You can't fail unless you want to with that many options .If you have the discipline then this is the school for you. You can call 1-888-427-1000 to make the payments if you plan on paying them soon. 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. I've been to real colleges, prestige, state, computer vocational, and even a religious college. Penn Foster provided me with an… Penn Foster had provided me with an affordable education that was very flexible around my busy day-to-day schedule. I wish I could recommend this course but have actually steered several friends away from it. Penn Foster is AVMA accredited in all 50 states. The introduction to the course was very long and repetitive. Penn Foster added on extra fees for the previous balance and I found out later that if I had paid the collection company, I would have saved $350. I took this course because it was less expensive than other courses, but I am not sure I will be able to complete it, although I'll keep trying. I am still in the accounting field doing payroll now for a government contractor in the DC area. Although, I am not a professional in the medical field nor an instructor, I would a assume an entry exam would be applicable in this situation... they don't offer that. It took him three months to finish his senior semester...he is now a junior in college. Please do yourself a favor - RUN - do your research - and call your local community college! Financial services DID help me with payment arrangments when I was out of a job. My son was bored in traditional high school his begigining Junior year at age 16. At least with Penn Foster you can get a job if you owe a balance with your skills by paying the sum of $10.00 for a transcript to take job hunting. I actually lost a really good job with a large institution where I could have moved forward in my education. Your total balance is $304.00. 20 of 20 people found the following review helpful. Beware of claims of accreditation. Everyone learns differently, and obviously distance learning wasn't working for them. Although many of the exams are open book, you do have to study in order to pass the exams. 21 of 30 people found the following review helpful, I took the high school course. Whatever, penn foster is a scam. My math is horrible, and am going to need tutoring to pass the compass test to get into college. I am currently enrolled in several of Penn Foster's programs and find them to be very informative and up to date. New Head Director. I went from $10 and hour to $150,000 after taking this course. ZENEIDA DAVILA, 3 of 11 people found the following review helpful. 208 reviews of Penn Foster written by students. At least this is what worked for me through second semester calculus. All it would have taken is a little more care and review of the materials (something they urge their own students to do). And people, believe me when I tell you, this is NOT an uncommon problem. Some of the books were extremely outdated though some were very good. Here is a list of all on-line vet tech programs accredited by the AVMA. Choose wisely before signing up for penn foster. Had issues regarding the receiving of materials as I am an international student.And its really frustrating when the emails to & fro most of the time do not had any answers to the issues. Yet here is the thing. How do they expect someone to pass a major vet exam, that would ultimately fully certify me, and they only ask me 10-20 questions! I haven't had any payment issues with them because I paid the entire tuition at once. But apparently if you bust your butt to get it done your in trouble. They created meet-ups so that students can get together and express their thoughts about the school and get to know the staff better. If you are thinking about using Penn Foster as transfer credits then check ahead of time on transferability. It is so much more affordable, with books included in the quoted price, and they allow me to make monthly payments rather than taking out a loan. I have been trying for 2 months to find a clinic that will sign my agreement form to perform Practiums. The books are super easy to understand too. I work 12 hours shifts, I am trying to go to school, she had no sympathy for my issue at all. There is a reason they have 10,000 students register but only an 8% retention rate. It was International Correspondence Schools when I finished my High school education through them. The CO by the name is Frank F. Britt is a rip off. Penn Foster is nationally accredited, unlike your local community college or your state university which are most likely regionally accredited. If they did that I think that would put them into an elite group of schools. Do NOT attend this school. an online library and online support from teachers). The Student Community site they have is great! At the end of each semester you must take a proctored exam, with some of the subjects closed book and other open. I was very skeptical about online courses, but this one fooled me big time. Called a week later (Still no transcript) and was told that it had been mailed out the previous Monday (I had called the Wednesday before, why it took 5 days to mail it out, I don't know) So basically, they stole $10 bucks from me for the transcript and wasted over a year of my time. Nationally accredited schools are not recognized by most employers. 3 of 8 people found the following review helpful. I completed the High School Course when Penn Foster was ICS and everything was OK. Penn Foster than billed me an additional $20, called me-no exaggeration- 7x or more daily and would not send any of my materials out for almost 5 weeks, despite my attempts to resolve the billing issue. It seems like bait and switch. 35 of 44 people found the following review helpful. 