Penn Foster College Programs

Take the first step towards a new career or improve your skills for your current job. With an associate or bachelor's degree from Penn Foster College, you can start building the future and the life you've imagined. Nationally accredited and respected, this is a place where you can follow your dream, and do so cost-effectively. You’ll find that our self-paced learning and affordable tuition are designed to work for busy lifestyles. Penn Foster College is licensed by the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education.

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Associate Degree Programs

Penn Foster College offers a variety of online associate degrees in many of today’s fastest growing career fields. Whether you're interested in allied health, business management, or Veterinary Technician training, earning your associate degree from Penn Foster College can start you on the path to your new career for per credit or less! Associate Degrees are awarded under licensed by the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education.

Bachelor's Degree Programs

Penn Foster College offers bachelor’s degrees in two high-growth areas, business management and criminal justice. When you earn a bachelor’s degree from Penn Foster College, you get a quality education that you can complete at your own pace and at an affordable price. Bachelor Degrees are awarded under licensed by the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education.

Business Management Bachelor of Science Degree

The U.S. Department of Labor projects more than 34,000 new business management jobs by the year 2022.¹ Earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management can help you prepare to take advantage of this growth. You’ll receive a thorough background in the functional areas of modern business: human resources, finance/accounting, administration, marketing, and operations.

Criminal Justice Bachelor of Science Degree

With a Criminal Justice Bachelor of Science Degree from Penn Foster College, you will learn about how courts and correction systems operate, theories in crime causation, and procedures related to private security and juvenile systems.

Veterinary Technology Bachelor of Applied Science Degree

Accelerate your career in the veterinary technology or veterinary nursing field with Penn Foster's AVMA-CVTEA fully accredited Veterinary Technology Bachelor of Applied Science Degree program. Enhance your skill sets and help prepare for employment beyond entry-level, often times with greater responsibility than candidates with an associate degree or less. Learn essential skills with courses like Advanced Veterinary Pharmacology, Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care, Preventative Health Care & Integrative Medicine for Animals, and more.


¹ Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, "Occupational Outlook Handbook," 2014-15 Edition, Administrative Services Managers, on the Internet here. Statistics found in the United States Department of Labor Occupational Outlook Handbook are based on national data, so job growth in your area may be different.

Undergraduate Certificate Programs

Whether you hope to learn new job skills or refresh and refine existing skills, Penn Foster College offers undergraduate certificate programs in a variety of career fields. These online certificate programs allow you to study at home, at your own pace, as you take the first steps toward achieving your career goals. Plus, our supportive faculty members are always willing to help, and our collaborative, supportive learning environment provides an ideal way to earn an online education.

If you plan on earning a degree, you'll be able to transfer many, and in some cases all, of your undergraduate certificate credits to a Penn Foster College associate or bachelor’s degree program in the same field. Degrees are awarded under license by the Arizona State Board for Private Postsecondary Education.

Career Diploma Programs - College

With a career diploma from Penn Foster College or Penn Foster Career School, you can take the first steps toward starting a new career, building your resume, or pursuing new opportunities in your current job. Whatever your next career move, Penn Foster offers affordable online career diploma programs designed to help you gain new career skills while you meet your work and family obligations. Plus, with self-paced online courses and strong instructor support, you’ll find the help you need every step of the way.

The career diploma programs asterisked below are offered through Penn Foster Career School which is nationally accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) and regionally accredited for non-degree granting postsecondary programs by the Commission on Secondary Schools of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.


Individual College Courses

Jump-start your college education, earn credits toward a degree, or learn new skills. Choose from over 80 ACE reviewed college courses in business, education, math & science, and more!

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is an associate degree?

A. An associate degree is typically a 2-year degree that focuses on career-specific coursework. An associate degree is normally a lower tuition alternative to a bachelor's degree and provides a great intermediate level of education. What's great about an associate degree is that you can apply your earned credits toward a bachelor's degree later if you choose to do so.

Q. What is the difference between an associate degree and a bachelor's degree?

A. There are many differences between bachelor's and associate degrees. The main differences are the time it takes to complete your degree, the additional coursework, and the degree's cost. Typically, a bachelor’s degree will take longer to complete, will be more expensive, and will provide more coursework and training than an associate degree. However, a Bachelor's degree can earn you a higher wage on average and some employers may place a higher value on a bachelor's degree. Penn Foster offers affordable degrees that allow you to study at your own pace so you can earn either degree in a timeframe that works for you.

Q. What is a career diploma?

A. Career diplomas are designed to give you the skills you need to learn to help take the first steps toward a new career, or to improve your current career. Career Diplomas cover a range of industries and some will even help you prepare to sit for industry certification exams. If you are looking to earn college credits to transfer towards a Penn Foster associate or bachelor's degree, an undergraduate certificate may be right for you. On our Student Life Blog, we outline the main differences between a Career diploma and an undergraduate certificate.

Q. How do transfer credits work at Penn Foster?

A. Transfer credit acceptance varies by school and prior coursework completed. Visit our Admissions page to learn more about Transfer Credits Policies. We also have a guide to transferring credits to make the most out of your online courses.

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