Review Averages: 6.4 out of 10 (150 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:
Wholly unimpressed with school interactions
Substance Abuse Counseling - June 11, 2015
I will be frank in stating that I have not enrolled in Ashworth. I did, however, over a four month period speak with three different representatives of the school about its Substance Abuse Counselor certificate, which I had hoped would facilitate a career change for me. Ashworth admits on its website that students should check with our states' licensing boards about requirements for substance abuse counseling. On one of its urls the school writes, "As part of the Ashworth College Substance Abuse Counseling training program, all students participate in a 300-hour practicum in a supervised clinical setting. The clinical practicum is one of the prerequisites for anyone seeking a credential and/or licensing as a substance abuse counselor in most states." But such a class is not offered by Ashworth. When I asked their representative, I was informed it's my responsibility to find a practicum. So it's possible to enroll in the Ashworth program, not find a practicum, and therefore not be eligible for licensure. Of course, you’d be out your Ashworth fee. On spending weeks at various state facilities looking for a practicum, I learned I'd have to be trainee-licensed through my state, which, you guessed it, requires me already to have a job in the field. Catch-22. On speaking with our state's flagship training university that offers its own substance abuse program, I learned that nearly every legitimate school--from community colleges through graduate programs--offers the practicum through partner affiliations with various hospitals, treatment facilities, and other agencies. They've told me they do this because otherwise it is "virtually impossible" to acquire an internship in an era of record competition for them among even masters-degree qualified professional therapists with over a decade of experience who’ve been laid off as counseling psychology job offerings shrink in a shift away from salaried professionals to contract professionals. What did Ashworth's representatives have to reply to all of this when I shared the news? Not their problem. They'd happily take my money, but my post-educational success is none of their concern. Which brings me to another major problem I have with Ashworth. While I appreciate their programs cost much less than those at even most state schools, the value of a given program, there's a strong case to be made, lies in its translatability into employment. I already pursed an undergraduate STEM degree only to find no jobs available on graduating from a well-ranked program with excellent grades and recommendations. After years working in an unrelated low-wage field, I did my due diligence, spoke with university program heads about marketability of different degrees, liaised with state and federal advisors and corporate representatives about career growth and demand in the USA, and after doing my homework chose to pursue a masters, also in the sciences. After two years and tremendous additional debt, I learned the majority of positions in my field had been outsourced, and the availability of positions in the US was at an all-time low. Colleges' response to this very frequent predicament? Not their problem. Again, colleges and universities are happy to take your money, but your post-educational success, despite your excellent grades and test scores, isn’t their concern. And if you think a cheap online school like Ashworth is any different, think again. I just got off the phone with an Ashworth rep who kept interrupting me and speaking over me. She asserted that it's not Ashworth's responsibility to offer a curriculum in substance abuse counseling that addresses ANY state's licensing requirements. I've spoken with CA, WA, OR, MA, IL, NH, and NY state boards, and each of them requires a practicum COURSE supervised by a faculty member who is also licensed in the field. Ashworth doesn't offer such a course. All their work is online, and they have NO affiliations with any facilities that could provide states' practica requirements. They couldn’t even advise me on whom to speak to. And that also goes for their much-touted 300-hour practicum. Notice their wording doesn't state you'd be PLACED in such a practicum, but rather that you participate in such a practicum--meaning you have to find one yourself. If you check job boards in psychology and counseling, jobs are dying in the field, and those that arrive to replace them are very low wage, but require significant certification--requiring, in turn, practica hours in a training facility. It doesn’t take a PhD in economics to understand a major implication is that far better credentialed psychologists would be competing eventually for practica to acquire additional credentials for better employment options, and an Ashworth online student with no affiliation with a practicum organization is unlikely to win the coveted practicum. And this doesn’t take into account university students at state and private accredited traditional (brick-and-mortar) schools that have a wealth of medical and social connections and therefore arrange students’ practica as part of their expensive degree programs. Ashworth simply doesn't have the connections to do this, and an online degree anyone can complete without the university-backed connections to acquire the requisite institutional training is in essence superfluous. I decided to write this review not so much because the last Ashworth agent I spoke with, who refused to give me the contact information for a supervisor, was condescending and factually uninformed on the very programs she's supposed to be advising people like me considering laying down a chunk of cash for Ashworth, but because as a multi-degree holding student who's an example of a mushrooming national community of "underemployed" college graduates who're still responsible for back-breaking college loans, I'm fed up with colleges and universities profiting off students' fears and hopes surrounding employment and financial survival. Ashworth agents have the temerity to tell you a lack of concordance between their certificates and state licensing requirements is not their concern. When I asked the latest Ashworth rep what states' requirements Ashworth's Substance Abuse Counselor program does in fact satisfy, she spat, "I don't know. That's not our responsibility." Really? At the very least that type of institutional hubris should be a red flag to financially savvy students for whom a(nother) academic credential is a financial and time investment. Rude administration, uninformed telephone representatives, and poorly requirement-matched programs (at least the "new" Substance Abuse Counseling program) earn Ashworth a failing grade from this student advocate.
Ashworth College Criminal Justice Progam.
AS Criminal Justice - June 2, 2015
First Ashworth College is great school for a married working Adult. I graduated 2012 with Associate of Science in Criminal Justice with Honors. You have to finish each semester in a [year]. I'm working on Bachelors of Science in Criminal Justice I only have 12 courses left. You have be dedicated to doing the work putting in the time to do the research, writing the paper's. Everybody struggles I know I did. You can go to a State University, pay $34,000 a year for tuition four years $136,000 that does not include books or a #2 pencil or a piece of paper. To sit in the class room, have a Graduate student instructor say "I'm here to put the work out to you and I'm not here to spoon feed you the course work". He went on to say "Lab's are Tuesdays and Thursday's for those of you having problem's". Been their done that. Just for reference you can figure a nuances' of a course just have confidence in yourself. You should become friendly with a Liberian you will be amazed what a person with a PhD in Liberian Science knows about, loves French Pastry's. I have never contacted Ashworth College tutor's. I have a Liberian who said; I'm here to help you any time it's my pleasure that's when I started bringing French Pastry's $6.00 got me and my a best guess $30,000 dollars of her time over the years for the Math course's in College Algebra.
8 of 8 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.
2 of 4 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 6 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.
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