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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 am a recent graduate from Fortis College, Dental Hygiene. The hygiene program costs include everything you need to attend, scrubs, books, and instruments (52,000$). Please keep in mind that other programs within Maryland area are not a guarantee when prerequisites are completed. I would also advise checking other dental hygiene programs wait lists, some have a minimum 2 year after prerequisites have been completed. With Fortis your classes include the prerequisites. DO NOT TRY TO WORK THE SECOND HALF OF SCHOOL. This program is also accelerated and ACCREDITED. The classes are difficult and throughout your training you will question things, but as a recently certified RDH, I can fully attest to the fact that these ladies are teaching you to be ready for the real world. They are pushing to create work professionals, providing classes with resume building, PASSING boards and help with finding a job post graduation. (Added bonus of making friends with fellow students and teachers that will last the rest of my life.) Also- I've had my license for 2 weeks and I have had to turn down 3 job offers.
They feed you a lot of good details stating how flexible they are. I'm a single mom I was able to push through the 1st semester but I finally had to drop the program due to work.They charged me $5,000 for leaving early which is ridiculous when I ask for a break down of all these charges they never sent one but continue to harass me for it I wish I never went.
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.
Please save yourself and do not attend this school. This is the worst school one of my biggest mistakes ever was to continue going to this school. The teachers are awful and do not know how to teach and could care less about you . During my time here we went through several different new instructors because the last one kept getting fired. Very unprofessional and rude instructors. Even the lead instructor would always say its your money you can do what you want here which meant go ahead and fail its out of your pocket. They do not care about you. It is like going back to high school or middle school they accept any person to attend the school, literally anyone so it was hard to focus with a bunch of reckless immature people who didnt even care to be there. This school is completely focused on your money. Every program is so over priced. And the financial aid lady rushes you and makes you sign a bunch of paperwork so quickly without explaining anything then you get called down during class because you owe 567$ payment that you had no idea about and wasnt even informed. Shes even apart of the whole scam. Everything about this school is awful. I hope they shut down.
I had the worst experience with this school the Instructors were not knowledgeable Always fights , worst externship sites , when applying for jobs you need 2 to 3 years of experience in the clinical area which we do not have so that means no job.not a good look.now I have unnecessary loans.
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.
DON'T GO TO THIS SCHOOL!!!They all about money. Teachers don't know the material they're teaching. They talk and teach you like your in high school. Teachers always leaving their room for minutes at a time when they suppose to be teaching. They have the same three teachers teaching three different subjects. Teachers only been in there field for 5 years and teaching classes. You credits DO NOT transfer to any another colleges. Your better off going to a four or a two year college. I would not recommend this college to anyone else.
I am the parent of a graduate. First, the college is extremely overpriced for the education received.Second, professors and deans do not respond to calls, texts, emails or communicate when contacted without multiple efforts which may or may not result in a response.Finally, gainful employment is very difficult with a fortis certificate.