I am currently enrolled in their Dental Hygiene Program. I spent a decent amount of time researching Dental Hygiene and Dental Assisting Programs in the bay area. One thing that stood out to me about IME is their cost of tuition and their ability to offer financial aid. Before enrolling with IME I looked into a couple other programs, mainly Western Career (or Carrington) and found that their tuition is $90,000. That's more than double IME's tuition. Also, most schools cant offer financial aid. Financial Aid covered a large chunk of my tuition fees. Even if you think you may not get financial aid, I would recommend at least setting up an appointment to speak with a financial aid counselor to see what you qualify for as you may be surprised.
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I studied Phlebotomy at IME in 2005 and was hired at Stanford Medical Center following my externship. I later returned to IME in 2007 for the Licensed Vocational Nursing Program. After passing my NCLEX, I am now at a nursing care facility in Cambell. I strongly believe that vocational education is what you make it. It is training that directly correlates to what you will be practicing in your career, so it is important to take advantage of your instructors and the resources they offer. IME is a small school, so instructors and directors are able to spend ample one on one time with their students as they need it. Overall, I would recommend IME and nursing in particular.
I really enjoyed my IME experience. I took LVN (Licensed Vocational Nursing) in the fall of 2007 and graduated last year. As soon as I completed my clinical rotation I was offered a job at my externship site. I have 3 children and attended the evening class. I thought all of the professors were always helpful and care about making sure you understand the material. LVN is a difficult course, but if you are dedicated, it is a worthwhile experience. In all honesty, I am happy with my situation and feel more secure with my job than I have in a long time. Cheesy, I know... but I recommend it highly.