Penn Foster Online College
The mission of Penn Foster Online College is to provide general, technical, and professional undergraduate education that is accessible and affordable and that will prepare its graduates to advance or change their careers, develop marketable skills, and gain an appetite for lifelong learning.
We regularly assesses fulfillment of its mission and achievement of institutional effectiveness through ongoing studies of student learning, measurement of student satisfaction, and evaluation of the career outcomes of graduates.
Penn Foster Online College provides programs and services that are designed to meet the lifelong learning needs of the adult learner. College career training programs of study, which are offered via distance learning, lead to undergraduate degrees in the areas of business, technology, health, education, and social services.
Penn Foster Career School has earned both regional and national accreditation. Penn Foster College has earned national accreditation. This means a quality education that commands respect. Employers look for it, and candidates who attend accredited schools gain an edge over other applicants.
Penn Foster Career School, College, and High School are nationally accredited. This prestigious form of accreditation means that Penn Foster has met the high standards required by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) in Washington, D.C. The Distance Education Accrediting Commission is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency. We operate with the highest level of integrity, so our graduates can benefit from an accredited education. Employers are more likely to hire and accept graduates of accredited schools.
The Distance Education Accrediting Commission is also a recognized member of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
Penn Foster Career School is regionally accredited for non-degree granting postsecondary programs, and Penn Foster High School is regionally accredited for grades 9 through adult, by the Commission on Secondary Schools of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, 3624 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA. 215-662-5603 www.msa-cess.org.
Penn Foster Career School has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). In obtaining this accreditation, Penn Foster Career School has demonstrated that it complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of their Authorized Provider status, Penn Foster Career School is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.
You can be confident in the credibility of our school. Penn Foster College’s Veterinary Technician Associate Degree Program is fully accredited by the Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA) of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) as a program for educating veterinary technicians. This accreditation “represents the highest standard of achievement for veterinary medical education in the United States. Institutions that earn accreditation confirm their commitment to quality and continuous improvement through a rigorous and comprehensive peer review.”
The Penn Foster College Medical Assistant Associate Degree Program is accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).
Penn Foster Career School and High School are licensed by the Pennsylvania State Board of Private Licensed Schools.
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, and Undergraduate Certificates.
COLLEGE CREDIT RECOMMENDATIONS
The American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT) has evaluated and recommended college credit for many Penn Foster College courses. The American Council on Education, the major coordinating body for all the nation’s higher education institutions, seeks to provide leadership and a unifying voice on key higher education issues and to influence public policy through advocacy, research, and program initiatives. Over 2,000 schools consider ACE credit recommendations for transfer to their degree programs. For more information, visit the ACE CREDIT website.
The decision to accept credits is up to the individual school. Credits earned in Penn Foster programs may transfer* to some, but not all, learning institutions. If you are planning to continue your education with another school after you earn your degree from Penn Foster, you should check with that school regarding credit transfer policies.
*No form of accreditation guarantees that any learning institution will accept credits from any school as transfer credits.