Sanford-Brown Institute 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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  • Reviewed: 5/1/2012
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"First let me start off by saying I am working in the field for what I went to this school for.While attending SBI I was an A/B student. I took the Cardiovascular Technology program (a steep $35,000) and I was never the student to complain. When I went to sign up for the school they told me that it was an accredited school and that whatever credits I received I can transfer to another college if I wanted too. This is entirely not true, as I have yet to find a school that will accept my credits. The teachers' knowledge of the subjects was fair at best. Our teacher almost always sent us home early...3 or 4 hours early almost every day. Which sounds great as a student but if your paying a lot of money to go to school you want to get a full day of learning.They did have student services that helped me to prepare my resume, which the person who prepared my resume had very little computer knowledge. I had to show her how to copy and paste!I never complained or was a student to start trouble but I would not recommend this school to anyone. Take $35K and get a real degree at a real college. I feel like they did not prepare me for the real world, and I did most if not all of my learning working in the field. We had 16 people in my class and 3 are actually doing what they went to school for. I was one of the lucky ones who got a job but it was no thanks to Sanford Brown."
  • Reviewed: 4/8/2012
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"For what it is, Sanford Brown is a good technical institute. Mind you, this is not Princeton, UCLA, SUNY at Albany or, even, BMCC. It's a technical school! For geezus sakes! Is it disorganized? Yes! Is it a business trying to make as much money as possible? Of course! But behind some of the silliness, there is a faculty that cares. I don't know about the other SB schools. But in NYC, it ain't bad. You are taught what you need to know to move on. For me, that is what matters...enough said! All of the teachers are great. They really are good enough to be teaching at a college instead of a "trade school." Ms. Lewis, Dr. Khan and Mr. Bodley are tops in my book. I would put them up there on my list of the greatest teachers I have had in high school. That is no joke...I mean that! What I don't like are some of the students. Whinners! They want everything handed to them on a silver platter. Geez! Okay, so the school cost some money. So what! You still got to study. The teachers at SB aren't going to implant the information into your lazy brains with a IVPB becsuse you paid a few thousand on tuition. Get this! Yale cost a big wad of money. What is it now?$70,000 a year? Ouch! But, you still got to study. If you don't, your butt is kicked off campus!It's so funny. The best students in my classes are the 30+ students. And, the 40+ students are even better. Why? Maybe because we are older and have been through life's experiences in general. We know that nothing is handed to us for free (unless you win Lotto). You got to earn it. It's so insane. At SB, the teachers go out of their way to make sure that everyone gets an "A" in the class, and more importantly, a general understanding of the subject matter being taught. I don't know. My feeling is that if you don't want to put any effort into a learning facility...why go? If you refuse to study a measly ten hours a week (Man, ten hours is almost "subway time" each week for most people)...if you are incapable of passing simple tests (remind you...this ain't Princeton or Yale) each week...why enroll? Guess what? If you can't handle the rudimentary functions of being a student, do not go to Sanford-Brown or any other learning facility for that matter. Geez!"
  • Reviewed: 3/19/2012
  • Degree: Medical Assistant
  • Graduation Year: 2005
"If you have half a brain and know how to conduct yourself like a "healthcare professional" you will find a job as a medical assistant. I graduated from sanford brown institute in 2005. I have had NO problem finding a job as a MA. With all of my years of experience working in the field, I recently decided to teach medical assisting. I have worked in hospital and private practice settings. I found my job as a MA extremely rewarding and fulfilling. Working with doctors, nurses, specialists, and administration has given me vital knowledge that I utilize daily. I wasn't sure of what I wanted to do as far as my life's career. I dropped out of community college after one semester because I had no clue of what subject I wanted to major in. I was 19 years old and working in retail at my local mall making $10 per hour. I took out a loan for $10,000 (which i'm almost done paying off : ) ) and entered the MA program @ SBI. I attended school on saturdays and sundays from 9am-5pm (part time), as I still had to work @ the mall. I completed the program and was hired straight away from my externship site @ a hospital. Since I had no prior experience, my starting pay was $11.50 per hour. Yes, the starting pay for MA's is usually low but, what entry level position with NO EXPERIENCE in ANY field isn't?! It was better than working @ the mall!!!: ) I would say 20% of what I learned in the MA program was from SBI the other 80% was definitely from my externship where I utilized all of the practical knowledge that I had attained. I was able to draw blood, perform ekg's, assess vitals, give some injections, assess fetal heart rate with a doppler on OB patients etc. The list goes on and on!! I received raise after raise until I finally capped my salary off @ $17 per hour. Until I began teaching, now currently making equivalent of what a LPN would make. All done with just a MA diploma and field experience. NO certification! If you show whomever you work for that you are competent they will allow you to utilize all of your skills and not just stick you @ the front desk answering phones. I stress professionalism to all of my students. Being on time, dressing appropriately, SPEAKING ENGLISH PROPERLY without using profanity, these are all simple concepts that I have found MOST (not all) SBI students just can not grasp! So, I am not surprised they can't