Review Averages: 4.1 out of 10
Virginia College Reviews:
culinary - January 25, 2016
Going to culinary institute of Virginia college is the best thing I have ever done. The instructors are really hands on and they push you to learn and I think that's important. They have an array of of partners that you can extern with which are major corporations in which u may be hired. This college is also nationally accredited so that in itself is a star. Don't let these other reviews fool u. Culinary institute of Virginia college is where u want to be if you have a passion for cooking
WARNING: DO NOT GO THERE,BAD CHOICE!! THEY ARE NOT RELIABLE!
Medical Assisting - December 7, 2015
November 18, 2015 When you choose Virginia College, and this is the thing with what has been repeated over and over by other reviews-teachers,staff,and additionally student finance are the issue when dealing with the institution's careless actions AND behavior. To notify of the trouble you have a great possibility of dealing with the most DIFFICULT and the MOST RUDEST teachers and program directors. I wen't to them with a problem I was having with my teacher and there was a lot that took place in that one meeting that it made me want to turn around and go home early cause I was having a mental break down and take everything in after the meeting and during the meeting my heart was pounding and my anxiety levels were sky-rocketing because of the mental and physical stress they was putting on my mind and body. They literally put me on the spot light, surrounded by these 3 black women;The program director,my instructor, and surgical tech feeling like they were teamed up against me. I was being provoked,humiliated,insulted,and cut off when I tried to explain myself! I am pregnant with a 3 month old baby and nothing can be worse then being that much over-emotional and knowing how dangerous it is for you and your baby. I have ADD and was slow to responding to them because the teacher and the program director was talking rapidly and said so much that I couldn't process it all especially when they were wrong and I couldn't justify anything and all that came from these people is ignorance and lies! This inflicted me with Anxiety from the stress they kept building up on me too. After the meeting, I waited until I was ready to say what should have been said but didn't have the words to express it and went to a computer and decided to email the staff member I talked to cause at the time she was RANTING,SWEARING, and being controlling to not let me have the upper hand. I sent a sincere and a nice flowing letter explaining the misunderstandings and miscommunication. The next meeting went better than what I expected and they acted like they were being two-faced to where one day I was being yelled at and all to acting like they CARE! Cause my letter touched their hearts and so they, finally LISTENED. So there you have it. I THINK I WOULDN'T RECOMMEND THIS COLLEGE TO ANYONE THOUGH, EVER! Also my teacher is FAILING ME and she pulled me out of class for that meeting before an exam, told me I could take it 2 days after and she gave me a 0.00 for that and now my grade has dropped down to a 36.4 and was 58.6! :/ I know right?? I'm screwed and had one more semester before going on ex tern with that course.:/ There's still time that she'll put something over that zero before the end. The instructors do what their told but no one there really cares if you make it or not so make sure your well enough prepared financially and mentally and know what to expect cause you might not know what your getting yourself into. Would you risk trusting a college to get you through your courses and Externship and end up wasting your efforts and your time like I'm trying to prevent? Choose wisely! I wish I would have read the reviews before I started but now I'm another one who attended this college with the experience and information I can share with someone else so they know from me and the others which colleges to choose and it might depend on their location. Good luck to any one else who choose Virginia college. Your going to need it. Virginia College is not for everyone but you will come across some great people who want to help you but its very rare to find them but I've had the opportunity to meet some very honorable and generous people before they left the place.
WARNING:DO NOT GO TO THERE! BAD CHOICE!! YOU CANNOT RELY ON THEM
Medical Assisting - November 18, 2015
When you choose Virginia College, and this is the thing with what has been repeated over and over by other reviews-teachers,staff,and additionally student finance are the issue when dealing with the institution's careless actions AND behavior. To notify of the trouble you have a greater possibility of dealing with the most DIFFICULT and the MOST RUDEST teachers and program directors. I wen't to them with a problem I was having with my teacher and there was a lot that took place in that one meeting that it made me want to turn around and go home early cause I was having a mental break down after the meeting and during the meeting my heart was pounding and my anxiety levels were sky-rocketing because of the mental and physical stress they was putting on my body and mind. They literally put me on the spot light, surrounded by these 3 black women:The program director,teacher, and surgical tech feeling like they were teamed up against me. I was being provoked,humiliated,insulted,and cut of when I tried to explain myself! I am pregnant with a 3 month old baby and nothing can be worse then being that much over-emotional and knowing how dangerous it is for you and your baby. I have ADD and was slow to responding to them because the teacher and the program director was talking rapidly and said so much that I couldn't process it all especially when they were wrong and I couldn't justify anything and all that came from these people is ignorance and lies! This inflicted me with Anxiety from the stress they kept building up on. After the meeting, I waited until I was ready to say what should have been said but didn't have the words to express it and went to a computer and decided to email the staff member I talked to cause at the time she was RANTING,SWEARING, and being controlling to not let me have the upper hand. I sent a sincere and a nice flowing letter explaining the misunderstandings and miscommunication. The next meeting went better than what I expected and they acted like they were being two-faced to where one day they were being yelled at and all to acting like they CARE! Cause my letter touched their hearts and finally LISTENED. So there you have it. I THINK I WOULD RECOMMEND THIS COLLEGE TO ANYONE THOUGH, EVER! Also my teacher is FAILING ME and she pulled me out of class for that meeting before an exam, told me I could take it 2 days after and she gave me a 0.00 for that and now my grade has dropped down to a 36.4 and was 58.6! :/ I know right?? I'm screwed and had one more semester before going on ex tern with that course.:( There's still time.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
