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Programs are very affordable. My first class went very well. Unfortunately their support is a nightmare. Each contact with support since I started has been a frustrating failure. The online support gives scripted answers and marks your problem as resolved as soon as they respond though Ive never had them resolve anything. Im pretty sure Im speaking to teenagers when I call their support line. They too follow a script. After 5 tries for my most recent question I asked for a supervisor to call me. One just left a message informing me of an answer to something I didnt get to ask and not coming close to resolving my issue. He left the main support number to call back. Their support is the reason I will not enroll in any other programs after this one (which was my plan) and I will not recommend this school to any of my friends looking to go back to school.
The school appears to be everything at first, until you start having to deal with the unprofessional BS. Seems that every book is on back order even up to 8 months, if you purchase your book they wont reimburse you, also they tend to lie about how much the cost of the program is and keep going up on your tuition. Now if you can get the tuition paid everything would be fine but thats the hardest part because they keep sending you a prior semester lease to sign before the previous is paid off going up on your payments... that's their scheme to get more money and make you say forget it.
Ashworth is a solid choice for individuals who have a fair amount of experience and just need that piece of paper. I actually learned some things at Ashworth too. Ultimately you get out what you put in, but they offered a good format and a fair price. The diploma looks nice and proper too (not crappy like a continuing education certificate or anything) and I have it hanging on the wall. I would have liked to have a few more interactive labs online or lab kits sent out and would have been willing to pay a little more for this as well. All in all it helped me learn some new skills and land a better job so I'm happy.
Material took awhile to arrive but was ok and the course was interesting. However I received feedback that was full of grammatical and spelling mistakes and hardly comprehensible. I can only assume the person who reviewed my assignment was a non English speaker and barely literate!
Let me just say first, the school has awesome academics. I can't speak for all of their programs, but as far as pharmacy technician certificate goes, it is in great depth and was overall very good. However, operating within their secure website was very, very difficult for me and I am 21 years old- so it's definitely not because I don't know how to use technology. You have to wait up to a few days for different lessons to properly load and cache onto your portal, it is very sensitive to logging into different tabs, and MOST FRUSTATINGLY it sometimes does not let you login to your profile at all, for no apparent reason- no matter which browser you use, no matter if you restart your computer or laptop, etc...it just gives up! which as you can imagine is quite frustrating. So long story short: is it worth the couple hundred bucks? yes. Will you want to call customer service and tear them apart for such poor fluidity in the portal? yes. Now ya know. Hope this helps.
I completed the course and earned my degree, and never received it in the mail because I was unable to attend graduation. It had really slip my mind until i applied for a job and they requested it. So I called Ashworth College and gave them all the information they said I would receive it in 4 to 6 weeks that was back in October 2016 well it's now June 2017 and I still haven't received it. Every time I call oh you will have it in 4 to 6 weeks then I had to wait another 44 days. Back in May when I called they told me it was sent out but came back because they put a period in front of the NE (N.E.) I'm like really i get mail all the time like that.(smh) So this morning they telling me that they have to wait until they get it back then they will call me and let me know they got it. It's taking me longer to get the degree in my hand than it took me to complete it , I enjoyed taking classes with them I never had any problems I received my shipment on time, but I just don't understand why I can't get my degree I don't owe them any money so what's the hold up with them. This type of stuff calls for poor rating my job was pressuring me and I almost lost my spot as the lead teacher good thing my boss said she would use the official transcript for now
First, let me say that I did not finish the course. This is only a review of my time with Ashworth. To take the medical billing and coding course you MUST be able to teach yourself. Essentially they give you information, it is up to you to learn it. The tests are incredibly easy and aren't an indicator of what you have learned thus far. I also recommend that you purchase additional books on the subject. (I found Medical Billing and Coding/ Medical Terminology for Dummies quite helpful.) That being said, if you are willing to put in the work yourself this is a good program for the price. As to contacting Ashworth...if you can avoid it, don't. It takes forever for anyone to get back with you and you're constantly speaking to someone new. It took days to get in touch with someone who could help me with cancelling my program. It's very frustrating, but considering the price of the program I can't complain too much. Overall, if you are looking for an affordable medical billing and coding program then Ashworth is fine. Just know that you get what you pay for at least in terms of customer service.
Well I completed my program 1/25/2017 paid in full the only thing I hate is you have to find your own place to get your certification. So what if you can't find a place to get your certification or a place to volunteer at I would of lost a lot of money. Now that I've got hired through my job I have to now retake the course I hate I paid it off so fast now . They need to provide training sites as well that provide hands on
I believe the school means well to some level. However, I am not so sure about student services aka administration. They have a similar education and advertisement platform as Penn Foster College. I was transferring credits to this school and they will not do an evaluation of what credits will transfer. You have to enrolled first and then you will know. Be very vigilant about this practice (Penn Foster does the same thing). Anyway, I enrolled and finish the first semester with no issue, but I decided that I wanted to study elsewhere, which I did. Fast forward to the present, I was looking for a place to finish my masters, so I did take a look at them again and called them. When talking to a representative (admission counselor) I was told that my status as student was still active and that I have a debt with the College for a second semester. Two things I am sure, I paid the first semester in full and never enrolled or signed an enrollment agreement again for subsequently semester, no proof provided upon request. So how that is possible after all this years they have me as an active student when I discontinue my studies with them? Second, that I cannot enrolled in a different program and that I still owe them money? It is beyond me. Not the best college out there but certainly not the worst (ITT for example is really bad). If you want an education (trust me you will get one here) that will not put you in debt, Ashworth may be a good possibility to considered. I am willing to given them a try if they can resolve this problems with their administration and admission policies (at the Master degree level that is).
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.