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Sanford-Brown Institute Reviews

  • 122 Reviews
  • Multiple Locations
  • Annual Tuition: $20,458
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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Registered Medical Assistant
  • Reviewed: 7/29/2014
  • Degree: Medical Assistant
"To all the haters, you get out of your experience what you put into it. To others, there are always bad apples but it doesn't ruin the bunch.I had a great experience from admission to graduation. I was also hired a month before I graduated with my Associates degree. It was an accelerated program which demanded self responsiblility to work and study on your own and if you didn't understand it, to ask the questions that one needed to ask of the instructors. If the college weren't closing, I would recommend it to anyone who wants a great future."
Tone Marie
  • Reviewed: 7/29/2014
  • Degree: Dialysis Technician
"School is what you make it..You should choose your career wisely.I graduated from the DT program and I had a job offer before I graduated. .Everything I was taught at the beginning of the program it helped me excel beyond my career.."
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  • Reviewed: 7/2/2014
  • Degree: Medical Assistant
"Worst school ever, horrible staff. They are not instructors they are medical assistants that work in doctor's offices. They do not know what they are talking about, they read a text book and copy the notes to a board. They never have supplies, there are fights with students constantly. I went there years ago, and I heard terrible things about the school and apparently there is still issues going on. Maybe that is why the name of the school changed. It did not work, still having problems. Try Everest. I hear great things about it."
Kenny
  • Reviewed: 7/1/2014
  • Degree: Information Technology
"This school is pathetic; the recruiter I was working with became extremely aggravated when I told her that I would not be furthering my education with Sanford-Brown. She basically went as far as to say "Good luck with your lower education" and was quite hostile. Its quite funny to read these reviews and realize what a joke this school really is; Off to Western Governors!"
AM
  • Reviewed: 6/20/2014
  • Degree: Dental Assistant
"This school is a scam. My schooling was paid for by the military. Somehow I have a student loan in my name that is now defaulted. I obtained the promissary note and I did not sign anything. They weren't even from the dates I was enrolled in school. Funny thing is my ex taught there during that period. I know for a fact the school I attended was shut down for false enrollment. I wouldn't be surprised if N. P. was in on their scam. Funny how she worked there during the period they are claiming I attended school."
TheRealiHustla
  • Reviewed: 5/12/2014
  • Degree: Medical Assistant
"This school is the worst school in Jax. I been working crappy full time jobs since I was 14 years old. I wanted to make a better life for me and my boys and this school promised that if I work hard and stay focused I could have a better life. I graduated with almost perfect grades. I did everything I was told to do and in my extern some nurse just told me that nobody in Jax will hire people from SB. She told me that the place where I do my extern wasn't going to work with SB no more because people can only get office jobs that don't require the Diploma. This school is a joke. I won't be able to get a job making more than $12.50 an hour. I made $13.00 an hour at the store I worked and I was about to get benefits too. they didn't help me and they actually made things worse. I heard the program director talking to my admissions counselor in a classroom one time. She was talking about how stupid all of us were and that she was surprised we could even read and write. She was talking about how she did not care if the other programs didn't last because her program always had so many people because the requirements to get in were so low. All she cares about is keeping her own job. She doesn't care about us students at all. She just thinks we are all stupid. The only thing that SB can see is dollar signs. They just want us to get the government to give them money. Do yourself a favor and go somewhere else. Go anywhere else. This school doesn't care about you. That last review below me is from somebody who work there. Because I bet nobody who go to this school would recommend it to they worst enemy. BTW I went to school with some smart people who just want to learn how to do the job and get a job. They not messing around and not doing they work. They work hard and most of them are pretty smart. They deserve a better school. A real school where you can get real credits and a real job. Peace out"
S. Griff, CST
  • Reviewed: 4/15/2014
  • Degree: Surgical Technician
