The people who are complaining either have had issues with rudeness, which does not reflect on the school's academic reputation(even a Harvard professor can be a jerk), or they have obviously NOT done proper research on their course of interest, their state/area, and the fine print of the school.
BEFORE I enrolled I KNEW that I would not be receiving my diploma until ALL of the tuition was paid off. I knew this because I researched and read ALL the print and fine print that they offered about themselves.
I looked online AND called the businesses in my area to find out the status of Penn Foster in my chosen field. As well, I looked online for accreditation and personal reviews.
I mean, my goodness people. You are all just complaining about personal issues, mostly of your own folly, but not giving any good, substantial evidence that Penn Foster is a "bad" school.
With all that said I would implore that one looks extensively into the status of the school and it's degree, within your state/area BEFORE making any solid decision and/or paying any money.
And for courses that require hands-on experience, well, a hands-on course is obviously the best choice. Penn Foster offers it, but it doesn't mean it is the best choice to take it. More like the lazy choice if you ask me. I certainly wouldn't expect to receive proper massage therapy training online. Or Vet/Dental tech, or Mechanic, or et al.
**Research the best learning method for your course of study!!**
Penn Foster is offering an ALTERNATIVE with quality in what it CAN offer. Many schools excel in certain types of courses compared to others they offer. No school is the "best" ALL the way around. It IS the responsibility if the STUDENT to understand and discern which course training is just as effective online.
For the courses that DO work best with Penn Foster's online learning, they are great. Comprehensive, in depth, unintimidating, and inexpensive. I like the material being broken down into "study units" and I really enjoy that there are self-checks at the end of each section within the study unit. Like critical thinking in Grade School text books. And that you can take the tests right after studying, while it is still very fresh in your mind. Especially helpful for the less "appealing" subjects that I seem not to retain. I have had a good experience with the people too.
Penn Foster is a great distance learning school, not a perfect school. The discernment is in the course of study and how effective online learning will be for it. If Penn Foster can't offer a substantial enough Dental degree, what ONLINE school can?
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