Fortis College Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (167)
Poor use of resources as far as teaching goes the instructors are superb gentleman but are horrible teachers and do not take their job seriously as far as the institution as a whole it is not treated fairly the night classes do not receive the same attention as the day classes and the library is not available for night students.
I have read all of these reviews before attending this school and honestly was terrified but went through my decision anyways...I'm glad I did because Fortis is a great school the teachers help out so much and really want you to succeed. The teachers actually teach you and make sure you learn. Everything is very organized! I think maybe it depends on the campus because Pensacola campus pass rate and job placement rate is over 80% in both areas ! You get what you put into it as well but I know Pensacola campus is an awesome school and I can't wait to graduate
DO NOT GO TO THIS SCHOOL!!! It is terrible. I go to Centerville, OH campus; biggest joke and waste of time. Most unorganized place imaginable. Our instructor is never there (5/12 classes) and when she was all she did was read slides that we had in front of us. So we pay $35,000 to have someone read to us when she actually shows up?!?! Our clinical hours were messed up so bad they almost had to have us drop the quarter and retake the classes because another instructor we had wasn't legally aloud to teach us! (They've been reported to the board by our whole class). The DoN only cares about herself, when we would go to her for help she pushed us away or say she didn't have an answer. The "state of the art" SiMS lab is the only good thing about this place, but only when there's a teacher who actually knows how to use it. When I went to the president of the school to discuss these concerns about our classes and hours his responses were ridiculous saying we signed a paper stating we understand that our schedule is subject to change. HA! Joke! I talked to an attorney and they even stated it isn't covered. The financial aid department doesn't know what they're doing. When I called her to discuss my balance (when I had a stipend) she said it was a glitch in the system only to get a phone call, BY HER 2 weeks later letting me know I owe the amount I received on my stipend plus $1300 and I wasn't eligible for a payment plan. I could keep going on and an but I won't. I hope this review gives some help to those considering this joke of a school. I can't wait until I get my money back from them ;)
I have not 1 good thing to say about Fortis. I was new to college and had no idea what was going on. They all new that and ran with it. I went there for 2 years. I was trying to drop the school 6 months after I started but they would make a reason why I couldn't or told me how much of a bad idea it was. Instructors- the instructors are horrible. Some examples , one of my teachers would fall asleep in class, never cam prepared to class so he didn't know what he was teaching until class when he opened the book. All he did was read the book , no teaching involved. He couldn't hear so a lot of questions were unanswered. Another teacher would just pass kids for no reason. Kids that never came to class got passed on. I'm not sure how that works , and he would mark kids there when they was absent. Another teacher I couldn't understand what she was saying because she was only in America for 3 years so I had to drop that class. They didn't have no tutors so if you needed one you would half to go out and find your one resources a lot of time I had to teach myself after class. I'd go home and Google the information and found teachers on YouTube teaching it. That's how I learned. So Iam paying them for what? FINANCIAL AID- They was all very rude , as well as any of the office people. They charged me for things I didn't get. If I would ask a question about anything regarding finical aid they couldn't answer for some reason they answer something totally different. They would do things without telling you so you'd owe them money. They didn't inform you at all in anything! Their is so much more I can say but I'm going to stop. If your thinking about Fortis I hope my review helps you make your decision. I probably won't be able to get my credits to transfer because of financial aid so that's 2 years down the drain. If you still want to try Fortis my advise is to take someone who knows how the college system works with you!
I'm currently enrolled in the LPN program and I would not recommend this school to anyone they don't teach at all they just expect you to learn the material on your own. They don't teach you to be a nurse they teach you to take a test. The teachers don't make the tests at all so when you get your going in blind, certain people on the staff are rude and try to control what you do and criticize you when your not there. I highly recommend reading up on it first and look around. Do not choose Fortis.
I went to this school thinking that I would have a good trade under my belt. The classes we're hit or miss. Either the teacher knew what she was talking about, you got a teacher that taught from a book, or you got a completely unnecessary class. My director Mr. Martin Freel, lied to my employer, told him that I did not come to school, on a day he (freel) demanded I come or I'd fail my externship. Now I'm finding out today ( 2/9/16) I paid tuition from a school " learning from their mistakes", no radiology certification, no guidance of where to certify, and no job to start with ( I found a job by MYSELF a YEAR later). They took my money and gave my NOTHING. Not even some type of refund for what I didn't learn that they now offer. I was recommended to retake the whole thing over, for another 11 months. I have a husband, a job, and my parents to care for! I don't have time to do it over. I'm not sure on how much has "changed" but im not going through it anymore! Thank you fortis in landover for practicing on me, you will NEVER do it again.
