Review Averages: 6.4 out of 10 (148 reviews)Ashworth College emphasizes flexible learning through the U.S. postal system and online courses. This nationally accredited college offers associate’s, bachelor’s, and master’s programs as well as a wide variety of certificates and career diplomas. Examples of career diplomas include basic accounting, fashion retailing, gourmet cooking & catering, and home inspection.
Accreditation: DETC (Distance Education and Training Council)
Ashworth College Reviews:
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
You get what you put into it.
Criminal Justice - March 5, 2015
For me this was the way to earn my degree. I hated driving to classes after working all day. At first I was very concerned about attending Ashworth due to the negative comments I saw on the web about customer service or that its a scam. But I figured I would give it a try as I have started and quit 3 different times. Signing up took a bit that that was expected. I took advantage of the chance to test out of some of the classes in order to save money and time. This took a bit to get going but it did work out great for me. I was able to test out of 7 classes which saved me a lot of time and money in the end. Some of the classes were very easy for me and others took me back to studying once again. I did have to contact the school but it was due to my own issues and there policies. I never once had a negative contact with their customer service. If I felt I was right I would explain why and to my surprise they listened and ended up siding with me. I have not used my degree to move up in my career but I have moved on in my career and I do believe having this degree helped me and gave me one more item that others did not have. You get what you put into Ashworth I believe. If you want A's then you must do the work to get them. If you want to just get by and earn your degree at your own pace and your own environment then that path is there as well. The best part for me is that when I could no longer afford to pay upfront for each term I was able to finance my education with Ashworth with no interest. Granted you have to pay this loan before you receive your degree but you are listed as completed until your loan is paid in full. I wish I would have done this 20 years ago but of course this was not around then.
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Associate in Accounting - February 7, 2015
I signed up and paid for this course in full at the time I registered. I work 50 hours a week and thought this would be the perfect way to do this program, until today when I went online to submit a test and cannot do anything. I get a message that I need to pay another $75.00 for a 6 month extentsion to continue. I called and told them I knew nothing about having to complete this in a year. I was told it was somewhere in the contract I initialed when I signed up for the course. They have my $700.00 and now I have nothing. DO NOT SPEND YOUR MONEY OR TIME WITH THIS PLACE. When I told him I work 50 hours a wee, that is why I thought this would be a good way for me to study, he stated you have 1 month to finish before my year expires. I can't even get into my student portal to do anything or even take a test without paying the $75.00, but hesays I can finish up in a couple of weeks. Very upset the way I was treated.
AS Criminal Justice - February 4, 2015
I've completed the course. However, the contract and access had been changed without my knowledge or approval. I have an unofficial transcript as proof that I've completed the courses. Therefore the inept treatment received based on my dismay did not hinder my personal accomplishments.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
WANTED TO EXPRESS THE QUALITY OF MY PROGRAM
pharmacy technition - January 8, 2015
THE PHARMACY TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM IS EXCELLENT I HAVE BEEN OFFERED A JOB BEFORE COMPLETING MY PROGRAM! I HAVE DECIDED TO WAIT TO GAIN CLINICAL EXPERIENCE AFTER I HAVE COMPLETED THE PROGRAM I WORKED AS A NURSE FOR YEARS, AND AT 62 YEARS OLD THIS WILL BE MY 2ND CAREER I PLAN ON FINISHING MY BS DEGREE IN PSYCHOLOGY THAT I STARTED AT ANOTHER COLLEGE AS SOON AS I COMPLETE THE PHARMACY TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM (THE MEDICAL BILLING AND CODING PROGRAM HAS GAINED MY INTEREST AS WELL!!) I HAVE EVEN CONSIDERED MOVING TO GEORGIA TO BE CLOSER TO THE COLLEGE.....
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
AS Criminal Justice - November 17, 2014
I graduated from Ashworth College with an AAS and BS degree in Criminal Justice and is very proud. It takes hard work and determination. I will recommend Ashworth College to any one. Take a moment and think about this " Books" are included in your Tuition,. Keep up the good work Ashworth College. Roy H
1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Hit or Miss
High school diploma - October 17, 2014
I guess it's a hit or missed based on the reviews I've read. Either you like the style of learning or you hate it. Either you get your books on time or you have billing issues. At least for me I was patient the firs time around when they took longer than expected. I called and after that I had no problem with any of the books. They all came on time.
