Virginia College Reviews:
8 of 8 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.
3 of 3 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
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.
3 of 3 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!!!!
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME OR MONEY!!
Medical Assisting - July 19, 2014
I attended Virginia College for 15 months. In the beginning it was a great school. About 9months into the program i found out NONE of my credits would transfer. A total WASTE. My tuition was $21,000 which is crazy!!! My PD never sent my papers in after i graduated so i was told i had to pay $250 bc i wss considered a NONE RECENT GRADUTE. After months of going back and forth they finally paid. Please keep your hard earned money and go some where else!! I vote this school the worst in the country!!!!!!!!!!!
8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Best money that I have ever spent.
culinary - May 26, 2014
Prior to attending Virginia College in Birmingham, I was a day laborer making $9. an hour. I graduated from Culinard, the Culinary Arts Institute of Virgina College, in September of 2010 and was immediately hired on as a Kitchen Manager at a very well respected restaurant at a salary of $34,000 a year. I then went on to complete my Culinary Degree with Virginia College's online program. After graduating in December 2011 with an Associate Degree in Culinary Arts, I found no less than 3 major colleges which would accept my A.S degree from Virginia College Online towards a Bachelor's degree. In March of 2012, I applied and was accepted at Johnson & Wales University's online Bachelor of Science Degree program in Food Service Management. Johnson & Wales University accept both the credits from my Culinard Diploma as well as the credits from my Associate Degree from Virginia College online. I am now a Corporate Restaurant Manager making $36,000 a year salary. My student loan repayment for this education is $174.00 a month. Best money that I have ever spent. I have just been notified that the University of Alabama in Birmingham will accept both degrees in their entirety towards an MBA.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Nothing But Terrible
Criminal Justice - April 17, 2014
This has to be one of the worst school around. Everything about it screams scam from day 1. I should have realized it from the start. The enrollment "specialists" give vague information about everything. It is such a waste of money. You could get the same "degree's" from other places for 1/2 or even 1/4 of the price. Oh, and your credits will NOT transfer to any credible institution. This school is in business to make money, period. It is a private college. As long as you are paying they don't give a D@mn about anything else. RUN AWAY from this school and don't look back. It will be the best decision you ever made about furthering your education. RUN, RUN, RUN and when you quit running away RUN again. DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY ON VIRGINIA COLLEGE!!!
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Nursing - August 30, 2013
I was in the last lpn class to graduate in the 12 month program. at first they refused to accept my credits from a very good university ;?only to have me retake those classes again. then they decided to accept them after all. so I wasted $6000 on classes that I had taken previously. thank god everyone in the nursing dept got fired after that .. I received my associate of science degree in practical nursing; only to find out no college will accept my credits .. it's so rediculous. I spent $30000 total for nothing..
7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Nursing - August 28, 2013
I have begged and pleaded with people NOT to attend this money pit. They say they are accredited, but it is not a regional body. This means, in plain English, your credits will NOT tranfer. (ask my sister-in-law) The faculty are not qualified in many cases to teach college level, transferrable coursework. They will not tell you up front how much it costs to attend, because they do not want you to compare. Many people end up paying upwards of 30k for a "degree" that is available at a local community college for 10-12k. As for Nursing, they accept everyone. Come on folks, does that sound right to you? There is a reason why real colleges have an application process for RN/LPN and do NOT accept everyone who applies. VC takes those schools flunk outs as well. How is that for establishing credibility?
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
It's ok, I guess
Medical Billing and Coding - July 13, 2013
I have two more semesters to go before I graduate from Virginia College. I have been taking classes on campus and online. My experience in the beginning have not been bad at all. The teachers are great and very professional. By the work I receive I am able to learn alot. The only thing I didn't like was that the tuition went up twice since I have been there and I'm only receiving a certificate. Also the financial aid department needs to be more help to the students. Every time I go to asks for some help relating to receiving a check for school related expenses. I get some type of excuse every time. Overall, the instructors are great.
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