Stanbridge University Reviews

  • 29 Reviews
  • Irvine (CA)
  • Annual Tuition: $32,173
73% of 29 students said this degree improved their career prospects
69% of 29 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

TB
  • Reviewed: 4/9/2021
  • Degree: Occupational Therapy
"Wow, so nice to be done! I did a lot of research before I chose Stanbridge - i had a friend who enrolled in their online classes and I did the same thing. One of the best choices I've ever made. I really feel prepared to take on my career as an occupational therapist."
Christine
  • Reviewed: 8/31/2020
  • Degree: Veterinary Technician
"This school has repeatedly lacked adequate communication with their students (specifically the veterinary technology students) during the pandemic. Whenever a schedule change has been made in the last few months, they failed to inform their students until less than a week before it would go into effect. This past week, I was scheduled to take my exit exam and I was informed TWO DAYS BEFORE that they were cancelling the exam because most of us did not complete the internship hours that they expected. The reason we didn’t complete as many hours as Stanbridge wanted was directly related to COVID as many of us struggled to find a site willing to accept us. For those of us that did find an internship, we were repeatedly told to just complete “as many hours as we could” and then we would be assigned a make-up project of some sort. They did not tell us what the actual decision would be until three weeks AFTER our original internships ended, and TWO DAYS before our final exam. Now we are suddenly required to extend our internships with no prior warning, and without adequate time to complete the remaining hours before this testing window ends. I am wondering why we were not informed of this decision early in August before our internship officially ended, before our graduation ceremony, and before we scheduled the final exam. Because of their repeated lack of adequate communication with their students and their unwillingness to help us overcome the difficulties associated with the pandemic, I do NOT recommend this school."
Gina
  • Reviewed: 3/5/2020
  • Degree: Nursing
"God awful experience. In the middle of the program, an average of 5 people fail the class. Other classmates tend to bully and harass each other. Full classes of the LVN program will fail a test. Students are constantly stressed and depressed. The cost is about 85k to get into the program, but it costs more since the system tries to fail you and make you retake classes. Points are very tight and set up to make you fail even after studying and going to tutoring, because they will test you on things they didn't teach you. This place cares only about profits and gives back sup par instructions. If you give them a bad review, they will threaten to sue you."
Students / Parents beware
  • Reviewed: 9/13/2019
  • Degree: Veterinary Technician
"Students & Parent beware. Even if you're getting a 95 in a class, they will push tutoring on you to make extra money. Lot's of hidden fee's that they say are covered by a $400 initiation fee, but then aren't. They'll tell you that books, supplies, scrubs, etc are covered by the fee, but they'll bill you for them if you withdraw from the school. You CAN get your books outside of the school (much cheaper) but they won't tell you that. Get your vaccines through your insurance, unless you want to get popped for $1200. If you do get them outside of school, make sure you get a credit on your tuition. Be very very careful when signing up at this school. They are a business and the more seats that are filled, the more money they make. At the end of the day, it's all about sales!"
Alexus G
  • Reviewed: 8/14/2019
  • Degree: Veterinary Technician
"This school is amazing. They have tons of resources for you; to literally help you through your program as you go. You just have to take the advantage of opportunities. They have Virtual Reality Labs where you can learn anatomy and more. They provide free tutors, rooms with boards,tables, and chairs to study if you need it. The teachers as well as the staff are smart and knowledgeable and are always willing to lead you to where you’re trying to be. It’s a great school, I completed my program with no problems and left with a lot of knowledge and experience. It’s one of the best decisions I’ve made so far. I definitely recommend!"
Student
  • Reviewed: 7/23/2019
  • Degree: Occupational Therapy
"Although I agree the academics are rigorous, the school itself is a chaotic and unorganized mess! The school collect 60,000 at least per student and the roofs are leaking the security cameras dont work in the class and the parking is atrocious. They only have parking for half the students on campus at a time. They also expect you to print out every single paper because apparently 60,000 and up isnt enough as it is. They constantly change the start dates and end dates each term and dont communicate to you if they add a day until literally a week before your next term. They expect so much of studengs and fall short on their end over and over again. Do not go here!"
