Ashworth College Reviews
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Warning, this is a long "comment," but one I think is important as more and more American students are being crushed by student loan debt because we cannot find work even after investing in expensive college degrees. Regarding its Substance Abuse Counseling program, Ashworth admits on its website that students should check with our states' licensing boards about requirements for substance abuse counseling. On one of its urls the school writes, "As part of the Ashworth College Substance Abuse Counseling training program, all students participate in a 300-hour practicum in a supervised clinical setting. The clinical practicum is one of the prerequisites for anyone seeking a credential and/or licensing as a substance abuse counselor in most states." But such a class is not offered by Ashworth. When I asked their representative, I was informed it's my responsibility to find a practicum. So it's possible to enroll in the Ashworth program, not find a practicum, and therefore not be eligible for licensure. Of course, you’d be out your Ashworth fee. On spending weeks at various state facilities looking for a practicum, I learned I'd have to be trainee-licensed through my state, which, you guessed it, requires me already to have a job in the field. Catch-22. On speaking with our state's flagship training university that offers its own substance abuse program, I learned that nearly every legitimate school--from community colleges through graduate programs--offers the practicum through partner affiliations with various hospitals, treatment facilities, and other agencies. They've told me they do this because otherwise it is "virtually impossible" to acquire an internship in an era of record competition for them among even masters-degree qualified professional therapists with over a decade of experience who’ve been laid off as counseling psychology job offerings shrink in a shift away from salaried professionals to contract professionals. What did Ashworth's representatives have to reply to all of this when I shared the news? Not their problem. They'd happily take my money, but my post-educational success is none of their concern. Which brings me to another major problem I have with Ashworth. While I appreciate their programs cost much less than those at even most state schools, the value of a given program, there's a strong case to be made, lies in its translatability into employment. I already pursed an undergraduate STEM degree only to find no jobs available on graduating from a well-ranked program with excellent grades and recommendations. After years working in an unrelated low-wage field, I did my due diligence, spoke with university program heads about marketability of different degrees, liaised with state and federal advisors and corporate representatives about career growth and demand in the USA, and after doing my homework chose to pursue a masters, also in the sciences. After two years and tremendous additional debt, I learned the majority of positions in my field had been outsourced, and the availability of positions in the US was at an all-time low. Colleges' response to this very frequent predicament? Not their problem. Again, colleges and universities are happy to take your money, but your post-educational success, despite your excellent grades and test scores, isn’t their concern. And if you think a cheap online school like Ashworth is any different, think again. I just got off the phone with an Ashworth rep who kept interrupting me and speaking over me. She asserted that it's not Ashworth's responsibility to offer a curriculum in substance abuse counseling that addresses ANY state's licensing requirements. I've spoken with CA, WA, OR, MA, IL, NH, and NY state boards, and each of them requires a practicum COURSE supervised by a faculty member who is also licensed in the field. Ashworth doesn't offer such a course. All their work is online, and they have NO affiliations with any facilities that could provide states' practica requirements. They couldn’t even advise me on whom to speak to. And that also goes for their much-touted 300-hour practicum. Notice their wording doesn't state you'd be PLACED in such a practicum, but rather that you participate in such a practicum--meaning you have to find one yourself. If you check job boards in psychology and counseling, jobs are dying in the field, and those that arrive to replace them are very low wage, but require significant certification--requiring, in turn, practica hours in a training facility. It doesn’t take a PhD in economics to understand a major implication is that far better credentialed psychologists would be competing eventually for practica to acquire additional credentials for better employment options, and an Ashworth online student with no affiliation with a practicum organization is unlikely to win the coveted practicum. And this doesn’t take into account university students at state and private accredited traditional (brick-and-mortar) schools that have a wealth of medical and social connections and therefore arrange students’ practica as part of their expensive degree programs. Ashworth simply doesn't have the connections to do this, and an online degree anyone can complete without the university-backed connections to acquire the requisite institutional training is in essence superfluous. I decided to write this review not so much because the last Ashworth agent I spoke with, who refused to give me the contact information for a supervisor, was condescending and factually uninformed on the very programs she's supposed to be advising people like me considering laying down a chunk of cash for Ashworth, but because as a multi-degree holding student who's an example of a mushrooming national community of "underemployed" college graduates who're still responsible for back-breaking college loans, I'm fed up with colleges and universities profiting off students' fears and hopes surrounding employment and financial survival. Ashworth agents have the temerity to tell you a lack of concordance between their certificates and state licensing requirements is not their concern. When I asked the latest Ashworth rep what states' requirements Ashworth's Substance Abuse Counselor program does in fact satisfy, she spat, "I don't know. That's not our responsibility." Really? At the very least that type of institutional hubris should be a red flag to financially savvy students for whom a(nother) academic credential is a financial and time investment. Rude administration, uninformed telephone representatives, and poorly requirement-matched programs (at least the "new" Substance Abuse Counseling program) earn Ashworth a failing grade from this student advocate.
I was very disappointed in the many mistakes in the questions and answers and to realize they had not been fixed for years according to former student reviews. If I had read reviews first I would not have signed up. Nevertheless I finished the course and paid it in full in 3 months. It has been 11 months now and still have NOT received the key duplicator they promised to send upon completion and payment of this course :( I am not very happy about this. I have called at least 4 times in the past year. They said they sent it. Oh but it was returned since I had moved in February. I have called since I moved and it seems they are all out of them now, even the one they originally sent me ,and when they get one they will send it. !!?? I wish I had looked around more before singing up.
