Fortis College Reviews - Associate in Nursing
Review of Nursing Associate Degrees
I would first like to say every school comes with problems and you have to decide what problems you want to deal with. I highly suggest not to attend this college for many reasons and the most important is that there are NO advocates for the students. No matter what any of the staff may say with their words there is no one there to support you in any real decisions regarding your profession and schooling. I would be very cautious of the fact that this school is only about money for one it's a business and once you are in they are getting their money regardless if you pass or fail. This college says one thing bit their actions have a total difference. Nursing is a career where you have to be flexible but they only expect that from their students if you are night student please be careful for you WILL have day clinicals. Many of us have had to quit our jobs to pursue this career. I know many people do not have the luxury of just quitting their jobs so that may go to school and this is something they will not tell you in admissions. Also understand that the worst culprit of this do not care because I already have my money attitude is the president of the school. I have overheard him talking to a professor as to why he thinks all nursing students only want the easy way out. Believe me if you are pursuing this profession the last thing you want is the easy way out. I highly recommend to go anywhere else but try to go somewhere where your credits will transfer. You could face be I ng left with over 40 grand in debt because of this school and not even be able to go anywhere else. I wish I would've done some research before I went to this school because even though the students become your family I don't think I would chose those college again.
The nursing program is a joke, but the tuition pid is not funny. Teachers not qualified is the big thing, no teachers hours, no tutoring for the nursing classes, have to get a pass to go to the bathroom. The learning environment is like elementary school. The director will not listen to any student. This place is worse than pathetic. We wasted about $9,000 on one semester there. My son passed but hated it and wouldn't go back. We're told student loans would cover about $1200 as I paid the rest in cash. lol and behold we now have a judgment against us for that with not much explanation. Go to a real college! All of the community colleges have certified professors and programs. Have been told a nursing degree from here isn't well respected in the industry. We got sucked in by the intake person who was very good at her job, and thinking he could get his AA RN in less time. If you look at their true graduation rate it is very very low. They lied about it.
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.
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.
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 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!
Will not recommend this school to anyone. Specially to someone that you love. It is the WORST school ever. The quality of management, the quality of the education and the quality of the professors are all the lowest can be for a college. This is not a subjective evaluation. I have more than one testimony to prove it. Go to a decent school.