The Sonography Program at Red Rocks Community College is trying to make a name for itself by being the second program in Colorado to produce successful sonographers. The students accepted are of a selective few that are hand picked to be a part of this program.
What they do not tell you is that the first semester is like a tryout period. If you do not pass the unknown test, you will be kicked out and unable to return with no warning or heads up that you are not making the team.
I noticed from the first day of class that the Director and his fill in teacher buddy/program coordinator, were very unprofessional, unorganized, unprepared, unwilling to help, gave no direction, no supervision, and no guidance. It was clear that learning how to scan and use a ultrasound machine was not going to be taught by the guidance and supervision of the teachers. Maybe this was part of the test to see who could survive the best with little to no guidance.
The program coordinator, the king of no guidance, always seemed lost and confused and would have to check in regularly with the director to see what he was suppose to be doing. He was never prepared for class and did not know the power points he was showing or what questions would be on the quizzes for the whole 4 months of class. He would laugh at the students questions by saying, "I am just filling in until the fall when I gets to start the Echo program".
DO NOT to Red Rocks Community College Sonography Program if you expect to receive a good education. It had to be some of the worst teaching or lack of teaching I have ever seen. They seemed very happy that we were all adults so we could teach ourselves the material and they could do other things....like check out u-tube and checking email.
DO NOT enter this program if you expect the teachers to actually teach you the material and help you succeed.
BEWARE!!! Clinical sites set their own expectations for the students so every site has different expectations and every supervisor at those sites has their own expectations. It is not the same for each student. This makes if very easy for them to fail you if you are at the wrong site.
If you are not meeting the unset, unshared expectations, the supervisors will fail you. They, the directors friends, are not there to teach you but there to judge you, laugh at you, make fun of you and critizise you. They decide if they want to keep you in the program or fail you. If they do not like you, they will not help you progress and you will be kicked out of the program!!
WATCH OUT!!! If the Director or Program Coordinator decides early on, like with in 4 weeks, that he does not like you or feel you do not have what it takes to be a sonographer, you will be placed at clincal site where the directors buddies work. These supervisors will set unrealistic expectations on these pre-selected students and without any warning, they will fail you and you will be kick you out of the program.
NO WARNING, NO HEADS UP, NO SUPPORT, NO SYMPATHY!!! JUST KICKED OUT!!!
60% of the students under the directors friends, at the same clinical site, FAILED!!! This was a total of 30% of the sonography class. O% failed at the other clinical sites that were not under the supervision of the director's friends.
60% of the students failed at the same clinical site.
100% of the students passes at a different clinical sites.
33% of the total class failed after the first semester.
It seems too easy for the director to fail a student out of the program and the director appeared very happy when he did fail a student and very happy take your money.
THIS PROGRAM IS A SCAM!!!!!!!!