Review Averages: 5.3 out of 10 (153 reviews)Penn Foster Career College is known for its self-paced, career-focused associate’s degree programs, bachelor’s degree programs, and diploma programs. Some examples of online program offerings include business, criminal justice, fashion merchandising, and veterinary assisting. Penn Foster also offers a self-paced high school diploma program that students can complete at home.
Penn Foster Reviews:
33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
March 14, 2012
I'm an Army Wife and mom of a three year old. I've always loved animals and have always wanted to work in the vet world. When I discovered what a Vet Tech IS, I decided to do some research on schools and found Penn Foster. It has everything I was looking for. Flexible schedule perfect for me. The only drawback I find is that you have to at least log on to the forums once a week, and get a "P" for your Participation. Which I thought was stupid since it's an online course. Individual studies... what's the point of participation? But it's not something out of this world. Just log on, you don't even need to start a topic or reply. So far I'm in the middle of my first semester and haven't had the need to contact and teachers. I love it because I feel I'm completely on my own school. "Janice University". I'm the boss of my time, I'm the boss of how long I take taking a test or studying. The books are super easy to understand too. I love it!
32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
Medical Billing & Coding Program
February 23, 2012
Penn Foster will allow you to receive shipment of all your text books at once, and this makes moving at your own pace more feasible. It took me two years to complete the program, taking 2-3 extensions, for which I paid $75 extra per each one. Having had previous healthcare experience, some of the initial courses were redundant, however, they are necessary for those with no experience. The courses on medical terminology, anatomy & physiology, medical law & the actual coding courses were all very good and quite extensive. I found that reaching the instructors by email was better than via phone & they were always helpful & accomodating. My only question with this school, as a recent graduate, is how its diplomas are received in the work force. This program is NOT listed on the AAPC website or AHIMA website under accredited programs, so I am concerned as to how much weight this diploma will bear. Overall-the educational experience was good & it was a very expansive program.
32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
I should be the poster boy for this course.
August 12, 2011
I completed the Computer Repair course and then put an ad in the newspaper offering in home computer repair. In 5 days I was able to quit my crappy telemarketing job. Withing 2 years I had built my business into a corporation. I went from $10 and hour to $150,000 after taking this course. To be fair, I was always good with computers as it does come natural for me. This course did give me the confidence to start a company. True story.
28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
Penn Foster-NOT A SCAM!!
November 29, 2012
I am currently enrolled in several of Penn Foster's programs and find them to be very informative and up to date. Penn Foster's Student Services is easy to contact and they will work with you to address any problems you may be having with the program. I am 1 module away from completion of the Dog Training/Obedience Instructor program and have enjoyed it immensely. I am also in semester 2 of the Associate Veterinary Technology Program which has FULL AVMA accreditation-and I will add that a non-legit "scam" program would never have qualified for this accreditation if it's program was sub-par, or if it's school's operations where below standard. That being said, this program, and most all of it's programs are not for everyone. They are designed for very self motivated people. If you need someone to tell you what to do, when to do it, and nearly wipe your butt for you-I urge you to forgo enrolling in an online correspondance course of any kind and seek a traditional education. You must be willing to apply yourself outside of your studies and get hands-on experience to be successful. Payments are easy, straight-forward, and fair. Cancelling your program is equally well situated-as I enrolled in and ended up cancelling the Medical Billing and Coding Program before. No hassel. Just pay us what you owe for the work you completed (I was 1/3 of the way through) and it's done. Think before you click and enroll, but not because Penn Foster is a bad school, or a scam, or a money-hungry institution or any of these other far-fetched negative titles that it has unjustly received. It's a matter of personal willingness and organization , as well as discipline. There are time limits, try to stay within them, if not accept you need more time and pay for an extension. You can't ignore your studies, half-heartily do a couple assignments every 3 months and expect to pass or finish.Also, keep in contact with the school when and if issues arise, don't just get pissed and do nothing-after all you're really online hurting yourself and furthering yourself from your own goals. Penn Foster is great and it gives students who for one reason or another cannot attend a traditional school a way to achieve their goals and get what they want out of life. I also plan on attending and finishing several other programs to meet my career needs, and I can't wait to start!