This school sucks they have no one to help you except hope to God you find someone when you call. if you miss the phone call your out of luck cause you have to call back and wait four or so days to get help. I wouldn't tell anyone to go to this school. You are on your own when it come to this school good luck
I am currently getting my career diploma in Administrative Assisting and enjoy it very much! I have begun to apply for jobs and have already been turned down for a job, thinking I was only at the entry-level, because I am overly qualified. The career diploma program, as long as you can dedicate time to reading and learning the material, is extremely easy. I am only 16 and on summer break, and I work hard everyday to ensure that I make progress on my studies, therefore, it should be without saying that curriculum is easy to absorb and anyone can do it. Although I can list the positives all day and discuss the low-cost and relatively decent quality of the education, there are some drawbacks. For example, because of the low-cost solution, there was obviously little proofreading of the information and there are some typing errors here and there. The program is also built around a text, and so the curriculum is not very interactive and more inviting to those that like to read, however, every section is similar and that makes the program rather predictive in terms of how long it should take to complete. I must say, however, employers still respect my diploma and I plan on continuing to further my education with them which will enable me to work at higher level jobs in college. I hope my review helps!
So Ashworth decided to change their Pharmacy Tech program in Nov 2014, 2 months after I started my program. This change, thus affected their accreditation, which effected the licensing requirements in several states. Long story short, I wasted $ and time. They never notified me that they changed their curriculum. I found out when I asked them to complete my certification form on my CA licensing application, that's when they notified me that their program is 1) no longer accredited, and 2) didn't satisfy the minimum academic threshold for CA. Wtf? Really? Not to mention when calling there all extremely rude and unprofessional!!
I just want to start off saying I do not recommend this school to any of my friends or family and it is your choice if you decide to go to school. I also want to say the beat of my own opinion. I took online classes in which they never taught you how to look for anything you had to figure it out on your own.their customer service in the financial part is rude, expecially their supervisor Marley. She will talk over you and hang up on you constantly. they also tell you they will set up a payment plan that works best for you and they won't. one person will say one thing in customer service and then when you call back to confirm it it's another thing. overall the experience of there syllabus and the schooling itself was not a very good quality my personal opinion. I actually had to go to another school to finish out my degree. like I said this is my own personal review.
I have been studying with Ashworth College since 2012 and I have been happier than I ever been at any school. I love that you can study at home at your own time and that the tuition is affordable. I have learned a lot more at this school than at any other school I have attended and have done well here too. Customer Service is good too, they have always worked with me to make it to where I can afford the tuition payments and any problem I have had they have always corrected. No problems. I would recommend Ashworth to anyone and already have. I mean paying only a fraction of what tuitions at other schools are and studying at your own time at your own pace is a real oppurtunity to eat your cake and have it too (Watch Mary Kate Olsen on Holiday In The Sun if you think I got the saying wrong) . I got some advice, before signing up make sure you read EVERYTHING on the site including the small print. Know what you are getting into and make sure it is exactly what you want before making a commitment. Also follow the guidelines. Make your payments on time, and just because the exams are open book you STILL have to study for them because the tests are timed and its a part of life to study for tests anyway. Follow all directions when you do your assignments and if you need help Ashworth has tutors you can contact. And no tutor can do the assignment for you or tell you the answers to an exam. Everyone knows that is cheating. Ashworth also has their accreditation listed and as for transferring credits to another college that is more up to the institution you are wanting to go to than it is the degree itself or Ashworth. Just because one school won't accept Ashworth does not mean every school won't. Each institution has certain policies when accepting credits. Even regionally accredited credits are not always accepted by some schools. There are tons of schools that will accept Ashworth, you just have to google them and do your research. And also if you want the staff at Ashworth to be nice to you, BE NICE TO THEM. Do not use curse words, or be rude, or shout or post on their community that they are a scam. If you ever worked in customer service you know that that behavior alone is enough to put you in a bad mood. And if you are angry cause you can't get your degree until your tuition is paid off be lucky that they even let you study while still owing your tuition because most schools and mainly traditional schools won't even let you attend until you paid your tuition. Pay your payments ON TIME. The due date is right there when you log into your student portal.
I am appalled at the negative reviews about this school. I went to this school for 3 different certifications and each time I have NEVER had a problem with anything!!!!! I am now going using my military Spousal benefits and again no issue. I love this school Its good and its true and the credits are transferrable as I was attending Clayton State but due to life events I had to withdraw. And that's what I love with this school it is at your own pace and online so no matter what is happening in your life you can still get your degree. Plus they let me choose a variety of certificate programs because I'm not sure what Degree plan I want to go for. And the school is beyond affordable. My first certificates I came out of pocket and did the payment plan received my diploma in the mail as told I would.
This school is well worth your time, & money. All employees are super nice and professional, very helpful. I would recommend this school to anyone. If your looking for convenience this is the place. All my classes are on line and I can manage classes around my time.
I absolutely loved getting my degree from Ashworth college. I started my studies in their local community college and finished at ashworth. They easily transferred my credits and it was affordable. I was a single mom of 3 small children at their time and then fact that I could study at home with no commute was priceless. I prefer to learn on my own which I did by reading them curriculum they sent me and took online tests with them help of the local librarian who served as a proctor over me. It was easy to understand, simple to achieve and was void of any distractions that is evident in typical college experience. I have worked as a teacher for over 10 yes now and am so glad I earned my degree at Ashworth. I also do Nursing now which I learned back in high school in a technical program. I am possibly considering registering again st Ashworth to further my skills in physical or occupational therapy aide. They will transfer any credits I previously a achieved that apply and give me a huge discount for being a returning student.