Fortis College Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (185)
Don't go to Fortis Centerville. It was the biggest mistake I ever made. If you are serious about your degree, you need to look elsewhere. The so called teachers/professors or whatever you want to call them are a joke. They hardly seem competent. They don't even teach, they just show slides and talk about their personal lives which nobody cares about. Most of us are hard working adults looking to better ourselves, but they don't even care. They show up sometimes, but even when they do, they just show slides and give you a test. The quizzes that they give you don't even cover what you "learned". The head of the nursing program is the biggest joke I've ever met. How she became a teacher I have no idea. I'm only posting this as anonymous because I have a relative that goes there, and I don't want them to be associated with my anger. Trust me, stay far far away from this place. I don't even write reviews, but I figured in this situation I would because I want to help anyone I can stay away from this place. I cannot think of one positive thing to say. I wish you all the best, and beg you to take my advice.
I have been at this school for a couple of months now, and I love it. I am a single mom who also works, and this school has been very flexible. I attended IUPUI for a year previously, and though it is a good school it is a difficult school to attend with a busy outside life. Before I discovered Fortis I was very nervous thinking about how I was going to get through college to support my child. Looking through other students reviews, I think they many don't know how lucky they are to have found a program like Fortis. You can't expect to go in a accredited program and not have to do any work for your degree. With that being said you will have to work at this college, but they are very helpful and work with you as much as possible.
The FORTIS Norfolk HVAC/R Instructor cadre is a multi-talented lot of refrigeration technicians. During my time as a student there, the youngest instructor had just 5+ years of commercial oriented refrigeration under his belt, yet he was still working in the actual field while instructing the night class. The entire group brought a wealth of personal experience into the classroom and made the lesson learning as pleasant as it can get when it comes to learning about refrigeration. The lab facility for actual hands-on learning consists of your standard residential heating and cooling units that most beginning HVAC/R technicians will come across in the field. The instructors enjoy inserting problems into the equipment that the students must troubleshoot and fix to get the system operational. The instructors will act as the customers during the scenarios but will interject if there shows a possibility of unsafe actions by the student that could cause actual major damage to the student or the equipment. Along with the standard troubleshooting/maintenance training, there may arise an opportunity that a project comes in for students to work on. Our class had the opportunity to rebuild a Manitowak commercial grade ice maker that had been thrown into a field for scrap. The class had to clean up the parts, install a new compressor, leak test and evacuate the system, wire the system back up, plumb the intake and discharge water lines and descale the actual ice making component. After all was said and done, we took a $5,000 system that had been thrown out for scrap and made it operational again. That is something that you might be hard pressed to find in other school labs for learning. As for the students who wish to come to FORTIS Norfolk HVAC/R to learn about the refrigeration industry, I would encourage you to come. That being said, I will now discourage anyone who wears a cloak of entitlement from coming to this facility. You are a student for most of a year and you are there to learn. If an actual project becomes available for you to work on, do NOT be that person who says, Are we getting paid for this? who actually feels like you need to be paid. You are there for experience that will more than pay for itself, as you are learning on actual equipment that others don't know how to fix, but you will. Bring the mindset of learning, leave the mindset of "me, myself, and I". I consider myself blessed to have been able to have the classmates that I started up with and the opportunity to learn under the experience of the FORTIS HVAC/R cadre. I will not lie about the frustration of traveling there four nights a week back and forth from the Yorktown area through the tunnels. That was the worst part about my year of training, being stuck in sometimes 90+ minute traffic jams. That was offset with the knowledge that I was given a great opportunity to learn from folks with actual experience from the field in different areas. Listening to other students that have attended other local HVAC/R classes in the area, they were nowhere near the level of hands-on learning that FORTIS provides. The other staff members at FORTIS also go the extra mile to ensure that you are getting the full benefit of college, from the registrar to the job placement office. I also know how to go into my own systems at my house and work on them should the need arise. I even have done my own refrigerator maintenance; just dont tell my landlord, for I havent. That being said, it means that I knew enough to work on the system and work on maintenance without breaking it.
I am currently a student at Fortis College. Fortis of Montgomery is everything but professional. Our instructor (Mrs.Patterson) doesn't even know what she is talking about, and pronounces all of the medical terminology wrong. She talks about students when they aren't even present, which I find extremely unprofessional. She is also very drama oriented. She is inappropriate and laughs when someone asks a "stupid question". Fortis is not accredited, they are a for profit only school. You will not be able to transfer any "credits". We are constantly getting asked to recommend others to the program, and it all feels very much like a scam. When we are done with any class work, we just sit there until we are to be dismissed while our instructor plays on her phone. It is all just a huge joke. DO NOT attend Fortis, it isn't even a real school and it's just a waste of time and money that you could be spending at a real college.
I went to Fortis College Phoenix for Dental Assisting and it truly changed my life. I am now attending for Dental Hygiene 5 years later. It gave me direction when I didn't have any. Class sizes are small and staff truly cares. Some teachers can be a little frustrating with lack of organization or aloofness if you will, but the majority have priceless experience and knowledge of the field. Would recommend!! Only you can change your life.
I received my associate degree in dental assisting- graduating in 2014. I would like to say that it's been great ever since- but it hasn't.! It's cost me an arm and a leg- and unfortunately none of my credits transfer anywhere. I've wanted to go back to school, and it will put me EXTREMELY in debt if I do. The school is incredibly over priced for what they offer. It was easy breezy curriculum- however they do not have the best reputation. Taking the plunge to college is a tough decision- especially when it comes to loans- and they are very pushy to take your money. They do not appreciate their students. (Fortis Cuyahoga falls)
I hope people read these reviews and actually take in what is all said. I regret ever enrolling to this school. I am currently in the lpn program at the Centerville location. The instructors are basically non existent and don't know what they are teaching. Students fail classes and are told if it's close enough to a passing grade all they need to do is "file a complaint about how you should've passed" and magically you move on and have a higher test grade than what was earned. They can't keep clinical sites, they have us drive an hour to do 3 hours clinicals, at a place that has nothing to do with nursing to begin with. You get charged for things you never get to use, such as sims lab, scrubs you didn't order, extra books. I'm not generally one to complain or make complaints but it's getting worse and worse as time goes on. I am in my 3rd quarter and credits don't transfer anywhere or I'd be gone. Good luck to all of you on your future. -A-
Avoid this college for your own good. They only want your money. They will not help students be successful. They have teachers that just show up and mindless spit out information for a couple hours and then tell you to "know everything". After you pay for your seat they stop being nice because they have your money. The dean also doesn't care. Whole classes go to the dean with teacher issues and just get brushed off as stupid angry students. The campus in Pensacola is where all of this happens. I urge you to find another way to get your education.
What a joke from the beginning until I left. Lied to by my admissions person who forced me to start while my child was in the hospital. Told i was getting degree and really only a diploma. and the teachers are rude and offer no help which counselor said I would get again lied. Financial girl is unorganized and no help what so ever kept loosing my paperwork. Only wanted my money Don't waste your time or money. now attending a real college
Great program! Instructors are willing to help students in anyway possible. Small, caring, with a great learn atmosphere. I would highly recommend the LPN class because they are at night. It has been a great experience and I am looking forward to continuing to my RN at Fortis College