only be able to talk to you on breaks, though…I have to focus in class). Call the school and ask for Ken Arscott (who is my admissions advisor) and arrange to sit in on a class! Tell him Marci sent you. But you only have until May of 2012 to do this…because after that I’ll be a graduate and heading off into the sunset to find my dream job… :)
Ok, I have been a student at Keiser since June 2010.. It started off ok.
1. Financial aid and applying was a pain. They make you apply for a PLUS loan and 9 times outta 10 you get denied from everyone I have talked to about it.
2. Class schedule’s- My class schedule was totally mixed up. They called me when I was in the middle of my biology class and was asking how my clinical were.. I was like WTF are you talking about? Come to find out they totally had the wrong schedule for me. They had mine mixed up with another girl! I was like OMFG.. then they proceeded to tell me that I may have to start all over and pay extra money on my tuition and I put a holt to that when I said F that and ill get my lawyer involved if they were gonna pull that crap.
3. THEY ARE NOT MILITARY FRIENDLY ABOUT CLINICALS!!! So where I live, the drs offices are not privately owned they are owned threw Adventist Health. I got my preceptor packet 3 weeks before I was supposed to have a clinical site. Well I was down to my last week and had no clinical site.. I asked if I could do it on base and they told me no because they don’t teach me anything..I thought to myself, “I haven’t learned crap from you guys anyways, I rather be in a military base hospital to learn everything from bottom up cause obviously I have been paying $50 a month and $9k (+) for tution and I didn’t learn crap! “ They don’t care that you don’t learn anything and they basically tell you “oh well,” when you can’t find a clinical site. ALL THEY WANT IS MONEY!!
Oh and even if you get tuition assistance, you still have to pay $50 a month. Just a heads up.
On my FAFSA paperwork it says that Keiser has a 59% graduation rate and a 60% retention rate.. that should tell you something right there!
I do not suggest keiser; I cannot wait to graduate so I can go to a real school and get the hands on experience and teaching instead of this 4 week bullcrap!!! This school has done nothing but stress me out and put my marriage on the line! I can’t believe I have to pay tuition costs back for this school and I walk away with nothing!
First of all most of the bad reviews are people who complaint is expensive....so if it is too expensive for you why do you sign the papers and then figure out you can not pay? The school has given me and my wife a great opportunity and it is veteran friendly. Classes are perfect for the working individual. I definitely recommend for 4 year bachelor degrees because of costs.
As I mentioned the experience has been great that my wife is now pursuing her B.A.....so check out the school, review your financial paperwork and work hard...dont complaint you got ripped because you are a total fail that can not read your financial documents or can not do your school work
Keiser University has given me a new career path. I do not understand all of the negative reviews because I have had a great experience with them. I am a member of their honor society and am graduating with high honors in Health Service Administration. Yes, it is expensive, but it is worth it. You take only one class at a time for 4 weeks. STUDY and you will do well. You must also communicate with the finacial aid offices. I love this school and I will be continue on the earn my BA in HSA.
Keiser was an ok school. It depends on the student. I graduated from the Orlando campus for medical assisting and received my associates. I now work for florida hospital as a medical assistant. If you keep up with your studies and payments the flow should be simple. Yes, the school is very expensive but remember the school offers degrees and it is a private institute;which means they have their own private loans and uniforms and books and so forth.
The dress is professional and business. Different from a normal tech school. Its also considered a university not a regular tech school. There is a lot of hands and powerpoints for the MA Program.I also took Histotechnology and it is so hands on. Your classroom is inside the lab with microscopes for each student and actual equipment you would use in the field The only negative about the school is that some students are really lazy and walk in and out the classroom but its an okay school not a great school but the worst school! Hope this helped a little.
I have read a lot of reviews on here saying that Keiser University is a horrible school, and many other horrible things, such as being much higher priced. Yes Keiser is more expensive but you are paying for a private University.
The tampa campus is incredible. My father recently graduated from there and I am now attending Keiser but I am currently an online student. All the staff I have come in contact with is extremely generous, they always return calls in a timely manner, and so much more. The classes are sometimes time demanding depending on the course but they are rather easy to complete.
I would recommend this school to any one, thinking about a degree.
Please read everyone's post . This school is horrible. I am a single mother working full-time so I chose online classes for my convience. Well its not worth the headache they gave me. The financial aid department does not know what they are doing . Admission department are liar.
My schedule says my last class was in January and now that time had come they add 3 classes that I have already taken at FAU after they accepted them in August. Now I have to do the fit work to get if resolved. I will keep u posted.!!!!! Ugh!!! So disappointed
The people that work at the school are the worst. No one communicates, they ALL have a nasty attitudes. I was told that there were NO CLINICAL classes for RN- BSN, but there are Three. I was told that I have 20 classes to complete the course and these dirty scoundrels added two extra classes (NO SUBSTITUTES). They do not believe in returning phone calls or emails. I wish I never came across them. They will set you up for FAILURE.I HATE KEISER UNIVERSITY. I had 7 months to go now its 9. Is it legal for them to do this? Help Me
Wow, where do I start, and where do I find help? And also, what can I do to forewarn people about the mistake they may be making enrolling in an Asoociate's degree program at Keiser. I attended Keiser for almost 2 years online, in which time I earned an Associates of Arts Degree in Health Service Administration.
First, let me say that mt research has told me that the AVERAGE cost of an associates degree is around $7,000.00. With under 5% being above $30,000.00. I am saddened to know that now that I have attended Keiser, and received an AA, I will NEVER be able to continue my education any further, due to my OUTRAGEOUS bill of over $30,000.00. This even AFTER making monthly payments for two years, and receiving NUMEROUS scholarships as well as Pell Grants (some thousands of dollars each). With 30,000$ in debt for ONLY school, and a whopping $350 a month payment for the next TEN YEARS OF MY LIFE (this is only paying back $11,000.00 of interest, where if I choose to pay $150 per month I will be paying over $60,000 for my ASSOCIATES DEGREE and will take me over 25 years to pay!!!!!)
I just graduated on Aug 20 from Keiser University Lakeland,Fl. From the beginning the RT teachers,clinical coordinator, program director, and dean of allied health sciences have been negative and condescending. There were many comments made to my class specifically about how "horrible and difficult they know that this class is and that all we do is blame our problems on the teachers because we can't take responsiblilty for our own actions".
Well let me tell all of you something...if this school makes a mistake they will never admit it. I wish I had never attended Keiser. It was the biggest mistake I have ever made. A very expensive mistake at that...$40,000...and all they tell me is oh well for screwing me over.
The first week of my radiology program they hand us all a huge stack of papers and they have to all be signed by the end of the week and then when you need their help they shove these papers back in your face and say see you did know...wow thanks. Im expected to remember something a year and a half later. If anyone else has been through their RT program then you know that you have homework and quizzes and tests all the time.
And clinicals? DOnt even get me started. Most of their clinical sites are a joke. A waste of time. I went to Bayview Radiology for my 2nd clinical rotation. This place taught me nothing. All they did was ignore me and then try to use me. I paid to be treated like crap. This school is a complete and utter rip off. All they care about is themselves. I can honestly say that there are only 2 teachers there that actually cared about the students in my class. I have to wait 3 months to take my RT registry because of a mistake that they made and all I get from them is an oh well..While all my fellow students are takeing their exam and applying for jobs Im sitting here waiting. Thank you Keiser University for being horrible and selfish. All I can tell you is run run run....