Designed to allow students to earn a certificate without the need for a classroom, this program is completed entirely online. Penn Foster College’s Undergraduate Certificate in General Studies consists of 15 credits. This certificate program aims to prepare students for entering into a major discipline. Students must pass the required skills assessment to be allowed to complete this program with Penn Foster. After the assessment has been completed and enrollment has been accepted, students receive their first course materials.
The first course students take is Computer Applications, where students learn file management, applications in word processing, presentation software, and spreadsheets. In English Composition, students are able to develop better writing skills by learning how to write more clearly and coherently. The remainder of the courses are chosen by the student based on personal interest. One course must be taken from the following categories: science, social science, and arts and humanities. Suggested courses include Earth Science, Nutrition, Foundations of Political Science, Introduction to Sociology, or Introduction to Literature.
The Undergraduate Certificate in General Studies program through Penn Foster provides students the fundamental knowledge of general education courses.
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School Accreditation & Licensing
Penn Foster College is accredited by:
Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC)
The DEAC is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
Penn Foster College is licensed by the Arizona State Board of Private Postsecondary Education.
Penn Foster College’s Veterinary Technician Associate Degree has full accreditation from the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) through their Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA).
The Penn Foster College Medical Assistant Associate Degree Program is accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).
The American Council on Education’s College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE CREDIT) has evaluated and recommended college credit for many Penn Foster College courses. Credits earned in Penn Foster College programs may transfer to some, but not all, learning institutions. Students who plan to continue their education with another school after earning a degree from Penn Foster College should check with that school regarding credit transfer policies.
Program Requirements & Restrictions
Minimum EducationHigh School or Equivalent
Official High School Transcript/GED Score