Ashworth College Reviews
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This is a online college, if this isn't what you wanted then go attend a college. This school offers the same as any other college, but you must know how to steer your life no one going to do it for you. With that all said, I have no problems with all the, classes, assignment or instructors. Yes, you get what you pay for for Ashworth Associate $3600 phoenix Associate $27,000 you do the math. Are you there to learn or pay?
So I read reviews before I enrolled in this school. Some were good. Some were bad. Some were awful enough to make me wonder if I should rethink my decision. I started my classes on the 6th of this month (December). It is now the 14th and I am pretty much done with two of my classes. I have two assignments left to turn in for both classes. I actually could have already been done with the assignments, but I have a newborn so I decided to take a break from doing school work for a second just to clear my head. At first I thought to myself, "This is way too easy... what's the catch??" But as a former student of Georgia State University and Atlanta Technical College, it's really not much different. The thing that makes a brick and mortar school harder is that you actually have to get up everyday and physically attend class. It takes longer because there is someone in the front of the class that gets paid to literally lecture to you and so they pretty much waste your time telling you things that you could read about on your own time. I actually enjoy working at my own pace. Truth be told, these online classes actually have more exams than I had for any of the classes I took at the University. The reading material isn't much different. I read people's reviews about the textbooks, but the textbook that I received in the mail today looked just like the textbooks I got from any of the other schools. People complained that the textbooks were written specifically for Ashworth College, but Georgia State's textbooks were written specifically for them too... and written by their professors. NO DIFFERENCE. As long as you get the information you're supposed to get, it shouldn't matter. I also love how AFFORDABLE it is. I am a military wife so I was able to use MyCAA for my associates program, which means I'm not paying anything out of pocket at all. I love that their textbooks are included in the tuition price because MyCAA doesn't cover textbooks. So far I haven't had any issues with communication. Whenever I have a question, my enrollment representative is more than happy to respond to me in a timely manner. I'm overseas so this completely works for me. I knocked out a whole semester worth of classes through transfer credits and will more than likely be pursuing my bachelors degree through Ashworth as well. I haven't taken any finals yet so not really sure how that process works. One could easily finish all 4 semesters of the associates program in 4 months or a lot less if you really just take the time to sit down and do the assignments. I could've easily finished a semester in a week at the rate that I was going had I not taken a break.
Having three years of direct experience in Healthcare I wanted to further my career as well as my knowledge by going back to school. I was a bit skeptical at first with the thought of going to an online school especially with several colleges out in the market offering diploma mills. After further research and enough positive reviews, I decided to give it a shot. Ashworth is not a Regionally Accredited Institution, it is however Nationally Accredited through the DEAC which is further recognize by the U.S department of Education as a recognized accrediting agency. Despite what other's might think, Ashworth is a reputable organization. The application process was a bit tenuous, I had prior college credits from a traditional brick and mortar university that transferred to Ashworth. However it did take several weeks for Ashworth to evaluate my transcript in order to transfer some of the credits and remove some of the classes that I have already passed. Everything was smooth sailing from there. In conclusion, Ashworth is a pretty good school. It is affordable and convenient for busy adults. I would say that some of the material is out of date. Coming from a Healthcare background while I did learn a lot of new concepts,protocols, and healthcare statistics; Ashworth has a bit of polishing up to do with some of their curriculum. At the end of the day, student's will get in, what they put out. If you are motivated enough to reach a certain goal, no circumstance will impede you from attaining it. All in all, While I did enjoy my time at Ashworth, my next goal is continue my education at an RA school, this is purely out of preference and not to say that one is better than the other.
If you are a full time parent, spouse and work a full time job, Ashworth College is for you! Ashworth allowed me to advance in my career by achieving my education goals. I have completed my Associates Degree, Bachelor's Degree, and am currently pursuing my Master's at Ashworth College.
Taking this course was very interesting it kept you want to learn more. The instructors are always there to help you in a timely matter. And it allows you to take a test up to three times but it would also be helpful if once you graduate you're able to go back and we take any of the tests to help you study where the state test.
I was enrolled in their event planning program. After a week of being enrolled, I decided to change courses. I truly wanted to be in their marketing program. I was told I couldn't do that without paying In full for the event planning course. So three weeks afterwards I decided to call again. That time I was told I could of if I would of requested a little earlier, which I did.
This school is not for everyone. You must be a self motivator, and able to concentrate and focus without someone pushing you. (As with all distance learning) I have worked in the healthcare industry for 15 years and wanted to further my education. I work fulltime, have 2 children and am pregnant, so traditional college was not an option for me. For me this program was perfect. I had the flexibility to take classes at my availability, the school accepted all of my transfer credits, and due to life experience I was able to relate to most of the course material. I am continuing my education with this school on to my bachelors degree. I love this school.