FOR PROFIT SCHOOL
  • Reviewed: 3/3/2017
  • Degree: Occupational Therapy Assistant
"So...the teachers mean well, they aren't the problem. Mostly the school is all fake, just a business trying to make the most money they can, meanwhile we aren't landing jobs that pay enough to pay back the tuition/loans they charge us - because they don't care. It's all pretend and advertising retoric. Save yourself time and wait for Saddleback, they will actually get you a job. Also, lol "president" of the college is really the CEO and eh's making a profit. FOR PROFIT SCHOOL. Lame."
Nick
  • Reviewed: 9/29/2016
  • Degree: Occupational Therapy
"The best career decision I made was to attend Stanbridge College. Stanbridge provides a plethora of services and resources for its students and you can tell the faculty genuinely cares about the student body. Though it is a relatively young school, do not overlook it."
Fatemeh
  • Reviewed: 11/24/2015
  • Degree: Nursing
"I give one star to stanbridge college because Stanbridge college is not an organize college at all. I graduated from LVN program part-time on 2012 from this school. I applied for AND program even though I did not have a good experience with Stanbridge College but their hours was ok with my job. I applied on March 2015, and I took entrance test (Accuplace) on May 2015. After I finished with all paper works & interview on October 2015 by mid November, I called them to find out when list is going to be out. They did not care even to call you and let you know. The admin. told me that I didn't make the list!! I'm working in medical field for more than 12 years & have LVN from stanbridge! He told me they picked those students that they took TEAS test, I said "what? " Tease test is not school is require. You cannot do this to students. Stanbridge college requirement is Accuplace but they lied because they picked only those that took the TEAS! In addition, he told me mostly those people, which they have their Bachelor degree they got pick. Do you think is it fair the entire hidden requirement? They waste my time for 7 months. They did the same to one of my colleague. He took the TEAS & he had all pre-req done, & good GPA. Stanbridge college told him you got accepted for August 2015 but after a week they called him, and they told him" sorry we don't have any spot for you but we put you down for January 2016" , which the actual program start May 2016! They did not give any explanation to him that why they did change their mind."
Kevin
  • Reviewed: 2/7/2015
  • Degree: Occupational Therapy Assistant
"Excellent labs - we had beautiful labs and access to the nursing programs simulation lab which is world class as well as the new skills lab. We did not get to use the new synthetic cadaver lab as it was opened towards the end of our classes but it will be a great resource for future students. The instructors were practitioners and enjoyed teaching bar two - one that was too strict in my opinion and another that was too easy. The school had 100% pass rate for NBCOT last year and am hoping that reputation and my hard work gets me licensed in March!"
M
  • Reviewed: 4/24/2014
  • Degree: Licensed Vocational Nurse
"Yess! Finally done - loved the program and my classmates. Clinical sites were excellent - NCLEX review was early but very good - long days, the Judy Miller class needs to have shorter days. Thank you Charles for your positive attitude!"
JN
  • Reviewed: 4/15/2014
  • Degree: Licensed Vocational Nurse
"The full time program is tough with school 5 days a week. It took a while to get used to the pace but by term 2 I got the drill down. My clinical sites were excellent. I loved WAMC and Healthbridge. My instructors were AWESOME - thank you Ms. A and Ms. M and Ms. P. We only used the new Simulation lab in term 4 but the practice codes were really useful."
Maria V
  • Reviewed: 4/2/2014
  • Degree: Licensed Vocational Nurse
"We had great clinical sites and I loved my acute rotations. OB was short and we experienced both c-section & vaginal deliveries but rotation was short. Sim lab experience was awesome. Peds was good but Healthbridge census was low during our rotation. Overall very good instructors with the exception of a few old school nurses who are very strict."
MV
  • Reviewed: 3/28/2014
  • Degree: Occupational Therapy Assistant
"Awesome program, loved every bit of it. Met lifelong friends,and had an enjoyable experience. Stanbridge has a large therapy program and every imaginable lab possible. Get to know your fieldwork coordinators."
