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I didn't hate it, but I didn't love it either. I have heard of worse complaints from other nursing schools in the area. With Fortis, I got what I came for. I'm a LPN. I plan to return this fall for the RN program because it is the quickest way to reach my goals. Some of my instructors were awesome and went above and beyond to ensure we understood the concepts. Some just lectured and assigned homework and told us to read the book if we had questions. There is going to be problems anywhere, there weren't many here that I couldn't ignore.
I attended this school for the Medical Assisting Program. You could tell that the school was not up to date with their software or equipment, yet they charge 16,000 to be apart of the program. The instructors were not informative, they were never even in the classrooms or late, but they dock your grade for being 3 minutes late. The students were loud, played around, fought, they werent there to do work. It was like a middle school. I found my own externship, because the offices they were trying to send me to were just ghetto! I was very disappointed. I would not recommend this school or the staff to anyone.
Please read CAREFULLY. Its to late for me to turn back as I am already into my nursing classes. This is a for profit college. They will sign up anyone just to get their financial aid money and as I have heard it said many times they start weeding out the students. This practice is called.... you fail 2 classes and your out. One can be a non related nursing course and another could be a core class. You are at the begging mercy of the staff to stay in school. Secondly the staff is what most would call bottom of the barrel instructors. Calling them LAZY is kind. To get any help is like pulling teeth and beware if you stand up and say something you are a trouble maker! They offend forget who pays their salary. I have seen many good students sour and drop out because of reckless teachers who would rather see you fail them spend 10 minutes trying to help you. You are on your own, don't let admissions tell you different. If you don't believe me just ask to see both bathrooms......do they look neat and clean? You would think being a nursing college they would encourage cleanliness. Not the case here. Finally before you sign call the board of nursing ask them what status Fortis Largo is in. We are and have been under probation because students are not able to pass the boards. Do you see a theme here? And last but not least is our wonderful dean of nursing.....she is an ordainment and will do nothing to help you succeed. You have been warned.
I had to change school because one teacher could not do there job! Have a learning disability and this teach made no point to help me what who so ever! I would not recommend this school to anyone.
I attended this school with regards to furthering my education and their entire curriculum is way off dated and completely useless....utter waste of time and opportunity...
Success in this program is all about the student's discipline and initiative. The recruiter I had, J. W., was incredibly honest about the program, almost to the point that I had second thoughts. The reason he described how grueling the program could be was because he only wanted students that would succeed. The program itself had lots of issues when I was going, but they were just growing their programs. Like all nursing programs, they can't teach you everything, but what they do attempt to do is to give you the best base of information you'll need to become a successful and safe nurse.
I attended Fortis College in Montgomery, Alabama on Atlanta Highway for Basic Medical Office X-Ray Technology. Some of the Instructors were ok, but the education you will receive for the amount of money, is not worth it. You would be better off going to a 2 year X-Ray program or a 4 year college. None of the local hospitals, or medical offices want to hire Fortis College graduates because of it's reputation. They really don't give you the actual tools you need. The X-ray program is Limited Scope, so you will not get hired, because hospitals and medical offices only want people from 2 year full comprehensive programs. Although you'll take Basic Life Support Classes, you'll still have to take a CPR Certification class on you own time and with your own money if you actually want to have your CPR certification. Same goes for ARRT certification, Phlebotomy, and Medical Assisting Certification. They give you the books, make you do worksheets with very little if any actual hands on experience, and you don't get anything out of the whole experience except for a certificate you could have printed out on your computer at home. Trust me, it's not worth the valuable time and money you could be spending getting a respected degree from a respected and recognized institution of higher learning.
