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The certificate program I took with this school was OK. I got a well written physical textbook and had no problems. With the degree program however, I noticed their grading was quirky. For instance they would comment on a Essay Writing exam that the essay was well written and then give me a D- grade. Also, I noticed some of the exam questions would ask about material that had not been in the lesson. When I asked the professor about this she told me to email her the question and correct answer. I did and got no response. This happened on just about every exam. The online e-books are written poorly with multiple typos and even mistakes that alter the correct info that you retain. I feel they could do a lot better with the school considering the money they have rolling in!
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.
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 really enjoyed my experience. Every one star review I have seen is issues that are clearly displayed on either the main webpage or in the syllabus. It isn't Ashworth's fault that you cant read. Study issues? Seriously!!! Ever hear of Google? Credits don't transfer? Its written in the syllabus for you to check! The only good grip is the ones that paid and had degree delivery issues. The rest of the one stars need to grow up and get a clue.
The only reason I gave it 1 star is because I couldn't choose 0 stars. The school is a total rip off. They charged us $928.00 for a spiral bound notebook when we called for help we were put on hold for 45 min someone came on the line put us on hold n we got disconnected called back was on hold for another 30 min finally gave up. Had to quit attending due to family health and told the lady from Ashworth why, she said she was sorry to hear about that and whenever he was ready to come back just give them a call. Well we just gave them that call and they're saying that conversation never happened they would've told him to cancel the school and charged him $250 they NEVER told us about a cancelation fee they just kept charging him and sending it to collections when I tried to call the school the lady was very ignorant rude and hung up on me
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.
LOVE THE SCHOOL GRADUATED AND PLAN TO RE ENROLL FOR BA IN MEDICAL ADMINISTRATIONS. Would recommend this school to anyone. You learn at your own pace. I am not only went through Ashworth but also James Madison getting my high school. They are affordable and doesn't leave you in debt as a regular college could.
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.
I was HIGHLY skeptical of online learning. I was wrong! Ashworth was amazing!!! They were not only right there to help at every stage of the process but they hid nothing! Anyone who says otherwise didn't read enrollment agreement or couldn't handle the work! It is hard. You have to hold yourself accountable the entire time and no it's not easy. Going to class is so much easier. You have to self discipline. Ashworth advisors were AMAZING!! There was never a time I needed help and couldn't find someone to assist. They want you to succeed. They care. I could not say enough great things about my experience and would HIGHLY recommend anyone that wants to go back to school to call Ashworth. Happy Graduate!!
I'm loving it so far. So flexible and the student portal/sakai (the online course software) is so smooth and easy to navigate. Please don't change it - at least not for a long while, Ashworth! I am very happy with the quality of education, as well as the support. The flexibility is obviously the greatest perk of the school. The fact that you go at your own pace is incredible. And I don't mean at your own pace with a deadline -- I mean REALLY at your own pace. You have up to a YEAR to finish one semester. Granted I don't need that long, but I'm sure some do with very busy lives. I work full-time but was able to finish my first semester in about 2 and a half months. Just about the time of a traditional semester, but you have NO deadlines. Take your time and learn at your own speed. I'm excited to continue!