"After reading most of these reveiws Im utterly disgusted. For one, these reveiws are creating a stigma that not only affect Sanford-Brown Institute, but all of its graduates as well. I read 10 reviews and only 1 was a positive one that was actually an accurate assessment. This school does exactly what it is designed to do which is educate and cultivate positive, efficient, reliable healthcare workers who are driven goal oriented adults who hold accountability for all of their actions. Since leaving this school I have held numerous positions in some of NJ's top hospitals (Operating Rooms) and most often times simultaneously held separate positions at surgery centers at the request of the surgeons who own them. While I may have been lucky to get an employment offer after my first interview two weeks after graduation, it was not done without the diligence i put forth in properly researching job opportunities for months prior to graduation and making sure I had an impressive resume and proper interviewing techniques upon walking in the door. Bottom line, Sanford-Brown Institute treats students accordingly and they uphold a moral code that many of the staff hold dear to their heart (since they are healthcare workers themselves CST's, R.N.'s M.D.'s etc.) which is "patient safety." They are not going to assist you if you are a slacker and lack diligence and tenacity for truly seeking education so that you can strive to be the best and represent the school properly. They are not going to babysit anyone....they are going to treat you the same way you will be treated once entering the field of medicine. With that being said as soon as you express poor character, judgement/disinterest in learning they become disinterested in you. They do exactly what they are suppose to do which is prepare you for an entry level position. Once starting my first position I scrubbed surgical procedures on my own after a week to two weeks of the projected 3 month training period. Before my probation period was over I was already taking "call" which means that the facility is confident that you can scrub any emergency case on your own. This was all due to the training I received at Sanford-Brown Institute and my externship period which is substantially longer and exposes you to a lot more cases than most other schools. They never promised job placement although they do offer plenty of assistance with providing students with the necessary tools in order to gain employment on their own. It is true, it is extremely difficult to get into the field of medicine in any discipline without experience, however if you are a go-getter and take the necessary steps in trying to get in and show undeniable interest for patient care and passion for learning, you will get a job. You have to remember, you are not paying for a job, you are paying for an education in hopes of getting your dream job just like any other facility of higher learning. There is not one college or university that guarantees a job upon graduation. You have to set yourself up from day one for success be 10 steps ahead, for example get a voluntary/temporary/permanent position in central sterile processing while attending school to assist with learning instrumentation and sterilization processes. Make your resume look enticing once finished with school these types of things separate the Men from the boys and the Women from the girls people. Take accountability for your successes and your failures. As an update, due to Sanford-Brown Institute sparking my thirst for intellect, I have obtained my associates degree in Health Science and plan to continue for my bachelors degree in the Health Sciences as well. I hold the qualifications to teach surgical technology and is considering taking on a teaching position while I finish my degree. Moreover, Im experienced enough to work at any hospital or surgery center in the country since I have scrubbed just about every discipline of surgery with the exception of open heart. There are endless possibilities as to where I may end up and its all due to the initial challenge and education Sanford-Brown Institute gave me. Finally, I am not making these transitions because I was unsuccessful after school I make a generous salary and negotiate my salary based off of my extensive experience....Im doing this because of how successful I have been and the desire to become an even better asset to the healthcare industry."
Tamisha Crews
  • Reviewed: 4/15/2014
  • Degree: Criminal Justice
"DON'T DO IT!! It's a TRAP! The credits don't count towards anything and you will be in thousand dollars of debt for no reason . I'm serious! If you never listened to a review before, PLEASE LISTEN TO THIS ONE."
Unhappy
  • Reviewed: 4/5/2014
  • Degree: Cardiovascular Technician
"I wish I would have listen to the reviews I saw on this school before attending. I thought the people posting these were just not good students and brought it upon themselves. I can assure you that is not the case. Unfortunately my entire experience with this school has been nothing but lies, unprofessionalism and unorganized! They will pass anyone through the program just to get money. The read a PowerPoint to you each day I class instead of actually teaching. They wait till the last min to try to get clinical placements for their students and then 1/2 end up without sites. Communication is very poor between the school and the very few clinical places they have. Unfortunately I would strongly discourage going to this school. Find another programmatically accredited school in the area. It will be worth drive a couple hours to another school vs attending any Sanford Brown location. This school has a bad reputation for a very good reason!"
