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I received a scholarship right out of HS 2001 and attended the Jacksonville campus for Medical Assisting. I worked as a MA for three years and realized MA was not going to take me where I wanted to go..My ultimate goal was to go for Nursing but counselors in HS nor at Sanford advised appropriately. I feel this was a waste of time. I have attempted several times to have my credits transferred to other universitys/colleges but NO ONE will take them! I am glad I received a scholarship and didnt really have to pay anything out of pocket to this school. I would not recommend.
i went to the SB location in Landover, MD to see the school for myself. My first impression was that it seemed very unprofessional and lacked academic rigor. This was apparent in the quality of the admission employees as well as the attendees.
I checked out all the little diplomas and accreditations they had framed and hung on the walls.. none seemed to be from any organizations that actually matter in the fields they trains students for.
I wouldn't even consider it a vocational school so it seemed ridiculous when the admission's rep. was trying to convince me that the school was actually a medically accredited school. I later found out they were indeed not accredited by any medical fraternities such as CAAHEP.
The biggest red flag to me was the fact that they had no printed curriculum. I kept asking what subjects will i be studying during the course of my 18 months training in the Medical Diagnostic Imaging program. Each time the rep. would tell me, "oh don't worry, just some math and physics and such." i started "worrying" with that answer. i was expecting to get detailed and defined printed brochures and literature about the program. I am not an 18 year old out of high school .. i have quite a lot of education under my belt. So i know what a real school should be like. Especially one that's charging in the neighborhood of $34,000 for a 18 months training program.
As soon as the admission rep. told me that most other colleges have a waiting list of 2-3 years but they don't i thought to myself that can't be good.. there must be a reason why colleges have that kind of a waiting list! She thought that would be a positive things for their school but all it told me was that we allow anyone in as long as they pay us.
Then they made me take these two tests that they hadn't even told me about!!! they were just putting me through this process where the end would have been ENROLLMENT!
I was given unclear information about the schedule of classes. first they said the classes will meet during day and nigh, but then i found out the next session for the whole year was going to be only during night.
Also i questioned the rep. about the accreditation issue and she was trying to make it sound like accreditation wasn't important and all that was important was to pass the board examination. but she failed to mention that the student wont be able to even sit for the board examination if she/he doesn't have about 1000 hours of clinical externship.. and with this program you wouldn't have been given that many hours for clinicals.
there were many other red flags and unanswered questions. they just weren't professional. they made me wait for 20 minutes while i had an appointment and was at the appointment on time. I was never given a tour of the school... never saw the classes or the labs. the school was set amidst an office building with other offices around.. everything seemed hush hush. Their tests were designed very simple so that anyone would pass.
This seemed like a poorly run assembly not at all a legitimate school of any kind. I am glad that i walked away and didn't budge under the sale's tactics of the admission's rep. I was being pressured to at least pay for admission so they could hold my spot. At the end i was sitting there thinking after two days of coming to this place i still don't know what classes am i going to be taking for the next 18 months! what are the requirements to become a sonographer?!!! none of these questions were answered. all they were doing was to glorify the field of sonography.. and that how well paid sonographers are and how abundant the jobs are for them! SO WHAT!? i needed to know how could they get me from where i am to there.. but the information was just lacking. and i'm sure so will be the education.
