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Sorry for the length of this. I am newly enrolled at Ashworth College, and I just passed my first class. I am a transfer student with half a bachelor's-worth of credits from regionally accredited schools. I am writing this solely to offer some advice when considering enrollment: Credits and degrees from DEAC accredited schools are accepted by many colleges and employers, and not accepted by others. I have done extensive job searching on job search engines as well as looked at a large number of colleges over the past seven years trying to figure out what I want to do, and have noticed that a handful of jobs require a regionally accredited degree, however, the majority of the time they just want an accredited degree. If you are considering graduate study, some colleges simply want a bachelor's degree from an institution that is accredited by a body recognized by the department of education, and some want it from a regionally accredited school. If you want to make sure your degree is recognized by all schools and employers, go for a regionally accredited college. If you don't mind certain employers and colleges not recognizing your degree or credits, then Ashworth is a very affordable as well as time-saving option (if you choose to work quickly). You can graduate in as little as six months. It is $79 per credit for the bachelor's degree program I am enrolled in. That is a very good price, as I was paying $300-400 per credit at the other schools I have been to. Also, I do not feel overloaded with coursework. So, the benefits of Ashworth are saving time and money, and also less of a headache when it comes to study load. The drawback is the lack of regional accreditation. I would say keep in mind when reading the bad reviews, that sometimes they are based on misunderstandings. People don't do their research or don't read the paperwork they signed or have one bad experience and go off on rants. Some good reviews are also based off of the rush of being a new college graduate and are posted by folks who have not gone on a job search or applied to grad school yet. Take every review with a grain of salt is my point, and do your research. Figure out what you need from a school, and what your plans are (job, grad school etc.) and make your college selection accordingly. For me, I am laid back about my job/career prospects and don't mind if certain employers and schools won't accept my credits/degree, as long as most of them will. If you are very particular about that, then pick a regionally accredited school. If you aren't, Ashworth is great. If you are concerned about the reputation of the school, then apply to Harvard or Yale or UC Berkeley. I just want my degree and to get a job doing what I love. DEAC accreditation is good enough for me since the department of education recognizes it. Some people need prestige or excellent customer service or less self-directed study and more structure. That is fine. I am not one of those people. Just consider what you want and need and don't believe everything you read without thinking about it or doing your research. Try going on Indeed or Glassdoor and running a job search in your desired field and look at the educational requirements for a good number of different jobs. Try going on websites of different universities and looking at their grad school admissions requirements. Make phone calls to those schools. So there. That is my two cents.
I started the pharmacy technician course in 2017 and finished it within a few months. I have been waiting for almost a year for the promised externship. They keep making excuses saying that there are no externship positions open at this time. I am not willing to pay the $700 for this course because it is beyond ridiculous. They treat you like dirt and do not give what they promise. Their customer service is terrible and they just want your money. I will NEVER recommend this school to anyone! I already filed a BBB complaint because I feel scammed out of a lot of money. I went out on my own to find an externship and no one would take me. I will not pay a cent more to this scam of a program because I feel like I learned nothing and they have done nothing to advance my career as promised.
After completing this course from Ashworth, I've now completed over a dozen online high school, college and trade courses from 5 different institutions. I can confidently say that Ashworth is by far the worst experience I've had, hands down. The technology is out of date, the support is almost non-existent and the tools that they supply are laughably cheap. Under absolutely no circumstances would I ever recommend Ashworth College to another student in any field. There will ALWAYS be better options. Even if they are literally the only school that offers a program, you can save $500+ dollars by just buying the exact same textbooks, practice materials and certification exams on other websites. The only things you'll miss are the generic, poorly worded multiple choice quizzes and long periods of waiting while their materials are on "backorder".
Ashworth has been a great college and opened up many doors for me. My biggest complaint about the school was the shipping time for textbooks, but now most of the courses us E-books I believe. It was extremely affordable and I've never had my employer/future employers be concerned about the national accreditation. I will be pursuing my bachelors from Ashworth in the future.
I have had the worst experience with this school. When I have questions my instructor never calls me back or emails me back. So I am paying all this money for a school where you have no help, nobody ever calls you back, when instead I could have got a grant or some help to pay for a much better school that you have help anytime instead of feeling like your just wasting your time and money. My advice, pick a different school to go to.
I graduated with an associate's degree in Early Childhood Education and now I'm working on my bachelor's in Psychology. The degree helped me get a pay raise. Online classes are easier for me with a full time job. My only complaint is that the staff is a bit unorganized when it comes to communication.
I have been waiting on the last step of the course which is the externship for more than half a year. I paid for the fingerprint and finished all the forms long time ago. They couldnt just place me in a CVS or Walgreen. I called and emailed for many times, but they just kept having me to wait. It is definitely not worth waiting for this. I spent like $700+ on this course, but now I spent most of my time waiting.
I have received two diplomas from this institution and graduated with honors. I had the most pleasant educational experience. When I needed help they were right there. My textbooks were always shipped fast. I've attended the live graduation also and even been invited to join the Delta Epsilon Tau Honor Society because of my 4.0 gpa . Thanks Ashworth for giving me a great beick and mortor school experience online.
Collectively it has taken me over 3.5 months to get coursework, I have until next week to secure my spot for graduation however I am STILL waiting for my last 4 tests (which I could probably do in 2 days)? Calling them is USELESS and I feel totally ripped off! I would NEVER recommend this school to anyone...
First off Id like to say about every time I called to speak to the staff they did not give the impression they cared about my questions or concerned, infact their responses sounded belittling in my opinion. And not very helpful. However S. was very polite. I had went through my course with a 4.0 grade point average and when I completed my lab simulation test I was supposed to be placed for next turn ship I had followed all the requirements and steps to obtain my pharmacy technician trainee license and I waited six months to be placed and still I could not be placed. And now theyre wanting me to pay more money for an extension just so I can sit here and wait some more. I wish that someone wouldve mentioned to me how long the wait process could take instead of making me wait in limbo. I felt it was very unprofessional on their part to not keep their students in constant contact and keep them updated as to at what point in the process they are in the placement. If you are very serious your future I would highly recommend not using Ashworth College as your school. Im sure others have their own positive experience but this was my personal experience with them.