27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
High School Diploma
August 14, 2012
I took the high school course. I found the textbooks laid out in an orderly fashion. I was guided step-by-step how to proceed in my studies, was even given a timeline for when tests should be taken. Of course, life gets in the way sometimes and I didn't keep on the timeline they set up, but I did complete the course within the allotted time. I would recommend Penn Foster to anyone. I see what people are saying about how "easy" it is to "cheat" and get the answers from the text, but that comes down to each individual person. If they want to cheat and get the answers the easy way instead of doing the work, they are only cheating themselves and not getting a true and accurate depiction of what they have actually learned through their studies. Thank Penn Foster for allowing me to finally achieve my goal of getting my high school diploma. A 55-year-old woman who dropped out 2 months into the 12th grade in 1974
27 of 37 people found the following review helpful
March 27, 2012
We are a military family and I thought this was a great idea for my daughter since we were moving around a lot. I had a few family members who raved about Penn Foster and how great it was and how simple.. Yes.. How "simple" it was. I should have listened to those words more carefully. I have noticed that everyone on here who likes it all say how fast and EASY it is. This school may be good for the college courses but I can tell you from a parents stand point.. DO NOT ENROLL YOUR CHILD HERE! This is a generic education and so not worth the 3000 dollars we spent on it! I am sorry that we let our little girl down like that.
26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Penn Foster VT program beware
April 30, 2012
I am a 3rd semester student in the VT program...because my credits don't transfer anywhere else (that I would want to go). I certainly would not take the VT course with this school. Looking at the other comments, it appears that most of the complaints about Penn Foster come from the vet tech students. It is true that Dr Sirois WAS very rude to most of the students. I still have her emails to prove it. My husband sat and listened in on her comments to students once and couldn't believe how unprofessional she acted. She is, however, no longer at Penn Foster, having suddenly resigned with no explanations given to the students. I am worried what will happen with the program's accreditation at this point. Those of you who are posting "rose colored glasses" remarks and are still in your first semester...beware. You haven't attempted your proctored exams yet! You better know every word and concept in your books before you take that test...because it is closed book, short answer/short essay only and you will have ten minutes to respond to each question. AND...the grading is so subjective all you can do is pray that you pass. I hold three different college degrees and WAS a 3.8 GPA student when I entered Penn Foster. Disagree with a question marked wrong on any test? Good luck getting a response from anyone in the education department. The online forum and the webinars are archaic in view of other online course presentations I've used, and the webinar conductor "Citrix" is a pain in the rear to work with when their system fails. But it is a pretty easy task to log on once a week for a couple minutes and log back out of the forum and sit through 2 hours of webinars per month to get that infamous "P" grade that everyone thinks is so hard and elusive to get. The two biggest pitfalls for students in the VT program are (1)finding a veterinary clinic that will allow you to do your "hands on" part of the program (Practicum 1 & 2) and (2)finding a clinic that still does film xrays, not digital. These are both required to complete the VT program...and Penn Foster will give you absolutely NO HELP with this. If you are already in the program, start looking now for clinics to work in.
22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Penn Foster is Better Than People Say. Check It Out For Yourself!
February 8, 2012
I am a military spouse currently enrolled in the Vet Tech program. I am extremely pleased with everything so far. If you take the first lesson seriously -(learning strategies) and actually take notes as you do your course work - outline your vocab - and review for a day or so before exams - you will do just fine. You do have to be dedicated and keep up with your work to succeed, but that's what you're paying to do! The people saying that this program is a scam don't know what they're talking about. Everyone learns differently, and obviously distance learning wasn't working for them. The program director can seem a little high strung - but you don't have to deal with her too terribly often, and I just don't pay her any mind. Check it out for yourself and make your own opinion. I did and am so glad to have enrolled!! I'm also an ARMY spouse - and enrolled for free using the MyCAA. The active military spouses enrollment advisors were wonderful and still help me out with questions regarding tuition fees to this day. A great experience overall!
21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
Read The Enrollment Agreement; Do Some Research! Good Online Education!
February 14, 2013
I'm really surprised at what I'm reading. I've been doing my homework with PF, calling in and clarifying the enrollment agreement/etc, and I already knew of all of your complaints and I'm not officially enrolled yet! PF has a list of colleges that accept their degree credits (it's located on their main website), but the colleges are mainly online institutes (what'd you expect from an ONLINE COLLEGE like PF?!) I'm excited to grab a low-cost associate's from PF, then transfer to a low-cost good college like APU Online (another college online that accepts PF credits). Yes, you can't receive your degree until you pay it off completely, but I don't see that being unreasonable. If they're practically going to hand you a degree for a fraction of the cost of your average degree these days, I don't mind! Good luck to everyone else, and keep it in mind for the future: RESEARCH before diving into life's opportunities! Don't give PF a chance if you aren't self-motivated, because online colleges are designed for people who can teach themselves the material and become their own teacher!
21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
November 17, 2012
My husband graduated from Penn Foster last year. The program worked great for him. He is now a Maintenance Engineer and attending college for his Associates in HVAC. I agree that the materials are slow in being shipped but that is a small price to pay for anyone who has difficulty in a traditional school setting. As far as not getting your diploma until tuition is paid off, that is understandable. You don't get the title to a car or the deed to a house until they are paid off. It is to ensure they are not scammed by students. All-in-all, a great experience.
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