Penn Foster Career School Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (116)
This is not a school, it is a business. All they want is your money and don't care about how you learn. I've take online courses with other colleges and I can tell you that this self-paced stuff is a load of crap! I can't get my questions answered, the instructor's comments are misleading, and I'm getting grades that are way lower than I deserve. I have to dumb myself down to get a good grade.
This school (at least the Medical Billing and Coding diploma program) is a complete joke. I am a student, which means I am trying to learn something I didn't previously know, and I'm finding TONS of errors! Too many to excuse.
I email the instructors and they admit the error but do nothing to correct it. You can't tell me I'm the first to find these errors, yet I have never seen a correction sheet included with any of my text books. How many more errors are there that I'm not aware of (in other words, how much am I learning WRONG)? I have to pass a certification to get a job, how am I going to do that with this piece of junk education?
Student services is friendly but worthless. The instructors that I have encountered are of little to no help. I will be reporting them to the BBB, because they are not even coming close to giving me my money's worth (I paid in full, if that matters). Unfortunately, they were my only option for this course where I live. If I could go back, I would have given up on this career track rather than waste money on this school. I cannot stress enough how disappointed I am with this school.
I first enrolled into Penn Fosters Wildlife/Forestry Conservation course in 2007, since my passions involve nature and wildlife, and graduated in about 14 months. I LOVED that course and was pretty bumbed when it ended.
The only problem with the Pharmacy program was the need for simultaneous hand-on training. After I finished the program I talked to a Pharmacist at my hospital, who informed me that the OTHER graduates currently hired on had one HUGE advantage over me. They went to local institutions, which allowed them to receive hands-on training (lab experience) that I did not receive through online correspondence. Basically we all had the education, but they also had hands-on experience and I did not. I would recommend that if you do anything healthcare related, that you go to a local institution, so that you can get that hands-on training, AS WELL as the bookwork. That will save you some disappointment.
The communication was prompt, the tuition payment terms were the easiest I've seen thus far and the shipment of my materials were amazing! This is a great school to enroll in for subject curiosity, personal growth, and if the job you want requires a CERTIFICATE only.....most likely a "technician" position. For professional fields that ask for degrees, you might want to look for a school with a more extensive curriculum. I plan on taking a few more courses through Penn Foster, just for fun, since I love researching and learning new things. Great school!!!
They claim you can advance at your own pace but that is not entirely true. I am ready to take the next four tests and they will not open them up until a shipment goes out. I can complete this program online with out the physical materials. I have been doing bookkeeping for more than 20 years but need to bring my education current. It has been days of emailing and I get canned answers - can not open exams until shipment goes out. No one will listen to me - I have a job depending on this. I can do it in three weeks if they would allow it.
This course was surprisingly challenging. Not a gimme at all. 20 modules/study units, each with tests (open book but difficult) and a LOT of very real-world applicable information.
Everything fropm Rangelands management to wildlife law enforcement, insect management, fisheries management, forest protection, fire control/prevention and management, wild animal and predator management and even tree diseases.
These are CE units, not transferrable college credits. But they do have several degree programs. This was a great course, there was plenty of student support, the finances were a breeze, the feedback and communication from the school were awesome...overall a great experience. If you're looking for top-tier university education, this isn't it, but then again try getting "top tier" online or for this price anyway. By the way, this is majorly accredited. Great course and very usable.Ten stars.
Im one happy PF graduate. I had finish HVAC course in 2007. Got my HVAC Technician Diploma. It took me about 1.5 to finish the course. Done it all while working as a Industrial Food Equipment Mechanic / Building Maintenance Technician. Had a lot of hand-on experience as helper to repair and maintain refrigeration systems. Have learn a lot in this course. Thinking about taking Electrician Technician course. In my opinion PF is good choice for someone who can get a hand-on experience as a helper or volunteer while taking classes at PF. Without the experience it will be tough. (this might be a reason why so many people leave negative feedbacks about PF.)
First of all I only say I would not recommend the school because they do not tell you this information before signing up...even though I asked them. Luckily I am in a state that does not require you to be registered to work in the field. If I did than I would be very angry!
I have recently enrolled in the Dental Assistant program and after enrolling I found out that the program does not give you the degree you need for becoming registered in states that require it. So if you are planning on working in a state that requires you to be registered than you are going to have to do the program from a school that is accredited for registration in the state you plan to work in. In some states you do not even need to have any knowledge in the field to get a job. They will just train you on the job. So I am hoping that taking this course will at least give me knowledge and possibly a foot in the door to becoming a dental assistant.
People, do not listen to all the negative things you hear about the school. It's obvious that some people did not find it easy enough to be able to comprehend the material. I started the program and trust me they amke you work.
It's fun to be able to learn at your own speed and not have a nagging teacher down your throat. When I was in high school my math teacher didn't even check your work, as long as you turned in a piece of paper you got graded for it. And trust me I didn't let in that class.
Some people(me) can learn better by themselves. Penn Foster is well accredited since 1959. Check it out for yourselves. www.ope.ed.gov
The information was out dated and very repetitive, The Student services was never helpful and they would put you on hold for 10 minutes at a time. when someone would pick up they wouldn't have any of the answers and would transfer you to another person that didn't know what they were talking about either.
Their website is often down and freezes, if you are in the middle of testing it submits your answers automatically and they do not let you re take your test even if no answers were filled in at the time of "submission".
I know someone that went through the IWPP, their materials were up to date and very informative.
I will not be referring anyone to Penn Foster.
I was given a reasonable tuition and time period to finish my course. It seemed to be going well, I received my materials in a timely manner, the same with my exams. When I finished before the time period, I had to wait on my diploma. Meanwhile, I asked questions regarding my next step, but I was put off because I had not been issued my diploma.
I spoke to one of the advisors who again offered no assistance (red flag) then I received my diploma. I called again and in so many words was told I was on my own. Once paid up, diploma in hand, I was dumped. I called around and discovered I was programmed as an Aide which was not the same as a occupational assistant, I needed additional training for which I did not have funds (this information came from some of the calls I made). Every subsequent call I made to the school was to no avail, there was no follow as noted in the brochures to check on my exploits after graduating the programs.