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umm

Columbia, TN

#1 Nov 27, 2011
So everyone keeps telling me that Medvance is a waste of money and that they are not even accredited!?! Are the tech centers they have in livingston or crossville better?
dont do it

Lancaster, SC

#2 Nov 28, 2011
idk bout livingston or crossville but don't go to medvance i went and it is a waste of money and time i tried to got back to school at motlow and they wouldnt take any of my credits so if wanted to go to any other school i would have to start over hope this helps
yeah

Sparta, TN

#3 Nov 28, 2011
Funny seeing as about 12 of my friends in different fields as well as myself have graduated through Medvance in the past two years. They have great paying CAREERS and so do I. I never had a problem with them.
Alumni

Sparta, TN

#4 Nov 28, 2011
I went there and My story consist that I took a "limited" x-ray class in 2000 I was promised that I could get a job at any area hospitals.. Not true. The area hospitals do not hire what I was trained to do. When they realized this after we already took the class they actually discontinued the class and offered us a "scholarship" towards their full radiological tech program which was,even after the discount almost 2 times the cost a a local state school.
Yes I did get a job in the field on my own. Their "lifetime job placement assistance" for me consisted of their "professional" reading to me the job openings out of the paper. There are several employers out there that will not even talk to you if you got your education there. I have learned not to put the school on my resume and started using my previous experience instead.
Know Way

Sparta, TN

#5 Nov 28, 2011
Alumni wrote:
I went there and My story consist that I took a "limited" x-ray class in 2000 I was promised that I could get a job at any area hospitals.. Not true. The area hospitals do not hire what I was trained to do. When they realized this after we already took the class they actually discontinued the class and offered us a "scholarship" towards their full radiological tech program which was,even after the discount almost 2 times the cost a a local state school.
Yes I did get a job in the field on my own. Their "lifetime job placement assistance" for me consisted of their "professional" reading to me the job openings out of the paper. There are several employers out there that will not even talk to you if you got your education there. I have learned not to put the school on my resume and started using my previous experience instead.
I have never made a comment on any post on topix but I had to this one I payed 21.000.000 Dollars to medvance for my Daughter and they did promise her a job and when she went to it she found out she had the same chance of getting that job if she had"nt even went to medvance I hope this helps and saves you alot of money.
so true

Columbia, TN

#6 Nov 28, 2011
Their credits do not transfer to a lot of schools, it's hard to get a decent paying job in most of their programs and they're not credited in a lot of areas. I would never go to that school. Alot of people think it's a great place because it's expensive but the only reason it is expensive is because it's not a state school. People should go to Nashville State, or one of the Tech Center schools. Don't waste your time and money at Medvance.
lol

Columbia, TN

#7 Nov 28, 2011
I always laugh at anyone that goes to that place!!! Do a little bit of research and you'll save a lot of money and trouble. That school is almost as bad as the "university" of phoenix.
everyone knows

Sparta, TN

#8 Nov 30, 2011
when i went to school at medvance there was 10 of us in the class out of the 10 only 3 have jobs in field that we went for i wasted 22 thousand dollars in that place THEY SHOULD BE SHUT DOWN!!!!!!!!!! it makes me sick every time i here it on the radio you should go somewhere else
accellerationism

Sparta, TN

#9 Nov 30, 2011
2010 Pell Grant fraud controversy

For-profit higher education in the US has been the focus of concern regarding business practices. In August 2010, the Government Accountability Office reported on an investigation randomly sampled student-recruiting practices of several for-profit institutions. Investigators who posed as prospective students documented deceptive recruiting practices, including misleading information about costs and potential future earnings. They also reported that some recruiters had urged them to provide false information on applications for financial aid.[27]

Out of the fifteen sampled, all were found to have engaged in deceptive practices, improperly promising unrealistically high pay for graduating students, and four engaged in outright fraud, per a GAO report released at a hearing of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee held on August 4, 2010.[28] Examples of misconduct include:

offering commissions to admissions officers,
employing deceptive marketing tactics by refusing to disclose total tuition cost to prospective students before signing a binding agreement,
lying about accreditation,
encouraging outright fraud by enticing students to take out student loans even when the applicant had $250,000 in savings,
promising extravagant, unlikely high pay to students,
failing to disclose graduation rate, and
offering tuition cost equivalent to 9 months of credit hours per year, when total program length was 12 months.

