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Sanford-Brown Institute Reviews

  • 122 Reviews
  • Multiple Locations
  • Annual Tuition: $25,964
29% of 122 students said this degree improved their career prospects
26% of 122 students said they would recommend this school to others
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  • Reviewed: 11/15/2019
  • Degree: Medical Office Administration
  • Graduation Year: 2007
"I went to Sanford Brown in Trevose for medical assisting. I initially went for diagnostic sonography, but was told I had to complete the MA program first. This was due to my college credits not being medical. They stated when I finished I could go into the diagnostic sonography program and would be ahead of some of the students. This was a lie. The recruiters change faster than you can sneeze. They all spin a different lie. The director was called on the carpet for the lies by some of the new teachers who weren't down for the BS and she admitted to our class that this wasn't true. After getting a 3.99 GPA taking classes for 14 months on the weekend they then changed the criteria and no longer included night or weekend externship. Refused to find me one and would not accept the one I found on my own. The state made them return the money for the externship portion. There are a lot of people who will say you get out of it what you put into it. This is not the case with this school. I went back less than six months to get my partial refund check and found out 4 of my teachers left. Including the one person who was still working in the field in lab processing at a top hospital in Philly. I ended up finishing my certification at another school that found me an externship at Jefferson Hospital where I was hired and stayed for almost 10 years. Research your schools but don't choose this one."
  • Reviewed: 7/19/2016
  • Degree: Medical Assistant
  • Graduation Year: 2011
"RUN...RUN AS FAST AS YOU CAN...they say all the right things to get you in the doorsame with your money but you are on your own once you graduate. 70% of my class has not found work in the medical field because NOONE wants to hire from Sanford Brown"
Depressed and Disgusted
  • Reviewed: 1/17/2016
  • Degree: Ultrasound Technician
  • Graduation Year: 2010
"I'm an army veteran and I thought my life would get back on track. I graduated in June thinking that my life would start over fresh. Instead, they took my money from my Post 9/11 GI Bill and ran. $33,000 is a lot of money. I should get my money back!!"
No training in medical office or EMR
  • Reviewed: 12/3/2015
  • Degree: Health Sciences
  • Graduation Year: 2015
"Sanford Brown medical assisting program only covered a small amount of what it takes to be a medical assistant. One area in particular that it lacks is medical office , and specifically electronic medical record's training . I realize that each medical-practice uses a different EMR System , however some training would have been greatly helpful to me in my career . At this point I'm looking at furthering my education by going to a different school for medical office and administration. I don't feel that my experience at Sanford Brown with enou I don't feel that my experience at Sanford Brown gave me enough education to successfully fulfill all of the duties necessary to be a medical assistant . Teaching the basics does not cut it in today's world. Also my experience with career services has not been the best. My career service advisors only advice to me on helping me get a job was to visit each practice in my area and drop off my resume. I could have done that on my own without anyone's help. I wouldn't recommend the school I wouldn't recommend this school."
  • Reviewed: 11/5/2015
  • Degree: Fashion
  • Graduation Year: 2016
"Since the school was purchased by Sanford Brown late in 2014 the level of care for the students has plummeted. When this was The International Academy of Design and Technology it was a great place to learn. The teachers CARED and as a student you knew they would look out for you. Since we changed names, this location is closing. Teachers are being fired daily, and there are only 50 of us left to graduate. That being said, the care that was once present is gone. The faculty could care less about any of the students, we all feel the negativity when coming to class. We are each a dollar sign, and it is sad knowing that. The faculty have become extremely superficial about who is recognized and who is not. The students who speak up about a grumpy teacher being very rude and unprofessional in class is overlooked, simply because of the position they are in. I am almost done with my degree, so I'm sucking it up and finishing. It is a crap degree, so I am looking into finishing my masters so that I have some legitimacy on my resume."
Career Services Suck!!!
  • Reviewed: 11/3/2015
  • Degree: Medical Assistant
  • Graduation Year: 2015
"I live in Houston Tx, and attended Sanford Brown College (the only one here) I loved all of my clases, instructors, classmates and advisors. But the only thing that really sucks is Career Services! They suck, they are stupid and I really hope they read this.... They don't like to help students out to find a good job that would be beneficial for tjem and their family... They are full of crap saying that Medical Assistants doesn't work at hospitals."
  • Reviewed: 10/2/2015
  • Degree: Software Engineering
  • Graduation Year: 2011
"It was a very great experience and helped me to learn more programming languages. The instructors were knowledgeable and cared about my learning. I did not come here for job as I already had one but it improved my knowledge a lot. I will recommend it to others. In fact few of my friends are also joined it for advancement."
Wasted my life
  • Reviewed: 7/13/2015
  • Degree: Dental Assistant
  • Graduation Year: 2015
"Seriously I feel like I wasted my life away!!! I gave up a lot in my life to start my career as a DH and everything was gone by half a point!!!! half a point!!!!! They didn't want help any of us out that were on the edge. they gave us a take home quiz that took us 2days to finish and later find out that she just took it off our syllabus and didn't even grade it. the instructors pick favorites and talk down and behind your back all the time. they are are supposed to be there to motivate you and encourage you to make your dreams come true BUT yet they do the opposite. It was always like walking on egg shells with them. I regret everything about this program and I am HAPPY to hear they are closing down the school so they don't have to put other people in the situation I am in now."
  • Reviewed: 6/13/2015
  • Degree: Ultrasound Technician
  • Graduation Year: 2006
"Its a shame this school is closing. I attended from 2005-2006 in NYC. I got a job as an og/gyn sonographer 3 months after I graduated with the help of my clinical coordinator. I work in high risk ob/gyn. Every single one of my co workers graduated from this school. I'm making amazing money and am a senior technician now. I learned so much during my training there. I guess time as well as the staff has changed. Its unfortunate that so many people have experienced the negative. I wish you all the best."
  • Reviewed: 5/16/2015
  • Degree: Business
  • Graduation Year: 2012
"Sanford Brown is a joke. When I first started there, I liked it because of the small classes and the ability for more one on one attention. However, most teachers were lazy and also didn't know what they were talking about. I spent over $30,000 for a degree that is practically worthless. My credits won't transfer and my degree in no way helped me get a job or be paid adequately for what I am doing. Stay away from Sanford Brown. Go to a community college or somewhere else. I absolutely do not recommend Sanford Brown. All you will be left with is tens of thousands of dollars of student loan debt and a worthless piece of paper."