Penn Foster Career School Reviews
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Im So thankful for Penn foster . I Dropped out of high school my senior year in 2016 .I enrolled in Penn foster in June 2019 and got my diploma in one month .thanks to Penn foster ill be attending college in August! Im so grateful that everything was a smooth process ..I had no complications,no complaints.The test is all multiple questions and also, Theyll send your diploma within 1-5 days once you completed all your course.
Do not sign up for Penn foster electrical program if you think theyll get your career started. Penn Foster will not help you get jobs at the basic level of knowledge you acquire from the school. Do not sign up for this course thinking they will put you into a job after you graduate. Only use it as a tool to get knowledge.
Please do not go through these people they make you jump through ropes and they wont accept your transcript from your previous school you attended. And they wont accept shot record from a different state so please do not attend high school or college through these jokers
I started the Travel and Tourism program in July of 2019 and it took me a little less than a month and a half to complete program. I've read other reviews saying the material is outdated, but I don't have that problem with the Travel and Tourism program. Everything seems up to date and I did actually learn alot. It is self pace and they give you a year to complete the program or you'll have to pay extra, and I was told this the day I started the program, to which they give you 6 days from enrollment date to cancel if you want to. I wouldn't say it was super easy or very hard but in the middle of both, you will need to take notes and study. They have tons of resources available in your student portal also to help if you get stuck on something. The only con i would say is trying to get a hold of someone thru email, I would recommend just calling them, and I've never had and issues when I needed to call. I know everyone has different opinions on the good, but I had a great overall experience with them.
It is very ridiculous that after I cancelled a course that did not meet my needs with this school, never received a diploma and paid about $700, my account was put into collections and I was told I owe over $1000. It makes no sense that you are compelled to pay this school even after your diploma was not completed. This school is a fraud!!
Enrolled my son so he could get his High School Diploma. They lied to me right from the beginning. Registered and took advantage of some of the savings they offered, but because they lied to me had to withdraw my son. When i called to cancel and tell them why, they wanted to speak to my son as he had since turned 18, even though it was my bank they were withdrawing the money from. When my son got on the phone the rep said, so your going to cancel? My son said yes, and he said, well guess your not getting a diploma then! He then informed my son we would owu more money to them for canceling and without giving my son a chance to say anything, he hung up the phone! I would not recommend this online joke to anyone!! They will just tell you what you want to hear to get your money! Find somewhere else to get your education. Nothing but liars and money grabbers here!!!
My only critique of this school would be that they advertise as a "go at your own pace" online school, which I thought was great because my job has random hours/days off and I have a busy schedule. I signed up and paid it off early so I could save some money with the promotions they offered. About a year later I had a lot going on and I still hadn't finished my course, only to get an email from Penn Foster saying I had to pay $100 to renew my course for another 6 months which I didn't see ANYWHERE when I was reading about the school/program. That part was very misleading and they should really emphasize that yes, this is go at your own pace, BUT you should complete within a year to avoid additional charges. They really need to be more transparent about added costs. Just letting anyone know who might be interested in taking a course here because I wish I would have known that.
Current 2019 student, I find the student portal extremely well put together. This is a 100% self taught course - self paced course. You have 12 months to complete the coursework and then the option to extend your studies twice for additional time for an extra fee if you need to. This is common in most online certificate courses regardless where you go. Is it easy to cheat, well yes but why would you? You are just cheating yourself and i guess this is where your morals would come in. There is help via the student portal via facts and questions, instructor outreach and social community groups. I have found the social groups to be the most viable of all. The contract was clear in black and white, read what you are signing and understand, ask questions. I have found no promise after completion of career assistance or placement, may have been removed prior to my enrollment. The course is difficult and challenging especially if you have no medical background. Take initiative, use study supplements and outer resources along with the course. Upon course completion you get a free voucher to sit for the NHA CBCS exam and / or can sit for the CPC (You Pay) via the AAPC. If you do not have at least 2 yrs prior coding experience to the exam you will receive a CPC-A until your 2 yrs on hands experience is completed. I highly advise doing the AAPC Plexicode classes in addition to your course. This not only gives you real world on hands experience but it eliminates 1 of the required CPC- A years. Know before you sign what type of learner you are, and if you learn better by instructor, traditional classroom settings then this is not for you.
So let me just start off by saying this is not your traditional institution. This place is self-serve. You do the work yourself and if you want positive results your going to have to work it out yourself. The staff here do not help you. In the program that I was in you are graded by the computer. No teacher. No homework. Nada. You learn on your own. There is no guaranteed career help and job placement. Theyre just telling you lies to get you to pay. This was money wasted that I couldve used towards my actual college tuition. But, oh well. You live. You learn. Just dont make the same mistake. Really do your research before you make a decision wherever you decide to go.
I took the Medical Billing and Coding program and honestly, I don't recommend it. I took a course previous to this at another school and that's the only thing that helped me. This course is very very hard, someone who has never had exposure to medical codes and the books would be totally lost. I was able to finish in 3 months only because I had exposure to the content previously. I wanted to get a diploma thinking it would get my foot in the door at medical offices but it's done anything but. If you want to get a job even as a medical receptionist you'll need to be nationally certified as a coder to really stand out. This diploma isn't what you're looking for. My biggest issue was I'd get high grades on my tests but the teachers grading them would mark answers wrong that were right. I'd call and justify my answers and they'd correct it but, over all it just wasn't the kind of experience I'd want anyone else to go through. I really wouldn't recommend this school I'd say go to an actual school or college and get the hands on experience because this course as far as the coding part goes, a first timer would fail miserably. The coding is way too advanced for an online school especially when you can't have in person help. Lastly, at the time I went they claimed to offer career placement but that never happened.