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Degree: Medical Office Assistant/Specialist
Graduation Year: 2012
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I would NOT recommend this school. They did not help me find a job, even after I was on unemployment and needed help. And I had 15 years of Medical Office experience. I have a school loan to pay back.. for the rest of my life, without a job in Medical Billing... and I am certified. IT's a joke. They need to refund your money.

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Degree: Dental Assisting/Assistant
Graduation Year: 2015
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I LOVED THIS SCHOOL! I learned a lot from the instructors. I loved that we did a lot of hands on. I'm going back for the dental hygiene program. I would & have recommended this school to family & friends. Any school you're going to have your ups & downs & yes the staff can be shitty at times but they are always willing to help you. But I wouldn't care I was going to get mines regardless. Potential employers love Fortis graduates because we aren't just dental assistants we're expanded functions & Fortis is accredited. I can't wait to start the dental hygiene program!

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Cynthia Campisi - 2 days ago

I am very upset about this school. Although I felt good going and the teachers were of great help... I had no luck in finding a job in Medical Office. And I have been in the Medical field for 15 years. I wanted to go into Medical Billing and Coding. I was out of work and collecting Unemployment. As I was, I had put over 100 resumes in,... and no one was interested in hiring me.

I have become Medical Billing and Coding Certified, along with Medial Office Certified, but still I wasn't able to get a job.

I contacted the school when I was out of work, without any help from them. Now I have a $15,000 loan to pay back that will accrue interested.

I am very upset about this and think that if you don't find a job within a certain amount of time, the school should reimburse your money... so you can use it to further your education on something else.

Thanks for nothing Fortis....

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Kit - 1 day ago

Im sorry to hear that but I know with the program I attended Expanded Functions Dental Assisting that the need for dental assistants is high. Dental assistants are in high demand and a lot of my classmates & I got hired while we were on externship. Before I started the program I researched what the job prospects for dental assisting was in my area.

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Degree: Medical Billing & Coding
Graduation Year: 2012
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STAY AWAY!!! This "college" was in a rundown 1980's building that was falling apart. All they want is your MONEY. When you are given the tour it feels like your inside a minimum security prison. There were attackS and fights among the ghetto students. The worst of the worst is Career Placement Staff. Must have been cashiers at Wal-Mart before doing this job. NOBODY WANTS TO HIRE ANY FORTIS GRADUATE. They have torched their bridges a long time ago. Financial Aid will screw up your records and act as if you entered the data yourself. I'm ashamed to admit I went to this faux college.

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Ami - 24 days ago

I hate hate hate Fortis, the Port St. Lucie campus in Fl. They don't teach you they take your money. You are not taught about critical thinking, so taking the exams are hard. Don't waist your time and money lil I did.

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Terri - 23 days ago

Are there any students at The phoenix location that can tell me how they feel about the dental assistant program?

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Degree: Medical Assistant
Graduation Year: 2014
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I thought this school was great at first and that they cared about the students but they don't..after completing the program students had to wait 6 months before sitting for the certification exam..no one in my class passed the exam and no one is working.I don't feel that the teachers prepared us for what was going to be on the exam..the school just take your money and leave you without a job..I hate fortis college

