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					Career Step, LLC
Written Disclosure Statement

Dear Prospective Student:

We are excited that you are considering Career Step as a training partner. We are committed to making your training
experience as successful as possible and wish to provide you with all of the information you require to make an informed

School Background and Qualifications:
    • Career Step was founded in 1992. Since that time we have provided distance education services to thousands of
        students in all 50 states.
    • Career Step operates out of approximately 6,000 square feet of owned and leased office space in Springville, Utah
        and has approximately 50 full-time and part-time employees.
    • As a distance education institution, Career Step offers certificate programs in Medical Transcription and Medical
        Coding. Both of these competency based programs operate under a self paced, distance-learning model.
    • Career Step employs the latest distance education programming techniques, technology, and instructional design
        methodologies. Career Step partners with premium technology companies/services to ensure the highest levels of
        speed, availability, and reliability in delivering electronic instruction to its students.
    • Career Step has a highly experienced academic support staff which includes trained medical transcriptionists and
        medical coders. Ongoing student support is available via toll-free phone or e-mail. Career Step also employs a
        professional technical support staff which is available to answer technical questions.
    • Career Step is registered and authorized to operate as an educational institution in the State of Utah under the Utah
        Postsecondary Proprietary School Act (Title 13, Chapter 34, Utah Code).

Minimum Enrollment Requirements
To be considered for admittance to a Career Step training program, a prospective student must be a high school graduate (or
equivalent) and be self motivated. Additionally, prospective students should possess basic computer and keyboarding
skills, and a high degree of English language literacy.

Tuition, Fees, and Other Charges
Medical Transcription Program
Online Enrollment Options and Program Costs:
  Platinum Level Enrollment
  $1,560.00 + $19.95 Shipping & Handling
  Gold Level Enrollment
  $1,320.00 + $19.95 Shipping & Handling                        Utah Residents add 6.25%
Text Enrollment Options and Program Costs:                         Sales Tax to Total
  Platinum Level Enrollment                                           Amount Due
  $1,360.00 + $29.95 Shipping & Handling
  Gold Level Enrollment
  $1,080.00 + $29.95 Shipping & Handling
Basic Enrollment Option and Program Costs:
  $780.00 + $29.95 Shipping & Handling

Medical Coding Program
 $1,825.00 + $29.95 Shipping & Handling

Financial Assistance
Career Step students can take advantage of a variety of financing and financial assistance options. These include loans,
scholarships and Career Step payment plans. Please refer to our enrollment application or our website for further details on
these options, or call one of our enrollment counselors at 1-800-246-7837.

Length of Program and Graduation Requirements
Both the Career Step Medical Transcription and the Career Step Medical Coding training programs are designed to be
completed in 640 hours, or full time for a period of four (4) months. Career Step provides access and services for a period
of eight (8) months beyond the initial four (4) month period, providing all students with access to all materials and services
for a period of twelve (12) months. The twelve (12) month period begins with online course activation (for online
students) or from the date of the first shipment (for text students). At the end of the initial twelve (12) month period,
students will no longer receive course access or Career Step services. Extensions beyond the twelve (12) month
enrollment are available. All extensions are subject to the current extension policy at the time an extension is purchased.
Credentials Awarded to Indicate Satisfactory Program Completion
Upon successful completion of the program and final examination (providing that the student’s account is current), a
student will receive a Certificate of Graduation from Career Step. The type of graduation certificate awarded to a student
will depend on the scores received on the two-part final exam.

Standard Graduation: 85% - 89% on both portions of the final

Graduation with Honors: 90% - 94% on both portions of the final exam

Graduation with High Honors: 95% - 100% on both portions of the final exam

Students may take a final exam up to three times. Each final exam will be unique. A Certificate of Completion is available
for students who are unsuccessful in passing the final within three attempts.

Licensing Requirements, Graduation and Employment Information
Currently there are no state or federally mandated licensing requirements for employment in the field of medical
transcription. Entry-level employment opportunities are abundant and employment decisions are typically made on the
basis of demonstrated competency. Because the Career Step program is competency based and practicum focused, Career
Step graduates tend to do very well in securing employment. While Career Step does not require graduates to report on
employment outcomes, Career Step makes every effort to capture employment information on its graduates. The following
statistics are based on voluntary responses from graduates for the 2004 calendar year:

Total number of graduates: 419

Total number of graduates reporting employment: 254

Percentage of graduates reporting employment:       61%

Of those graduates reporting employment information, over 90% found employment within sixty (60) days of graduation.

Career Step Cancellation and Refund Policy
If, for any reason, a student withdraws within ten (10) days after the program materials have been received, his/her money
shall be refunded IN FULL, less a $35 application fee and the nonrefundable shipping and handling fee, and the
Enrollment Agreement shall be rescinded. Under this policy the student must return any and all program materials
and supplies received from the school before receiving the refund. Dates regarding receipt of the program will be based on
the delivery records of UPS for the text program(s), and date of email or phone call with password and sign-on information
for the online program. The student must notify Career Step by telephone before the 10th day to receive a return code, and
returned materials must be sent to Career Step at the student’s expense, insured and tracked through the carrier. The
package must be postmarked within the ten (10) days. Program materials postmarked after the 10-day period will receive a
refund based on the following schedule: 11-15 days 75%; 16-20 days 50%; 21-25 days 25% (minus application fee and
damages, if any). If the program is postmarked after twenty-five (25) days following receipt of the program, NO monies
shall be refunded except tuition as per the schedule in the next paragraph. The student will be assessed a small fee of $10
per book/tape for minor damage or retail price of book/tape set ($14.95 to $149.00 per book/tape set) if materials are
returned written in, damaged or destroyed. Pack returned materials to prevent damage.

If for any reason, a student withdraws after the initial ten (10) day review period, the $35 application fee, the shipping and
handling fee, and the cost of the program materials are nonrefundable. The portion of the program fee attributable to tuition
is $100 for all courses. Tuition only is refundable according to the following schedule: 1-10 days 100%; 11-18 days 90%;
19-27 days 60%; 28-36 days 45%; and 37-45 days 30%. Any student withdrawing under this paragraph terminates his/her
enrollment and his/her right to transfer the program enrollment and materials.

Surety Requirements
Career Step maintains a Certificate of Deposit with a Utah depository payable to the State of Utah - Division of Consumer
Protection in an amount mandated by the State of Utah. This certificate of deposit provides protection to Career Step
students in the event of insolvency or dissolution of Career Step as an educational institution.

We hope this information helps you in making your decision. We look forward to the opportunity of working with you as a
Career Step student!

Career Step, LLC.     1220 N. Main St., Suite 6 Springville, UT 84663 1-800-246-STEP (7837)

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