MedVance Institute, which is a healthcare training school with four Florida campuses, reached an agreement with the Florida Office of the Attorney General (AG) on June 13, 2012. MedVance was alleged to have made misleading marketing claims to students. Under the agreement, the for-profit college is required to offer retraining to eligible students who attended specific programs between January 1, 2008, and March 31, 2012, at no cost. MedVance also agreed to direct $600,000 to Florida scholarships.
MedVance Institute has campuses in Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Port St. Lucie, and West Palm Beach.
Potential Students Claimed the School’s Marketing Campaign was Misleading.
The AG initiated the investigation due to complaints about alleged misrepresentation in the school’s marketing to potential students relating to the admission process, deadlines for enrollment, and cost of programs.
Full Terms of the Agreement.
According to the agreement between the AG’s office and MedVance, the school has agreed to:
– clearly and conspicuously disclose specific information relating to the school’s accreditation, state licensing requirements, and financial aid;
– not make certain representations;
– modify its arbitration provisions so that students can receive quick resolutions to pending grievances;
– offer retraining to students who attended specific MedVance programs between January 1, 2008, and March 31, 2012, and were unable to find employment despite diligent efforts.
MedVance Offers a Number of Different Courses.
According to its online materials, MedVance has programs in the following healthcare professions:
– Cardiovascular Technology
– Dental Assisting
– Medical Office Basic X-Ray Technician
– Medical Billing and Coding Specialist
– Medical Office Administration
– Information Technology & Biomedical Technician
– Medical Assistant/Medical Assisting
– Medical Laboratory Technology
– Pharmacy Technician
– Radiologic Technology
– Surgical Technology
– Practical Nursing
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Kamph, Stefan and Parker, Chris. “For-Profit Colleges Cheat Students and Get Away With It.” Miami News Times. (August 2, 2012). From: http://www.miaminewtimes.com/2012-08-02/news/for-profit-colleges-cheat-students-and-get-away-with-it/2/
Turner, Jim. “Pam Bondi: MedVance to Offer Retraining, Direct Scholarships to Florida.” Sunshine State News. (June 13, 2012). From: http://www.sunshinestatenews.com/print/4987463
Meale, Jenn. “Attorney General Bondi’s Office Reaches Agreement with MedVance Institute to Retrain Students and Donate $600,000 to Florida Scholarships.” Florida Office of the Attorney General. (June 13, 2012). From: http://www.myfloridalegal.com/newsrel.nsf/newsreleases/F3599CFFCC64359A85257A1C006A3B0C
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