Fortis College Reviews

  • 263 Reviews
  • Multiple Locations
  • Annual Tuition: $13,047 - $29,796
45% of 263 students said this degree improved their career prospects
32% of 263 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

  • Reviewed: 5/26/2016
  • Degree: Nursing
"I have never been ashamed of anything as I am in this school. I can't describe the disappointment. The schedule is always changing. The "teachers" just read from slides without even trying to get you to understand, if you ask a question they'll have to look it up or ask you to google it!!!! Ridiculous response for the amount of money they charge. They lie about credentials. Anytime I had an issue they would refer me to "Susan" who obviously hates being bothered with issues, probably because she knows the truth and can't say it. The president there is a JOKE, absolutely no help at all, he gets defensive about any issues and says that we're grown adults and need to learn to deal with the unknown! Unbelievable. Let's discuss clinicals, shall we? Waste! Maternity clinicals are held at a church feeding the needy. All others are at a nursing home where we just sit and do homework the WHOLE time while the instructor tries to sell you keychains that she makes to raise money for her bike runs! She talks inappropriately to the students and shares pictures that should never be seen in the first place and she complains about the school!!! The "education" is nonexistent. Look at their pass to fail ratios, pretty sad that the boards had to come in and the instructors had to cover their butts and blame the students by saying we weren't willing to learn!! I can go on for days, but I hope you get the point. Please do your research if you plan on going to the Centerville campus. Good luck and I wish you the best."
  • Reviewed: 5/17/2016
"People please do your research when entering this types of schools I know you want a faster degree but this people are mainly their for money I feel bad for them that they have to push students into getting to their school please go to mdc or fiu where there are real college AMD university schools or Broward .Don't go for the easy way because this schools will put you in debt."
  • Reviewed: 5/14/2016
  • Degree: Surgical Technician
"This school is a rip off they are only interested in money not students success. Schools like this should be closed. Once You are sitting in that seat the niceness switch is turned off and there is no real effort to support you in finding employment."
Student currently attending Baton Rouge Campus
  • Reviewed: 5/11/2016
  • Degree: Laboratory Technician
"I feel that this school is a rip off. It cost like 39,000 for the full 2 year program. The teachers here are extremely rude and disrespectful to their students. We have talked to the dean about it, he doesn't care to do anything about it, we talked to our directors of our individual programs, they do nothing. \its a shame that you invest so much money and time to go there, but is under stress everyday. There are certain teachers who don't like to answer questions and some that do not know the material at all. But the constant yelling in our faces like we are children, slamming doors in our faces is ridiculous. You can make great money in this field, but the treatment you get at this school is unacceptable. Every group have complained about the same thing from surgical techs, radiology techs, and etc. I have seen teachers quit, even personnel who worked in the offices because they didn't like working here. If I would have known this school was like this, I would have never attended here. Please invest your money some where else because this school only see people as a price tag, and not as a student to help further their education. I am an A student, but am so stressed about attending certain classes because of the treatment."
  • Reviewed: 5/8/2016
  • Degree: EMT
"The school is Mobile, Al was great. Enrolled into the EMT-B and later the EMT-A classes and enjoyed the classes. In the field I feel prepared for things I am presented with. The instructors were awesome open to questions and giving personal examples for most questions as well as some "street tips" for some scenarios. Financial office was near non-existent. But the program head always had their door open for questions. I would definitely recommend the program."
  • Reviewed: 5/3/2016
  • Degree: Laboratory Technician
"I've had the most horrible experience in my life during my enrollment in this school. It seems as it's just for profit. I was made aware that I had reached my life time loan limit just weeks before my finish date. So, instead of me getting a refund I owe the school. FA was very unprofessional. How did this get missed? So, now I may or may not be able to graduate with my class."
  • Reviewed: 4/15/2016
  • Degree: Laboratory Technician
"I am shocked to see such negative comments about this school but anyways I can only speak for myself and for MY program. The teachers and even the director of the program is very involved with us. They genuinely care about our studies and helps in any way they can. I feel like really learn a lot in my classes because the Hijazis are such great teachers. They really take the time to make sure you understand what is being taught. The work load is intense but its because its such a fast paced program but you really will learn. Our director stays on top of EVERYTHING & even send emails regarding new opportunities. All the MLTs that have graduated are currently employed or have continued there education. I am very excited that I am attending this campus & get to interact with such great teachers."
Dental Hygiene Student
  • Reviewed: 4/10/2016
  • Degree: Dental Assistant
"I was really excited to go to this school when I first started. I had two friends that had gone there and were currently working as Hygienists. So that's a good thing. However, I feel like the quality of education I am getting is actually really bad. Other Dental Hygiene schools in the area didn't have anything good to say about Fortis either. I had teachers passing us when we were all failing tests (literally failing, 60% was a high score) just to pass us and move us along the program, just reading slides they didn't even make, falling asleep during class, it was awful. The financial aid office is just one lady who doesn't really know what she's doing. It is always so hard to get a straight answer about tuition and books. The school does an "estimate" for what your books will cost each quarter (usually $450) and charge you, even if your books don't end up costing that much, or you deny your books and buy them from amazon. It really feels like all they care about is getting paid. I was also lied to about the degree, when I was applying I was told that the dental hygiene degree was a bachelor's program, and one other girl in my class said they told her the same thing. It's just an associates, which is fine, you won't get paid any less as a hygienist for only having an associates, you just have less opportunity for future career options, and if you have a bachelor's it is always easier to get a job over someone with a lower degree. Overall, I would not recommend this school to anyone. I am currently trying to transfer schools, I have heard that the credits won't transfer anywhere (That should tell you something right there) but I am still trying. The girls in my class are great and some of the teachers are very helpful and really care about you, but the school overall doesn't feel like a college, just poorly taught classes with a desire to get as much money out of you as possible."
  • Reviewed: 3/28/2016
  • Degree: HVAC
"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."
  • Reviewed: 3/27/2016
  • Degree: Medical Assistant
"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"
  • Reviewed: 3/14/2016
  • Degree: Nurse Practitioner (NP)
"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 ;)"
Robert L Anders, DrPh, FAAN
Responded: 7/14/2016