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Cindy Campisi - 2 days ago

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Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2015
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I am a recent graduate of Fortis College and wanted to share some of my experiences from during the time I attended the program. I’ll start out with the few positive things I have to say about the school. I believe anyone who can make it through the program will be well prepared for their NCLEX. That being said you must be able to teach yourself the majority of the content because there is not time in class to go over everything, and as a student you are held responsible for knowing all of the content covered in each textbook. Now I’ll address the issues I faced on a department by department basis. Admissions- This was the easiest admissions process I have ever been through (I’ve applied and been admitted to about 10 various schools across the country). The fact that it is so easy shows that the school does not screen candidates for an appropriate fit, but just wants to increase numbers, and hey every student that is admitted makes at least an extra $5000 for the school per quarter they make it through. The admissions staff also give a very deceptive view of the program. I understand their job is sales and so this part will probably never change (it is a business after all), but that’s why I’m here to give you a more realistic view. I was told that many students are able to work full time throughout the program. This is not true. In my graduating class only one student worked throughout the entire program. I was told by the admissions staff that nearly everyone graduates, and they didn’t know anyone in particular who had failed the exit exam. I don’t know if they are just ignorant or choose not to look at the results so they can continue to tell this lie, but many people fail the exit exam (some people multiple times which extends the length of the program at least 3 months after every 2 attempts). The admissions staff make the program appear easy, and it is not. It is extremely difficult and many people fail. My original cohort had 26 students. Of the 26 only 4 remained in the program, and only 1 completed the program in the 2 years that the program is designed to take. Financial Aide- This school has screwed up the billing and financing of nearly every student I know that attends Fortis on multiple occasions. Their system is setup to auto charge students for random things like immunizations and physicals, even if you are not having those things provided by the school. Unless the student notices these charges and has them removed from their account they are over billed. During my final week at Fortis, every person in my graduating class was pulled into the financial aid office and either told they owed the school more money and would not receive transcripts until they could pay or they were told the school owed them money. That’s great I guess if you over payed and now the school owed you money, but the fact that this happened with at least a dozen students shows serious flaws in their billing methods. These obvious flaws make it hard to trust that they are doing anything correctly with the $46000 you’re spending on your education. About half way through my program I was told I could no longer attend class because I had an outstanding balance. However, I had actually prepaid several months and was ahead but because it was inputted into the computer incorrectly I was not allowed to attend class. Not only that I was told it was my fault, and that I needed to make sure it was inputted properly to show that my balance was not past due. I essentially had to hold their hand through the process of doing their own job. The Dean and President of the school- There is absolutely no consistency whatsoever in the leadership over the nursing program. There were 4 or more deans during the 2 years I attended (I don’t know the exact number because I lost track). How could any program succeed and grow if they are under new leadership at least every 6 months. You also have to wonder why nobody wants to invest in the school and stay for any decent amount of time. The faculty give the impression of being open to constructive criticism and are always asking for feedback, however concerns do not get addressed. Most of the issues I’m mentioning here today I was afraid to bring up for fear of being kicked out of the program. About a year into the program I had some serious concerns about a class and the way it was being ran. I brought these concerns to the teacher who did nothing. I then went up the chain of command to the dean. About a week later I was pulled into the Dean’s office and given a written warning for being a bully and told that if it happened again I would be dismissed from the program. Any concerns with the school I have had since that day I have kept to myself out of fear. Me and other students were scared into submission, and once you’ve invested $46,000 dollars I wasn’t willing to risk being kicked out for trying to improve the program for the students behind me. General Education Instructors- The general education teachers I had were good for the most part. The only issue I had was with an instructor (who no longer teaches) that was unable to keep professional boundaries with students. She is friends with many students on Facebook, and I was very bothered when she spoke about a student on Facebook saying that she had told him that day that he would never make it through the program. She didn’t mention names, but it is completely unprofessional to have the social interactions she had with students. Nursing Instructors- Some of the nursing staff was good, but education affiliates (EA) who owns Fortis does all of the teachers a disservice. They don’t give them any freedom to teach in a way that would be effective (this is why you must be a self-learner to succeed at this school). EA writes the syllabus for the instructor, chooses the text book, writes the tests, and provides the power points. The instructors don’t get to see the tests prior to giving them so they have no clue if the content on the test was covered in class or the textbook. And many times the test content did not match the syllabus causing many students to fail tests. The nursing faculty is short staffed (I guess that’s just part of being a nurse in any setting), but this causes teachers to not follow through with anything they say they will do. By the end of my program I took anything any teacher told me as a grain of salt, because I had been let down on multiple occasions by every professor. During the program you are treated like a high school student not an adult. You are spoke down to and belittled. Students are told on a regular basis that they are “high risk for failing”. This does nothing for the student other than demoralize them and make them feel like a failure. I could go on and give more specific examples, but I wanted to keep things broad to give you an idea of the issues you may encounter at Fortis. Just know that every school has its problems. There is no perfect school, but be aware of the problems the school you are attending has. Ask lots of questions before attending, and be sure this is what you really want. If I could do it all over again would I go to Fortis probably not. If someone I cared about was interested in attending I would discourage them, but you have to decide for yourself. Just do your research.

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Summer - about 1 month ago

thank you so much! I hope you don't mind I posted this on BBB Business Review so people will know what this company is. they just called me too ugh so hard finding dental programs out here.

did you ever find one wroth recommending ?

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Angela - 21 days ago

This was very helpful and has great advice I was wondering if University of Phoenix has some of the same issues . Like you stated research needs to be done on each school you plan to attend . Thank You so much for your honesty I am checking resources now because of your letter .

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nancy - 15 days ago

i do not know who you are but i am in the same boat with this school you were and i am thinking of suing them. please get in touch with me> cosmictantra@yahoo.com. they lie, lie lie!

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Caitlin - 5 days ago

Do you have an email I can reach you at?

