Sanford-Brown Institute Reviews - CLOSED

2.01 out of 5 stars
(125 Reviews)
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  • Annual Tuition: $25,964
29% of 125 students said this degree improved their career prospects
26% of 125 students said they would recommend this school to others
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2.5 out of 5 stars
Anonymous - 6/27/2013
Degree: Health Sciences
Graduation Year: 2007
"I pursued a degree in DMS. Diagnostic Medical Sonography, or "Ultrasound" from Sanford Brown Institute, Landover, Maryland. I earned my Certificate but did not attend my graduation. I was convinced that I was taking the right step on a new career path to hedge myself against inflation. In 2007, the Economy went bust, the Housing Market Burst and Sanford Brown made employment promises to me they did not keep. If you didn't pay your loans you were not admitted into class or pulled out immediately. There was a half a million dollars worth of students in my class of initially 21 then down to about 11 or 12. I had so much faith in an Ultrasound Career. I've got plenty of text books and good grades to prove it! Did the staff care? Yes, and no. Did my externship Ultrasound Tech in Bowie MD., care about me? Not really. She was excellent at her job (didn't take her Reg.) but she would talk to me about Real Estate and family problems! An externship requires FIVE full months of UNPAID WORK! I was in a long distance relationship and my boyfriend helped me tremendously. I will never forget that. We both had high hopes about my potential earnings of $45,000 - $80,000! My Ultrasound Career never emerged, my relationship with him is gone, and Sallie Mae is breathing down my back for REPAYMENT! This is my advice to anyone reading this message, who feel they got BURNED.....Put your hope in the Lord of Glory! He knows exactly what happened and what your particular situation is. Somethings are beyond our control or understanding. BELIEVE there is a way to pay your outstanding loan, along with having it forgiven or dismissed??? Appreciate the experience as best you can, because you can never, ever get that TIME BACK! For those thinking of attending SANFORD BROWN. Unbeknownst to me, their reputation is VERY POOR! It's a quick/crash course 18 months and costs lots!!!So do not go there! For those of us who did, I wish we could form an allegiance to have a portion of our loan DISMISSED based on DECEPTIVE PRACTICES by SANFORD BROWN. Many of which we are unaware, said for the LIES about JOB PLACEMENT! Their cardiovascular students were given a reprieve for not finding work in their field of study. The Good Lord Can Help Us Free Ourselves From DEBT!!!Pray for this EVERYDAY!!!Here's to your AORTA and INFERIOR VENA CAVA!"
2.0 out of 5 stars
Anonymous - 5/31/2013
Degree: Health Sciences
Graduation Year: 2013
"This is not a school. This is a certificate mill. The teachers are exhausted, and couldn't care less about your future. They just want to graduate you and take your $35,000. I should have known when I looked at the reviews and had to go 18 down before I found a positive one. I did it anyway. I love ultrasound, and it will be a great career; however, I first need to pass my registry. They do not prepare you. It is a horrible set up as well. I have been out of the classroom almost a year -- and I can just now sit for my exam. Go to Kent. It is a longer program, but it is 100% worth it. I met quite a few girls through my externship. They are prepared, the teachers are amazing, and its half the price!! AND they get a real degree. I will forever tell people to STAY AWAY from sanford brown. Horrible school. HORRIBLE!!!!!"
1.0 out of 5 stars
Anonymous - 5/21/2013
Degree: Medical Assistant
Graduation Year: 2011
"I graduated from medical assistant in 2011 they say they help with Job placement yea ok they didn't set me up with one interview the school is a joke the credits don't transfer anywhere I wish I had just gone to a community college and not wasted my time or money I did get a job on my own and they told me you don't even need to go to school to be a medical assistant please don't make the mistake I did and waste your time and money go to a community college."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Anonymous - 3/30/2013
Degree: Veterinary Technician
Graduation Year: 2013
"I enrolled in Sanford brown thinking it will help be do something with my career in a short period of time for the time being, well i was wrong! It was a complete waste of time! The campus i attended ended up closing or is still in the process of closing. I had a few classes i had dropped but was going to make up, but no i couldn't because the school was closing, so now they dropped me from the school, they said i couldn't no longer make up any classes and at that i still have to pay all my student loans! The staff does not care about there students, we had different teachers every mod, that says something. All the teachers did was read off a power point that was provided to them. I will NEVER recommend this school to anyone. Its better if you go to a University and get the education you pay for! All campuses should be shut down!"
1.5 out of 5 stars
e20rb - 2/20/2013
Degree: Health Sciences
Graduation Year: 2005
"First of all i only attended bc i wanted to go on to futher schooling after my time there. they assured me it was nationally accredited and my credits would transfer anywhere. LIE! not only is it not accredited but i could not find a single school that would take their credits. and if your looking for "respectable" job do not even tell them you went there.On top of that i just recently got a bill for the full amount of the school. i have never received any bill till now and it was from a collection agency saying i owed 13,000 dollars?! my portion which i thought was paid since i consolidated my loans into one loan of about 2,000(or so i thought). financial aid told me only about a 1000 of that loan was going to come out of pocket. i have no idea what is going on, but im sure my credit has been taking a huge hit and ill need to talk to a lawyer.I really wish i had never stepped foot in that place. all the wasted time/money/travel on an "education" i cant use. these people should be locked up."
