Penn Foster College Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (160)
I have been taking the Medical Transcriptionist course through Penn Foster, and I have to say that I love this school! As a mother with two young children and a husband who is at work most of the time, I needed a reputable online school for my training in this field. For only $29 to enroll, and $44 a month, this is a deal that can not be beaten! I find the classes informative, I take my exams and submit my projects online, and I have contacted my instructors several times and always receive a response within 24 hours.
I would recommmend this school to anyone! I'm not sure why anyone is giving it bad reviews, but I have a feeling that those people would have the same problem no matter which school they choose. As in all online schools, you only get out of it what you put into it. If you are a dedicated student who works well on their own, this is the perfect school for you. Soon I will be certified and then will begin a new set of classes in Medical Billing and Coding.
I am currently 1/3 of the way through my "Animal Care: Dogs" certificate and I am very satisfied. I am learning alot and I get to put my knowledge to use because I volunteer at my local Humane Society. As soon as I am done with this program, I will be enrolling in the Vet Assistant program.
I extensively researched this school before I enrolled. READ THE FINE PRINT is all that I have to say to anyone who is considering enrolling in a Penn Foster program . . . or any online education program, for that matter. If you know what you are getting into, then you have nothing to complain about!
I am currently enrolled in Penn Fosters Vet tech program. I have never had problems with teachers, payments, turning in work, etc. It has all run very smoothly for me and I'm very sorry to those that have had problems.
You definately have to be self motivated and strive to finish the program because if there's one thing I've learned about online schools - its EXTREMELY easy to say 'oh I'll do this a little later today'. You need to set a schedule for yourself and stick to it, just as if you were going to a campus.
Any questions I have had have been answered promptly and professionally. The teachers are great and I love the online resources they offer.
I also love the low payments. I've found this school to be the most affordable for me and my family and I know I'm still learning as much as any other.
I really can't say enough good things about this school!
And those of you reading these reviews, just remember that most people take the time out to write a review when they AREN'T satisfied with something, so take it how you will but you'll never know until you have your own experience.
i am currently on my 2nd to last unit of my studies and i must say that for the hvac tech program,well its very good and is a challenge.while i do agree that some of the exam questions are just bogus,the material that is studied is legit..i found this out because back in 2008 i took an hvac class at a local community college here in d.c and the same course/materials i went thru there,penn foster has the same materials..now for those of you who think you will finish and become a tech right away,thats never going to happen..you will have to start off working with someone for about 3 months to gain real experience then once they feel you are ready to be by yourself you will get a truck and you will be on your way!
i am very happy with this program and i would recommend this to another.please do not take this course if you are not really trying to do something with this as this can be dangerous work if your not careful..and once again for all those who think this course material is not legit,the refridgeration and air conditioning technology book penn foster gives is the same as you would get if you were going to a community college here in d.c so yes its legit.good luck in your studies!!
I have been enrolled in the vet tech program at Penn Foster for a few months now and I love it. The materials(books, videos, audio, and web classes) are incredibly thorough. I get all my shipments quickly. I can actually afford it.
All the Associates and Bachelors are acredited. With work, housework, and my pets going to traditional school can be stressful. This fits into my life perfectly. I would highly recomend this school
I have been enrolled in Penn Foster's Pharmacy Tech course now for 5 months, and I LOVE IT! I am impressed with how thorough the course is and how affordable it is.
I feel that I have learned a lot and can't wait to get started on my next course-Medical Transcription.
The only negative thing I can come up with regarding the school is that in my first couple of study units, there were typos...since then, and I am in Mod 8 of 10 Mods, I haven't noticed any.
I thought that was weird coming from a school, but then as I kept going, I became impressed with how thorough the program is. So yes, if it's not a hands on type program, it is a good school.
This is a great school, and I would recommend this school to anyone. First of all most of the people who have something bad to say are the people who didn't graduate. The only thing I would like to see is for the school to add a picture of its building to the web site.
And for the people who are upset because they didn't receive their diploma before paying a full payment. You cant get your diploma from some public schools if you owe for a five dollar book, so stop acting like a child and get an education from Penn Foster.
I don't have bad things to say about the school and programs, being that I was only enrolled for about three months, then I had a change of mind. The problem I have and I warn everyone is to be careful if you decide to cancell the program.
If you know you have a balance to pay, do not wait for the billing department to send you a bill (although they said they are, misleading information.
instead you will be surprised with a phone call from an EXTREMELY RUDE, UNPROFESSIONAL representative demanding payment and without any notice or warning the account is turn into their collection department 12 hours later, even after a payment arrangement had been reached with the representative(again misleading information)BE VERY CAREFUL. Bad billing protocal.
I'm very saddened about the way everyone is talking negative about this school because it is legit. I have researched this school a whole lot before I decided to attend. I'm made sure that I could transfer to any other institution and of course I have made phone calls just to double checked so my money would not have been wasted. I just graduated from PF and I would say that it was not an easy journey. It took a lot of hard work,dedication, self motivation and patience to have been able to finish what I started. Yes the courses were very challenging ,looked very simple but you had to work at it to pass. Some of the exams were just ABCand D answers but if you were not careful then you end up have to take the exam over.I 'am very trilled to have chosen PF because I finished in less then 2years plus I transfered to an RA univerisity where I will be pursuing my BS in criminal justice. See the difference between PF and other institution that are national accredited is that PF is ACE recommendated which means that any college course not diploma course that you take with PF is bound to get transfer to another institution with no problem. Diploma programs do not transfer anyways because there are not college courses, and there are courses to better oneself in a specific time. I just want to encourage someone out there that if you are also thinking about taking classes at PF, do your thing and make sure the schools that they have listed on their web for transfer credits are true before you attempt to go.Please, I know for a fact that you will not waste your money if you pick PF.Make sure you do what is best for you because in the end you want to come up on top.
I began taking the Medical Transcriptionist course at the end of March 2010. So far, I am enjoying the course very much and have passed the first three exams. I have contacted tutors a couple of times and have received responses within 24 hours. My course work has been sent to me absolutely on schedule, so there has been no waiting around for the next lesson.
As far as the content, I have found it to be easy to follow and informative. I am a former British Registered Nurse, so I am pretty familiar with medical terminology, but have already learned, and am continuing to learn things that I didn't learn in Nursing School. Interesting stuff.
It seems to me, from what I have read, that the people who are bad mouthing Penn Foster are probably going to have bad experiences wherever they go. If you're looking for a quick and easy fix, that you can pay for whenever, then this isn't the school for you. If you are ready to do the work and are genuinely interested in succeeding, then I think you will enjoy this school. Good luck, everyone.