New York School For Medical And Dental Assistants RIP OFF, MISLEADING SCHOOL Long Island City New York
I just have to start by saying stay away! If you live in New York City, and ride the Subway, then you might have seen ad's for the NY School for Medical & Dental Assistants 100 times. This school claims to be the BEST SCHOOL in New York to learn all the skills you need to become a wonderful Medical Assistant. It's ALL a LIE!
It all started when I saw the ad on the subway and decided to check out the school, because I was always intrested in working in the medical field. So I set up an appointment and met with a admission rep. Keep in mind that the school use to be located in Forest Hill's, Queens, New York. They just moved to Long Island City in January 2005.
Well when I got to the school I could not believe the horror! The school was on the second floor of an old busted building right under some shopping stores. I got to the second floor and was in total SHOCK. The building was dity, walls had holes, floor was dirty, the bathroom, OH MY, horrorible. The classes where LARGE, but full of 100 year old equipment. The desks were old, dirty, broken.
The reception desk, the registar, lunch room and financial aid office was in the same area. It was like a cardboard box. They have unskilled, and nasty people as their SATFF. The receptionist was very impolate and very GHETTO! I spoke to the admissions rep, and he made the Medical Assisting program seem good. I was pulled in, but the way the school looked made me think twice.
But right when the rep took me on a tour of the school he stated the school was going to be moving to a NEW location. And the reason why the school was leaving was they lost their lease. I was like, lost their lease? A school that charges high tuition can't pay the rent. I told him I would think about it. After a while I decided to go because the program ONLY lasted 8 months, 6 months of class and 2 months of Intership. So I enrolled.
I started the class when they were still in the OLD location. They said they will be moving ina week after classes started. I traveled along distance to get there. One week past, another past, and another past. I was always asking when will they be moving and they kept giving me the same answer. NEXT WEEK!
Finally, after like a month, the school annouced they will be moving to the new location right after we come back from X'mas Vacation. I was thrilled. Because that old school was terrible. The enviorment makes you sick.
Well, we moved to the new location, it looked 1,000 times better then the old school. They said we will have a lounge, student kitchen, a library with computers and internet access and the best equipment possibe. Well, first the lounge was nice, but the student kitchen was a JOKE. It had three microwaves that were filthy. You had to wrap your food in something or put the food in a container because you don't know what was in that microwave. IT WAS NEVER CLEAN.
The library was a JOKE too. They had OLD books dating back to like 1905 (i'm not kidding, i'm for real)The library had no computers, of course no internet access. Even our computer lab didn't have internet access. Only the instructors computer which he was always was on chatrooms CHATTING away while he didn't teach us anything, always giving us handouts so we can type. 5 months of just typing. I was told I would learn billing, coding which we weren't taught. Only the basic, just putting your paients info in the system. That was right before our class was about to finish. They said if we wanted to learn billing we should have gone to another school.
And the equipment was TERRIBLE. Everything was dusty, dirty, old, broken, the EKG machine never worked properly, and they only had one working EKG with like over 300 students, learning EKG at the sametime. The labs were a disgrace. You had to buy your own uniform, and the blood pressure cuff, ect were all cheap. We only used one textbook, and the tuition covered 5 books. So 4 books we paid for and never used. The uniform policy they have is Terrible. If you don't come in with your uniform they have a heart attack. They will send you home like you are in high school. They don't care if you live far or what. They even threaten to kick you out if you don't come with your uniform. But then, you see other students wearing color scrubs, boots, highheels, ect, and they just pick on a selected few.
They never gave homework, the tests were our worksheets which we had to hand in on the day of the test. The exams were so EASY that you will get always 89-100's. Nothing lower. Everyone always had the same grades. The same GPA. The satff was nasty, never helped, always giving you lip. And if you said something back they will send you to the DEAN. Which the dean was WORSE as well. She was nice one minute, and a nasty the next.
And if you were absent form school, you had to stay after school and make up the HOURS that you missed. ALL OF THEM!!! A typical school day was 6 hours, so if you were absent three days you would have to make up 18 hours, and they will give you like a week to make it up. IT WAS CRAZY, and if you don't make them up they KICK you out, saying that Financial Aid won't pay the tution unless those hours are met. ALL THEY CARE ABOUT IS MONEY!!!!!
But making up the hours were not the only joke, but when you made up the hours you will just sit there, doing nothing. No one is there to help you out. You just stay there bored out of your mind. The instructors, staff and students all talk about each other and pass gossip which caused alot of probelms. The instructors favor certin students, giving them better grades then others, some give the answers to the tests, by passing around and pointing to the choice it should be. There were theats, fights, fires (twice) and alot of the student body was very ghetto and violent.
I was so greatful when my 6 months ended, i just couldn't deal with all the drama. I spend 9,000 in tuition and I felt that for 6 months that my money was basicly wasted on JUNK. If I knew then, what I know now, I would have gone to a Community College and taken up Nursing, because it's almost the same. Just that a medical assistant can't give drugs, ect... but everything else you can do. The school is misleading, and oh ya, I finished my 6 months and the library still didn't have computers. It's SAD! The school only cares about the money. As soon as something is wrong with the tuition payment you get a call from the school. I tell people BEWARE, don't go, and if you don't believe, go and check it out. Believe me they will be pushy, trying to enroll you right then in there. Plus, Financial Aid doesn't cover all the tuition, you will STILL NEED TO TAKE OUT A LOAN!!!!! So my advice is STAY AWAY, THEY ARE SCAM ARTISTS. Oh ya before I forget, their placement is a joke. For male students, they have a hard time placing them on interships sites, because they said females are better in placing then males. WHY DIDN't they tell them when they first enrolled???? Well I had my nightmare, so i hope this helps others from making the same mistake I did.
Flushing, New YorkU.S.A.