3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
James Madison takes advantage of Special Needs Kids
High school diploma - September 30, 2014
I am the mother of a 16 year old son on the autism spectrum. When I called for info on the school the enrollment rep assured me that JMHS was the right choice for us. I asked numerous times in numerous ways how the program worked for special needs kids and he kept telling me it would be a good fit. I paid my $100 deposit and signed my son up for the program. We had been homeschooling for a few years already but since my state did not require I keep a middle school portfolio, I didn't. When it came time to actually start classes I was told I needed to prove that he was promoted to the 9th grade. Since I had not kept a portfolio they told me he had to take an entrance exam at a cost of $50 per attempt. He would not be able to start classes until he passed this exam. The enrollment rep knew that I had no portfolio because I told him, and he never said anything about an exam. When I called to see what could be done I was told that he had to take the test. I tried to explain and find out if we could start classes and take the test a bit later and was told no. At this point I started to realize that there were no accommodations for special needs kids. I then asked the woman I was speaking to if the enrollment reps worked on commission and she said yes. So basically they say just about anything to get you to enroll. I was told that there would be a $275 fee to cancel my enrollment. Since they already had $100 of mine, the balance was $175. I had no intention of paying this and told them so. They said I could write a letter to a certain person if I had a dispute. I wrote the letter and didn't hear back for a while. In the meantime they called just about every day to collect. When I finally did hear back I was told they would not make me pay the balance, but I would not get my $100 back. I called the person in charge one more time but was denied. This school is not about academics or honesty... its about making money. And they don't care who they hurt to do it. Shame
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
It is worth it
Medical & Dental Office Assisting - September 5, 2014
I really feel like I must write a review on Ashworth College. No, they are not Harvard nor are they the top of the line in any way BUT I payed $700 to get a diploma so I could qualify to take an exam to become certified. I don’t feel like I was ripped off, I got what I paid for. I took the course and passed the NHA exam and now I can put the credential on my resume to get a better job. Since then I have decided to take their EHR management course to become a CEHRS (which I am almost done with), the medical billing and claims course and I am going there to get a bachelors in psychology. ALL these things will help me have a much higher ability of success in the working world. They are an accredited institution and if you don’t believe me then Google the list of recognized non-accredited institutions/ scams/diploma mills because it’s not on there. I appreciate having the option of not taking out anymore loans to further the pain of my crippled credit score. I went to a very pricey institution when I was younger and it wasn’t perfect either. I hate the fact that I have no idea who my teacher is and I actually just pretend like I am my teacher and if I don’t like my text book I will go on Amazon and buy a better one. I need school for a better life, and Ashworth College is giving me that opportunity at a price I can actually pay. It will work it you make it, it’s not for the lazy or for people wanting frills. That is all.
10 of 17 people found the following review helpful
horrible experience I regret this decision!
Web Development - August 30, 2014
Ok well first off the customer service is horrible I took the graphic design course and received 4 books . Two the size of a small magazine. Very hard to understand and when you call to speak to a teacher you never will. You will get customer service reps who tell you to Google the answer . So I decided to cancel. I was told that I could cancel on a payment plan since my husband just deployed to Iraq but they never made a note of it and when I contacted them about this they threaten me with collections when I have never missed a payment and want topay it off . Oh and of you change your mind you will get charged 225.00. This school is horrible they don't respond to online questions either and when they do its not Much help. Only good thing is the price bit I guess you get what you pay for. Take my mistake as a learning experience and take your business elsewhere.
11 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Computer marks your CORRECT exam answers WRONG!
High school diploma - August 22, 2014
I have home schooled 2 of our sons through high school using American School. They raised their rates. So we switched to Ashworth for son #3. Bad move! He has been complaining all along that many of the questions in the study guides and exams are not to be found in the textbook readings. I confirmed this. We had to google to find some answers! My BIGGEST complaint though, I feel is a very SERIOUS one!! After son completes exams in the Exam Book, I log on to his account with Ashworth and he reads off his answers and I enter them. Several times now he has had answers marked WRONG and we both checked them and found there is no way they are wrong!! So I called Ashworth's Student Services and was told they would connect me to an Academic Adviser and she would make the adjustments. Was told "They do it all the time"... um, ok.... So sure enough the "Adviser" found both of my son's answers were marked incorrectly and she "gave him credit for both. That makes his new grade a 96." I replied, "Uh, he had only 2 answers wrong and you gave him credit for both. Doesn't that make his new grade a 100?". "oh, ya, sorry, 100". So as a parent, I not only have to double-check the computer but the Academic Adviser as well? So, I asked this "adviser" how my son could be giving correct answers yet having them marked wrong. She said "its a computer glitch". Ok "So how can I have confidence that ANY of his exams are being graded accurately?" She replies, "It's a computer glitch. It happens. That's why we advise students to review their answers after completing exams." So, the educational institution is allowed to essentially be "dumber" than the student? It's up to the STUDENT to correct the school system that you paid tuition to attend????? My last child will be starting high school in 2015. I WILL NOT be enrolling her in Ashworth!!
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