Penn Foster - Healthcare Reviews

2.19 out of 5 stars
(24 Reviews)
44% of 24 students said this degree improved their career prospects
58% of 24 students said they would recommend this school to others
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1.0 out of 5 stars
Terry - 1/12/2020
Degree: Medical Billing & Coding
Graduation Year: 1900
"I have nothing good to say about Penn Foster. What they di prey on people who are trying to do something with their own lives. I have a Double Degree. I wanted to update my credentials in medical coding and billing. It has been 10 since I last did this and ICD 10 is new to me. Penn Foster assurred me that I would receive coding information to get my certficate in coding and billing. Nothing was ever sent to me but a bill. They promised to send course materials. Information was never received i also made multiple calls and left messages and no one ever called back but to ask me for money. Penn Foster is a joke"
1.6 out of 5 stars
Robert - 9/25/2019
Degree: Medical Billing & Coding
Graduation Year: 2016
"I definitely would not recommend this program. After working in the medical insurance business as a claims examiner for 14 years with extensive knowledge of CPT, HCPC and ICD codes, going through the program itself was pretty easy. What they don't tell you is that even after passing the AAPC test for a CPC certificate, if you don't have 2 years of actual coding experience on the job, nobody will give you the time of day. All of the prior claims experience meant absolutely nothing. The certification did not mean a thing. Without the prior work experience I could not get a single interview after numerous applications. Due to this, I absolutely WOULD NOT take this program."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Crystal - 4/20/2019
Degree: Medical Billing & Coding
Graduation Year: 2019
"Waste of money. No help whatsoever. Their online format is all over the place and not user friendly. I've called there and get attitude on the phone. Theres no teacher to get ahold of. I'm not learning anything and just wasted $700. I dont know the first thing about MB&C and theres no way I can get a job with this crap of education. I shouldve gone with Ashworth."
5.0 out of 5 stars
KE - 9/8/2018
Degree: Medical Office Administration
Graduation Year: 2019
"I think this is a very good program. I think the online system is pretty well structured and doesn't take long to figure out how to navigate it. I like it alot. I am in a certification program and I am really happy so far with it. I've been in it a few months and everything is going well. I have taken courses at both Penn Foster & also at Ashworth College. First off both are Accredited. Thats soooo important when finding an online school. I have seen people wanting to know which is better Penn Foster or Ashworth since they are similar in price. They are two completely different things though. From the learning end of it, it is hard to say which is better, they are both great. But Ashworth has harder classes than Penn Foster, lets put it that way. I would recommend BOTH though. If you have a hard time learning or learning disabilities then Penn Foster is the one to pick. But again I am recommending BOTH SCHOOLS. I think they both compliment each other."
1.0 out of 5 stars
student - 9/5/2018
Degree: Medical Assistant
Graduation Year: 2018
"Penn Foster will not help you, "its a study at your own pace" program let me just say ITS NOT!! you have to call after each course is done to have them unlock it for you but first they give you horrible attitude about it. the "discussion board" they make you do is actual b*******, everyone copies everyone and if they dont like one word you put in the essay they make you redo it. im very very very disappointed with this program."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Tina - 7/21/2018
Degree: Medical Billing & Coding
Graduation Year: 2017
"I started my Medical Billing and Coding studied with Penn Foster in January 2017. I finished in the beginning of September 2017. I applied for a Medical Claims Rep position in January 2018 and I got the job. My education was very beneficial from Penn Foster. I enjoyed going to school from the comfort of my home. I learned a lot and loved the hands on studies with Coding and electronic health records. Penn Foster will prepare you for the job you are looking for."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Krysten - 2/14/2018
Degree: Criminal Justice
Graduation Year: 2018
"DO NOT GIVE THIS SCHOOL ANY OF YOUR MONEY. This school is absolutely terrible. They make you wait, wait, wait, and wait more. I've waited over three weeks for my proctor exams to be sent to me. I've waited over 20 days for a book to sent to me when I was already told it was shipped out. You call the school, you talk to the a representative on your student portal, no one knows anything. I asked for a breakdown of my 4th semester to be sent to my house because the discount seemed like it should be higher to me, they sent me my cost breakdown for the 1st semester. This college is full of a bunch of incompetent workers. DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY!!!!!!!! I wish I knew this prior. This school is nothing but a big headache that will add to your stress. YOU CANNOT CLAIM TAXES ON THIS SCHOOL EITHER!!!!!"
1.1 out of 5 stars
Alisha - 11/10/2017
Degree: Medical Billing & Coding
Graduation Year: 2017
"At first, I wasn't going to submit a report on the school. But finding out they are now charging me money without sending my information off to the VA Is ridiculous. Do not attend this school. The work was really simple not really pertaining specifically to my field of practice. They are now charging me 500 dollars. If they would have sent my enrollment off to the Va I would of had money to send them. Financial aid and their va department sucks."
4.3 out of 5 stars
Mag - 10/8/2017
Degree: Medical Billing & Coding
Graduation Year: 2017
"Completed the certificate in Health information management. Excellent. Now doing medical billing and coding diploma. The student services are excellent and the education you receive is very comprehensive. I possess a BS degree and over 25 years in health care field so I can say I have been pleased."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Pam - 11/23/2016
Degree: Legal Office Administration
Graduation Year: 2016
"I started the Legal Transcription course for $1200, and they were taking $50 a month out of my bank account. Nearly the entire course was nothing but telling about the court system, which had nothing to do with learning the skill of Legal Transcription. Their tests allowed you to cheat: they would tell you everything you got wrong and then allow you to take it again so you would get a 100. The last four assignments were for actual Legal Transcription, and one of those was writing an essay about one field of law, which taught me nothing about Legal Transcription. So, three assignments were about LT, and for each one, I got the assignment back absolutely covered with red marks by someone showing me the hundred things I got wrong. Then, the course was over. I had been taught absolutely nothing about Legal Transcription. The only thing I was taught was that I knew nothing about Legal Transcription. Then, the course was over, and I can't get a job, I'm not going to even try, because what little I got to do, PennFoster scratched all over it that I was wrong on nearly everything. I was supposed to capitalize things that I didn't know I was. I wasn't supposed to capitalize things that I did. And I have no idea what thousands of words in a contract that I'm supposed to even capitalize, let alone write in any certain format or way. I wasted five months of my time studying about the court system, learning nothing about Legal Transcription, and they now want the rest of their $1200. It was a complete scam. They didn't even try to make a Legal Transcriptionist out of me. They simply took what was in their Paralegal Course, called it Legal Transcription, and they're raking in the dough, but giving nothing of value to anyone. I'm sad. I've since learned from the Consumer Protection Agency that Penn Foster is considered a "diploma mill"."

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