Ashworth College Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (248)
I tried to get certified for medical transcription. Ashworth had the best price tag, but I got what I paid for. The anatomy and vocabulary segments were fine... however, when I popped in the CD to practice transcription, I found that disc wouldn't run unless I ran it as if it were on Window's 98. I completed the course, but felt no where near as informed or ready for the job what with them technological advances made in the 16 years since the course material was created. They also had website issues, where it wouldn't let me make a payment and i get a call telling em my sccount is overdue when the computer read $0 dollars due. They want me to pay another 172, and their call center is based in India where they run you around in circles. There are no instructors to talk to, and the customer service is there to take your money and not much else. I feel bad for the next person that get's duped by this correspondence course.
I'm now enrolling in a BA program that will be much more convenient and credible. It would probably be a great place to finish your high school diploma, but their accreditation is more than questionable. Make sure that your material is current, and not from 1998.
The student services are great, the girl I was talking to helped me alot. But, the pharmacy technicians course that they say in the beginning says "Certified". IT'S NOT BEWARE! Don't sign up for this course before you do research.
I thought this was the best thing that could ever happen for me.Online school no college to have to go to. AWESOME! Don't have to find anyone to watch my 4 year olds while I do school work. Come to find out after my trial period was up it doesn't certify you. The claim it gets you ready for the state board test. SERIOUSLY!!!! $700 for a course that doesn't certify you like it says in the information guide they send you. To cancel it they want me to pay $233. WHAT!!!!
So I went with a different program Criminal Justice. To switch it's $50. Well thats better than 200 bucks. I hope whoever signs up for this course reads this first before they sign up, I wish someone would've warned me first. Good luck.
Ashworth served its purpose for me, which is to get a degree. Luckily for me though, I have been working in the field I got my degree in and already have teh knowledge. The essential basics of every single class at Ashworth is this: read the book, take the quiz. All open book and only an occasional assignment in a class that isn't even a core course. I literally did not learn anything new from the AS degree. I will continue my BS degree elsewhere so that I might actually expand my knowledge. But, like I said, it isn't a scam, you do get a diploma, just not much of an education! Now many will tell you that it is a good curriculum and it is challenging if you're motivated, and so on. These people are also the ones who do not know how to spell, and are asking for help writing a middle school level one page essay.
Also, if you're going to go to Ashworth, you aren't going for the customer service. Lousy is all I can say. The main way to communicate is a discussion board. About 85% of the time my answer from them was either completely unhelpful or completely unrelated to what I asked, almost like they didn't even read it, just skimmed it over. The phone lines are no better, with each person telling you something different, that is if you can reach someone. Countless discussions online from frustrated students trying to get help from ANYONE but all they get is a 40 minute hold time just to be hung up on. Ah, waiting, that is the other problem with this school. Waiting for help and waiting for mail. Important mail too, like your school books. Remember how I said all you do is read a book and take quizzes, well guess what, that book will not arrive for about 2 weeks. Yes, two weeks. So you better ask for them to ship it as soon as you get halfway through your course otherwise, you'll be waiting. It also took me about 2 months to get my first billing statement, and all future statements were off a month. So if I paid for February on January 31, I would get a statement in the middle of March for February.
All in all, if you are looking for a cheap diploma for career advancement rather than an actual education go to Ashworth and deal with the headache that is their customer support. Otherwise, go to FAFSA get financial aid and go to a real online school like Phoenix or SNHU. (And for the record, I am not a disgruntled person who got screwed over by ashworth, just an actual student who wants others to know what you are getting, because if after one class you don't like the school, you aren't getting a refund, no you'll get a bill for the rest of the semester.)
I received a psychology degree from Ashworth is 2009. I retired in 2007. Many people have inquired as to why I would get a degree so late in life. Well, I am busier now than ever. I volunteer with outreach programs in my church. I am so glad I did this.
I feel I got a good education at Ashworth, and have a lot more insite to issues that effect society. If you keep up your financial responsibilites with this school and read your contract carefully, you should just fine.
I graduated from the paralegal studies course in 1993, back when this was still the Professional Career Development Institute. I also concurrently completed the Corporate Law speciality program. Two years ago, I enrolled in my local community college pursuing an associates degree. I requested that Ashworth mail a copy of my transcript. They didn't. I made 3 more requests.
