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Stay away from here. Do not believe a single positive review. It's a lot of money to teach yourself. More people are struggling day in and day out in this program. I feel like people make friends just to convince themselves that they're in a decent situation. It is BEYOND terrible... a) I was told I didn't have to retake certain classes, that I aced at my previous school and b) nobody sent out a school checklist before I drove from NY to FL. I felt unprepared every exam. I'm not a person that fails exams, but they're OK with you getting C's on everything. I'm also not a C student. Professors are nice but couldn't care less if you passed something. Most don't even watch you on your competencies. Also, why did we learn a NP type head-to-toe when most of us are hoping to focus on ER/ICU/Critical care? NOT FAMILY PRACTICE! Ugh! If I could give this school NO STARS, I would.
Id like to begin by stating that I am a Marine combat veteran with 12 years of service to our nation and would like to earn a graduate degree in cybersecurity. I diligently researched the available online options because I wanted to identify a school that would view me as more than a pay check. I thought I found a good school with Utica, despite some of the negative reviews I had read online. Unfortunately, I found out during the registration/enrollment process that Utica doesnt care about its students and it certainly doesnt care about assisting veterans. I was accepted to the program and am currently in the process of withdrawing. After three failed attempts to get a simple question answered and nearly two months of receiving false information from the staff, I directly complained to the veterans representative for not accurately responding to my very specific question. The next day, the cybersecurity program director, who doesnt even have a cybersecurity degree or any real-world experience, called me and arrogantly ordered me to apologize. He stated that my email was nasty. I showed this email to five professional colleagues, as well as my wife, and they all said there was nothing nasty about it. I simply complained and aired my grievances directly to her instead of her boss. Anyway, the director went on to say that she has helped hundreds of veterans just like me for years with no recognition and no promotion. **Really??? What does that say about Utica as an institution? All I did was complain to her in an email, meanwhile, the school is actually hurting her livelihood by not giving the poor woman a promotion. ** He then arrogantly ordered me to email an apology, told me to carbon copy him in the email, and then stated we would talk about getting me on full-time. I said okay and asked him for his email address. He replied, You can look it up in the directory! Then he hung up on me. Clearly, at Utica the customer serves the staff, not the other way around. Take a look at the question I posed to the veterans representative below. This is the third of three separate times that I asked her about BAH. I had to ask multiple times because the BAH policy didnt line up with what she was telling me. With graduate programs, the VA determines enrollment status based on what the school reports to the VA. Also, I was actually drafting an apology to her because I felt bad the school hasnt given her a promotion, when my wife returned from work and told me Utica should be apologizing to me. Here is what I asked: Good afternoon, I am now enrolled in CYB 505, which is a 3 credit-hour graduate course lasting 16 weeks. Could you please tell me the online BAH rate I will receive for these 4 months? Also, what enrollment status will be reported to the VA during this 16 week period (e.g. full-time or half-time)? Thank you. Her response: I put in the terms and the VA asks how many credits are full-time in the Grad Program which is 6. It is condensed so it should be the full-time online rate. My response: But I will only be taking 3 credits for the first 4 months. So that would be half, right? Her response: You have to be going over 1/2 time to get BAH so you won't qualify. That is what I needed to know three months ago PRIOR to registering for this school! All I received were cookie-cutter responses. Its not even about the money; its about going to a school takes care in assisting its students. There are a number of other instances regarding the conflicting and/or erroneous information I received from Utica College; however, it is simply too much to type in a small review. I would recommend avoiding this school at all costs!