After falling into insurance on multiple occasions, it occurred to me that perhaps I should look for a career in the industry. I like the business working of insurance but I was more interested in the claims process. Having worked on the practitioner/provider relations side of many insurance companies made me curious about the process that led to us receiving, and ultimately rejecting, a claim. So, I happened upon medical billing and coding, which interested me a great deal as I was always curious about how the procedures were billed and bundled and interpreted. After studying ICD-9 and ICD-10 CM on my own for about two months and CPT codes for about three weeks, I decided I needed to finally get into a course. My criteria for the course were that it had to be completely online. I have a family and I work full-time, I was not going for the college experience, I did that already lol. It must also be affordable, with flexible monthly payment options. We're saving for a house so I cannot afford to pay those grandiose $2500 fees. It also needed to include medical terminology and anatomy, which are VITAL if you want to be a proficient biller or coder. Lastly, it must prepare me to sit for the CPC exam. Ashworth fit all of those but the last one. The certification you're testing for is the CBCS through the NHA. While it is recognized as a valid certification, many employers prefer those offered through AHIMA or AAPC, as they both are the regulators for the code books used in the industry. This meant that I would eventually, once I was financially prepared to do so, go back and take a course that would enable me to sit for the AAPC's CPC exam. On the review of the enrollment process: The key to any for-profit online school is knowing what you're getting into BEFORE you enroll. Do not trust what the representatives of the school tell you. Know that they will misconstrue the facts to get you to enroll, they need the profit. Read the fine print. It cost me $10 upfront to enroll and I pay just $50 a month. That's great but you are given only 5 days to cancel and receive a full refund after you enroll and that's only if you haven't completed ANY coursework, not even the Pre-Test. But if you read the agreements you're signing before you actually commit to this, you shouldn't have any issues with enrollment. Also know that you are not entitled to a refund just because you didn't like the program or never completed any work. You signed the agreement that practically waived your rights to any reimbursement and acknowledged that they will go to collections on you if you do not pay. Also, if you are ahead of schedule, you will have to pay those monthly fee or pay it off in order for the program to be considered complete. These are not issues or hurdles. If you do your homework and read the information in its entirety you'll have an overall pleasant enrollment experience. The Program Itself: They have given you PDF lessons that are mailed out to you and available online but for the majority of the lesson you are reading lists. It is overwhelming and impossible to digest 224 pages of lists. Lesson 1 was torture. It got better in the following lessons but the overall setup is not interactive or even remotely engaging. Most of what you get explains the WHAT, if you are like me and need the bigger picture including the HOW and WHY (which is important to a biller/coder), you'll have to look to other resources found on the web. There is no faculty, professor, or staff presence. If you have a question, you will not be referred to a Medical Coder/Biller or even a healthcare professional. This is scary for two reasons: 1. This is a field that is constantly changing and the material is often convoluted as a result. If you have any issue or need further explanation of a billing or coding scenario, there is no one available to help you understand. 2. This course will not prepare you to be a proficient biller/coder. It will give you the information needed to pass an exam. I was initially excited about starting this course but I have been a little disappointed. Let me put this course in context. If you were unprepared to take the SAT and wanted more practice before taking the SAT, you would take an SAT prep class. In this case, the AAPC sponsored certification courses are the SAT and the Medical Billing and Coding program offered here is the SAT Prep class. This program will not make you a coder and they are not explaining the info well enough for you to truly understand the material hence why they can only offer the NHA exam. So, take this course to get the certification behind your name and to prepare yourself by getting an overview of the medical billing and coding info you need in order to take a more intensive, beneficial, and recognized course offered through an AHIMA/AAPC sponsored class. I enrolled in the same program with Penn Foster the day after starting here and it was the best decision I ever made! I would recommend that one IN CONJUNCTION with this one if you want to truly be a competent coder/biller.
Ashworth's online flexibility allowed me to study, write papers, and take exams during all hours of the day. I really enjoyed English Composition II, Principles of Marketing, Professional Selling, and the Consumer Buying Behavior classes. Only once did I have a delay with receiving a text book shipment, which was quickly resolved by contacting Ashworth to ship the next book and unlock/open the next class. 21 of my previous engineering and IT credits from PSU and PCT transferred into the Marketing program of study. I was able to earn the remaining 39 credits necessary to earn an Associate Degree in Marketing through Ashworth in roughly 18 months.
This is school is very misleading about self pace and the 4th semester is not free. They drag the program out to be as long as they want it to be. They are not prompted at all. Teachers is not helpful, you can't communicate with them in no ways. You are on your own with this school. You have to write papers with each classes. This is a challenging school. Cheap tuition but a lot of tests and papers to do. Now of stuff line up ! I graduated by the grace of God !!!!