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?
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.
From what Ive seen, everyone is involved and has your best interest in mind
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).
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.