College Senior 2013-09-25T12:05:49Z
The computers are extremely slow and outdated. The computer lab is only available when reserved, but sometimes the instructors would allow one-three students to be in with their class. The equipment in the core program rooms were outdated. 3 of the 6 machines were so old, it was very difficult to see the image.
College Senior 2013-09-25T12:02:43Z
The students are very focused and independent. They want to be successful and not distracted. I expected test study sessions outside of class. Other colleges that I have attended had students who would work in groups and study together. This school did not have that as a priority. I think it is beneficial to share knowledge and help each other be successful.
College Senior 2013-09-25T11:59:56Z
I have had the same problems that I read about on other reviews of this college. The courses are not taught correctly, the instructors are either fired or leave for unknown reasons, there have been multiple Directors of Education and Program Directors (or open positions) just since April of 2013 and students are not given a chance to succeed! Money is the purpose of this college, not preparing people for careers!
The program before mine had 12 students begin and 3 were failed in the beginning. Majority of the students remaining did not pass the registry exams for certification either. The retakes cost the student at least $200.
My program had 10 people start and I was told in the beginning of the first Core program course that I was failing and would not be able to bring my grade up by the new program director/ instructor. My classmates and the other instructor were surprised at my grade for the first check off. I had a 3.73 GPA, was a member of the honor society, and came in 30-45 min. early to practice in lab every day as the program director had required.
After receiving my harshly graded first check-off grade, I was upset. At home my ex was telling me he was taking me to court in CA for custody of my kid, I tried hard to do my check-off correctly (and had felt confident about it), was adjusting to having a 5 day week 7:30 am-3:45 pm and didn't go up to the whiteboard when asked because I did not know the answer. The program director kept giving me scolding looks and I felt horrible then tears fell from my eyes. The other instructor later asked if I was ok, and I said I was overwhelmed by everything that was going right now. (I did not mention the problem with the ex or the possibility of having to go to CA during the program).
How can a person keep confident when their first test check-off was graded as if I was a professional already getting tested on my skills? I was a beginning student.
She said we would talk after lunch, then when we did talk it was with the program director also. I was told that I should withdraw because it was only going to get harder and if I was overwhelmed now with my bad grade in the lab then I should withdraw instead of waiting to get a failing grade and be forced to quit. I told them I was not ready to leave, that I had just began the main classes and needed to adjust to the new schedule and have more time to learn the material. They agreed, but said I would have to bring up my lab grade quickly, because the program rules say that one class in the Core program that is failed means that you are not in the program any longer. There were not any repeated classes, just starting over with the next start date.
A week later, my next check off was graded harshly again and I was told to withdraw again. The program director/instructor said that if I failed the class I was out of the program without a chance of returning at the next start date. If I withdrew though, I could take 2 advanced anatomy classes at a different college (because the ones I took were not detailed enough) and would be able to return at the next program start date. I explained to the program director/instructor that I would owe money if I withdrew and she said that I misunderstood, I was not being given a choice.
I protested to the Director of Education and after he talked to the Program Director, I was told to come to class so that I could finish my term because everyone should be able to finish what they started. I then found out I was not in the program just finishing the term and that none of my grades or credits would transfer when/if I restart the program in the next term. I was told that if I pass the last general education class that it would transfer when I return during the next start date. I agreed to withdraw after completing the general education class's test. (Due to the intense stress from a major medical problem and the idea of being told that I had to leave, I did not pass the final exam or the general ed. class)
The program director/instructor did not care that when I told her the other colleges in the area had already began their term and the next term would not start until Winter. This made it impossible to complete the 2 advanced anatomy classes in time for the April start date.
After withdrawing, I was informed that CFI is undecided of when the program will be offered again and if I am not returning in within a year, I have to pay back my entire balance.
During my program we were informed that CAAHEP had placed the program on probation and had to decide if we wanted to stay in the program. We were told that our class was still certified, and the probation would affect the next program start date. This week the other students have a mandatory meeting for unknown reasons. My former classmates are extremely worried that the school has lost it's certifications and that is what the meeting is for.
Now I have to repay $3,300 (they wanted $209 a month in payments to CFI, but did agree to $40 a month for the first 6 months)for the 19 weeks that I attended and will have $8,900 in federal student loans. I am not employed and can not afford the $209 a month.
This is definitely a business to earn money, not a college to teach people how to get a real career!
I moved from another state to attend this college! I wanted to return to the program when I was forced to withdraw!
I think the program director has the goal of finding a few excellent students that can be passed through the program and make the program look successful compared to helping any struggling students and allowing all of the students to complete the entire program before being failed.
Two students in the class that started ahead of mine, were failed in the same way. One went on to finish the two advanced anatomy classes and joined the class after I left (a year after her class graduated) another had to go to a basic program because of unemployment requiring her to continue in school to keep her financial assistance.
