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This past October 1 2015, the medical billing and coding world changed from ICD-9 to ICD-10 diagnosis codes. As I was working through the first 4 worthless classes, I began to notice references to ICD-9 codes only. When I read a phrase that was similar to...the future ICD-10 coding system...I picked up the phone. The entire curriculum was still geared for the old system. Had I continued, I would have wasted $800 plus dollars because my knowledge would have been obsolete. When I was speaking to the representative about dropping the course she told me, "we're almost done building the new website." I advised her they should have taken the course down until the new site had been built. She had no response. I am now in a battle to get them to stop performing auto deductions from my bank account for their so called tuition.
AVOID!!!! I recently had a major issue with the school and up until that point I was really pleased with them. I wanted two switch majors and made a call to them two months ago, in those two months I followed every thing I was advised to do to the T, then I make a call to get the ball rolling only to find out almost everything he advised me was incorrect to the point where I am out $772. That's a lot of money for me.... A LOT>. After more then two and a half hours on the phone with numerous people at the school (including two hang up from them!) they refused to fix THEIR MISTAKE! I repeat a representative from there school made several mistakes while advising a student and they are unwilling to work with said student. A student with a 4.0 GPA, who was always at least a week early for all due dates, and who PAID IN FULL!!! I did exactly what I was told to do and they screwed me over.
This school has a lot of knowledge to offer it's students through the lessons and materials they provide, though these classes are pretty much self taught and you will reap what you sow. This is unlike any online class I have taken through a university, though I much prefer the format PennFoster has adopted for online learning. PennFoster is not a regionally accredited school so at no point did I expect any credits to transfer, totally fine with me. Knowledge on the other hand, is transferable and I have gained plenty of that through the auto repair course. This program has definitely increased my appeal to employers and has provided me with a well rounded education pertaining to automobiles (which has yielded multiple pay raises). Furthermore, the automotive program familiarized me with concepts surrounding mechanical engineering, which has really helped me in pursuing a B.S. degree. This school will most likely not give you that 6 figure income when you graduate, but if you apply yourself and pursue something that holds your interest, then PennFoster can be a major help in getting to that 6 figure income. I struggled in multiple universities prior to giving up, eventually finding PennFoster, this school gave me the skills, confidence and clarity to jump back into my education and achieve. I recommend the automotive program to any beginning/apprentice techs, can change your life, or not, choice is yours, materials are there.
Well, let me start by saying, this is a waste of time. I took the course, I get reimbursed through my work educational fund. Even jumped through the hoops of externship for absolutely NO reason and waste of time. Sent in all the forms at the end. Only to find out they changed the review form the supervising pharmacist is supposed to fill out. Changed the format but the one I sent in was their old format. They would not accept. WELL I am not in the mood to bother that poor pharmacy again. This has essentially held my certificate hostage and I cannot get my money back from work without it. I have also sense taken the PTCB cert without the school and passed. NOT HAPPY. EIther want my MONEY BACK, or my CERTIFICATE or I will say something to the BBB.
You will be hard pressed to find a school that cares as little about its student as Penn Foster. This is basically a breeding ground for Walgreens and cvs. They offer little in the preparation for real world technology and skills needed for a quality career. If you are looking to make $20000-25000 a year working retail, with garbage benefits and no hope for promotion, then this is your school. If you are looking for quality jobs, find somewhere else to study.
The classes are ok but the communication from the department when waiting for approval for your proctors or your next courses to be opened up is horrible. DO NOT trust them when they say they will call you back or e-mail you with the answer because it won't happen and when you call they won't offer an apology, only excuses and a complete lack of caring. I have children and a full time job and I don't have weeks upon weeks to lose because they completely lack communication skills. I would look into other schools before making the the choice to enroll in Penn Foster.
I would not recommend this program to anyone. I have had so many issues. The classes are easy however they do not help you find an internship at all. The teachers are knowledgeable but the school is awful. They are horrible communicators and take forever to approve the internship.
I am enrolled in the Veterinary Technician Associate Degree program. This program IS accredited. The bad reviews are mostly disgruntled people who didn't pay what they signed up for or weren't ready to put the work in. Yes- you have to make payments or pay in a lump sum. But if you're receiving services like say electric and don't pay what happens? It gets shut off! Electric companies don't care if you had a financial hardship! So why would you expect for a college to? You sign an agreement and if you didn't read that agreement before signing it- that's on you. Yes, this program IS challenging which it should be. It's a college course, accredited by the AVMA (which allows you to sit for the VTNE exam that certifies you), and it has a lot of content you NEED to know for on the job. If you aren't willing to put the work into it or pay for your tuition, then this isn't for you. Penn Foster may be online but the teachers and even students are so helpful and welcoming. The Vet Tech program has a Facebook group- if you ever have a question, a TON of people respond and help you out. There are so many resources on the Penn Foster site alone.
I received my certificate for the program very informative. You have to get experience on your own I volunteered my services at local asap and groomed my friends pets. I know have my own successful business. I called pen foster for advice the were helpful, but they don't have any plugs it's all up to you very easy program.
I learned a great deal from the program and was very prepared for my licensing exam. I am now making top dollar wages for an orthopedic surgeon. The only drawback to the school was, I did not receive a lot of help finding internship hospital's. I would recommend the program.