O
  • Reviewed: 4/2/2014
  • Degree: Surgical Technician
"Instructors were not qualified for teaching. The school did t have enough supplies needed for us to learn. Staff wasn't supportive"
KLM
  • Reviewed: 4/1/2014
  • Degree: Medical Assistant
"They liers at the jax school. I wanted to do the nurse program and they told me I should take the medical assistant one because they not enrolling for the nurses program right now. so the girl told me to do the medical assisting one and I could do the nurses program later. They lied to me. The medical assisting program is nothing to do with the nurse program. I cant get no job in Jax with this stupid certificate. No one will take it as a real thing. The doctors offices told me they dont hire people from this school. They say I should go to FSCJ but I have alot of loans now. I dont know why that girl lie to me. The lady in the financial aid was nice and she try to help me pay for things but she can only do so much. the people who do admissions act like sales people. That girl contact me everyday for a long time and then when I get in there she forced me to make a bad choice and do medical assisting when she knew I wanted something else.I think they work for comission or something because she was to pushy. She was all making me feel bad about not being in school. She act like I was a bad mom because I didn't go to school yet. She kept saying she took care of her family but she didnt get no degree. she was not that smart but she sure fooled me. She just a pushy sales girl who should work at the cell phone store in the mall not a school she messing with peoples lives. now I have alot of money owed and no job. Thanks for nothing Sanford brown."
Sz
  • Reviewed: 3/11/2014
  • Degree: Pharmacy Technician
"Run away! They will say anything for you to get in this school. Misleading students is a standard at Sanford brown. Good thing I only spent 10,000 or they would have really messed me up...I got smart and got out...do your research!"
JFTL
  • Reviewed: 2/11/2014
  • Degree: Surgical Technician
"I completed the Surgical Technologist program in 2012 eager to start my new career. I loved being in surgery! I passed my Certification. The school got me one interview in 9 months! On my own, I also was able to get a whopping one interview also. Its extremely difficult to obtain employment fresh out of school. I was not able to obtain work AT ALL in the profession I learned and spent $25, 000. on. They LIE to you to keep you motivated to give them your money thinking you're getting a good, useful education. Run from this school. I want to continue my education but have heard no one takes SB credits. Really? ! Run!"
Jennifer
  • Reviewed: 2/10/2014
  • Degree: Pharmacy Technician
"I go to Garden City, NY Campus. This place is a complete joke. Its not that im expecting a masters degree but im paying 10 grand to teach my self. All the teachers basically just gives us classwork and we have to teach ourselves. The other students walk around like this school is Harvard or Yale, and its like high school. I've been out of high school for years now and I feel like I'm back in it. The people who show you around hype it up for no reason at all. This school is not worth the time or money."
TSH
  • Reviewed: 1/16/2014
  • Degree: Ultrasound Technician
"I am still in school at Sanford Brown for the DMS program, and unfortunatly I WOULD NOT recommend this school to anyone. As you can see there are 27 schools closing and only 8 remaining open, that im pretty sure will be closing also in the next year or two. The DMS program is great, but if I could I would go back to day one, do some more research, and I would have went to another school. The staff are unprofessional, and could care less about the student. I travel 3 hours to go to school only on the weekend with the promise that I would be able to do my externship closer to my house once I done with school. That was a lie. When it came time to be placed for my externship the school informed me that they would not be able to place me 3 hours away, after I was promised that they could. Now I have to do my externship(UNPAID) for 6 months while paying rent since I have to move. The school is a SCAM. The tuition is too expensive for the lack of resources provided. Traveling 3 hours every weekend for the past year and a half you would think they would at least keep their promise and let my do my externship closer to where I live. They only want your money, so they try to get as many people in the class as possible even if that means giving you false hope. I highly doubt they will help me with job placement once I'm done."
HEIDY M.
  • Reviewed: 1/11/2014
  • Degree: Pharmacy Technician
"I THINK PEOPLE FORGET THIS ISN'T YALE UNIVERSITY COMPLAINING LEFT AND RIGHT AS THOUGH THEY DESERVE A MASTERS OR SOMETHING. I ATTENDED THE SBI IN ISELIN,NJ AND THIS PROGRAM WAS EXCELLENT THE INSTRUCTORS WERE GREAT, AND EXTREMELY HELPFUL. READING SOME REVIEWS AND PEOPLE COMPLAIN ABOUT GETTING DOCKED FOR THEIR TIME WELL WHAT DO YOU EXPECT THIS ISNT HIGH SCHOOL ITS A 10MNTHS TO A YEAR PROGRAM AND IF YOURE ABSENT OR DECIDE TO BE IRRESPONSIBLE AND COME LATE AND LEAVE EARLY THEN THATS ON YOU AND YOU DESERVE TO GET DOCKED. NOT ONCE DID THEY PROMISE TO GET US JOBS SO DONT COMPLAIN ABOUT THAT EITHER, ITS YOUR OWN RSPONSIBILTY TO GO OUT AND FIND ONE, THEY DO HOWEVER SEND YOUR RESUME OUT TO COMPANIES AND KEEP YOU UPDATED."
