Everest Institute

  1. Hello all,
    Has anyone attended Everest Institute (FKA Olympia Training Institute), Practical Nurse program? If so would please share your likes/dislikes. Thanks!
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  3. by   oguesswhat
    Do not go there! They are a waste of time and money...though I am not sure about the practical nurse program. I did medical assisting.
  4. by   studentsistah
    Hi Oguesswhat,
    Thanks for responding. Which campus did you attend?
  5. by   Anne36
    Why are they a waste of money? Explain a bit more. I have a friend who says that she trained at Ross as a medical assistant and she is currently working at a nursing home as a cna.(uncertified though) What is the average pay for medical assistat compared to cna? I saw that there was a program for patient care tech too. Last year I was thinking of going to Everest, but I didnt know how much the programs were.
  6. by   oguesswhat
    I went to Dearborn one. The reason it was a waste of money is cause it cost about 12,000 to go and you get paid $9 an hour. Average is between $8-10 to start.
  7. by   Anne36
    OCC has a medical assisting program too. Why is it that there are so many low paying jobs out there that require an education? I just started at OCC and I'm not entirely sure if I want to pursue nursing after some of the stuff I ve read on here. I have to pay out of my own pocket for school but am having trouble finding something that fits my interests and I can pay back the loans. I'm 36 with 4 kids and just taking remedial classes at this point. I wont be taking classes that count for anything until next year.
  8. by   AuntNana
    Quote from Anne36
    Why are they a waste of money? Explain a bit more. I have a friend who says that she trained at Ross as a medical assistant and she is currently working at a nursing home as a cna.(uncertified though) What is the average pay for medical assistat compared to cna? I saw that there was a program for patient care tech too. Last year I was thinking of going to Everest, but I didnt know how much the programs were.
    Waste of money = over $12,000 in loans--most of which you have to pay back at an outrageous interest rate so don't forget to tack that on! :angryfire
    Although they hook you & reel you in with their sales pitch & lies, you will NOT be certified until you have worked for a year after "graduation." And even though they tell you they will place you for an externship, many students were not placed as promised--they had to find their own site.
    And if you think about it, what physician's office would hire you anyway if when your externship is over, this fly-by-night rip-off company will send them another student?
    And I don't know who could possibly afford to pay $100 a month to repay the loans while supporting a family & making only $8 an hour--the average rate of pay--WITH certification!
    I went for 2 mos :trout: (Dearborn campus) but then quit after realizing many of the things they told me were lies. The final straw was when the instructor handed me an exam & also an answer sheet. (I call that cheating!)
    After quitting & contacting MANY people from here to California, I stopped what payments had not been dispersed. They then had the nerve to BILL me!
    After many more phone calls & having to PAY for arbitration, the bills stopped coming. Ironically, they have changed their name from National Institute of Technology to Everest.
    They are a rip-off. Go to a community college or find an adult education program. I believe the Red Cross also offers classes.
  9. by   Nurse_Diane
    I agree with the other posters, don't go there!

    I worked with some Pharm Techs that "graduated" from Everest. Ironically, they were not able to do simple calculations after spending about $12,000 on an education to make $10.00 an hour.

    Oh, and don't get me started about how Everest is now taking students in their program that do NOT have high school diplomas.

    Your best best is a community college. Heck, you could get an Associate's degree for what you pay at Everest for a "certificate"
  10. by   MUNewgrad
    Quote from AuntNana
    Waste of money = over $12,000 in loans--most of which you have to pay back at an outrageous interest rate so don't forget to tack that on! :angryfire
    Although they hook you & reel you in with their sales pitch & lies, you will NOT be certified until you have worked for a year after "graduation." And even though they tell you they will place you for an externship, many students were not placed as promised--they had to find their own site.
    And if you think about it, what physician's office would hire you anyway if when your externship is over, this fly-by-night rip-off company will send them another student?
    And I don't know who could possibly afford to pay $100 a month to repay the loans while supporting a family & making only $8 an hour--the average rate of pay--WITH certification!
    I went for 2 mos :trout: (Dearborn campus) but then quit after realizing many of the things they told me were lies. The final straw was when the instructor handed me an exam & also an answer sheet. (I call that cheating!)
    After quitting & contacting MANY people from here to California, I stopped what payments had not been dispersed. They then had the nerve to BILL me!
    After many more phone calls & having to PAY for arbitration, the bills stopped coming. Ironically, they have changed their name from National Institute of Technology to Everest.
    They are a rip-off. Go to a community college or find an adult education program. I believe the Red Cross also offers classes.
    My cousin went there and I think she is realizing many of the same things that you stated.
    In my opinion, I wouldn't trust it. Why go there when you could go to a community college and then if you want to further your education, your credits could count towards your advancement?
  11. by   Whats4me
    Hey Diane what school do u go to, and do u have any suggestions for or advice for me I'm just starting out but the waiting list is ridiculious at Oakland CC. I was thinking about transfering to Davenport or just stop OC and go to Everest Inst. But they dont have a bridge prgm.
  12. by   tonyal
    Quote from Whats4me
    Hey Diane what school do u go to, and do u have any suggestions for or advice for me I'm just starting out but the waiting list is ridiculious at Oakland CC. I was thinking about transfering to Davenport or just stop OC and go to Everest Inst. But they dont have a bridge prgm.
    I checked into davenport and they were more expensive to get a lpn than it is for me to pay out of district and get an RN. I also included the price of gas into it since I drive 40 minutes each way and am still coming out ahead. I would do the occ route the waitlist sometimes move a lot quicker than you think. Plus Davenport is a competitive based I was told I would have to have a 3.8 minimum to get in,and depending on my essay i could be passed over. To much at risk to pay that amount and possibly not be able to get in,if you ask me.
  13. by   ReneeLPN
    I went to Olympia for my PN. I decided to go there instead of being on a waiting list. I signed up for school in July and started in September of 06. I graduated in August 2007. It was about 23k and I owe 3,000 in loans after it's all said and done. I got scholarships from the state and from when I was in high school. I took my boards end of September and passed with flying colors. It shut off after the minimum amount of questions. I'm currently employed at a local hospital on a med-surg unit. I make almost $17 an hour. I have great benefits and they are paying for my to get my RN. I hated going to the place, mainly the politics, but in the long run, I'm glad I did. Instead of waiting 5 years for GRCC RN program without a LPN, I will begin RN classes in September of 2008. It's a for-profit school so what else do you people expect?
  14. by   NIKKIP37
    Quote from DUpre-ns
    Hello all,
    Has anyone attended Everest Institute (FKA Olympia Training Institute), Practical Nurse program? If so would please share your likes/dislikes. Thanks!

    The best thing you can do like I did is talk to everyone and do all the research possible. Everst RN program is accredited. Do what im about to do and go get a CNA certificate it can cost you anywhere from 150 to 600 just look around. I then plan on working at a hospital and finding one that offers the most in tuition reimburstment. After that the student loans dont look so bad when someone else is paying them off for you.

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