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Penn Foster Overview

Penn Foster has a long tradition of distance education; the school was conceived in 1890 as a way to help coal miners leave the mines and move up to management positions. Today the school offers more than 80 online diploma, certificate, associate degree, and bachelor's degree programs through two divisions: Penn Foster College and Penn Foster Career School.

Penn Foster Career School offers career-focused programs designed to provide students with the knowledge to start a new career path. The affordable career diploma and certificate programs are available in areas of business, technology, health services, legal studies, and automotive repair. As a student at Penn Foster College, you'll be able to enroll in a variety of nationally accredited associate and bachelor's degrees programs, including options in business management, early childhood education, paralegal studies, and medical assistant. Career diploma and undergraduate certificate programs are available as well as individual courses.

Penn Foster's student services promote a supportive learning environment. Even though students learn at their own pace and from their own homes, the school has a toll-free number, which students can call for expert instructional support. They can also contact the student center through postal mail or e-mail. The school has a presence on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook.

The school offers a variety of support services for their students, such as resume writing assistance, interview preparation tips, and job search resources. Faculty also correspond and provide feedback to students via phone, e-mail, chat, or postal mail.

Penn Foster Career School and Penn Foster College are nationally accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC).

Student Testimonials

'I am very happy with the education I am receiving from Penn Foster. Penn Foster has 'kept up' with the current trends in the business world, as well as followed, almost exactly, the curriculum of a more expensive college. Penn Foster gives people who can't afford the tuition of an on-site university a good, quality education. The knowledge I have acquired has helped my husband's business tremendously!'

- B. Vaughn, FL

'I have taken several programs through Penn Foster, and I've always been pleased with how the programs are laid out. I would encourage anyone who wishes to increase their knowledge to take programs through Penn Foster.'

- T. Achilles, AZ

'I like the flexibility of Penn Foster. You go at your own pace and there are no deadlines. I study while I'm watching horse shows; I study while I'm at the ball field; I take my books everywhere I go!'

- Nikki H.

Accreditation Statement

Penn Foster Career School is regionally accredited by the Commission on Secondary Schools of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Penn Foster Career School and Penn Foster College are accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). Penn Foster College is licensed by the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education and is authorized to award Associate of Science Degrees, Bachelor of Science Degrees, Undergraduate Certificates, and Career Diplomas. Penn Foster is a Better Business Bureau accredited business.

Find Your Program:

  1. Automotive

    • Career Diploma - Auto Repair Technician
    • Career Diploma - Diesel Mechanics/Heavy Truck Maintenance
    • Career Diploma - Motorcycle Repair Technician
    • Career Diploma - Small Engine Repair
    • Certificate - Automotive HVAC Essentials
  2. Business

    • Career Diploma - Administrative Assistant
    • Career Diploma - Bookkeeping
    • Career Diploma - Retail Supervisor
    • Career Diploma - Virtual Assistant
    • Certificate - Accounting Essentials
    • Certificate - Business Security
    • Certificate - Human Resource Management Essentials
    • Certificate - Microsoft Office 2016 (with software)
    • Certificate - Microsoft Office 2016 (without software)
    • Certificate - Property Management
    • Certificate - Start Your Own Business
  3. Creative/Design

    • Career Diploma - Computer Graphic Artist
    • Career Diploma - Dressmaking and Design
    • Career Diploma - Freelance Writer
    • Career Diploma - Web Page Designer
    • Certificate - Public Relations
    • Certificate - Spanish
  4. Education

    • College - Early Childhood Education
  5. Engineering

    • Career Diploma - Drafting with AutoCAD
    • Certificate - AutoCAD Essentials
  6. Health Services

    • Career Diploma - Child Care Professional
    • Career Diploma - Dental Assistant
    • Career Diploma - Medical Billing and Coding
    • Career Diploma - Medical Transcriptionist
    • Career Diploma - Optician
    • Career Diploma - Pharmacy Technician
    • Career Diploma - Physical Therapy Aide
    • Certificate - Child Psychology
    • Certificate - Electronic Medical Records
    • Certificate - Health Information Management
    • Certificate - Medical Terminology
    • Certificate - Natural Health Care for Pets
    • Certificate - Personal Caregiver Skills
    • Certificate - Sports Nutrition
    • College - Veterinary Assistant
    • College - Veterinary Technician
  7. Legal Studies

    • Career Diploma - Legal Secretary
    • Certificate - Advanced Paralegal Applications
    • Certificate - Real Estate, Wills, and Estates for Paralegals -
  8. Technology

    • Career Diploma - Electronics Technician
    • Career Diploma - PC Maintenance and Repair
    • Certificate - Computer Programming Languages
  9. Trades

    • Career Diploma - Caterer
    • Career Diploma - Certified Wedding Planner
    • Career Diploma - Dog Obedience Trainer/Instructor
    • Career Diploma - Guest Service Agent
    • Career Diploma - Gunsmith
    • Career Diploma - HVACR Technician
    • Career Diploma - Home Remodeling and Repair
    • Career Diploma - Landscaping Technology
    • Career Diploma - Locksmith & Home Security Technician
    • Career Diploma - Wildlife/Forestry Conservation
    • Certificate - Pet Grooming

Penn Foster Online Locations

Penn Foster offers a wide range of programs that can be taken online. The advantages to online learning are that you can work at your own pace and learn from anywhere. For more information about specific programs, please click here.