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Penn Foster College
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Degree: Veterinary Technician
Graduation Year: 2016
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This program is not for everyone. It is a great program for sell motivated people who can study on their own and stay motivated. I love this school and the program!! Since day one, the staff has been very helpful and I have never felt alone on this journey. The classes are tough and you have to stay on top of things. There are webinars for most of the classes and they help give you the classroom feel. There is also a community to meet other students and get help with questions. This program is not for everyone and I do recommend doing your research before signing up. It fits my life and I am very pleased.

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Awesome online school
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Degree: Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician and Veterinary Assistant
Graduation Year: 2018
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I love Penn Foster School and would recommend it to anyone! This is my third program with Penn Foster, and I am in the Vet Tech Program now. The school is fully accredit, the program is wonderful, the Instructors are very helpful and the classes are fun and challenging. If you are looking for a program that is self-paced and payment plan friendly, then check out Penn Foster! Please note that if you are NOT a self-motivated person and need someone looking over everything you do you will not enjoy what you are learning! :)

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Penn Foster's Vet Tech Program
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Degree: Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician and Veterinary Assistant
Graduation Year: 2017
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I love Penn Foster College's Vet Tech program! The program has made many drastic and positive changes with the addition of a new director and continues to improve upon itself year after year. It is fully AVMA-accredited, offers opportunities through a partnership with Banfield and VCA hospitals for clinical experience, and is really one of the most affordable options for vet tech school around. It is self-paced, which means you can fit your studies around a job and your lifestyle-which has been the best part of this for me. The community offers lots of support and you are never alone in your studies or on this journey. I highly encourage those thinking about enrolling to visit the community and/or call Student Services...there are a lot of misconceptions and old reviews out there and the program really has made a complete 180! If this is something that you want to achieve, and you are an independent, self-driven person, I think this program could be very good for you! Good luck.

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Degree: Business Administration and Management, General
Graduation Year: 2016
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I started the Vet Tech program with Penn Foster a couple of years ago and didn't make it very far. Mostly because I was working and not motivated. When I decided it was time for me to go back to school, I came back to Penn Foster. I'm now enrolled in the bachelors business management degree. Why did I choose to come back to Penn Foster? It meets my personal needs. Penn Foster is nationally accredited, unlike your local community college or your state university which are most likely regionally accredited. It usually goes like this; regionally accredited school courses will transfer to nationally accredited schools but not all nationally accredited school courses will transfer to regionally accredited schools. Why? Because the regional accreditation requires a strict and rigorous course catalog, among other things. Schools like Penn Foster are usually career schools. The advantage is that they are able to change their courses as the real world changes and this keeps their students current. It would take a considerable amount of time and red tape to change the courses. If they had to go through all of the processes by the time they got approval for the change, there would be new information to add. So with that said, Penn Foster does have some courses that have been evaluated and are recommended for transfer by the ACE College Credit Recommendation Service. So if you plan on trying to transfer to a regionally accredited institution, keep in mind that only certain classes and credits will transfer. Also, If you plan to continue your education like I do, plan carefully. I want to get my masters and maybe even my doctorate someday. Not all Institutions will take my Penn Foster degree. Two more things that I like about this program...The tuition and the delivery system. Oh, and the self pace... sorry, three. Tuition is affordable and all study materials are included. They also have an online tutoring center. They offer affordable payment plans. I pay 60 a month right now, I think the lowest you can go is 49. The delivery system, all courses you can complete online, except. Except except except you may have proctored exams. But honestly that's not too big a deal. Go to your local library, the librarians are usually more than happy to help out. I also hear that in the vet tech program you can now be proctored through your webcam. Online, Affordable, SELF PACED. That's really the thing that gets me. Sometimes I get lazy, I don't want to be bothered with reading 80 pages by friday so I can attend class. I work, like the rest of the real world. I need time to tune out, pretend I don't exist. Then there are weeks where all I want to do is sit down and knock out three lessons. Those are things I can do with self paced courses. So, if you are considering Penn Foster make sure it meets your needs. As for faculty and staff, I've had nothing but good experiences with them so far. My questions are answered in a timely manner and they are always kind. But remember, they people not machines. people make mistakes, people get frustrated, people have bad days. No matter if its an online school, on campus, nationally or regionally accredited. They are trying to take care of a lot of people and if you can express your problems in a polite way they are going to try and help you. In conclusion you need to find out if Penn Foster meets your educational needs... It is your education, your life. Make an informed choice.

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Steve - 5 days ago

This is a well thought out post. Revealing and relevant. I wish you well in your pursuit of your education. D**n the torpedoes!

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Kandi - 2 days ago

Oh please whatever stop advertising for Penn Foster. This place is ran by cons looking to steal your money. They wont grade work so how are you so happy? On the BBB website someone said they never received their diploma after politely requesting. Penn Fosters course work is out of date so what are you really learning? The people behind giving them accreditation must be closing their eyes. Penn Foster College is not regionally accredited it's only nationally which means it's a load of hog wash to real colleges. Your credits mean nothing and can't be transferred to most school. This is an in house diploma and the credits can only be transferred to school that are on the same inferior accreditation level. Don't waste your time nor money on this incompetent load of crap.