2.0 out of 5 stars
Anonymous - 1/24/2013
Degree: Medical Billing & Coding
Graduation Year:
"The answer to this is no, always no. My program was MBC, and our main instructor was very nice to us, and the only people who had problems with her were the ones who were lazy and did not want to do the work. She was undoubtedly knowledgeable in the field of medical coding. But her lack of education in basic anatomy and physiology made for some very awkward moments in class. Also, the class length lead to some huge gaps in knowledge of basic coding concepts.In our A & P courses, all tests were open book. We could begin a new chapter, a new body system one day and literally have an open book test about it the very next day, then onto the next system. It wasn't until the last A & P class in which another instructor acted as a substitute that our class actually learned something of substance. There were other courses that pretty much were a waste of time, including one course in which the instructor read notes out loud from her desk, had conversations with the students closest to her while all the other students were involved in their own conversations, and the instructor felt no need to reign in the disruptive students. When this wasn't going on, we watched movies. No textbooks anywhere to be found. Instead of this course, I would have preferred a course that focused on HIPAA, EHR guidelines, and medical ethics.Another course, another instructor who gave us handouts (you guessed it, no textbooks) and then proceeded to test us on concepts that had never been discussed in class or in the handouts.Another course, no textbook, and on the first day, the instructor hands us a packet of Word documents that were exactly the same as ones we had done in a previous course. It was then that I realized that they weren't really training us to be competent coders with a strong clinical background, but medical secretaries.As further proof of this, the branch of Sanford Brown I attended actively discourages students from sitting for the industry-standard Certified Professional Coder (CPC) or Certified Coding Associate (CCA) exams, instead steering them toward a lesser certification that is not recognized nationally. I believe this is because they know that the education they provide to students is sub-par. You could pay a community college the same amount you pay Sanford Brown during the course of your study and have nothing left to pay when you're done. With Sanford Brown, the monthly out of pocket costs are just the beginning, with several thousands left to pay in student loans.So please, if you're thinking about this school, and they ask if Sanford Brown is right for you, read and remember the reviews you read online from people who have been there before you. I'm sure you'll find that the answer to that question is a resounding NO."
1.0 out of 5 stars
carol - 11/5/2012
Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 1989
"I warned people about this school years ago, I went there for 2 years, from 1987 to 1989. I wish I would have used the money towards a community college, my so called business courses there got me nowhere it left me bitter. By the time I learned what a rip-off it was I was too determined to get my diploma. When I complained to the so-called Dean of the school about teachers dating students to make top grades among other complaints, I was labeled a trouble maker, and later had to get a lawyer just to get my two-bit diploma, it was 2 years of my life I wish I would have spent otherwise. ANOTHER WARNING DO NOT GO TO THIS SCHOOL!!!!!"
1.0 out of 5 stars
mell - 11/1/2012
Degree: Medical Billing & Coding
Graduation Year: 2012
"Oh my gosh, I had been looking for reviews about this school and hadn't found any on google or any other site so glad I found these! All these reviews are accurate, I went there planning to do the cardiovascular sonography program in which case they made me do the billing and coding first, which was a total and complete waste of time and money the instructors treat you like crap and fail you on purpose jst to get your bill higher. Upon finishing you cant find a good job, and the school doesn't bother to inform you about your own graduation. Please look else where like a community college its more affordable and more reputable than this school."
2.0 out of 5 stars
Mark - 10/25/2012
Degree:
Graduation Year: 2012
"The school is a sub par school. Some of the instructors are recent graduates. Yes you read that right, some of the instructors are RECENT GRADUATES. This place is such a joke. I graduated with a 3.6 GPA. The only reason I stuck around was because by the time I realized how bad it was I had already incurred $15,000 in debt for the books and tuition not including my time and other expenses to go there. Since NONE of the the credits transfer to any school that I found (Itried 11 different schools), I would have wasted all of that money. I did get a bachelors but employers look at a bachelors from sanford brown as though it is a prize from the cracker jack box. No employer respects this school that I have found. I was told I would immediately be able to find a good paying ($4,5000 to $80,000) by the school. I graduated in February and the only job I could find is for $11 an hour. I am unable to pay back my $44,000 student loan at this pay. DO YOURSELF A FAVOR AND COMMIT TO A FOUR YEAR COLLEGE NOT THIS LAUGHING STOCK OF A COLLEGE (AND I USE THAT TERM LOOSELY REFFERRING TO THEM)."
2.0 out of 5 stars
Dasha - 10/17/2012
Degree: Medical Assistant
Graduation Year: 2011
"Bottom line this school is a rip off! They do everything they have to ,to get you in even if it means lie...they lied about the interest rates of the loans, always had different staff didn't pay for things they said they would like certification. From the get go I should've knew something was wrong , I went there for the surgical technology program then a day before they called & told me the classes wasn't starting...until months later & pretty much kept pushing about the.medical assisting program...That was so unstable through the whole time I can count only one of my teachers that actually stayed the whole time...its more but the point its a big mess & the loans are no joke...trust me I've been trying to rate this Sch for the longest! ..go else where!!!!!!"

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