I'm not going to get into the school wars either. In fact, I stated in my original post on this subject that ANY of the 'AAMT' approved schools will give you the best chance after graduation. I think they are ALL great schools, and all of them have "met the standards set by the MT Education Program Approval program."
I do agree with you, LJ, when you state that you should really do your homework before shelling out money (I actually spent MANY MANY months researching the options). However, I have to, respectively, disagree with MTchat being the #1 reference for any prospective MTs. I think the American Association of Medical Transcription is the #1 reference for prospective MTs. As with any forum (or large group of people) you will find very different views. Most of the CS supporters don't venture to other MT forums, they stick with the one provided by the school. For myself, I don't know much about the other two schools and don't believe it is my place to bash schools I don't know much about.
Call Career Step. Call Andrews. Call M-Tec. I even went as far as calling several National MT employers and speaking to their human resources team. Arm yourself with all the information and then make the decision that is right for you. Some students would rather have more structure while others would like to have more freedom in their learning. What might be right for one person may not be right for another.
In the end, one of the big factors was price, for me. The other two were about double the price. But, I do believe ANY of the AAMT schools are great choices.