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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.
So let me start off by saying that if you are the kind of individual who needs to be hands on, or tutored, then this should be an obvious opt out for you. It is very self paced, and simple, if you take it seriously, it takes no time at all. my instructor was very hard to get a hold of, but I was also working crazy hours so emails were the majority of our conversations. They do evaluate you, you are tested, quized, etc. you have a whole network of other students to reach out to for help if necessary, and if you apply yourself, the internship is a breeze. I would definitely recommend it, considering pre- diploma I was making 9.50/hr and I got a dollar raise within a week of being at my job just for completing the course and presenting my diploma to my manager. I was also offered another raise in the event that I go do the AVMA cert test.
DO NOT APPLY. DO NOT ATTEND. I never write reviews but had to speak out on this one. Do not waste your time with this school. It cost nothing to get in and everyone qualifies. I applied and started my course work immediately. A week into it I realized that the course material was so easy a 5-year-old could do it. I breezed through the first course in a week. I realized that this college was a joke and decided to drop out of it. I contacted support and they dropped me through email without hesitation. They mentioned that there will be a bill because I went past a certain pertage of the course and would owe them. I got the bill in the mail. Let's just say I owe Penn Foster more than a month's rent and my apartment is not cheap. DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME IN THIS NATIONALLY ACCREDITED FLY-BY- C*** SCHOOL. Employers will laugh at you and you will owe this school way more than the degree is worth!
I should have read more reviews before signing up! This school is basically useless. I have not graduated yet, and probably wont. Just a waste of time and money. Everything is outdated, I couldve basically just researched everything online and it wouldve been about the same. Its almost impossible to get ahold of anyone also. I tried to get at least some of my money back, and all I got was a one sentence reply saying that I have completed too much to be able to get ANY type of refund at all. Go to an actual real college, not here. All they care about is taking your money and wont work with you at all.
This program is extremely outdated. If I had know that most of the activities involved manually drawing out the ledgers and journals, I would not have bought this program. Knowing how to format and align accounting journals should no longer be a part of any bookkeeping course, as no one does this manually any more. Besides that, the information I received was a good basis for learning bookkeeping.
I've taken several formal private investigator courses over the years and I am a licensed Private Investigator. I took this course as a refresher and for continuing development. Overall this course was in depth a general (not state specific). I have 3 observations: 1) Some of the course material is outdated. I think we can move passed 3.5" floppy disks and very outdated computer technology that is introduced as investigative tools; 2)The study materials looked like they were made in the early 2000's and the self-check tests and exams were worded poorly in some areas; and 3) There were no videos or anything to catch the student visually. It was an OK class for what it was, and still a better than some of the in-class courses I've taken. This course does set a foundation but my expectations may be too high.