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Kyle - 1 day ago

Hey Kandi. Maybe you should write your own review so people know how you feel. I don't think this post is advertising. In fact I am not sure you even read the entire thing. Almost all the points you are trying to make, this person talked about. As for the not getting the diploma, I checked it out. Their policy states they will not send a diploma until the student has paid of the entire tuition amount but they will send official transcripts. The same way most higher education places do it, regionally or nationally accredited.

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Degree: Veterinary Technician
Graduation Year: 2016
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I really like this school, first of all I am a mom of 2 boys and my husband works every single day. Obviously child care is a big issue so it works out for me. My advise is keep to it, I've been waking up every morning at 5 so I can study before my kids wake up. I put in at least 3 hours a day. I really want this after waitressing for 7 years I realize how important education is for me. To all you moms out there you can do it dedicate yourself and finish. It's important that you guys do something for yourself .The people complaining about not being able to transfer credits who cares just finish and get your associates degree so you don't have to transfer your credits. That will always stay with you! I saved 35,000 dollars by doing this school not to mention how much on day care costs. I haven't gotten my degree yet, but I am working on it and so far doing great .

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Clara - 2 days ago

They want to transfer credits to a real school so they can get a job. Penn Foster College is only nationally accredited not regionally. Employers want people from regionally accredited schools. That's why most people with only a Penn Foster education and nothing else backing it can't get a job.

Bachelor in Business Management
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Degree: Accounting and Business/Management
Graduation Year: 2017
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I am a single mom with two teenage daughters. Moving around so much and raising my daughter that I had no time to sit in a classroom to achieve my Bachelors. Penn foster has been nothing but amazing! The staff is always so helpful and there when you need them. The Student Community site they have is great! It is so nice to be able to communicate with other students and the teachers/staff. If you are considering Penn Foster you should do it! I have no regrets getting my education with Pennfoster.

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Graduation Year: 2013
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Penn Foster Career School Upon the recommendation of the Faculty and by authority of the President and Chief Learning Officer l Ruthia Nation is hereby awarded a CAREER DIPLOMA for the completion of the program DENTAL ASSISTANT.7th Day of January 2013. This has been a long journey for me this a very important subject and I Really needed this course and am proud I made the decision. Thanks Penn foster for all that you have helped me with, for my future career. Excellent Career College

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Erin - 22 days ago

It's a scam. Don't fall for it. They claim I owe them $1000, and I only "took classes" there (meaning read some online information they sent me) for about two months. There is no way I'm paying them $1000 for an online textbook that I didn't even read more than a third of. There was like no activity on my account after the first two months I was there. When I signed up I paid them $300 or so, which I assumed was gonna cover the "information" they sent me. Now they're saying I signed a contract which means they can bill me $1000. Apparently I am an idiot for signing something I didn't read.Don't make the same mistake.

Terrible School!!!
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Degree: Dental Assistant
Graduation Year: 2015
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This school is a rip off!! I was given misinformation that will now cost me more money! when I tried to contact the school they kept me on hold for 30 mins until I finally hung up. When I was finally able to reach a representative I asked to get the voice recordings from our phone conversations they refused to give them to me. They still are trying to make me pay full price for the program even though I haven't finished. I am now getting a lawyer and still trying to reach the supervisor.

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Vet Tech
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Degree: Veterinary Technician
Graduation Year: 2015
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The staff at Penn Foster does not seem to want to help you at all to succeed. I understand that there are 10000 people enrolled, but they take their sweet time to get back to you ON TOP OF losing a lot of stuff that must be turned in before the practicums begin. I have been waiting for months to begin my last set of practicum skills and every time I turn in paper work, they find something wrong and send it back. I'm having to take off of my little animal job to go to the large animal clinic to finish skills, but there is always something wrong with everything I turn in (and they wont help me or say what I did wrong). I'm losing money and respect for this school.

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Amanda Alves - 10 days ago

Hi I thinking about starting the the vet tech program. I know how is ? Where you can find vet clinic for externshiping ?

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Miss Ariel - 7 days ago

Hey Amanda, if you join the Penn Foster Student Community, you can find a bunch of documents explaining what is required for externships.

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Degree: Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician and Veterinary Assistant
Graduation Year: 2016
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I love PF so far! The Vet tech community is extremely supportive! I love the community and facebook pages that increase interaction among other students. I also really enjoy the webinars where you can connect with professors, hear a lecture, and ask questions in real time. I would recommend this school ! It's even more credible since exams are proctored. You might be able to pass the exams, but the final examinations are like going to an actual college.

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Amanda Alves - 10 days ago

Hi I thinking about start the vet tech program. How was it? How you did find vet clinic to help?

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