Ashworth College

Country United States
State Georgia
City Norcross
Address 6625 The Corners Pkwy NW #500
Phone 404-990-3751

Ashworth College Reviews

  • Jul 27, 2015

I started school and they said I have any time amount I needed to complete the course. I went to do school work and found out a few months later I was locked out because I had not finshed my course on time? I told them that they state you can do the course and take you time to complete no where does it say that you have to have it completed by a certain time. They wanted me to pay another $75 on top of the payments for the tutions so that I could get back in and finish the course. Once I did graduate I got my cert. and can not find a job many place say that Ashworth does not teach you what I needed to know for beginning auto performance. So I paid extra money for a course that was not advertised right and still can not get a job like said I should be able to do with the course they provided.

  • Jun 12, 2015

Specifically regarding Ashworth College's online Substance Abuse Counselor certificate, 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.

  • Mar 18, 2015

Years ago I signed up to get my high school diploma. Was told there was no time limit. Asked them numerous times to send me all my books at once so i could complete the program which they refused to do. My account was paid in full. In 2014 I called them to get rest of my books. They said no because they were switching to a new curiculiam but once done with the two classes I was currently in they would then be able to send me the rest of my books to finish. Today i call and they state sorry the reep never informed you that yes, you have to switch ciriculam and now you owe $900.00 more dollars. Because you do not have your books from old this has to be done. WTH..They would not allow me to have all my books and now I have to pay all this money for something I was told i could complete at my pace. This school is a SCAM

  • Feb 20, 2015

I contacted Ashworth without my official transcripts for them to perform a college eval and they would not do eval unless I gave them automatic payment I contacted Ashworth on 8/29/14 for an evaluation and I did not have my official transcripts due to my former school closing. Ashworth did not advise me on the enrollment process that I have 5 days to cancel. Ashworth knew that I did not know how long it would take to obtain my official transcripts so they enrolled me and took my bank card number and charged my account up to $318. However, I spoke to rep. with Ashworth on 9/15/14 and they said you only 5 days to cancel and then I explained the situation again about not receiving my officially transcripts. The rep said its ok she will note the account and I specifically asked her if I will be penalized and she said no. I called a few times after advising them that I did not recd. my official transcripts and they never said anything to me again, thinking that I am ok. I called today to cancel because I still did not recd. my official transcripts and they said I cannot get a refund. I did not sign anything acknowledging this as well. Ashworth considers the phone call to be contractual binding because they issued me a student ID and sent me an email to log into my account which I have not done to this day. This is fraud and is a scam.

  • Jan 15, 2015

They took my deposit money and made me pay $167 for cancellation fee and send me to credit report

they told that we can cancel within 5 businesses days, I call Friday wasn't any one pick up the phone, I called satursday school closed, called again on monday they said i pass 5days so cancel fee must be make. I didn't afree that they send me to ability recovery service, these people harassed me every day on my phone and very bad attitude when I try to explain my situatio and reasonong with them. They sent me mail and threat me every time Just because $167 cancellation fee I didn't agree to pay, I thought school is a place people have learned and shared knowledge But I am s wrong they just not care about anything But Money, this is Ashworth colleges

  • Nov 21, 2014

Signed up for Autocad course on Novemeber 12 and paid 758 after being pressured that I was getting a one time only discount of 350.00. Kept getting email saying my enrollment was not complete. Completed and signed contract November 16. Canceled on the 17th after I spent all day trying to get someone on the phoine and realized the school and teacher were using sub contractors.,.. No respose from school or teacher. The Teacher refers to an outfit called Pearson, which actuallys sels more stuff depending on how efficiently you want to learn. The Textbook was 2012, the sofware was a free download for students, from Autocad and was 2015. Contract says refund"5 calendar days from signing" Signed Novenber 16 canceled November 17 they said it is "interpreation" of enrollment and signing even though their emails said my enrollment was not complete until signing. oh but the refund starts from the phone call the 12th which rang in the same minute as I clicked my mouse for informaion. It is a Boiler room hustle. I am an elderly person over the age of 60 and they are perfectly willing to steal 200 dollars from my fixed income. They will spend way more than that on attorneys by the time I get done with show cause hearing.

  • Jul 23, 2014

I enrolled in the Medical Billing & Coding course almost 3 months ago at Ashworth College. I have worked as a Medical Transcriptionist for the past 10 years and I wanted to extend my training and knowledge by becoming a certified coder. For those who aren't familiar, let me explain how medical coding works. It uses something called the International Classification of Diseases (ICD). Currently, ICD-9 is what is being utilized and has been for many, many years. ICD-10 is currently in the works, but it has been delayed several times and currently is not scheduled to go into effect until AT LEAST October of 2015, nearly a year and a half away. Of course, there is always a very strong possibility of it being delayed again. The huge problem is that Ashworth College only sends it's coding students material on ICD-10 and absolutely NOTHING on ICD-9. Therefore, by the time I finish the course, ICD-9 would still be in use, but I wouldn't have been educated and trained on it because Ashworth only sends it's students material on ICD-10. I have emailed Ashworth College NUMEROUS times regarding this issue and they NEVER ANSWER MY EMAILS! They most likely don't reply to me because they know I'm right. They know they aren't providing their coding students with all of the material that they need to become successful. Additionally, Ashworth does NOT provide you with your actual coding certification. They simply give you one of their worthless diplopmas that simply says you completed their course and then you're on your own as far as taking the actual test to become certified. You have to pay for that, too. I would not recommend Ashworth College to anybody at all. I have just canceled my enrollment and I have enrolled at Allied Medical School, who has an outstanding coding course and they actually provide you with the testing at the end of the course to become certified, as well as have externships available for graduates and provide a 1-year membership to the AAPC. They even assist with job placement. Ashworth College has NONE OF THAT! Bottom line - avoid Ashworth at all costs. They are nothing but a huge ripoff! Don't waste your time and money!

  • Jul 4, 2014

I enrolled online on a Sunday but was unable to even log into the school. I called on Monday and was given a completely different log in information. After trying to find the program

I once again had to call to find out where the program was and still could not access this information. I waited another few days for the books to arrive and called again and was told to wait a few more days.

After waiting 9 days and no books I called to cancel my registration and was told I still owed $215.00 and when asked why was told I had to be transfered to someone else who told me for my books and administration fees.

What did they do Nothing.

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