Fortis College Reviews - Associate in Nursing
I wish I could explain the hatred that I have for the school. The teachers don't teach ,the credits do not transfer anywhere and no one cares about the students! Going to this school was one of the worst decisions I've ever made ,please learn from my mistakes!
Potential students and prospective faculty should stay as far away as possible from this place. Tuition is ten times that of nearby nonprofit schools, a number of programs are on probation, science laboratory courses do not have laboratories, computers and copiers do not work, local employers openly state that they will not hire graduates, credits cannot be transferred to other institutions, there is very high turnover of teachers between resignations (often abrupt and unexpected) and waves of firings and administrators are largely inaccessible to students except to remove them from classes and sweat them for tuition payments while there is almost no contact between faculty and administrators, most of whom are rarely or never on the premises.
They get you in there and are so supportive in the beginning but by the end of the program you will be begging for someone to care. I have found that they don't hold up their end of deal. They want you to pay on time, but they will keep your money until you beg for it.
STUDENTS BEWARE!!! they lie to you up front... these credits DO NOT TRANSFER ANYWHERE!!! they tell you they do.... lied to! We started with over 30 students in health assessment (NEW TEACHER!!). When only 15 got to pharmacology, (NEW TEACHER AGAIN!!!) only 4 passed the class... the teachers do not write their tests.... the administration do... HELLO how can you teach when the teacher doesn't know what is on the test..... THEY TELL you that you can repeat the class.... OH>. and you will pay to retake it also!!! BIG BUCKS. I waisted $25,000 (student loans) on nothing... left after pharm... complete waist of time. not only do I not have a degree but I will have to pay for this bad school who just wants your money... they don't care about teaching the student how to be a good nurse... or how to help you understand information... don't waste your time in the Salt Lake City campus... ITS A JOKE!!!
Quick FYI: I attended Fortis College - Cutler Bay- Although the process wasn't by any means short or quick, I had the support of the staff the entire time. If I had a question, someone was there to help, and any concerns I had in regards to financial aid or scheduling were addressed. I know it sounds weird to say it, but it felt like the staff were more than a little eager to help me; if I couldn't reach someone by phone, someone popped up to get me a staff member's email. I know it's a small school, but having teachers and admissions staff remember my face, name, and the fact that my mom was recovering from surgery made me feel like an actual person and not a walking ATM for this school. I really appreciate everything the school has done for me, and I can't recommend it enough.
I Just started on January 8th 2018. In December when I enrolled I knew my financial aid was limited because of my other degrees, so I agreed to pay cash for the rest. On December 21st ,2018 they gave me an estimate of what my payment may be, because my credits had not been looked at yet. On January 5th we had orientation and got schedules along with my payment plan. Class started for me on the 9th which is when they expected my first payment. On the 12th I get pulled at and notified that if my payment of 1,491.56 is not paid by the 16th I can not attend class until its paid. Now I have attended a week of class but still can not do my homework or access any school sites until I pay. I applied for my FAFSA but the financial office says I can not use it because my husband and I do not file taxes together. I am really thinking about just saying the heck with this school. Because this is Bs.
Stay away from this school. They will give you a nice song and dance to get you to apply but it's all smoke and mirrors in the end. By the time the true colors show it's too late to leave. You can't work and go to school at the same time like they say. In the orientation they boast about how flexible the program is but then they change your afternoon to mornings and put you in a class from 11-1, leaving you no room to work your job. Clinicals steal your entire day/week and your hands are tied and all you're allowed to do is push pills and wipe ass. During class hours administration is always on you to complete a survey for this and that and if you don't do it then that's grounds for expulsion. What I noticed is that the dean was most concerned about petty things such as uniforms and badges on few people when others wore clothing that was not approved. In the beginning it is all "come over here and we'll work with you and it'll be fun..." when you're in it was, "do this or you will be kicked out..." The dean is a joke. At face value she's like "I care and I want you to succeed." In reality she has no clue why she's meeting with students when it was her that set up the meeting. She's on the phone and talking to others through her door and preparing to leave for the day while meeting with students. (personal experience twice) They boast about a 100% graduation rate but in reality it's less than half. In my cohort we started with over 30 students and before capstone there were only a few left, 6-10. That goes back to another lie they push; small class sizes, plenty of one on one help from professors. More often than not, we were having to find extra chairs and tables to accommodate the high number of students. Not only were the rooms small and loud they were hot and stuffy from being overcrowded. Classroom walls are very thin and you are distracted by the class next door. There is no pharmacology professor so they employ anyone with a degree. The pharmacology class is a joke, all cohorts fail that class, the only people who pass that class are the ones who are repeating it from the term before. There was this horrible professor who would condescendingly reply with another question when a student asked a question or for clarification. During lecture you're taking notes on lecture and reading text and taking notes on text then during test time questions come from left field. You study hours on end and you know the particular system in and out and you're tested from what seems to be a whole different text thus making it easier to fail. Fortis College is a predatory school. Their credits are not recognized anywhere else so if you wanted to transfer you are out of luck, you just have to start over from the very beginning, you lost out on two years of your life and ended up with a huge bill. Stay away! The career counselor tells you only what you already know and tells you to visit this or that website and apply. When you see potential students touring the campus all you want to do is tell them to run, don't do it.
