I am disabled due to a personality disorder that makes it very difficult to get a traditional job so the option of a work-at-home career was very attractive to me. After my mother twisted my arm into signing up for the enhanced medical transcription program, I blew through the course, completing it in less than the minimum 4 months and with a 98% average. I figured the price seemed right and with the whole money back guarantee I didn't have much to lose. Well, I was totally wrong.
Little did I know at the time how important AHDI certification was for a training program, for I didn't even know what AHDI was at the time. I guess it is my fault for not looking deeper into the matter, but nonetheless I feel like I was preyed upon by these scam artists. They play up the career and say how much the field is growing and whatnot but it is very obviously misleading information. Thanks to speech-recognition technology and outsourcing mainly to India, they are selling a program for a field that is contracting to nothingness in the US, unless you're willing to be paid pennies on the line to transcribe for a transcription company.
Which brings me to my next point, that is, if you are even lucky enough to get on with a transcription company. I tested with a number of them and my test results were never up to standard. Yes, I was rejected from every last position I applied for, even the entry-level ones. That's how inadequate the training is in this program.
Oh, but what about freelance work? Forget about it. No doctor takes this training program seriously and was told as such by a number of individuals in-the-know.
The whole "success promise" thing is a joke. Request your money back and they will simply be dismissive and say you weren't trying hard enough. Oh, and my little sister started the program the same time I did and we both made the required number of payments for our friend/family referral bonuses. Neither one of us have gotten our bonuses yet and I doubt we ever will. The only thing I ever got out of them was a cheap headset and a foot pedal for which I had to purchase a license for ExpressScribe to use because they didn't provide the one that works with the free version, go figure. At least I'll be able to recoup one payment via selling the foot pedal on eBay.
I have since moved on to alternate employment, but I'm still angry about my experience and would never recommend this school to anyone. Of course, I wouldn't even recommend medical transcription as a career field to anyone. It's dying. Don't fall for the hype. Save your money. Do something else.
Reason of review: Bad quality.
US Career Institute Cons: Shady pricing, Misleading advertisement, Inadequate training, Poor customer service, Refund refusal.