Lauren Kay
  • Reviewed: 12/18/2013
  • Degree: Medical Assistant
"I am currently in Sanford-Brown located in Iselin New Jersey. This school is a joke itself. you get docked for everying you do, even going to the bathroom. If youre a minute late you're docked for your time. There are adults who have children and are struggling and yet nobody gives a shit. Its not fair. I wouldn't waste my money on this school for a second. Its a very frusterating enviroment to be in. A few days ago i was in a bad car accident., my car slid into a tree because of black ice. Even being badly hurt i told the school about it, the dean didnt budge they didnt care, i was docked for my time, nobody cared that i was hurt and literally couldn't make it to school. I was still marked abscent, I wouldnt waste my money for a second."
Michelle
  • Reviewed: 10/29/2013
  • Degree: Medical Assistant
"I cant believe how these reviews sound like my experience. I went there in 2010 looking to begin a career in nursing. The reps said the program was not available at the tim, but assured me they were only waiting to get the credential. They also said in order to qualify i would have to do the MA program first. Of course it was a LIE. As a matter of fact, i finished my course in 2011 and they wont give me my certificate!!! I have called, gone in person, even spoke with the director, and nothing!!! Thankfully I was lucky to be hired of my externship but my friends didnt have the same fate. Now i am thousands in debt, cant go to another school because of my credit, and i don't even have a certificate to show. This school is no good. Do not go here!!!"
Nadege
  • Reviewed: 9/22/2013
  • Degree: Medical Assistant
"I saw the commercial for SBI; called the school and ask if they offered nursing program or OT, and the representative said I would have to come to get more info... I got there ask me if I have any credit for these courses already. Said no and they said that I would have to take some credits first by taking the MA program. I said why can I get into the program I want without taking the MA? The person that was interviewing me said that, any school I would've tried to go for nursing and OT, without having any credit at all; would recommend to get into the MA first then get into the program. Then the person said I think it's best to do it now. So after I registered I asked the person I long it would take me to get into the program? Then that's when the person said that they don't have these program but by next year 2012 they will probably have it and also reassure me that everything would be fine. I was the one who fine my own externship and give me 1week to find a site if not they would drop me. I finally found a site on Friday and I said to the nice lady can you please accept me in your clinic for my externship? I'm not asking you to pay its for free and explained what the school had told me. The very nice young lady said shame on them! They letting you trying to find your own site? Well I'm not going to let them drop you you can start Monday. So she called the school and they faxed her my paper work. They did not help me on anything not even on my resume or job placement. They are a bunch of liars. The worst about it is that they never give the student the phone number for the school board or the school president. Within 6 months after I graduate they started to bill me for the loan and I still don't have a job. I called the school last month so they can assign me for the review class so I can take the RMA exam andi could never find whoever is on charge for the registration. I left tons of messages with my name and phone number and she still haven't got back to me. So all I have to say don't mess up your credit for SBI it's not worth it. Ask ppl who attended SBI for advice. Some might lied to you and say that they had no problem with the school and some will tell you the truth and remember majority wins. For example if you got 6 ppl who says no out of 10 for answer then don't go to SBI."
Victoria
  • Reviewed: 7/1/2013
  • Degree: Healthcare Administration
"I attended Sanford Brown Institute in New Jersey for the medical assistant program. The program it's self was a joke you couldn't fail if you even tried they seriously just want your money. I did get hired off of my externship but after that the school was so unresponsive, all if the employees there actually asked me if my job was hiring lol. I had an outstanding balance with them that I had been paying off and they were rude and nasty and wouldn't give me my transcripts at all, finally I made up a payment plan and the gave me a number to call for my transcripts and haven't gotten through in 6 months. So I'm still waiting on my transcripts this whole Sanford brown is horrible and I do not recommend you go there you will be saving time and money"