Fortis College Medical Assisting Program was the best choice I could have made. I was getting back into the work force after being a stay-at-home mom for 15 years. Employed in the medical field prior to starting a family I knew that's where I wanted to continue my education. The cost of the class and the schedule made it possible for me to go back to school while my children were in school. I was lucky to go to Fortis College in Winter Park, the staff there are wonderful, like a family. They truly care about each students success and go above and beyond when needed. The education that I received went far beyond my expectations. The instructor Ms. Denise Wilkie is a professional and requires a high level of competency in her graduates. She teaches with a desire to make her Medical Assistants proficient, professional and well prepared for the marketplace. I feel blessed to have been taught by her at Fortis College. She prepared me well for my current employment and is a phone call away should I need additional resources. The campus director Mr. Richard Zaiden shares credit when it comes to students success. Holding a position such as his you might think you never see him or that he is unaware of the classroom activity; this is not the case at all. He works hard to see that each student gets what he or she needs, He is a hands on director even stepping into class setting when needed. I would recommend Medical Assisting Program to anyone who is thinking about the medical field. The education you get is superior in my opinion. The class room atmosphere is calm and relaxed. While there is a ton of book work and clinical procedures that are required for graduation, the classes are small which make it possible for the students to support and help each other. Thank you Fortis College Winter Park for all that you do for your students. Respectfully, M.R.
I just graduated from this college. Literally, I finished yesterday! I love this school. Expensive? Yes. I did all my pre-reqs at a community college so that saved tons of money. I just took my NUR classes at Fortis. This also helps with credit transfers. I know the U of Utah will accept any NUR classes from here, but not the pre-reqs. I felt the teachers here really cared about my success. They are easy to reach outside of class and give lots of positive feedback. I feel completely prepared to take the NCLEX. School is strict. You have to be in uniform anytime on campus and you must attend class. They want you to be professional (as you should be if you are going into the medical field). Attendance is necessary, because it is a lot of information to process, if you miss a class, you can fall behind quickly. Also, if you fail two classes, you are out of the program. However, if you are willing to work hard, this is a great school. If you are looking for an easy degree, then nursing is probably not for you. Not at Fortis or anywhere else. Go get a degree in the art history and make 10 bucks an hour. Good luck!
I wouldn't recommend this school to anyone teachers are not helpful they stick together tell you not to drop their class to get your money and leave you hanging after they are paid they will not return your phone calls financial aid over charge for classes taking all of your federal aid you get to school the best way you can while they pull up in bmw and Mercedes Benz and all of the staff have houses bigger than the White House it self.
Fortis is approved by the Florida board of nursing if you look on the departments page. It is not accredited. This means that you may sit for the NCLEX and become an RN for the state of Florida, but not nationally. It also means that when it comes time for you to get a BSN, you have to use one of their ''articulated agreement'' schools, which is mostly online as well as fortis is, and they are just as pricey as fortis. If you attempted to go to a community college or accredited college, they will not accept any credits from a non accredited school. Bummer I know. It costs about 45,000 to attend fortis vs a community college for around 13,000. So when it comes to paying student debt, fortis only transfers to those ''articulated agreement schools'' and there is only a handful of them and you have no choice but to attend them to advance your degree. They are a profit school and the schools quality is poor from my experience. If you are willing to pile on the extensive debt and risk the chance of not being able to further your RN license, then you will be state approved at least. I was in It for the long haul for BSN and I didn't think it was a wise decision. My counselor at PSC said he has to be professional with his words but what they are doing is nearly criminal and students tend to be desperate when they find the school so accepting. If you are confused and have questions like I did, Check it all for yourself on your states board of nursing page, you can look up the school and call them to verify. Fortis counselors legally twist their words and make it seem like they don't know about their reputation, go to any accredited local college counselor and they will tell you. I had to argue with the councilor I had at Fortis about their accreditation and she had no problem telling me they were...she said her students told her they checked and they were. Just FYI!