I applied for the medical laboratory technician program. First off, they said there wouldn't be any more than 12 - 14 people in the class. There were 36 people. The lab wasn't even finished being built when we started our lab work. We didn't have the supplies we needed. We sat around for the first 2 weeks hardly doing anything because we didn't have any supplies. One of the work tables didn't have a top on it for the first 3 months. We didn't have ECG beds until 4 months in, and even then, it took another 2 months to get the curtains.
They promised that we would have a qualified instructor in the lab with us, but because they crammed so many people into one class, they had to divide us into two groups. While one group was in the lab, the other was in the classroom, and then at lunchtime, we'd switch. We had our instructor in the classroom, but we had a "teaching assistant" (she wasn't qualified to be a teaching assistant) in the lab with us, who turned out to be one of his former students who just graduated one month before we started our course. She didn't teach us anything, just sat there gossiping all day.
Our instructor started trying to get placements for us at the beginning of the course. Even by the end, some people still didn't have work placements. We graduated in June of 2005. I didn't get my placement until August/September of 2005. Nearly 3 months later. Our work placement was supposed to be the last 2 weeks of the course, meaning the last 2 weeks of June.
They also promised that they would help us find jobs when we were done, but they didn't.
It's now nearly 3 years later, and I've never gotten a job in my field since going to CDI. They said that their employment rate within 6 months after graduation was 70%, but that was clearly a lie, because none of the other 36 people in my class have gotten a job in their field, either. I hear similar stories from other CDI graduates. No one can get a job after going to CDI. A CDI diploma isn't worth the paper it's printed on.
CDI has a bad reputation with employers.