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. I first placed my request over a month ago. On facebook with BOTH my REAL degrees,from penn foster If I hadn't realized that cosmetology was not for me and ended up continuing that path, the education from there would definitely be sufficient. I did not know until then that Penn Foster was not regionally accredited. 20 of 21 people found the following review helpful. if neither can you please give some online colleges that i could do instead. Consumer complaints and reviews about Penn Foster Vet Tech Program Scranton, Pennsylvania. However, I prefer, the former automated touch-tone system for grading examinations, and not the new online approach. Michael Gibson: You can pay with a debit card. I'm happy to say that it wrong. On the primary Penn Foster website where you view all the programs to enroll in, you can read an overview of your program of interest. But in my English College course, problems began. SERIOUSLY? My advice: talk to a pharmacy technician recruiting agency FIRST before you choose a school! Basically I paid way to much for high school refresher courses. As far as not getting your diploma until tuition is paid off, that is understandable. I flew through my first semester in a couple of weeks and I enrolled in to the second semester. Since when have you ever heard someone say they love everything about their schooling experience? Penn Foster is an OK path to a vet tech degree if you need flexibility in the schedule and cannot afford a high cost school. I found Penn Foster. The next day I received a call at 9:00 PM PST , from someone at pennfoster. Schools like Penn Foster are usually career schools. Some of you should learn to pay attention to your materials. Most of the reviews here seem like they were student error, not school error. 22 of 33 people found the following review helpful, I just want to say that I am glad I did not listen to all of the negative comments about this school. Initially I called to get info and didn’t intend on joining but since the advisor took the pressure off and made it a seamless process, I ended up joining that same day. Some of the new policy changes, I never would have signed up if they were in place when I enrolled my student. 27 of 30 people found the following review helpful. Also there is indeed no help from school finding a place, there is wheree you have to have gumtion to get out there and apply yourself as a professional, and hit the pavement. There was no way I would be able to work and go to school. I'm also an ARMY spouse - and enrolled for free using the MyCAA. 9 of 16 people found the following review helpful. On several of these projects completed I had to nag the instructors repeatedly to grade the projects. No other school I know will issue a transcript if you owe any money. 24 of 32 people found the following review helpful. But on the other end, it is great because they are accredited. They wouldn't even provide the reference. The person I spoke with this time said that they didn't see where I had called and no order had been placed. I took the pet grooming certificare course.. maxim: 314 maxim: i have completed over 50% of the lessons Online education requires a higher level of self-motivation as I discovered very quickly. I have also found that they elaborate about working in an office, what to wear, etc. As a current surgical tech and vet tech, I had questions about the internship requirements since they gave practically no information about it, and I wanted to make sure I would be able to complete it as required having a full-time job. It's getting to the point of harassment, and I'm seriously close to reporting them to whoever I need to. So if you have over $6,000 to spend right now...go somewhere else! Question is for what ? I am finished and ready to go on my choosen career path. If my recommendation means anything, after receiving 4 degrees from associates through a masters in established colleges and universities: Don’t waste your time and money with the Pen Foster Vet college. Michael Gibson: In order to obtain an official transcript. I was really excited at first as it was self-paced-- my plan was to do 2 hours of work each night and finish ASAP. They refuse to sign because the anticipated grad date is that but they cant say it is an expected date and cant sign because there isn't a principle or counselor, this letter is typed up by the Director of the program who couldn't just sign the form and put director next to his name. While videos actually show the skill being done. All I have to say is that some of these reviews are fairy tale material in regards to Penn Foster. They cover most what a veterinary assistant does at an animal clinic or on the farm helping the veterinarian. Its hard to find a place to transfer to which means this place is a joke. But read everything (to include these reviews) and ask questions before you sign up. True story. Only some colleges accept their credits. 16 of 37 people found the following review helpful. If you are looking for a program that is self-paced and payment plan friendly, then check out Penn Foster! 25 of 39 people found the following review helpful. Yes.. How "simple" it was. 63 of 73 people found the following review helpful. I have three hours a day to do my work. It wasn't until my bank notified me of the situation that I was made aware. I love having live chat around in case i ever have some direct payment or anything school related. Its more like they throw a bunch of jumbled information at you and its your responsibility to know what to do with it. Which is outrageous when you only have a month to do your schooling! Within these past weeks I have been emailing, calling, posting, everything and anything to try to get some sort of response. I checked out an chose Penn Foster after they told me I would have phone service help with a qualified teacher.Ha Ha Ha .That was there biggest lie.I called and asked to speak to an instuctor around 15 times in 7 months and never was able to speak to one once.No help at all.No apology when I called to complain instead I was only told I would get a call back within 24 hours.That never happened either.After completing the course, I was told I would get a complete set of Craftsmans tools.That never happened. These classes are made up of test out exams like dante's, excelsior and clep that cost under $100 each. maxim: or my grades from pennfoster Can you say---price cut! I am happy with this school overall. The Va will only pay for a one !