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I went into the program hoping to learn something. Their program is sooo out dated. They went as far as the mid 1990's with the technical info. I didn't complete the program. They are still trying to charge me for the outdated course. The board of education needs to look into every school to make sure their info is up to standard. I refuse to pay.
Do not waste your time or money on this program. I have worked in the medical field for 15 years doing claims and billing. With years of experience using the icd, cpt, and hcpc codes it should be easy to find work. After making close to 100 applications to coding jobs and not getting even 1 interview, it is totally useless. This is after passing the CPC exam as well. The simple fact comes down to nobody wants to hire a newby to coding when there are several others out there with prior experience. 99% of these jobs require at least 2-3 years of coding experience to apply. Even if they dont, somebody that has the experience will get the job. If somebody with a closely related background can't get in. then somebody with no related experience doesn't stand a chance. Save your time and money going to something else.
Whatever you do, dont pay upfront. I already have a B.S in business, so some of my courses counted towards the accounting certification, leaving me with almost a $500 credit on my account with Penn Foster. I understand I signed a waiver to not receive a cash refund, but they will not even allow the credit to be used towards an extension, which they use as a selling point when applying and I called and spoke to someone about prior to submitting the courses that qualified as a transfer and was told I could use it towards the extension if needed. Now I have to pay $95 for the extension if I want to complete the program. Plus the $500 they already get to keep. In the end, they a get extra $600 from the original price. Go somewhere else if you dont want to be ripped off.
I did the electronics technician course. It was veru challenging. I love analyzing circuits, and the math involved. The electronics technician diploma is the "basic electronics" certificate course as well as 4 modules from the industrial electronics associates degree. The course goes through a ton of electrical theory. The math involved is intermediate algebra. When you get into the indistrial electronics modules, you go through a lot of computer circuitry, theory, and programming. It was a challenging class but I wish I would have just went ahead and did the degree program. The class isnt just just paper and pencil either. They send you a bunch of projects and experiments too. Also, I started the computer programming languages class and felt it was too much to handle while taking the electronics technician course. I asked for a refund about 3 months into it and I had absolutley no problem. I finished less than 10% of the course and they refunded me about 400 of the 500 dollars that I paid. They didnt even asl for the book back, which cost about 120 dollars.
I had no issues with billing ..i paid in full. i will say that the tests are open book and so its really up to the person to absorb information..but to be honest having no business experience, its not like all these textbooks are going to be what its like on a job. i am going to go for the associates in business management next because its cheap and hey guys its just a piece of paper that's all college is. sometimes the projects are turned back to you with incorrect formatting or a fussy grader/professor..i actually don't even know if the school employs actual professors. you never meet any of them unless you call for help. overall my experience was that i BSed all the tests and finished this diploma in like 2 months. shows me that they don't care about if anyone's learning, if you pay you get the piece of paper.
So I'm still a student in my first semester! I just gotta say, my whole experience here has been AMAZING. The minute I reached out to admissions and now in student support. I have learned SO much in less than a month and I still can't believe I'm a student here. Because they have open admission it's easy to get into. But the program is actually really hard. You have to be a self starter and someone who can work without lots of direction from professors, TAs, etc. Most vet tech students earn their degree in 2 months (and the school encourages the timeframe) but because many students here have fulltime jobs they take 4 or more years. I decided to put everything on hold and just focus on my studies so hopefully I graduate within 2 years! I don't actually feel like I'm going through this alone either, because there's an online community where students can interact with one another. I feel prepared to get into the next semester and even the students themselves can answer your questions fast pretty quickly. The support just from the online community has been a fun experience. It feels like we really know each other irl and go to school together. Pretty neat! I'm so excited to see what the future holds and where I'll be when I'm at the end of my program. I CAN'T wait!!!
Great online nationally accredited college. Penn Foster College is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission which recognized by both US Dept. of Ed. and CHEA. I earned my bachelor of science degree in criminal justice from Penn Foster College in May of 2017. It was one of the best decisions I've ever made. After graduating I received a promotion at work and received a much needed pay raise. I'm very happy and satisfied with the education I received at Penn Foster College! I would highly recommend it!
So I thought about continuing my education with Penn Foster but was always hesitant. I have attended other online schools. What was appealing to me about Penn Foster was the cost and the idea of graduating with no debt. Also, their accreditation is recognized regionally and nationally by my employer. My experience so far has been great. Penn Foster puts everything you need right in front of you. The way the courses and online resources are set up are super user friendly, creating one of the most functional online learning environments I have experienced. I think it helps that I have had previous experience with online courses. I can imagine if a person hasn't, the independent nature of Penn Foster's learning environment may be difficult. But for me it is perfect. I am excited about school again because I can take my time, not feel so rushed, and not be bogged down with debt. Thanks Penn Foster!
Don't waste your time on this program. I went through their course for medical billing and coding. The course itself I thought did a decent job of explaining the codes, terminology and all, but is very minimal on the billing side. Also their interactive billing program was very frustrating. The system kept kicking me out and I would have to perform the task multiple times before I could submit that portion and it actually saved on their stupid system. By far and away the most frustrating part is actually getting to use this in the work force. The plain fact is that nobody is willing to give you even a thought, if you don't already have coding experience. Of course they wont tell you this. I completed the course and the CPC test. Got the certification. I figured that although I hadn't done coding, I have 15 years of claims experience working with these same exact codes day in and day out. Should be able to find a position pretty quickly. Here I am a year and a half later and after multiple applications, have not gotten even an initial interview from anyone. After calling some of these up after the position is filled, I have gotten the same answer from every one of them. Lack of actual coding experience. How the hell do you get the experience if somebody doesn't give you a chance right? The simple fact is there are other coders out there looking that have prior experience and they will get it every time over a newbie. Even one that has other experience with the same codes. After 1 1/2 years since passing the exam, and not having any experience as well, the longer it takes to get a position, the less likely you are to ever get one because you didn't finish your school last month and are probably "rusty on your skills". Don't waste your time getting suckered into this. I would say that you need to find a school that guarantees some kind of a job placement within 3 months or less after graduation.
This school absolutely awful. I am in my last semester. Took my finals in July and still awaiting to graduate because they are ridiculous with the large animal externship. It took me 3 months to find a large animal veterinarian to take me on for my externship. Not to mention some large animal vets that won't even take Penn Foster on do to their ridiculous requirements. I'm waiting and waiting for final approval to start my externship and every time they send my paperwork back and back. Even though I fixed it numerous times. I don't recommend this school to anyone!!!!