Ashworth College Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (243)
I completed the course and earned my degree, and never received it in the mail because I was unable to attend graduation. It had really slip my mind until i applied for a job and they requested it. So I called Ashworth College and gave them all the information they said I would receive it in 4 to 6 weeks that was back in October 2016 well it's now June 2017 and I still haven't received it. Every time I call oh you will have it in 4 to 6 weeks then I had to wait another 44 days. Back in May when I called they told me it was sent out but came back because they put a period in front of the NE (N.E.) I'm like really i get mail all the time like that.(smh) So this morning they telling me that they have to wait until they get it back then they will call me and let me know they got it. It's taking me longer to get the degree in my hand than it took me to complete it , I enjoyed taking classes with them I never had any problems I received my shipment on time, but I just don't understand why I can't get my degree I don't owe them any money so what's the hold up with them. This type of stuff calls for poor rating my job was pressuring me and I almost lost my spot as the lead teacher good thing my boss said she would use the official transcript for now
First, let me say that I did not finish the course. This is only a review of my time with Ashworth. To take the medical billing and coding course you MUST be able to teach yourself. Essentially they give you information, it is up to you to learn it. The tests are incredibly easy and aren't an indicator of what you have learned thus far. I also recommend that you purchase additional books on the subject. (I found Medical Billing and Coding/ Medical Terminology for Dummies quite helpful.) That being said, if you are willing to put in the work yourself this is a good program for the price. As to contacting Ashworth...if you can avoid it, don't. It takes forever for anyone to get back with you and you're constantly speaking to someone new. It took days to get in touch with someone who could help me with cancelling my program. It's very frustrating, but considering the price of the program I can't complain too much. Overall, if you are looking for an affordable medical billing and coding program then Ashworth is fine. Just know that you get what you pay for at least in terms of customer service.
Well I completed my program 1/25/2017 paid in full the only thing I hate is you have to find your own place to get your certification. So what if you can't find a place to get your certification or a place to volunteer at I would of lost a lot of money. Now that I've got hired through my job I have to now retake the course I hate I paid it off so fast now . They need to provide training sites as well that provide hands on
I believe the school means well to some level. However, I am not so sure about student services aka administration. They have a similar education and advertisement platform as Penn Foster College. I was transferring credits to this school and they will not do an evaluation of what credits will transfer. You have to enrolled first and then you will know. Be very vigilant about this practice (Penn Foster does the same thing). Anyway, I enrolled and finish the first semester with no issue, but I decided that I wanted to study elsewhere, which I did. Fast forward to the present, I was looking for a place to finish my masters, so I did take a look at them again and called them. When talking to a representative (admission counselor) I was told that my status as student was still active and that I have a debt with the College for a second semester. Two things I am sure, I paid the first semester in full and never enrolled or signed an enrollment agreement again for subsequently semester, no proof provided upon request. So how that is possible after all this years they have me as an active student when I discontinue my studies with them? Second, that I cannot enrolled in a different program and that I still owe them money? It is beyond me. Not the best college out there but certainly not the worst (ITT for example is really bad). If you want an education (trust me you will get one here) that will not put you in debt, Ashworth may be a good possibility to considered. I am willing to given them a try if they can resolve this problems with their administration and admission policies (at the Master degree level that is).
IF YOU ARE MILITARY, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THAT YOU DO NOT GO THROUGH ASHWORTH COLLEGE AS A CORRESPONDENT COURSE. YOU WILL NOT GET YOUR ENROLLMENT VERIFICATION SENT IN A TIMELY MANNER TO THE V.A. TO RECEIVE REIMBURSEMENT PAYMENTS. THIS WAS THE ONLY ISSUE I HAD WITH ASHWORTH COLLEGE AND THEIR MILITARY DIVISION. OTHER THAN THAT IT WAS GOOD.
I received my undergraduate in Criminal Justice earlier this year. Ashworth's program is well structured, and the course materials seem up to date. My only problem would be with the staff, when you call to address a problem, they seem unprofessional and uninterested. Ashworth has national accreditation which is ok, but may not transfer to most regional institutions. The price is similar to Penn Foster or most community colleges and books are included in the tuition.
