Degree: Healthcare Management
Graduation Year: 2015
"I attended Virginia College in Georgia and started out in the Medical Billing & Coding certificate program and decided to continue and finish with an Associates Degree in Healthcare Reimbursement. Overall my experience was a positive one. I graduated both times at the top of my programs and really achieved a sense of pride in being able to stay committed and follow through. As any student knows schools are challenging and everyone has their own opinions on how things are presented/conducted, but they never take in account that not every institute or instructor is at their own personal beckoning call. Virginia College has multiple campus' and the curriculum is the same throughout, unfortunately, with that being said the instructors are tied down and not able to make necessary changes in their own classes. We questioned how the main campus came up with the programs curriculum and if the ones making these choices were even people experienced in our field or just suit and tie in a cubical/office deciding what looks good. The staff and instructors were, to me, well educated in the sections they taught, but I stayed active in attending the "the town meetings" and becoming a Student Ambassador to be sure that I knew what was going on and any issues I had were voiced. The school has uniforms for every program and occasional dress down times, which people still violated and were not reprimanded when needed according to the school policy which caused friction and confusion. Also the attendance policy needs to seriously be reevaluated and there are mandatory surveys...a lot of those. You are limited to take a max of 12 credits per quarter (3 classes). I see how this helps to keep students from getting overwhelmed, however there were times I knew I could take an extra class and still have been able to accomplish everything else I had going on outside of school. The career center is helpful in aiding with resumes and job opportunities and can continue to help you in networking after you finish school, as well as, utilizing other campus centers should you move. Your books are included in the tuition so no opportunity to possibly get them used somewhere else and there is no buy back on campus. If you are planning to transfer out be sure to check transferring credits as I have heard VC's credits don't transfer well. If you are positive and motivated take the time to tour the campus and talk with other students to get their personal feedback before deciding if this is the school/campus for you and also they offer online classes."