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 10/12/2013
  • Degree: Occupational Therapy Assistant
"Great campus - love the renovations to the student lounge, and student center. Our program has very a nice director and the teachers are very well educated and approachable at the same time. Lots of different labs to practice in. Don't like the parking options on some days."
Deena
  • Reviewed: 8/3/2012
  • Degree: Licensed Vocational Nurse
"I attended standbridge doing part time. Started june 2011. The staff is disorganized, rude, unhelpful,disrespectful to students & Change things constantly w either a short notice or none at all. You are harassed by staff. And you are toldto bring any concerns you have through proper chain of command but once you do you get harrased more and they don't do anything to resolve the problem. I was told you would gain weight attending there. I lost weight and am now on prescritions for stress/anxiety and depression due to the way the school treated me. The tutor for math will confuse you more than help you. I would never have chosen this school if I knew I would go through such mental and physical stress. Plus they put all the money into things to attract potential students big screen tv smart boards and more to fancy up the way you see the school and give empty promises. Don't waste your time!!!"
Ronda
  • Reviewed: 6/10/2012
  • Degree: Licensed Vocational Nurse
"So anyways I am reading these reviews that are being posted here and I couldnt help but post back due to one review that made me laugh. She is whinning about the treatment she was receiving from the instructors while she was attending. Get ready for real life honey. When your DON calls you into her office and rips you a new one and has you in tears at work, your gonna realize these nursing instructors were sweet as pie. They push you to succeed and if you cant succeed then this isnt the job for you PERIOD. So get ready to be bawling your whole career when the charge nurse and DON are on your tail about your job. The instructors are the best and expect a lot from their students. The people complaining are obviously the ones who thought they could cakewalk through this school and pass."
Mary
  • Reviewed: 4/6/2012
  • Degree: Nursing
"I am a recent graduate of Stanbridge and waiting to get my authorization from the board. I loved my instructors - Ms. A, Ms. W, Ms. R, Ms. P and Ms. D - THANK YOU for showing me the way and for all of your hard work. On to the Respiratory Alumni class and getting ready for NCLEX - I hope the Career Service team helps me with a job - they have been great so far with the resume & ACE the interview workshop."
Kathy
  • Reviewed: 3/9/2012
  • Degree: Licensed Vocational Nurse
"Hello, to those of you looking for an LVN program in Orange county, there are a lot of choices and I suggest you visit all the schools that are close to you in person before you decide on what is best for you. I chose Stanbridge because fit is close to where I work by fashion island and also because two of my coworkers are graduates and recommended the school. I finished my classes in December and am waiting to take the NCLEX. The Judy Miller prep was excellent and the VATI has been good. I am remembering Ms. McDonalds lectures in Med Surg as I study and am thankful for the way she helped put everything together. That coupled with my acute term 3 and 4 experiences really helped my confidence. I recommend the school and also recommend that you have time to study. Even with the best instructors, I saw some of my class mates struggling because they could not fund the time to study while working full time."