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Medvance Institute in Miami, Florida: Financial aid representative told an applicant not to report $250,000 in savings, comparing student loans to a car payment in that, "no one will come after you if you don’t pay.” In fact, a student loan default may remain in the debtor's credit history, prevent them from taking out a car loan, mortgage or rent, and may have their pay garnished up to 15%, until the student loan is paid in full.[citation needed] Another admissions officer at Kaplan College in Pembroke Pines, Florida,[29] alluded to fraudulent behaviour stating to the applicant when inquiring about the repayment of loans, "You gotta look at it...I owe $85,000 to the University of Florida. Will I pay it back? Probably not...I look at life as tomorrows never promised... Education is an investment, you’re going to get paid back ten-fold, no matter what.";

...

It was found that 14 out of 15 times, the tuition at a for-profit sample was more expensive than its public counterpart, and 11 out of 15 times, it was more expensive than the private counterpart. Examples of the disparity in full tuition per program include:$14,000 for a certificate at the for-profit institution, when the same diploma cost $500 at a public college; $38,000 for an Associate's at the for-profit institution, when the comparable program at the public college cost $5,000; $61,000 for a Bachelor's at the for-profit institution, compared to $36,000 for the same degree at the public college.[30]
Me too

Columbia, SC

#10 Dec 2, 2011
I had a very bad experience with them.
hmm

Columbia, TN

#11 Dec 2, 2011
didn't they go out of business or sale out to another company? I saw something on the news about medvance getting bought out or something like that.
yea

Columbia, TN

#12 Dec 3, 2011
I drove by there today, they've changed the name. they're no longer Medvance. I think the new sign said, Fortis Institute or something like that... never heard of them..
just me

Morrison, TN

#13 Dec 3, 2011
my sister went to medvance and its a waste of money! she sits with the eldely and puts in long hours for eight dollars an hour. She made good grades and was the top of her class. Waste of Money! I would NOT RECOMMEND MEDVANCE!
Mr Watson

Cookeville, TN

#14 Feb 21, 2012
so true wrote:
Their credits do not transfer to a lot of schools, it's hard to get a decent paying job in most of their programs and they're not credited in a lot of areas. I would never go to that school. Alot of people think it's a great place because it's expensive but the only reason it is expensive is because it's not a state school. People should go to Nashville State, or one of the Tech Center schools. Don't waste your time and money at Medvance.
Medvance, now called Fortis, is a complete ripoff! Don't waste your time or money. They will promise you a job locally, and when/if you finish, no one locally will even consider you because the school has such a bad reputation. Go somewhere else! I wish I had know before I paid thousands! You can believe the other posters on this site that say they've had bad experiences. A few people have gotten jobs after finishing there...most had to leave the area (and I'm happy they are working, they deserve it!), but for most of us, it's a ripoff. And your credits won't transfer to any other school, when you get in, and find out you don't like it, you're just stuck...AND obligated to pay the money. Beware!
just me

Morrison, TN

#15 Feb 24, 2012
everyone needs to get the word out,Medvance or Fortis is a rib off and waste of time and MONEY! Medvane which is now called Fortis. My sister went there,was the top of her class. They got her a job as they promised. BUT,my friend works at the same job,without going to this rib off so called school. Get the word out MEDVANCE/FORTIS SUCKS!!!
amy

Sparta, TN

#16 Feb 24, 2012
I checked out a couple schools when I decided to go for MA.Medvace wanted almost $11,000 and it only takes 8 months(which isn't enough time). I decided to go to TTC in McMinnville. The same MA program at TTC is 1 year and only around $5000.I am doing clinicals right now, and they often hire you right after you graduate.
Mr Watson

Cookeville, TN

#17 Feb 28, 2012
amy wrote:
I checked out a couple schools when I decided to go for MA.Medvace wanted almost $11,000 and it only takes 8 months(which isn't enough time). I decided to go to TTC in McMinnville. The same MA program at TTC is 1 year and only around $5000.I am doing clinicals right now, and they often hire you right after you graduate.
Good luck to you "amy" and to all the others who've posted on here about Medvance/Fortis. I'm happy for those who did have a good experience there...just wish the rest of us could have also. Best of luck to everyone!
really

Morrison, TN

#18 Mar 4, 2012
really?
Ripoff

Crossville, TN

#19 Mar 29, 2012
No one will hire you with a degree from medvance
Recovering

Sparta, TN

#20 Mar 29, 2012
I graduated from the medical assistant program in 2000. The only time I've been without a job is when I chose to be. I got great training while I was there(however my instructors are no longer there). In Cali I made $18 an hour. Here I've made as much as $14 an hour. Granted those were part time positions in a specialty clinic. Part time pays more than full time. The school was too expensive. I could have went to a Vo Tech for a quarter of the cost but I liked it. Got to meet a whole new group of students every six weeks. Only about ten percent of us that started the class actually finished. If you can wait until the fall and get the grants/loans to go it'd be better to try VolState I think.

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