ATI College of Health (This school is a SCAM !!! Do not waste your time or $$$. They are not accredited), Internet
Let me tell you a little bit about what happened with ATI College
of Health.This school scammed me and all of its Ultrasound students!As a potential student, you make an appointment with a
Representative and this is what happens;
They take you on a tour of the school and tell you about the
They show you all of their new Ultrasound equipment and they get
you excited about the 20 students to each teacher ratio.
They tell you that they are an Accredited Ultrasound School and
that in as little as 2 years; you can have an Associate in Science in
They tell you that they have a TON of locations for you to choose for your clinical hours and they
will ALWAYS place you as close to
home as possible.
They tell you that they have Financial Aid available and that they
do all of the paperwork for you. By the way, the total cost is around
They tell you that they have job placement after graduation and
that 90% of their students end up getting hired by the same location where they
do their clinical hours.
They tell you that after the one year WAITING PERIOD; you can apply and take the ARDMS licensing
They tell you that the school pays for your Examination Fee for
They tell you that if you want a Bachelor's Degree, ALL of the credits you earned at ATI
are transferable to other College/Universities.Here
is what REALLY happened while
attending ATI College of Health;
At the beginning of each Program, you start off with 50 students
to each teacher, not the 20 they showed you on your tour.
The equipment that you use is outdated to say the least. Half of
the machines are constantly being serviced by a repair technician (even during
Only 2 teachers at the school were Licensed Ultrasound Techs with
Experience in the field, the other teachers were previous students there with
no field work.
Half of the teachers there spoke good English; the rest had a HEAVY Spanish accent and even taught in
Spanish at times when they did not know the correct word in English to describe
I am bi-lingual and of Hispanic decent, but not all of my
classmates were, and the American (non Hispanic) students had an extremely
hard time understanding the teachers.
By the third semester, the student count went from 50 to 30...
Students started to give up and started dropping out. I remained OPTIMISTIC and stuck through it.
By the fourth semester, the student count went from 30 to 20...
Something did not feel right. But at this point, if I were going to drop out, I
would still have to repay the loans anyways, so I said to myself, I am going to
finish and see what happens.
That is around the time that they were giving the INTRODUCTION TOURS for future students
coming into the school. It was all starting to make sense now....
I had AMAZING GRADES...
I finished all of my classes with a 3.59 GPA.
I was ranked #1 amongst my entire group of 50 students that came
in and that still remained.Now
it was time for Clinicals...We
were told to go through the yellow pages and internet and find a location, call
them, and ask them if they were accepting students that needed a place to do
their clinicals.... WHAT ??????!!!!****????!!!***We
had to find our own locations? This is ridiculous....What
I forgot to mention is that during these 2 years, the ENTIRE faculty had changed.. From
the Dean right on down to the teachers, and support staff.No
one from when I began the program was there so EVERYTHING that was told to us before we signed up was different...At
this point, I was frustrated so I gathered a group of 5 students and we made
enough noise to get the faculty to find the Clinical Locations for all of the
students. At this point, there were only 5 of us left.They
found me a GREAT location for clinicals;
however, they NEVER had any
Ultrasound Appointments. I
scanned less than 15 patients in the 3 months I was there. So much for
field experience.So I
finished my clinicals and to my surprise, they were not in need of an
Ultrasound Tech since they only averaged 5 patients a month and they already
had a Tech... (The person I shadowed for the 3 months)So I
got my Associates in Science Degree in Ultrasound and I go back to the School
to visit the Career Services Dept to begin the job placement procedures...They
asked me to give them a resume and they would forward it when they got a call
from a clinic needing an Ultrasound Tech....THAT WAS THEIR IDEA OF JOB
took matters into my own hands and I began to look for a job myself.I
sent out a few resumes and when I got called back, I kept getting the SAME question every time... Your
resume does not specify if you are licensed. Are you ARDMS Licensed?I
said No I just graduated; I have to wait a year before I can take it.They
all said that they ONLY hired ARDMS
after a year passed, I went online to register for the ARDMS exam and here was
another INTERESTING ROADBLOCK...The
requirements to take the exam are as follows;Scenario
from an accredited school.OrScenario
from a non-accredited school. -AND- Complete
one year of PAID work as a Sonographer in the field.I thought
that I was good with Scenario #1... I was
wrong. ATI did not have the PROPER accreditation to sit and take the exam....So I
was stuck with Scenario #2Here
is my Dilemma though....I cant
take the ARDMS license exam if I dont have one year of experience working as a
how can I get one years worth of experience as a Sonographer if no one is
willing to hire a Sonographer without an ARDMS license??? I
mean there are people that work without a license, but hospitals, clinics, and
Dr's offices will always choose the candidate with the license over the one
without the license.I
have been trying to get a job in Ultrasound since 2007 and I have not
school should have said that they had certain Accreditations, but that they
were not accredited by the ARDMS and that I needed to work for a year after
graduation, not that I had a One Year Waiting Period before I could take the
exam.. That is a total and complete lie and I feel that that point alone makes
this school a SCAM.At
this point, my $25,000 school loans are paid in full and I have nothing to show
for it but a piece of paper that says Associates in Science in
feel the school completely miss-represented itself and lied to all of
its students just to make $25,000 from each student that fell for their
of the students that I attended school with have ever worked a day as a
Sonographer. I think that its more than a coincidence at this point.I
consider myself to be an intelligent person, but his situation makes
me think otherwise. I fell so used and tricked and taken to the cleaners. I
wasted almost 3 years of my life and I feel the school should be stopped.If there
is anyone out there that can help me, refer me to Lawyer just to see if there
is anything I can do about it, I would greatly appreciate it.Thank
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