find jobs! SHOCKER!!!!! Then, these students want to blame everyone except themselves for not being able to find or hold a job (laughable). There is no entrance exam for most MA programs. So, mixed in with students who actually want to learn you get these morons who have nothing better to do with their day than, waste their and everyone else's time and expect everyone to prepare them as well as find them a job. These idiots want take no responsibility upon themselves to HELP THEMselves! Life is what you make of it! I am proud to be a MA. It is a noble career. But, these types of "schools" have made the MA position a giant joke. They except anybody with a pulse in turn, flooding the market with people who probably couldn't hold down a regular job let alone one in the medical field! Yes, most of the posts I have read are accurate. These schools are CORPORATIONS!! YOU, the "student" are a $$$ sign! Your education is $$ in their already fat pockets! They don't pay their teachers what they are worth, they save more money by leasing small spaces for classrooms (this causes overcrowding), and make use of out of date equipment as teaching tools to cut corners. Worst of all the admissions reps (equivalent to a used car salesman) get a nice commission for every student that is sent on an externship! I have currently been accepted to nursing school ; ). I have found my calling. While I do not recommend SBI, I don't recommend any MA program offered by ANY of these types of "schools". I would recommend to anyone reading this to look into an MA program offered @ a community college or just become an RN!! If I had the knowledge that I have today I would have just pursued nursing but, as they say, EVERYTHING HAPPENS FOR A REASON. I don't regret going to SBI one bit. I worked hard to get where I am today and did not expect a job, knowledge, or money to be handed to me on a silver platter. So, don't be lazy, work hard, don't feel like you are entitled to anything, and know how to carry yourself as a lady or gentleman and you will succeed @ anything."
Ms. Smith
  • Reviewed: 3/8/2012
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"This school will say all that they need to in order to get you to sign up. It is a business to them, I would never recommend it to anyone! It is all about money, It feel just like high school! They care more about you not having a hood your head than they do about you being educated. The teachers do not have a teaching degrees, they have worked in the field, most teachers tell you different things. Yes, it sounds nice that they program is fast and you get told you will have a job by the time you are done. The program is so fast that you not get to learn as well as you should be able to learn, it is hard to understand everything in such short time. Before you sign up they tell you, "MA job is high in demand." and the end of the program they say, "You will have a hard time finding a job because there are too many MAs." I wish, I had never signed up! Thankfully it's over and I will never sign up for a made up school again! Save your time, your money, and your brain for a real school. It will be much more worth it!"
Wes Ellis II
  • Reviewed: 10/29/2011
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"The program itself isn't that bad, but it is a shame that they offer it to so many people and with some many other schools in the area. The Pittsburgh and surrounding area is so saturated with AT's that when you graduate the list of jobs they give you doesn't include AT jobs in the area because there aren't any. The few that are out there are swallowed up by people with connections or years of experience. I am original from Michigan where they are just discovering AT's and there are positions every where because the competition is limited so I thought getting a job wouldn't be that hard. I didn't realize how many schools taught the program in the area and how many students they were churning out. So if you are in the Pittsburgh area avoid the AT program at Sanford Brown. The school it's self aside from the joke of a career services department is okay. It was for me however a waste of GI bill money."
  • Reviewed: 10/28/2011
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"I graduated June 2008 from the NYC campus. This school offers you job assistance and they do help but they dont get you a job in your FIELD. Im a MA i was hired as a Receptionist:-/ i work at this doctors office for a year without utilizing my skills as an MA. when i called the school for assistance i was advised im on my own because i graduated. Its 3years later and becuase i have no experience as an MA no one will hire me. Oh yeah my tuitions was $12,000 and $7,000 of it FA would not cover so that out of pocket."
Dr. Ralph Espy
  • Reviewed: 6/30/2011
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"I run a medium size practice in the Grand Rapids area and we absolutely do not accept applicants from Sanford Brown. For the money people pay to attend this school it would be cheaper to go to CC and switch to a University. SB does not prepare students for the MA field. Please do your research before attending this school"
Kim Whitehurst
  • Reviewed: 5/31/2011
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"I would never recommend this school not evwen to my worst enemy....well maybe. I ended up at ITT. Wish me luck!Kim W."
  • Reviewed: 4/27/2011
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"I went to sanford brown for the ultra sound program I did all their Test and had all the paper work I was just waiting for a call to say I made it in or not. The day they were suppose to call by came and went. I figured I didn't make it in. Three days later they call me and ask me what happened to me. where was I. The only thing I could do is hang up and realize it was a sign."
  • Reviewed: 4/27/2011
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"This school is a scam. I entered the school to get information on sonograghy classes. I was told I would not be able to get in without prior medical experience. (Really?). Instead the "counsler" try to swindle me into attending medical assisting classes. BTW med assist only make $8 to $9 an hour. Long story short they were not helpful, they are scam artist just trying to get your money."