Wow, where to begin. Don't you just love rumors and innuendo?
1. Of course we are a for profit business. As we are not a charity or owned by a religious organization, how could we qualify to be a non-profit?
2. I'm not going to be baited into discussing rumors. Enough said...
3. We don't disclose prices over the web or phone. The reason is that we offer bulk discounts and sales that complicate such a conversation. Also, when a prospective student meets with our admissions director, they leave with a written breakdown of ALL fees - not just tuition to pay us. There is nothing ambiguous about it at all and no one signs up during that first meeting. If a prospective student is not committed to finishing their degree, we don't want them.
And our tuition is no where near $10,000. However someone needing an entire 2 year associates degree (in other words, they have no general education classes before entering the program) may spend that much when other fees are included. Again, all that is disclosed to the penny during the first admissions meeting.
4. We do not, and never have, charged for a practice test. However, some of our students choose to take the practice test offered by Excelsior College and Excelsior College does charge for that (not us). We offer plenty of practice throughout our courses and taking the Excelsior practice test is not necessary.
5. As far as no longer being associated with Excelsior College, we never were, nor had we ever claimed to be. While Excelsior College had such a program years ago, their application process was cumbersome and few chose to pursue it. They discontinued the program altogether a couple of years ago, so no one can legitimately claim to be associated with them.
What we have found to be the case is that is is pointless to spend a lot of time on the phone with people "kicking the tires". What we do is effective and unique. It takes about 90 minutes to go over how our program works. That's why we require an appointment to disclose all of this.
Otherwise, it just leads to more rumors.
Michael, you are welcome to come by for such an appointment anytime. Check us out with the BBB - you will find a perfect record and a score of "A". Very few businesses have that.
Also, most area employers reimburse our tuition for their employees and we have lenders ready and willing to help those who need such help. That doesn't happen for businesses who are not credible and stable.
I appreciate your suspicion. There are so many scams out there, especially in this field. All I ask is that you get the facts.
BTW: Finding out that my wife was CFO was easy - it's publicly available information that we make no attempt to hide. We are very forthcoming about our business and programs. I even have a publicly available Google Profile.
In a couple of aspects, I wish we did qualify to be a non-profit. Especially now that it's tax season!
Michael, there is so much reward in what we do. Just last month I was with a friend in the ER and ran into 2 of our graduates. One was recently promoted to Nurse Supervisor of the whole ER!
Another graduate contacted me last month and thanked me for offering such a program. You see, she had just landed her dream job with a local hospital and took time to think of us.
Yes, it does cost money, but just a fraction of a traditional nursing college. And the rewards are so great...
BTW: just saw your latest post. Of course we are a test preparation program. Again, we go over all of that when you come in.
I hope you stop by soon. I'd love to meet you. Given your research skills, you should be very successful in a program like ours.