I am in the bridge program for my RN and I can't stress this enough...don't join. Go anywhere but here. You'll be doing yourself a major favor financially and mentally. The girls I have class with act like it's Jr High and High school all over again, trying to be the most popular and what's sad is the instructors are the second way. The students I can over look (but please grow up) but when instructors bash on each other and on the DON to the students, it's a different story. The pre-reqs are your normal standards for most schools but we just sit there looking at slides and having the answers to the exams given to us on study guides. The school does offer study sessions with some instructors, which are the same ones who give you the answers because they don't understand how to explain how you get the answer in the first place. I'm in my second quarter and want to transfer out, but of course I'm stuck paying either way. Between the students drama over BLM/DACA/Presidential debates with one another and with some of the instructors, it's hard to learn anything. I've taken my complaints up with the DON and all she did was shrug her shoulders and wanted names of the girls. Went to the president, since I'm paying $44,000 out of pocket I wanted to see some change. Nothing happened. Next day in class all I heard about was how there was a snitch in the class by the instructor. Ridiculous. Please, grow up and be an adult we're trying to become nurses, act like it. I work 3 12 hour days a week and go to school full time. There isn't much homework in the pre-req classes, so that's doable. Just make sure you do extra at home or unless you want the answers given. UPDATE: Since my post/review I have been contacted by some Fortis administration from off campus, he assured me it will be handled accordingly since this is not the first or second time it has happened.
Ok, let's start off by stating the obvious that Fortis is a FOR PROFIT school. Which means that they want to make money off of you. This in turn means that they will accept EVERYONE that applies to them. If you have a pulse and a checkbook, or can take out student loans, then you're admitted. The nursing program when I started was $42,000. That's right, more than a years salary for most people. I paid $17K from cashing in my 401K and took loans to pay the rest. This is where Fortis gets you. They won't accept any college transfer credits unless they are really recent. So for all you out there that took Biology 10 years ago, get ready to fork out the money to take it again through Fortis. FIne, I thought, no big deal. So basically if you don't have recent college credits to transfer then you spend your first year doing all of your pre-requisite courses for nursing. Basically, $20K to take english and some science classes. Finally you get to your nursing courses. By the way, did I mention you can only retake courses a couple of times? Now it gets good. You have to pass all of your pre-requisite classes with a C or better in order to move on, If you have to do a retake for maybe english, then when you get to your nursing courses, you're pretty much sunk. I happened to get really sick over a year into school. I spent 9 days in the hospital so I had to drop a course, then retake it. And, I was doing my online classes on my laptop while in the Hospital. Not really fun when you're in kidney failure, IV in your arm, and feeling terrible but still having to complete my classes. Fast forward a few months, I got sick again and had to have surgery. Again, drop a course. Now you get a notice that you are being dropped from the program, but are still eligible to reapply. By the way, you have to pay a fee to reapply. See where I am going with this? So at the end of the day, I spent $17K of my hard earned money, borrowed $22K and didn't finish. Now I have to pay my student loans back, and the best part? NONE OF MY CREDITS FROM FORTIS WILL TRANSFER TO MY LOCAL COLLEGE. So I wasted my time, and a tremendous amount of money for nothing. Stay away from this place.
Fortis College in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio has a wonderful nursing program! I'm proud to attend this college. It is a very challenging school and it needs to be. If you plan on becoming a RN peoples lives depend on you so yeah a challenging school is a good school right? The teachers really try to help as much as they can. The simulation experience is awesome. I couldn't of asked for a better program. The new dean of nursing Teri Chapman is absolutely wonderful! She will fight hard to help you. Also the previous dean was amazing as well Mrs. Greg. Deb chase and Mrs. S. are wonderful and very helpful as well as kind. This team tries so hard to help make your college experience great! Fortis is expensive but you know this from day one. They have you meet with financial aide before you even get admitted to the school. They go over the total cost of attendance for your entire degree before you sign any enrollment forms. I'm so happy to have graduated and landed my dream job as an RN and now I'm continuing my BSN through Kaplan online. Best decision I made attending this school. Thank you Fortis College for helping me achieve my dream!!!!