/4 of the bill because its no different than any online school. I hope all my credits transfer. I attended Penn Foster High School back when it was International Correspondence Schools and my diploma reads ICS/Newport Pacific High School, Scranton Pennsylvania. The skills that are required to be performed in the two practicums are AVMA required skills but the school requires pictures or videos. For the cost, I will gladly deal with this as a problem. ********* I never met, spoke, emailed and or received an instructor in the 2 months I studied with PF but still I obtained an 100% as all the exams were open book. I'm a little puzzled as to how many people are saying this is a bad school because of this and that. It's been extremely tedious learning (by rote) about the legalities, ethics etc of not only billing and coding but other positions in a medical setting. I am four weeks away from completing my course and don't feel like I will be prepared for a career in this field AT ALL. This program is not suitable for children who have their whole life ahead of them. I got I have noticed that everyone on here who likes it all say how fast and EASY it is. Also I had to download a lot of the material and since I did not want to read a lot of material online I went to Staples to print it out which was an extra expense for me. It's not just this latest thing that bothers me. 12 of 16 people found the following review helpful. I ran into some financial hardship and i was unable to pay for a couple of months, mind you when i enrolled in Penn Foster I never had any forms to fill out and had NO documents that required a signature.A couple months passed(3) and now I have received something in the mail stating I owe them 1,042.00. Penn Foster located in Scranton, Pennsylvania - PA. Find Penn Foster test scores, student-teacher ratio, parent reviews and teacher stats. 15 of 21 people found the following review helpful. He is now a Maintenance Engineer and attending college for his Associates in HVAC. ****** UNTIL PAYMENT WAS MADE IN FULL I WOULD RECIEVE MY DEGREE************ Understood. He choose to do it. -Courtney M. If you are intelligent at all and plan on going to university do not go here. -it's online, and I already do enough driving, I also study better alone at home - when I'm in class, I'm waiting for it to be over so I can go home and study. I had questions at the beginning and it took them over a month to answer me. I ended up buying other study guides off of amazon, passed the exam, and became certified. If you have the courage to start something- do it right. Please be careful to read the agreement carefully before signing. VERY HORRIFYING EXPERIENCE. 6 of 13 people found the following review helpful. I like it so far, but I also already have a B.S. (could've done it in 4, but I worked and babysat.) There are many frequently asked questions to read from that can resolve issues without having to contact Student CARE. "Veterinary Technician and Assistant Employer Survey." DEAC is worthless for post secondary (college), being ACE approved is not accreditation. -Happy future executive, 36 of 38 people found the following review helpful. I had a great background in medicine from my father, who was a US Navy corpsman before taking this course and I was surprised at how much I learned! Please note that if you are NOT a self-motivated person and need someone looking over everything you do you will not enjoy this program or what you are learning! I am going to disconnect the chat since I have not heard back from you. I have stayed up 4-5 hours after my family had gone to bed to get work done. The lessons are informative and the exams are challenging. I HAVE NO COMPLAINTS! The program has improved greatly. I was enrolled in PF's Dressmaking and Design program, I am a fashion designer with no formal fashion education and was looking for a program where I can continue my business, continue working and go to school at the same time. To be honest, you really do have to want to learn or this is a waste for you. I had to file a complaint with the Better Business Bureau, I was so completly disgusted with the school. I'm getting extremely nervous that this diploma won't be worth half a belch when I try to get a job. . As far as I'm concerned the certificate I receive will be worthless because I have received very little experience with what I might work with in the real world. I am extremely pleased with everything so far. (I have to write back to say if i recive diploma on time end this month or beginning of April.) please and thank you. They say they are accepted by ALL accredited colleges, when truthfully, it is hard to find one that does! … Yes, you can't receive your degree until you pay it off completely, but I don't see that being unreasonable. I hear about Margi and how rude she was, I have never met her, but there is a new director of the program named JIm Hurrel, he is very nice and informative and he actually cares to teach. Looking at the other comments, it appears that most of the complaints about Penn Foster come from the vet tech students. Penn has given me the abiltiy to take the courses I need to get my degree on my own time, at my own pace. I should have listened to those words more carefully. Yes, they are accredited in some ways, but not in the ways for getting a state license to work. Hope any prospective students will take this route to better themselves :). 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