Anonymous
  • Reviewed: 11/7/2011
"I researched schools intensively before deciding on Stanbridge. I could tell that their standards were the highest of ALL other VN programs I looked at (which was all of them ;)) and I felt comfortable with the challenge. I also felt that their high standards were set to make their students the best, so I trusted them with that.I'm currently starting Term 4 (the last one!) and am excited to be done soon. Let me tell you one thing- DO NOT listen to these reviews that whine and complain about everything from the nails to the hair to the uniform policy. I have a few classmates that remind me of those reviews and believe me, there's always about 1 or 2 of those REALLY annoying people who complain about E.V.E.R.Y.T.H.I.N.G! I am starting to believe these people just like to complain because honestly what they complain about is NOT THAT BAD.Anyways. I suggest this school for people who are looking to WORK HARD. It is by no means an easy program. You practically give up your life outside of work (if you work) & school in order to study and keep up with the curriculum. But I honestly feel that if you are passionate about becoming a nurse and passionate about doing the best you can do, then you will have no problem. It won't be easy, but you'll benefit most from the program.I work 2 jobs, totaling full time hours and go here part time. I don't have any kids, and to all the moms in my class, I SALUTE YOU!Let me address some issues that I read a lot in other reviews and I am going to give you my honest, and as un-biased opinion as possible. 1. INSTRUCTORS- Yes it is true, I have had 4 instructors in just one 6 month period (where ideally you are only supposed to have one). Yes, they leave with or without notice. Yes, it can be difficult to adjust yourself to the different teaching patterns of each one but it's not the worst thing that could happen. I've had the same teacher for ALMOST all of term 2 and term 3, and that consistency was nice. However she wasn't the best at actually teaching the material. 2. UNIFORM-Why it is SUCH a big deal to some people, I have no idea. I think some people like to just fight against rules for the sake of it. But let's be honest, we are in NURSING school. Yes, your nails need to be short because they do not want the patients feeling SHARP nails pressing into their skin as you check for a pulse. Plus, it's just not sanitary to work in the hospital with long nails and gather all that bacteria :/. No nail polish, big deal. Yes your hair needs to be up. Again, big deal. You are working with a lot of elderly patients with dementia for the first 2 terms and the last thing you need is them grabbing your hair OR having your hair fall into a stage 4 wound you are changing the dressing on. Now the jacket situation. In term 1, they enforce everything. In my opinion it is just to make a point. You will see other classes with students wearing jackets and you'll complain as to why they get to wear jackets and you don't. Honestly most teachers after term 1 agree with you and will tell you that yes you can wear a jacket in class if you're cold. Just be discreet about it. 3. CLINICAL LOCATIONS-No, they are not ALL in orange county. But when you think of all the other schools competing for hospitals/LTC facilities, can you blame them? The worst for our class was when one group had to drive to Torrance every saturday. Yes it sucked, but what are you going to do. You get over it.4. ADMINISTRATION-I have definitely experienced the most issues with administration. It's true, they just aren't very organized. Students AND teachers are all confused as to how they lose papers, documents, payments SO often, but it happens. It is definitely very frustrating. The ONE solution to avoid any issues with administration, and please take this VERY SERIOUSLY: MAKE COPIES OF EVERYTHING! If you do bullet points for a theory absence, make copies of the remediation paper and your bullets! If you sign ANYTHING, MAKE COPIES before turning it in. ALWAYS get a copy of ANYTHING you sign. KEEP ALL COPIES in ONE folder you can find easily. YOU WILL NEED THEM! I almost lost financial aid because they lost my taxes and FAFSA information, I then received an email saying I would have to pay out of pocket what I was supposed to be getting covered, and that if I didn't pay the $5,000 I could not continue with the program. Needless to say I was pissed. And of course this was the one time I didn't make a copy of the paper I signed when I turned everything in. Thankfully after diligently emailing them every day telling them that THEY HAVE my papers, they found it and it was resolved. But it's issues like that that most people complain about. But for me it has never effected my studies. It's just an annoying factor.I really think that this is the best private school to get your LVN. They provide free tutoring whenever you need it, they have review, certification and alumni classes all the time. They've stepped up their attempt at extracurricular activities and I really feel like they care about their reputation. Obviously they want your money, they are a private school. But they also want their students to do well, they want their students to be the best and I think that's why they are so rigid sometimes.If you want to do well, and I'm not talking like just-pass-the-tests-well. If you want to make the most out of this (since you are paying $30,000 anyways) then this is how I suggest studying.1st- READ the material assigned in the books once. Highlight the important information.2nd- GO BACK and take notes on what you highlighted. If you like working with notecards, I would suggest taking notes and then making notecards from your notes. The more you re-read and re-write the same information over again, the faster you learn it. And you will UNDERSTAND the information.3rd- REVIEW the power points. I do not suggest only reading the power points before a test. They are meant as a short overview of the material, and if you only read your power points or your notes from your class review before a test- it will only be in your short term memory. Sure you may pass, but good luck at the end of the term when you have to take a 100 QS cumulative test on ALL of the information from the past 6 months. Try to at least stay on track with studying, if not ahead.We all get caught up in life and exhausted from studying, and I have myself slacked on studying for certain tests, when life got too hectic or I was just OVER school. But try your hardest and you'll do great here ;)."