They mailed a transcript for the Corporate Law program but said they couldn't find the Paralegal program. I got screwed out of over $1,000.00 and two years of academic work.
i completed my high school diploma, and now i am getting my bachelors in early childhood education. absolutely love this school and haven't had any problems. i would highly recommend it.
I am currently enrolled in the AS program for human resources at Ashworth College. I am really liking it so far. I love the fact that the payments each month are completely doable for myself. I also like the at your own pace type of work it is. You can come on to your first semester at any time...not like other colleges where there is a fall/spring, and you have to wait.
The classes so far have been challening, but not so much that I am frusterated. The student help desk in the community section is great. They answer any questions you have within the hour. I would recommend this school for sure!
I have been enrolled in Ashworth since 2007 to obtain an Associate’s Degree. I had a wonderful experience with the college, so I decided to stay with Ashworth and get a Bachelor’s. That is when things started falling apart for me. My first clue that maybe this wasn’t going to be the best idea was when I called to register in November 2011. The lady I spoke to was extremely rude, however, I decided to go ahead and get enrolled. I had also asked her about finding out my program outline since my Associate’s is in Finance, but I wanted a Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice. I was told that an outline would be sent to me. I requested it twice through the Help Desk and three times through email and am still waiting for it. But I finally figured, I’ll get what I get. So, I got enrolled and was waiting and waiting for my first book to arrive. After three weeks (I keep waiting for a tracking number to appear for the shipment that the website showed was shipped, which never did), I asked the Help Desk about it, and found out it was an online course, no book required. (Very frustrating) I guess as long as you don’t need to ask any difficult questions pertaining to courses, you’ll be just fine.
Be aware that once you enroll, if you try and cancel, you will lose out on money due to the “cancellation fee”. When you question this, the answer is “The fee is based on the amount of time that you've been enrolled and lessons completed. The fee will be due in full within 30 days.” You will not get a detailed listing. Also, customer service is lacking much of the time. The ladies that handle the Community Help Desk can answer and take care of simple requests, however, if you ask a complex question or more than one question at the same time, don’t expect to get clear and complete answers. Many times I am reading the responses and they make no sense at all. Whoever is responding to these will never, ever answer your question. This has been my experience at least five times. I have also seen so many posts about when you call to speak to someone, you can never get through or you leave a message and no one ever calls back. Unfortunately, I believe it.
With all this said, as long as you can figure stuff out yourself, without the help of the college staff, you should be fine. The tuition is good and the self-pace is good. I do believe that by obtaining the Associate’s Degree, I was able to get a wonderful job in the Finance industry and would not have done so without it.
Very highly PO'd right now!!! This is an e-mail I just sent to them ...
I have gotten several phone calls in the past couple weeks about some supposed balance that I owe on my account!! Ashworth was paid on 7/21/08 $1090 and then ASHWORTH returned it to my Employer on 2/13/09???? NOW 3 YEARS LATER YOU ARE CALLING ME ABOUT A BALANCE ON MY ACCOUNT!!!!! I keep getting transferred to a supervisor (so I think) but coincidentally keep getting "disconnected" after waiting on hold forever to try and fix something you have seemingly SCREWED UP!!!
After I just got disconnected (and you are calling me AT WORK), I have to write this e-mail because NO ONE seems to know what is going on and why the payment was returned to my company back in 2009!!! It says I called and requested it. I can assure you that I DID NOT call and request for you to send the payment back so that NOW I WILL have a balance, and a $1090 one at that!!!!!
Someone needs to get their act together there and figure out what is going on. How many other students have all of a sudden, after several years, wound up getting calls about a mysterious balance on their account???????
Sooooo apparently they are looking for some way to get money. After 3 years they didn't notice I had an outstanding balance of $1090????? WHY BECAUSE I DIDN'T HAVE IT!!! THEY SUPPOSEDLY SENT THE PAYMENT BACK TO MY EMPLOYER!!! WHY???? BECAUSE THEY HAVE NO CLUE WHAT THEY ARE DOING!!!!
I completed the Medical billing program. I had no problems. It was a lot of reading and I enjoyed my time at Ashworth.