The program website states high success in graduation and job placement, but if only 12 start and 9 graduate how can the percentages be so high for the previous classes?
College Senior 2013-07-21T23:55:50Z
Some of the new teachers seem to have other agenda on their mind. Instead of teaching by hands on they just read the text, like we can't read it ourselves. Some of the students are a hands on learner, 5 senses.
College Senior 2013-07-21T23:53:43Z
Due to the building being old, it has some issues. But the programs are very good
College Senior 2013-03-29T15:51:53Z
People at many different stages of their lives. people just starting out and know this is what they want to do. Others have tried other things and are now looking for something different.
College Senior 2013-03-20T17:33:44Z
Have not started classes yet, but what I have seen from the staff they all seem to be very helpful and are looking out for the students best intrest.
College Senior 2013-03-12T20:22:29Z
From what Ive seen, everyone is involved and has your best interest in mind
College Senior 2013-03-12T20:21:15Z
They make sure you are ready and try and help you find a job
College Senior 2013-03-12T20:20:14Z
From what Ive seen, it consist of all types of people but with all the same goal, to better their lives.
Recent Alumnus 2013-01-15T19:49:15Z
Computer labs were always open during class & before for studying, research or anything else.
Recent Alumnus 2013-01-15T19:46:38Z
Nothing unique besides the unorganized set up with classrooms falling apart and moving our rooms without warning
Recent Alumnus 2013-01-15T19:41:24Z
Very diverse group from all ages & backgrounds.most were older and returning to school, few seemed to have any other college focus
Recent Alumnus 2013-01-15T19:36:11Z
A lot of the teachers were flexible with works but I think was because they didn't care. Administration was usually too busy to be helpful.
Recent Alumnus 2012-10-24T15:17:43Z
Very disorganized school. None of the teachers or director can tell you in what order you will have which classes. They do not have enough teachers, people keep quitting or getting fired. Employees are stealing. There have been several incidences of stolen phones and other items. Student services, the Dean, or teachers are not able to answer any questions, at all. I have to agree with a previous review stating that teachers do not care about the students. I have walked in once where a teacher was slandering a student (to another student).
Recent Alumnus 2012-10-19T01:43:48Z
Workload is a lot, but the course is so much faster than any other accredited school in the area. It's actually the only school in the area offering my specific degree (echo). The school is well received in local hospitals and I have personally been told by hospital staff that the knowledge base of students from CFI is far superior than some of the other schools around. There are no elective requirements and lots of hands on experience.
Recent Alumnus 2012-10-19T01:37:27Z
the computer lab is always available and the network is pretty reliable. There are often machines down, but usually it doesn't cause much of a problem
Recent Alumnus 2012-09-24T05:26:31Z
The career services department is just as inept as the rest of the folks at Central Florida Institute. They dress very poorly and offer half hearted assistance at best.
Recent Alumnus 2012-09-24T05:20:09Z
Workload is not too bad, but they really dont teach you what you need to know for externship. Then the externship site treats you like an idiot. I would recommend finding a real college over this sorry operation if you are serious about getting a good education and a good job. Central Florida Institute only wants your money, and they have a terrible reputation with the hospitals.
Recent Alumnus 2012-09-24T05:15:13Z
Teachers dont care about the students and treat the students like juvenile detention subjects. The directors are regularly dismissing students from the programs for the smallest reasons, in six months about 1/3 of the students were sent home, some of them plenty smart enough to get great grades. They would give some story about them failing check offs. In six months there were three diferent school directors. Personally, I think they accept more students than they have externship spaces for so they can get some money out of them. This school operates on the minimal amount ethics allowable, they have to be on the line of legality at all times. I WOULD NOT GO HERE AGAIN.
Recent Alumnus 2012-09-24T05:04:52Z
The teachers are not very good. They have a minimal amount of knowledge and dont attempt to expand their knowledge in a manner that would benefit the students. I feel students leave the programs here under prepared. Also, the school is constantly dismissing students from programs for what seems to be no good reason. Makes me believe this school is mostly after quick Pell grants and student loans, and very little consideration is given to the students education or preparedness!
Recent Alumnus 2012-09-24T04:59:31Z
Tuition & Financial Aid:
The financial aid department is a well oiled machine, they are very good at getting your money!
Recent Alumnus 2012-09-10T23:00:27Z
The financial aid department walked me step by step and helped me fill out the paperwork and took care of checking my unofficial transcripts to see if there was anything that would transfer so that I may skip the class, pay less money and graduate sooner.
Recent Alumnus 2012-09-10T22:59:11Z
I am going to a very small private institution where only selected students are chosen for different health care options so there really is not any room for a student body.
Recent Alumnus 2012-09-10T22:57:21Z
Great Career Center – Although I have not graduated yet every single student that graduated the same program that I am entering found a job in the field. That is my schools mission not only to educate but to make sure you find a job in the field. That is why I am giving this school the grade that I am giving them.
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