Report: #1285693

Complaint Review: Centura College

  • Submitted: Sat, February 06, 2016
  • Updated: Sat, February 06, 2016
  • Reported By: anonymous — Summerville South Carolina USA
  • Centura College
    8088 Rivers Ave
    North Charleston, South Carolina

Centura College Centura College is a scam NOT medically accredited in any way North Charleston South Carolina

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Centura College of Charleston SC, and Centura College in general is a scam. A blatant rip-off. I went to classes for Medical Coding. I made the mistake of, and take resposnibility for, listening to the recruiter (who was out the door in less than a month) and not doing extensive research on this school. I am finding out now however, that I am one of many who got screwed by this school. Not to mention the countless people who are not speaking out.

Initially I was led to believe that after 9 months of classes I would be able to get a job in the Medical Coding field. As the months went on, I began to realise that everyone employed there was incompetent. In reading other reports here and elsewhere, I agree with everything being said. In my case, I graduated with a 3.67 and perfect attendance awards but due to thier lack of career services, and the lies they told, I was unable to get a job in the field. We were told externships would be in place towards the end of our course so that we could gain the necessary experience to get hired. No one will hire a medical coder with no experience...especially from this school. The externships never came. I'm confindent to say they probably tell everyone that each year. I come from a military family and told them from day 1 I wanted to work at the VA. I was told they had a contact there and it would be arranged. But every time I followed up, I was put off, lied to, sent to someone else ect. Finally in the last few weeks I was told that their contact had left and it would be 6-8 weeks before anything could happen. I was about to graduate at that point.

Yes, we were tought an outdated system called Medisoft that is no longer in use. The last 6 week course was for certification prep, and the very incompetent teacher went to Egypt for 3 weeks to meet her online boyfiend. The substitute was a RN who had just started working there (instuctors came and went with the wind) and knew absolutely 0 about coding. We were supposed to be schedulled for our AAPC certification within 2 weeks of finishing school...however it was months before we could take our exam. So with incompetent instructors, yes, passing failing students as I've read, no support from "career services," and not being prepared for the exam, I tried to gain entry level employment in the field. I did have interviews based on my past experience and GPA perhaps, but everone needed to know what accreditation the school had.

Some required AMA or RHIA there were others as well but I found out way to late that they are not accredited by any medical association at all. Only a trade school accreditation. So I have a completely useless piece of paper and a ton of debt. Their corporate office will not return my countless phone calls, and Monday i am sending a certified letter to them. They had us take out a loan through them to cover what federal aid would not. They were supposed to pay the interest untill we obtained a job. I was unemployed for months after finishing school and could not pay. They want their money, but do not want to speak to me. I am writing this in hopes of warning others to steer very clear of this school. Do your research and don't listen to them. I could go on and on, but like I said, what I have read is true...from instructors not showing up to no other schools accepting's all true. More people need to speak up. I had to fall back on my previous career as did others in my class and it's not because we failed out or didn't show up. Just Stay Away from this school and any of its locations and affiliates.

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