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roseann - 3 days ago

I was wondering what state you were from..I am from pa and thinking about going to fortis

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Degree: Education, Other
Graduation Year: 2014
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This college does not have very good reviews out in the job market. I actually had job opportunities I was interested in, but Fortis college has such a bad reputation it stopped too many of my opportunities. I found Fortis college was happy to bring me on-board, but once I started it was hard to get any additional help unless it was money related. They were more interested in getting new students than taking care of me once I came on board. I thought by being a good student I would get the help I needed, but I was wrong. The teachers tell you what your going to do then just sit at a desk. At that point your on your own. I would NOT recommend this private college to anyone!!! You would be better off going to a college that holds a good name and doesn't have a bad reputation. I found Fortis college was previously Boehecker college which had a very very very bad review. I am questioning why they changed their name... I wonder what is happening with this college as I was there, the number of students continued to drop. I am very disappointed in being a student from Fortis college, this was a very bad EXPENSIVE investment for me.

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Degree: Criminal Justice
Graduation Year: 2014
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I graduated from florist online in Nov 2014. This school definitely has their pro's and con's just like any other school. The thing I loved about this school the most is how supportive the staff are (not so much the instructors but the student advisors and dean's). If I was falling behind for any reason at all they made sure they reached out to me to help me with the issue or to just talk to me about what's been going on in my life. There was a time I was in the process of moving from one city to another & they let me take a few weeks off to get settled into my new place which I really needed because I was extremely overwhelmed. They are very understanding & supportive. The one negative about this school is that I didn't receive any refund checks from my financial aid until about 3 months before I graduated but it was ok to me because I wasn't in school for the money & they paid for my books also which I just sold after I was finished with them. I'm not too sure how much they charge per credit or anything like that I usually don't really get into that. Another negative is that they only go up to an associates degree so once I finished my associates I had to switch schools which I didn't want to do because I love fortis & over the years I got comfortable with the set up of black board. When I Did switch my schools I had no problems with getting my transcripts transferred over. After I graduated I got a lot of support from their career service department also they work really hard to get you a job in your field & they don't stop until you're hired. There were some instructors that I didn't really care for but if I had any issues I first would address them with my instructor & if it didn't get anywhere I'd turn to my student advisor & my dean in my field & they made sure they addressed the issue without taking my side or the instructors side they were really fair & it never seemed to bother them if I called them too much. In my opinion the course definitely set you up for the real world & everything you need to know & learn about in your field which I really liked. The essays to me weren't boring I was always excited to write an essay because they were always interesting & it was always pertaining to something in my field. My overall experience with Fortis online university was great I wouldn't have wanted it any other way I really enjoyed my time with my Fortis family. I would highly recommend this school but keep in my you have to be good with time management not only with this school but any online school I juggled school work & being a single mother & believe me it wasn't easy I didn't just get handed my degree I wanted to give up so many times but I knew that I wanted that degree so I had to do it so make sure you know that you can do it before you start because it's not going to be a cake walk you'll have to work for it. good luck if you have any questions don't hesitate to comment.

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Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2014
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This place is a joke!! For a school that focuses mainly on healthcare education, the staff and school lack integrity. It is overly expensive and they lie about the schedule. The Dean scheduled the classes for the entire day everyday, which conflicted with family time and work. Then instead of working with the students to remedy the situation she would say get out of her office end of discussion as if she's dealing with minors. I only passed because I was determined and already invested time and money. But I've never felt so ashamed and stupid. Whenever people ask where I attended nursing school I beat around the bush. The school board needs to investigate this foolishness they have going on there. Waste of time!!! #Runnnn!!!

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ROBERT L ANDERS - 3 months ago

I am so sorry that your education did not meet your expectations. I would welcome an opportunity to learn more about your experience so we can ensure that a similar situation does not occur to anyone else. What you described is not our expectation for any student. I look forward to hearing from you.

Dr. Robert L Anders

Vice President of Nursing

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Caitlin - 5 days ago

Can you get in touch with me via email? I have some questions regarding the program

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Robert Anders, VP Nursing - 4 days ago

Hi

Please contact me at the email shown.

Thanks

Robert L. Anders

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Degree: Dental Assisting/Assistant
Graduation Year: 2015
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Do not come here for dental assisting! Worse experience of my life and a total run for your money. This facility does not have enough equipment for the students, they lie and tell you your class size will be small but in all actuality the class size is large, and the director of the dental assistant program is VERY RUDE, DISRESPECTFUL, and DOES NOT LIKE TO SEE HIS STUDENTS EXCELL, he will do ANYTHING in his power to see you fail even if it means spreading lies! THEEEEE ABSOLUTE WORSE EXPIRENCE EVER!!!! I did learn a lot, however it's not worth the stress.

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Degree: Criminal Justice
Graduation Year: 2015
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I loved it! Career Services right down to the instructors care about you and your success. They are with you every step of the way! I'm so glad I decided to go here. It changed my life! I have a great job I love because of fortis! I could t have asked for a better experience than what I got!! I urge anyone to go! You will not regret it!

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Cindy Campisi - 2 days ago

Yeah.. well that isn't true, guess it depends on who you are... Great.. glad they worked in your favor.

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