At fortis you will learn that you can obtain any career as long as someone teaches you and you are willing to learn. Which not the case here since a lot of it is taught by instructors who are also in school and know little about teaching and too busy with their own homework so they don't have time to really focus on their teaching job. The DON is new and clearly has no control over the staff since there is no structure, grading rubrics, they don't follow the syllabus and the school has sent invitations to check out the campus even tho we are already enrolled "at fortis we care about the students" yet they don't even realize you are already there. They mix up classes so u show up following your schedule for one class and go into class to see that they have actually switched classes for u for that day. The material isn't hard, nursing can be learned so the hype about "wanting it" and being strong and going through the stress isn't so much of nursing itself but of the lack of professionalism, interest, teaching, and the lack of integrity from the Fortis staff, most of the recruiters don't even ole or greet you but instead are rude non the less the principle who clearly knows there's issues in the nursing department but is probably too busy trying to control the retained percentile/pass ratings for the "business" if Tharp cared he'd at least monitor who actually gets hired and really sit in as opposed of doing brief walkthroughs with the DON. The only thing fortis can offer is a no waiting list. My advice take your pre reqs at a community college and do the LPN 9 month program, save time and money and a lot of stress that comes with Fortis admin, staff and the people they let slide through the tests. Given back points to an exam because a lot of people missed questions doesn't do anyone any good as far as teaching. They get on things they have not covered in class, then go over after the test on the rationale why u missed what u missed instead of just teaching it before they test you on it. This place is money focused, not education focused. By the way they have an LRC"library" where there is no group studying or the "librarian" who was previously teaching classes there will rudely tell you to shut it. So, please don't drink the water in Mexico don't drink and drive and DO NOT attend any Fortis "colleges" it's what brings the "stress" into nursing.
I attend Fortis College in Montgomery Alabma, going for my ADN, and I have been there since October 2012. I am VERY satisfied with my 0instructors;of course I have had some that have been a pain that is with "real colleges" as well. ALL of my instructors are very knowledgeable, always willing to help, and all of them are RN's. I have gotten real clinical experience at all my clinical sites! My word of advice to all future student is that if you do not have a passion for nursing PLEASE DONT WASTE YOUR TIME!! I promise your work will reflect just that! I can not speak for any other campus but Montgomery Alabama's Fortis College will adequately prepare you to be an RN in a realworld setting. Will you meet bumps in the road? Of course! As you will in "real colleges"
Up until 2 months ago I was a nursing student at Fortis. I have a Bachelor's degree from a state college and maintained a 4.0 GPA from that school. While at Fortis I maintained a 3.8 GPA but struggled to do so. The reason for the struggle was because the instructors teach one thing and test on something completely different. When asking questions they tell you the book is ... [COLOR=#02b1f2]Read more[/COLOR] incorrect. When discussing this with the dean, she said that she supports her instructors 100% and I need to learn better study skills. If I did not have a 4.0 from a REAL school I might have given some thought to her ridiculous accusation. After speaking with several students that were getting ready to graduate, I found out that this school's practices are completely unethical. Students were getting to the end of the nursing program and if ---- did not believe they would pass the NCLEX exam she would make sure their grades where changed so that they failed the program. This way they would not risk lowering the schools pass rates which are needed to get the League of Nursing accreditation which by the way, I was told by the admission person they already had. He assured me they had all the accreditations needed to get a job in any hospital. Also another lie because after investigating further, Fortis College has a very bad reputation in the area and Fortis graduates are not hired. All of this was verified by a former instructor who left the school because she would not participate in these unethical practices. You are probably wondering why I didn't go back to a state school and the bottom line is the waiting lists are so long I decided to try a for profit school because there was no waiting list and no pre-req's required. Now I know why there was no waiting list. One of my classes started with 12 students and by the end of class 8 had dropped out or been failed and forced to drop. For profit schools are just that. The only thing that matters is their $$. What kind of school takes 48,000 for an Associate degree in nursing and lets a student get all the way to the end of their program and fails them so that their education becomes worthless at this point because your credits will not transfer to another reputable/regionally accredited school. They will tell you they will but they will not. None of mine transferred. I have since transferred to Galen and I am so happy I did. If this review helps just one person avoid this school it is worth my time to write it. Please avoid this school. Talk to some of the current students and see what they say about the school.