Sanford-Brown Institute is made up of over 30 private colleges and schools. One of the 30 campuses is located in Garden City, New York. Garden City is located about 18.5 miles from Manhattan. The main focus of the Garden City campus is to educate students in a variety of health related fields.
The Accrediting Commission of Career Schools of Colleges (ACCSC) accredits Sanford-Brown. This institution is able to award certificates and degrees through its accreditation by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS). There are also various program specific accreditations which can be viewed online at Sanford-Brown’s official website.
This institution offers students a variety of career-focused certificate programs in healthcare and its related industries. The programs of study available at the Garden City campus include: Cardiovascular Sonography and Technology, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Medical Assistant, Medical Billing and Coding, and Pharmacy Technician programs. Classes are offered during the day, evening, weekend, and online allowing students to take classes when it is the most convenient for them.
The Cardiovascular Sonography and Technology program prepares students to become a Cardiovascular Sonographer/Technician. This program teaches students how to assist other healthcare professionals in detecting heart disease and various heart conditions. One of the benefits of enrolling in this program is Sanford-Browns partnership with Pegasus Lectures Inc., which allows students to receive continuing education for ultrasound professionals. This online program helps ultrasound professionals become credentialed at extremely high passing rates. The cost of this program is a part of the students’ regular tuition and fees.
The Diagnostic Medical Sonography program teaches students to use equipment creating sonograms or ultrasound scans of organs, tissues, or blow flow in the body. There are several parts of the body, which can be examined by Sonography and these include: the abdomen, female reproductive system, pelvis, heart, prostate, and blood vessels. These students also have access to the Pegasus Lectures for their continuing education.
The Medical Assistant program is designed to help students work in both clinical and administrative settings in various healthcare fields. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the medical assistant career is one of the fastest growing careers in the nation. Students interested in this program should be caring, compassionate and have the desire to pursue a career involving direct patient care.
Medical Billing and Coding professionals assign the numerical codes for every medical condition, procedure, and disease based on physician diagnoses. Students interested in pursuing this career should be detail oriented, responsible, and organized. This type of healthcare professional works in a number of settings including physician’s offices, care centers, and hospitals.
Pharmacy Technicians assist pharmacists in preparing medications, providing customer service and various other tasks. A pharmacist checks all tasks performed by a pharmacy technician. One of the most important aspects of working in a pharmacy is ensuring high accuracy of all dispensed prescriptions.
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Students interested in applying to Sanford-Brown can fill out an application online or at the campus the student wishes to enroll at. All students applying to Sanford-Brown are required to be interviewed by an Admissions Representative either by phone or in person. The interview process allows students to gain insight about the school as well as helping Sanford-Brown to determine if a student is a strong candidate. Students must submit an Application form, an Enrollment Agreement (students under 18), a nonrefundable application fee, a Student Disclosure Information Form, a Statement of General Health signed by the student, an Interview Acknowledgement Form, and Official High School Transcripts or equivalent documentation. If a student cancels their application within 72 hours the application fee can be refunded.
Depending the program the student wishes to enroll in there may also be additional requirements. Some examples of these additional requirements include an entrance exam and employment experience. Students can meet with an Admissions Representative for help in regards to the different requirements of each program.
Students needing financial assistance in order to afford their education have the option of taking out a loan or receiving a grant. All students interested in receiving financial aid must fill out a FAFSA online. Grants are a type of financial aid in which students do not have to pay back the awarded money. The various grants offered at this institution include: the Federal Pell Grant, the Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), and the Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG).
There are also several loan options available for students. However loans must be paid back once students stop taking classes and they also acquire interest. Regardless of if the student graduates from the program or not loans must be repaid. The loans available for students include: the Federal Stafford Loans, the Federal PLUS Loans, and various Private Loans. Federal Stafford Loans are either subsidized or unsubsidized. Subsidized loans are given to students demonstrating financial need and these loans have a lower interest rate than unsubsidized loans. The unsubsidized loans are not awarded to students based on financial need. Federal PLUS Loans are not based on need and these loans are available for parents of dependent undergraduate students.
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Students demonstrating financial need may also participate in the Federal Work Study program. This program allows students to work part-time either on-campus or off-campus. Students are paid by the hour and the amount of hours a student works per week will be assigned based on the award amount, satisfactory academic progress, and class schedule of the particular student. The money students receive through this program help students finance their education.
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Career Services are offered to Sanford-Brown students in order to help with the transition into their careers. This service helps students improve their interview skills, résumé, professional networking techniques, and job search strategies. The online program Optimal Résumé is available to assist students through the career development process. This program also allows employers to post jobs and search résumés, which will help students find a job after graduation. There are also various networking events, job fairs, job search seminars, and on-site interviews hosted by this program for students. Career Services will also help students interested in gaining hands on experience while in school find part-time employment opportunities.
- American Association of Medical Assistants. 2011. AAMA. 4 June 2011 <http://www.aama-ntl.org/>.
- “Pharmacy Technicians and Aides.” Bureau of Labor Statistics. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. 4 June 2011 <http://www.bls.gov/oco/ocos325.htm>.
- Sanford-Brown. 2011. SB. 4 June 2011 <http://www.sanfordbrown.edu/>.