Ashworth College Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (237)
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.
I began this degree program in 05/2008 and I finished 01/2010 but didn't receive the degree until 05/2014 when I was able to pay it off. That is an awfully long time to wait. It was a little awkward explaining to potential employers that I finished the program but the school was holding the degree but they were mostly understanding. That was my biggest gripe with the school. I'm about to finish my Bachelors program this year and this time I'm going to pay everything up front so they'll send the rest of my class materials and later my BSBA a.s.a.p. The school is best for those who prefer self paced independent study and for those who travel or work a lot. Occasionally there were some books on back order that I had to wait weeks for and some of the people who answer the 800 number seem like they don't care but all things considered it's an adequate school that fit my needs more than a traditional "brick and mortar" college.
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.
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.
I've beena attending Ashworth since 2006, I've graduated from Ashworth with four Career Diplomas in Forensic Science, Private Investigation, Computer Repair, all with Honors, and another in Locksmithing. The Associates degree I earned from them was in Criminal Justice w/Honors. I am currently taking there Undergraduate Certificate program in Computer Information Management just cause I got it for a cheap price. There student services in my opinion use to be better than today, before 2010-ish, you could call and get someone on the phone, now, they call back in "24 hrs" at THERE conveinvience. So if you work full time, like EVERYONE that goes to there school, you can't be in a place for them to reach you unless your boss doesn't mind you talking on your cell phone while working if possible with text books in hand. Who has a call back service for an online college for working people, that calls back at there convenience? It thought they were all about it? Anyway, my experiences as a majority have been good, I could have finished my programs sooner, but I was lazy. I would recommend them to anyone, not just people on a budget, I have had many positive experiences because of ashworth, Locksmithing: I actually transferred depts within the company I was working for after receiving this diploma and went from making $12.35 to $13.21. I worked alone and at my own pace, the diploma paved the way to building BEST master core systems for General Motors. Forensic Science: Helped me getting onto a local police department, where I could give back to the community, also helped me HATE the show Bones, lol. Computer Repair: I did this just for self improvement, I took some computer repair courses in high school, but never finished, this helped bring me closure for that. Private Investigation: I did this for future prospects in opening my business later on, and as a backup plan, since there is a large calling for PI's in my area, Why? I dont know. Associates in Criminal Justice: I really wanted this degree to help myself better understand the Police Science. And of course to get on full time with a dept, which it did help. Computer Information Management: I did this because I wanted to know about networking so I could not seem so nieve when talking to family who does this as a profession, & have some type of knowledge and background in Networking as a backup plan to the job i'm currently working, in case of layoff, etc. Also I got it at a ridiculous price. lol. $35 a credit hour! You probably don't believe me, but I did get it at that price.