Started my college career after I was laid off from my job at the end of 2009. I anticipated on getting a degree for a better job while I was on unemployment to get out of retail management and all the *** that goes with that.
BMC promised a bunch of lies to get you sign on the dotted line and they do not explain all of the costs involved with a medical degree. My program was the OTA program. There are immunization shots, CPR class fees, must have INS, etc... Doing well the first yr until an English teacher started giving me trouble for some reason.
You could tell this teacher was tired of the rif raf coming in and this was an English class and all we did in class was worksheets on geography like.... capitals of the states, names of large bodies of water, I think she was trying to find the dumb students. But she constantly sighed and rolled her eyes at me every time I would raise my hand for a question. This teacher and I never had an argument or an incident, so I was confused by her treatment towards me.
After two wks of this treatment I finally went to the front desk and to the Dean of the school asking "Who do I talk to if I have an issue with a teacher?" Mind you, I'm still in my general ed courses at this point. I was told by both to see my course director. So, I made an appt. At this appt with my course director, which is the director of the OTA program, he basically explained said to me "What do you want me to do?" and scolded me for not following the proper chain of command by going to him first and said I should talk to my teacher directly.
Leaving confused and upset, because I didn't see the point in talking to her since she obviously had a problem with me already for some reason. I left the situation for a loss and suffered through until I could not take it anymore and then I went to the director of the school and complained to her. The director then directed me to another staff person who listened to my complaints with seemed like concern and by the next month that teacher had retired or left the school. By the end of the following month I was in my math class and I had missed some days and was about to miss my fourth day.
As far as I knew, if you missed four days in a month you were to be dropped from the class, I was sick and called in to the school to see who I would need to talk to if I missed a fourth day. I was again directed to the OTA director of my main course classes. I called him, reluctantly, and left a message before classes started that day. By late afternoon, he returned my call.
I explained my situation and he began to tell me, right off the bat, that again I was going out of the chain of command, again scolding me, and that I should have spoken with my math teacher about this matter. Right off the get go I was mad and upset and I basically told him off on the ph explaining that I keep getting directed to him for my situations and I keep getting in trouble for doing so, and that he was no help to me and that I could not believe he was in the position he was in if he was not going to help the students and then I hung up on him. So, by the following wk I was called to to the Dean's office with the director of the OTA program and basically threatened with being kicked out of the school and this director didn't think that I was a FIT for the program. All in all, was was able to stay by the persuasion of the Dean and required to write a paper on the principles of OT and required to sign a paper stating that in my future career with BMC that if in the case where I was to become upset and acted out to anyone on the premises, that I would be kick out and expelled from the program and the school.
During all this I was also in another English class and was being supported by that teacher who though the OTA director was a pompous ***. This English teacher had also advised me that if I decided to continue with the OTA program that I would be scrutinized more than the other students and that I might want to change my program. Well, I stuck to my guns and stayed in the program all until I had another problem with BMC. In December of last yr I was struggling in the class, now seven months into the OTA program, running about a 3.5 gpa, having trouble with a transfer practical.
I was the only student who had to repeat this practical four times, losing pts every time I had to repeat it. During this I found out that a prior financial aid person had fraudulently signed my name to some paperwork. This came about when I was doing my paperwork with my fourth financial aid person for my last six months. I was complaining to her about how ridiculous it was for BMC to allow only so much for books when their bookstore prices where so high.
She was tired of hearing me complain, so she told me that it was my responsibility to read everything that I sign while through a piece of paper in front of me stated that I had signed off which opted me out to take my student loan money out to get books else where. Well, this was news to me. To my understanding, by my first financial aid person, that if I wanted to use any of my student loan money for books I had to buy them from the BMC book store and that I never signed a paper to opt out. This financial aid person lead me to believe a lie so that I would spend all my loan money at BMC, and actually ended up owning more after every term.
I looked at the paper and the signature was not mine. Outraged, I asked to see the director of financial aid. After a meeting, trying to calm me down, they promised to resolve this matter. Needless to say, I withdrew from BMC, feeling violated and rejected and singled out in class, feeling like I was asked to redo my practical over and over for no good reason.
I think the director knew that I would lose many points and was hoping that I would fail the class. If I wanted to return and finish the program I would have to wait for six month to return. I tried to find another school to transfer, but there is no other school in my area providing this program. Reluctantly, I returned after six months.
The financial aid dept, after four months agreed to my terms of paying my back the difference in the cost of the books I had purchased all that first yr of classes. I felt this was the only way the school could possibly make the wrong to a right. I think they just wanted me to take the money and shut up so that I wouldn't make a big stink out of the whole situation. So, now I'm back in class, same one I had trouble with, with the transfer practical.
And, again, I'm the only student who had to redo the practical three times till I passed, losing pts every time I had to redo it. By the end of the class, which there is more to complain about but I won't, I failed the class by three pts. I was warned upon return that if I failed I would be kick out of the program for failing the class twice, and I had to sign a paper agreeing to the fact before I could return to class. So, after a yr and a half of studying with never failing a class till now, over 20,000 in debt with no degree, credits transfer no where to any college in town, not even able to go to another BMC that offers the program.
I will never give BMC another penny. I was told by another college that the reason BMC credits are no good to other colleges is because BMC is a private school that is a for profit school and that their curriculum and accreditation standards are held at a lower level than required by the FED on STATE educational boards, therefore the credits are not accepted by other colleges. Even though BMC will charge you three to four time more per credit hour. BMC will try to take a normal 12 wk class and cram what they can into a four wk class.
In my first OTA class, my teachers advised the entire class that if you worked full or part time that it might be wise to cut your hrs drastically or quit all together because keeping up with both is very difficult and especially if you had a family. This is polar opposite from BMC commercials promising that one class a month can fit into anyone's schedule. And with a four wk class is we were constantly behind and studies was dropped, changed and pts changed throughout some classes just to try to keep on schedule. Tests and papers were kept and reviewed briefly unable to be used for your own review for finals.
Sometimes, if time was really short, quizzes and tests were not reviewed by the end of class and final test day. I constantly felt cheated during classes and felt suppressed to ask any questions, and god forbid you questioned their teaching style or mistakes made. BMC could care less if I succeed and I feel that the OTA Program Director had me marked to never complete his program because from the beginning he personally felt I was not a right fit to be a therapist. Now I'm screwed, overwhelmed in debt without a degree, can't finish at BMC and not I can't finish my program anywhere else unless I move out of state.
Or, I need to start over with another career choice while adding thousands of more dollars to my student loan debt without any way to pay it back, I'm still unemployed. I think BMC is a money grubbing business without any genuine interest in actually educating people and their standards and ethics are twisted even though they act like they are converting their students into more ethical citizens.
Be very weary of Brown Mackie College, do not spend a penny towards this school. The federal government, in my opinion, should not allow student loans and grants to be used at this school, because they can kick you out without a care, leaving you degree-less and in debt for tens of thousands of dollars.