I should heed the warning when I first was interested in this school, they told me I wasn't a good fit. Fast forward ten years, I decided that I would try to enhance my career by entering the cybercrime and fraud investigations cert program. Keyword FRAUD. My first class, the professor seem to not have a grasp of issues that was happening with some of the students. 7 weeks of issues, she finally shadowed my computer and said " oh, I see what the problem is". but for seven weeks, she said she didn't know why I was the only one having issues. 2nd class, was great. The professor was good. Third class, which was actually the 2nd part of a three part course, was just as bad as the first part. I withdrew from it. I decided to change my major to something more simplified, but I never got a response from the department chair. Before the start of the semester, I kept getting bills about payment for my class. I couldn't understand since I had student loans. Since I could not register for a fall 2 class, the school stated that my aid package was invalid. That was the end for me. I withdrew from this school. I was an online student for three degree programs, three different schools and never encountered the mess of a school. Save your money and time. This place is not good at all.
This program is literally one of the worst programs I've ever attended and they could care less that this is anyone's opinion. The school is majority online, the admissions reps will tell you there's a lab class where you get to interact more with your teachers and peers, but they set up lab to simply fulfil the lab requirements of this degree not because they have professors who are actually passionate about teaching or helping you through your journey of becoming a nurse. For the most part, you're entirely left to fend for yourself. This school is so bad that in a cohort of 70 people only 2 people passed 1 an exam and when students complained they were told this school is not big enough to educate all the students that come here and that everyone isn't meant to be a nurse. So, in other words, they make exams to slowly ween people out of the program. I'm just so disgusted with some the faculty in this school that I felt compelled to write a review. Of course, I understand some people have to come here and you gotta do what you can to become a nurse but if you truly have options for nursing schools, please mark this one out of it.
Terrible place please run!!! they accept people without a Bachelor degree in Florida, some do not have any degree. They tell you that they are not responsible to teach anything. Some classes are taken without a book. Lab instructors do not teach anything but gossip about family and diet. Grades were being changes on the exam i could go on but that would take all day!! Save your money go the regular route or choose another school!!!
Do not waste your money. This school is so disorganized from the administrative staff to the professors teaching the classes. I took online classes and if you go for a day and decide you do not like the class you cannot not get a refund. You can only be refunded if you drop before the class starts. The online platform was terrible and horribly disorganized with the same content appearing in five different places. My husband is taking online classes at a community college and his platform was better organized. I did not notice much of a quality difference between his school and Utica. The online classes are all a bunch of useless discussion forums with low-caliber peers who cannot add anything meaningful to a conversion-they only regurgitate the readings. The classes ran for 8 weeks instead of the full semester so all the information was crammed in like a summer class. For a busy professional the frantic pace meant that you did not have time to really learn and process the information. I do not recommend this school! Look elsewhere.
Do not enroll in this program. They test you over content that you have never covered. They assign you hundreds of pages to read in a week. The lab instructors don't know how to teach or even complete the competencies themselves. You waste a lot of time trying to get points back for questions that were written wrong or the answers are wrong on exams. You take the test over things that you've never learned, never studied, and have no idea where to learn. You have to be really good at Googling in order to pass the exams online. Some of the clinical instructors our wretched. Some of the clinical experiences are spent doing hours and hours of standing around doing nothing. Go to a different program.
I enjoyed attending Utica College. The hands-on labs are excellent! Capstone project was challenging. I didn't think that I would be able to pass the last two capstone courses. If you are looking for a challenge, Utica College is the one that will bring out the best in you. Instructors are super helpful as well and will walk you through the process of hacking, examining malware etc.
If you are interested in the Utica College accelerated program (ABSN), look somewhere else. The dropout rate for this program is unbelievable. I have seen first hand as a student that the administrators of the program are miserable people who do things to benefit themselves and not the students. It is a money making business and they don't care about the success of students. They start each semester with many students but the number of those who actually graduate is far smaller. It is a teach yourself type of program. Everything is online except clinical and a once a week lab. I now value education in a classroom setting far more than an online course, especially for a nursing program. Save your money. There are many other programs that will better prepare you for a future as a nurse.
Expensive, poor facilitators, few choices of liberals, poor help with registration. Some facilitators do not answer questions, are vague on syllabus and then score you poorly on the results. Extremely unorganized and poorly proctored classes.