I am very sorry to learn that your experience at either campus did not met your expectations. Both Fortis nursing programs are totally committed to providing a very high quality education. I would welcome an opportunity to discuss your experience to learn how we can meet your expectations. Your feedback is highly valued.

Robert Anders

VP for Nursing

  • Reviewed: 3/1/2016
  • Degree: Nursing
"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!"
Robert L Anders
Responded: 3/9/2016


I am so sorry you received misinformation regarding Fortis College Nashville. They have one of the highest NCLEX pass rates in the entire State. For both 2014 and 2015 the pass rate was 100%.

I encourage you visit with the Dean of Nursing at the campus to learn more about the program.

Dr. Robert Anders

  • Reviewed: 2/24/2016
  • Degree: Licensed Practical Nurse
"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."
Robert L Anders
Responded: 2/26/2016

I am very disappointed to learn that you are having some challenges with your goal of becoming a LPN. If you would provide me the name of the Fortis College/Institute I will do all I can to resolve your issues.

Robert L Anders

Vice President of Nursing

Althelia Barnes
  • Reviewed: 2/9/2016
  • Degree: Dental Assistant
"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."
  • Reviewed: 1/3/2016
  • Degree: Medical Assistant
"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."
  • Reviewed: 12/19/2015
  • Degree: Nursing
"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!"
  • Reviewed: 12/17/2015
  • Degree: Nursing
"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."
  • Reviewed: 12/15/2015
  • Degree: Nursing
"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!"
  • Reviewed: 11/30/2015
  • Degree: Dental Assistant
"Worst unprofessional place to go to school plus doesnt help improve you life the fortis college located in landover md is the worst and unprofessional place i ever dealt with NEVER GO TO THIS SCHOOL YOU WILL BE DISRESPECT AND WASTE YOUR TIME .never"
  • Reviewed: 11/24/2015
  • Degree: Dental Assistant
"i will not recommend this school to anyone, the financial services are a JOKE... i put in for a loan in May and every time i call to see my status they always tell me it's still pending????? also i was told that they are charging me with fees. pleasssse don't go to this school they will take youur money and your time. (Richmond,VA)"