i attended this school in 2005 with the intentions on becoming a sonographer (Trevose, PA). while at the meeting with an admissions rep she told me you have to become a MA first before you take the sonography course. i didnt even know what a MA was and what they did. i was fresh out of high school and had no real desire to attend college and wanted to find a "job" fast without doing any hard work. well, 5 years later and fully mature i realize now that the decision i made then would haunt me now. i didnt do my research because if i did i definitely would have realized how horrible this school really was. their reputation was so bad that no one wanted to hire any students from their(of course i found this out mid-year when there was no turning back). my extern experience was the absolute worst. they guarentee that they will find each student an extern based on our schedules and one close to where we live.Not to mention they actually had a woman whose job was to find us INTERSHIPS! PLEASE! this was the biggest lie, and with limited time left i had to scramble to find my own externship. At this time i realized the mess that i had gotten myself into. and with no one to help me i had to figure it out all on my own and fast. i literally went through the phone book and called each medical center in phila and surrounding facilities in delaware county also. i left tons of messages and spoke with plenty of supervisors and still was turned down numerous times. finally, i found a health clinic in center city that let me complete my extern. unfortunately, they didnt have any openings and i wasnt hired. also, because of my horrible experience there i did not attend my graduation, but received my certificate still. because i didnt get certified i couldnt find a job and had little time to look because of financial responsibilities. after completign the program i had no desire to become a MA, and dont forget i now have a student loan that i will repay for the rest of my life that was not worth it. now at 25 yrs old im trying to redo what i should have done years ago and that was to go to college for something that you will love and to complete the hard work in order to gain rewards. the only positive thing i can say about the school was i had the best classmates and a great teacher Mr. Cade. best of luck to any potential students, but take my advice and do your research first and attend a community college or a least a school with a good reputation.
A few days ago, I was in the process of filling out a mini questionnaire for Sanford-Brown Institute’s Medical Sonography Program. Everything seemed okay until I got to the question, ” What is your primary reason for going to school”? That's a normal question, but some of their selections of possible answers were completely ridiculous. And, it was then I realized something wasn’t right with this school.
I completed the application and the following day received a call from Mr. Clifford. In his, "trying to sound oh so important voice"... Mr. Clifford talked my ears off, but wouldn't give me basic information about the program. He's great at avoiding answering questions, not giving straight answers, and listening to himself speak. And unfortunately, those are the only good things I can say about Mr. Clifford.
Mr. Clifford had the nerve to tell me that he is not allowed to discuss the price of tuition over the phone. That lie rolled off his tongue so smoothly, he believed it himself. Who doesn’t ask for the price of tuition? The entire conversation was geared towards having me waste my time in traffic… just so he could tell me in person, that tuition was going to be somewhere in the ballpark of $34K (2-5 times the amount of an accredited College/University Certificate Program).
Fortunately, after I saw all those red flags and realized that too much general information was missing from SBI's website, I googled “Sanford-Brown Institute reviews scam report” the same day I filled out their lil’ questionnaire (Sales Lead) and found all your reports about how bad this school is. Thanks for the heads-up. He didn't have to tell me the tuition was approximately $34K. I already knew.
When I went to the website of other programs available in Maryland… tuition and other important program information was readily available. That’s because reputable schools have nothing to hide. My recommendation: if you live in the Baltimore-Washington area, you will be much better off attending John's Hopkins (http://radiologycareers.rad.jhmi.edu), UMBC (www.umbc.edu/trainctr/sonography/index.html), or Prince George’s Community College (http://academic.pgcc.edu/alliedhealth/NucMed.html). Choose a school with an accredited program. You don’t have to be licensed or certified to be employed in this field, but you’ll have an extremely difficult time getting hired without the mandatory credentials (certification or licensure)... and a college degree doesn’t hurt either. Good luck in your search. See you in class.
As a former instructor of this would-be school, the best advice I can give anyone considering attending here is to LOOK ELSEWHERE, say a community college, university, or even a different vocational school altogether.
Speaking as one who has been there as a teacher, this place is about as academically sound as a daycare center. The real employers here are the students, since they are flipping the bill (through an obscenely high tuition fees) for this place to be in existence.
While most of the students are somewhat reasonable, the students who are troublemakers are NOT reprimanded, since the instituion operates out of fear of lawsuits from those students whose whims are not catered to on a daily basis. While the curriculum might be ok, you (as a teacher) must approach this place knowing that you will need to have a prior knowledge of the inner workings of politics within the educational system, and be able to play accordingly.
As a student here, you pretty much have nothing to worry about - as long as you still have a pulse, you'll be just fine. I hope this little bit of inside information helps, good luck.