GREED SCAM DO NOT GO THERE
Medical Assisting - September 19, 2015
Sadly the good instructors leave or are forced to leave from all the chaos, confusion, and lies. The current program director is so rude, swears, disrupts classes to talk bad about the president, the dean, the instructors, other students in front of the class. Day students take night classes night students take day classes regardless of what you signed up for. Communication is awful. The school only cares about money no concern for the students. Waste of money and time. Worst place to go with the rudest people in administration ever. It's an old fashioned scam.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
WORST PLACE EVER
Medical Assisting - September 12, 2015
You get a few good instructors then obviously the best ones leave. The current program director is so rude, she lies, swears, rants, and disrupts classes to talk bad about other students and instructors in front of an entire class. Don't bother trying to work and go to school because she will screw up your schedule do badly that you will find yourself taking classes early in the morning with a two hour break between classes then late until 10 pm even though you signed up as a day student. The calls are worse than telemarketers this should be illegal. The communication between students, the program director, and instructor doesn't exist. The biggest problem as I see it is the lack of care and concern for the students and the lack of respect for the instructors. Waste of money and time. Even graduation is a joke.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
RUN,RUN,RUN....do not waist your money!
Business Admin - August 6, 2015
This school is a rip off. I am not able to transfer to a more reputable university. I ask if I would before starting this college and was lie to stating the university I planned to attend would except all of these credits (LIE). Not only does this school not hire professional minded individuals it has a lack of concern. I attend both online and ground what a waist of two years and thousands of dollars with the expectation of having credentials worth bragging about now it's just an embarrassment. There has to be a way to began a class action law suit against this unethical institute. No I am not P-O'ed....I AM MAD!!
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
I want to know how to start a class action lawsuit
Business Admin - February 13, 2015
I graduated from Virginia College in 2009 with an Associates Degree in Business Administration but what I didn't know was that the school was not accredited to transfer to another college or university. I filed for my taxes and they were taken because of this damn fake ass school. I want every penny of my money back. I have never found a career or even a job in my field. I want this school to pay me for my pain and suffering and emotional distress and all of the other people that it may have effected in their lives as well.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Nursing - February 4, 2015
I am currently enrolled in the Nursing program at Virginia College. I will just start off with what you will hear and then tell you the truth. When you come in, they will woo you. Lie #1: Yes! Our Nursing program is accredited. Truth #1: They are accredited with the same accreditation that most area HIGH SCHOOLS are accredited with. They are not an accredited nursing school. What does this mean? Okay so the credits you receive here CAN NOT be transferred anywhere else. You start this nursing program, you finish it, or start COMPLETELY over wherever you choose to go to. Now YES, upon finishing this program you CAN sit for your boards (NCLEX). Many have done it, so don't believe otherwise. Lie #2: Yes! We will take other colleges credits. Truth #2: I can't tell you how many people I am in classes with that have been told this, they wait until you are a quarter in ($5,595 later) and tell you oops we won't take that, EVEN IF IT WAS A HIGHER COURSE NUMBER! What a drag! :( By this time you are already way more in debt, that most people are getting the same degree at an ACCREDITED school. Who wants to leave with nothing? Lie #3: They offer tutoring. Truth #3: They DO NOT, I repeat DO NOT offer tutoring for the Nursing program. Lie #4 This program is tailored for working student/students with family. Truth #4: This program is no different than any other nursing program, except for CLASSES are in the afternoon/evening. This may sound great, but when you get into your core nursing classes, you have clinicals. THESE ARE DONE DURING THE DAY, LATE AT NIGHT, AND EVEN ON WEEKENDS. This school has ruined so many relationships with hospitals, etc. around the area that the clinical sites really STINK! Virginia College is a bottom feeder school that gets stuck with jokes for clinical hours. Lie #5: you will get your clinical schedule in a timely manner so that you can PLAN your life. Truth #5: I am in my 5th week of classes for this quarter and JUST, two days ago, got a finalized schedule. Try scheduling work and childcare around that when they start in 4 days! Lie #6: We have excellent labs to practice in! Truth #6: They have a lab, but NO supplies. They never order. Our instructors have to "borrow" stuff from their main job to help us learn. A lot of times it will be one of something so they can show us and we NEVER even get to touch it. It is horrible. I have still never done an IV on a live human and I graduate in 2 short quarters. We have had a different instructor for classes each quarter. The teacher turnover is