Alright, so here's the bottom line; if you want to further your career and education, it's a good school. No, it is not a top notch University. Obviously that's not what you're looking for, or you wouldn't be reading this. Am I right? It's so cheap, you don't even need financial aid. I hear people complain about not getting their diploma until the school is paid for? Yeah, that makes perfect sense. Other colleges require full payment before starting the semester. Ashworth does not. If you want to pay off Ashworth so you can receive your diploma, get a school loan from the bank and pay the off! lol. Myself, I'm doing this school to further my education in my career, so it's perfect for me. I work so much, I don't have time to physically be in school. Plus, I travel constantly. Not getting books in the mail for every class? So what, that's perfect for me, considering I'm always on the road and wouldn't be able to receive them anyways. I checked into a bunch of schools before choosing this one. I did my research and I am satisfied. How can people say they don't learn anything with this school? Obviously, you're not trying. Really, you can google search every lesson for every course? hahaha that sounds extremely miserable and a waste of time. Yeah sure, you get what you pay for. What's new? It either works for you, or it doesn't. It works for me. ;)
I am extremely disappointed with Ashworth College. Their student services is just useless. Somehow one of my assignments showed me that I attempted to submit it twice which resulted in me getting the passing grade instead of the grade from the instructor. I didn't think this would be a big issue to call about since it must have been a blank page that was submitted or it was an error in the system. I already called twice about it without anyone being able to help me. Their excuse both times was that it's the regulation that you only get the passing grade after two attempts but does an empty page or an error count as an attempt? If this issue is not going to be resolved I will switch back to Pennfoster. I liked the structure of their webpage a lot better and they actually send me books to every topic which Ashworth doesn't do yet they charge the same as Pennfoster?! I'm not happy about this situation and it's so frustrating! There are a lot of good things about online college but this is something that wouldn't even be an issue in a regular college.
Before you consider Ashworth make sure you understand that if you enroll and decide you do not want to continue the program you have to call them or email as they quite deceptively make it very difficult to cancel. I myself like many others tried a program. I only completed the introduction part and decided it was not for me. I went online to look for a place to cancel tried to cancel and spent hours looking with no success. Like most people with a job and a busy life you move on and eventually forget about it assuming you were dropped. Well then Ashworth comes knocking to tell you that you owe them money most of the time it does not even happen till you are at the point where the program time has lapsed and they want you to pay for the entire program even if you never attended class. You can try to appeal to them like I did and they do not care they want money for having given you little or nothing. If you do not pay they send you to collections ruining you're credit. Even though you made a common assumption that the school did not contact you and you did not continue in the program so you would be removed or dropped like a normal college. No not ash worth instead they leave you enrolled until you owe the full amount then they contact you looking for money and send you to collections unless you pay. Shady indeed !!! Otherwise the material seemed to be quality.
So far I've been enrolled in this school for about 3 months, and I realize it may be isolated, but my experience has been very poor. I was very motivated initially and spoke with a academic adviser and was very displeased with the car sales high pressure approach to selling the program. I wanted to be enrolled in the Retail MGR associate degree program and duel with the certificate program. I told the rep I wanted to do this because I wanted to graduate fairly early and she agreed this would be an excellent idea, what I wasn't told was that its not possible to do both at the same time. So somehow our call was disconnected and when I called back I couldn't get a hold of my first rep just more salesmen either very rude or dismissive altogether. I however enrolled into the Retail management program and called to cancel my certificate because i has not pleased with the school. Anyway I never was enrolled in the coarse I wanted I ended up in the Career diploma program. Oh well I suppose, they told me I lose my down payment to switch over so why would I give them more money. I did have a very kind person try to help me when my next 2 payments magically doubled but other than that its been miserable. My first book took over a month to receive, so they priorited me another which I appreciated but they said my address wasn't valid. My book however did eventually arrive a week or so after they said it couldn't? The material isn't bad I suppose very very easy but theirs alot of conflicting information which can dock your test score if you don't guess the right ideal. There is also several misspelled words and bad references, which hurt one of my scores. Anyway it cheap and probably not worth much, my employer doesn't care but it could help one get a quick jump on job skills but probably not secure one itself. My original tuition raised slightly as well, all this place seems to be is a quick money school and I really, really wish I did have a better experience with them. I didn't want anything extra, just the mistakes corrected on their part so ill finish my current coarse and never ever do another through them.