HORRIBLE, which shows you what kind of program director this Nursing program has. It speaks VOLUMES. EVERY class that finishes this program at this school comes out with a different experience. This program has been around long enough that it should have established some kind of a flow and some stability....NOT. I am not just another one of those whiny students. I came into this program very excited and ready to learn, open mind and open heart. This school ruined me. I have taught myself! Literally. We have had instructors leave in the middle of a quarter. I will finish being almost $40,000 in debt, outrageous for what I have gotten at the school. I would have gladly paid that for what they ADVERTISE. I can't wait to finish teaching myself, sit for my boards, and move on to get my BSN SOMEWHERE ELSE, so that when I get asked, "Where did you get your degree?", I don't have to say Virginia College. Even that is going to come at a cost since most of my prerequisite classes are going to have to be retaken since those credits won't transfer. Please heed the warnings of these reviews. Think long and hard before you enroll, because after 2 quarters (which is 6 months and $10,990.00) if your like me your already way to in debt to leave and start over. This review is of the Nursing program offered at Virginia College of Montgomery. Thank You
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Exspensive, but not bed
Business Admin - January 16, 2015
I see a lot of the reviews below are negative, but they are also not recent. I enrolled with VCO (virginia college online) in the fall 2014 and so far its better than other schools I've been to. First of all, yes they are expensive. Overpriced? Not really. I haven't had any issues with my financial advisers, they have all been honest with me and given me the price upfront. To me the price is worth it simply because YOU NEVER HAVE TO GO ON THE CAMPUS. That is a big deal for me since I work a full time job and I am a single parent. The teachers/professors are all very friendly, approachable, and helpful. There is also quite a few torturing, group study sessions, and other resources to help you out. Some of the majors are not accredited with major fields, I have seen that. However, to my understanding by 2016 they will all be accredited so if you graduate past 2016 there should be no problem. Either way, if your doing school online for whatever reason this is the BEST I have found, that doesn't mean it's a perfect school, just that it's online program is the best and only one fully online that I have found.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I want my story to be heard.
Surgical Tech - November 26, 2014
I want my story to be heard. I am from a small town. I have Dyslexia and ADD. I was told daily, for 17 years, that I was stupid, retarded, and dumb. I am a 41, divorced mother of three. I worked as CNA for 7 years, when I say I worked that is an understatement. I worked 60-70 hours a week, just to pay my bills. I had a nephrologist take interest in me. He on several occasions asked me why I didn't become a nurse because I was bright. He was first person to ever tell me I wasn't stupid. I ended up going to work for him for 7 years. I was trained in dialysis. Within a year, I was a CCHT. I walked around with my Core curriculum, for the whole year, learning every single thing I could about dialysis. I became certified on working on the machines and my Nephrology CCHT. I also went to their acute team and ran the acute team for many years. I did the ordering of supplies, cleaned the machines, made the schedules, and was treated with respect. Life changed!! My husband at the time said I spent to much time at work and was the issue of our marriage. I quit my job, got a job closer to home where I didn't have call. I was told I couldn't use my title because the other girls didn't like it, Really. I was now miserable in my job and my marriage. I had no one when I was going through this. I was alone. I was suicidal. Divorced chapter wasn't looking to much better. I started dating a man that owned his own flooring company. I basically started to do all his office work and say just make sure bills get paid. Long story short, that lasted about 2 years and I started owning the company myself. I learned everything I could in 2 years about business and they all learned I was a better business owner than they were so let me be "owner". 3 years later we were belly up because of subcontracting world of corporate games. I am by no means perfect but we were wronged, very badly. We ended up losing EVERYTHING!!! I was selling my furniture to be able to feed my family. We lost EVERYTHING. Also destroyed my credit. I was again at a point of now what? After feeling sorry for myself for several months. I started looking back into dialysis. The pay, I would need to go back to school to redo all my education. I looked at what I loved about being in dialysis job, I had. It was I loved my job because I was doing acutes. I was treated like I had a brain. I had respect. Going to work in a dialysis unit was not an option, School was. I started looking into schools close by. I started reviewing schools close by. I found Virginia College to have what I wanted to be when I grow up. I read the reviews on this site and they made me very nervous. I want to say sorry to anyone who had a bad experience. I will from my experience with Virginia College, respectfully say they have made all the difference in the world to me. The staff at Knoxville, TN. campus are amazing. From admission, to financial aid, to the teaching style, to resources, and I can't say enough the staff!! I am a current student, I have not graduated yet, but I will. Why? I know I have the will in me and I have a team of people that will be there for me, supporting me the whole way. This school is what I needed in my life. The positive influence this team has put on me. The least I could do is log into this site and tell my story. I hope my story will help someone take the time to call them and see if they are right for you. They in my heart deserve many more of these reviews, than what I saw. I go to school with 500 others that seem to be just as happy as I am. Thank you for your time. Tina B. PROUD VIRGINIA COLLEGE STUDENT!!!!
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