Fortis Institute Reviews

  • 150 Reviews
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  • Annual Tuition: $13,047 - $29,796
32% of 150 students said this degree improved their career prospects
33% of 150 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

Former student
  • Reviewed: 5/23/2023
  • Degree: Nursing
""The centerville campus is an absolute mess. The administration staff do not value respect and are too lenient on students who are disruptive! Instead they applaud them for their inconsiderate behavior. Absolutely absurd being as we are in school to be nurses and must maintain a professional respectful demeanor. I would never recommend Fortis to any of my colleagues or friends. Implementing Respect and holding students accountable should have a high standard at such an expensive school!""
Valencia Hollobaugh
  • Reviewed: 10/20/2022
  • Degree: Massage Therapy
"As a gradtuate of the Fortis Massage Therapist training course, I highly recommend this amazing Institution to everyone. The hard working staff, curriculum and hands on training definitely contributed to my success and job procurement. Fortis is Great!"
Sandra Carroll
  • Reviewed: 10/6/2022
  • Degree: Massage Therapy
"Excellent!!! Quality School and professional instructor, i am high satisfied. Gratitude, competent teacher great future waiting for me. I wish lucky for all future student. i am grateful for this opportunity enrolled this program, great support from all the school employers etc etc… THANKS"
Paula Hernandez
  • Reviewed: 10/4/2022
  • Degree: Massage Therapy
"Returning to school in my 50s was not easy. I visited the 3 schools offering massage therapy in my area and decided Fortis Institute was the right choice for me. As a mature woman, I liked the relaxed atmosphere of the program with hands on training in clinic, and medical knowledge that was taught in the class room. I was doing something different each day to keep it from being monotonous. There were days off provided in each module for those with perfect attendance and that provided much needed "me" time. The staff is 100% on your side and will make sure you have what you need to succeed! Thank you Fortis for making my return to school painless and enjoyable!"
Mellisa Hoomes
  • Reviewed: 10/3/2022
  • Degree: Nursing
"Since graduating from Fortis in July 2022, as an RN I was able to further my career thus earning my degree as a Board Certified HIV/AIDS registered Nurse (ACRN). Thanks to all the teachers who work diligently to help make you the best nurse you can be. It was a struggle with COVID19 but they were always willing to help in whatever capacity they could and for that I am grateful."
  • Reviewed: 10/2/2022
  • Degree: Cosmetology
"In my opinion the education and school support I received from Fortis was not worth the amount of money I paid. I got the bare minimum knowledge of how to do the things I was reading about in my text book. I got more instruction from YouTube and the salon that I currently work at than in the school that is supposed to prepare me to my profession. I felt very lost going into the real world with the skills that I got basically on my own. Did we get taught the things we needed to know to pass our state boards? Sure. Did I get anything else from the program, not really. Again, I felt as if the environment and instruction I got from the school and the teachers was bare minimum. For $20,000 we should have gotten more out of the school and shown more tips and tricks for the cosmetology world. The washer and dryer was worthless. The towels smelled awful. There was never any real disinfecting products. Soap and sponges were never to be found. Sanitation is the most important aspect of this profession. The program was mostly focused on hair. Nails were barely talked about/practiced. Facials were not even gone over. I was shown a YouTube video and then it wasn’t ever talked about again. The school is more focused on the other programs than cosmetology and it shows. The salon floor is out dated, the sinks were clogged and not efficient or ergonomic. The kits we “bought” have low quality items. I bought more items to use in school because the items in my kit were cheap and didn’t last long. I think the director and teachers can only do so much for what little they are given. If the school won’t support them and give them the bare minimum, they can only give us students the same. You cannot pour from an empty cup even if you try. They have us write reviews at the end of each 6weeks and nothing was every changed and I was still asked to write this review even though I wrote multiple while I was in school. The graduation ceremony was a complete mess. Nothing was organized. We were told to write our name phonically so that the presenter would say it correctly and they still pronounced my name incorrect. There was no pause between the programs and not time for family/friends to acknowledge our achievements. They didn’t announce the students who recite honor cords. I worked very hard to do so and to not get acknowledgement was very frustrating. In my opinion, I am actually embarrassed to have gone to this school because of how unprepared I felt going into the real world. I feel bamboozled that I paid $20,000 for the education that could have been amazing. I think this school can do better for it’s cosmetology program so they can do better for their future students."
Jennifer Morris
  • Reviewed: 9/30/2022
  • Degree: Nursing
"I had attended other schools, Fortis was/is by far the best school! Everyone from financial aid, recruitment, to office staff are professional, helpful and Kind! As for the instructor's, I cannot say enough! Every one of them are kind, caring, and compassionate about what they do. They give 100% Of themselves and their knowledge to help the students become the best Nurses they can be. They work one on one when needed to help guide a skill or to help understand a process.They graciously work in the skills lab and simulation lab as long as it takes to feel confident in a skill. Going to Fortis was the best decision I have made!!"
Clarissa Bolden
  • Reviewed: 9/30/2022
  • Degree: Nursing
"To be addressed first of all I think most of all nursing schools lack the current and actual academics necessary to provide students with what is really necessary to be prepared after graduation. Possibly that’s why so many employers want you to have extra training after graduation and the NCLEX. My experience with Fortis was one of the worst schools I’ve ever been to especially considering their price. I really trusted them to give me a good knowledge base to start my career. That did not happen. Our SIM classes consisted of sitting in a room for eight hours with little actual practice and mostly just gossiping for the day instead of studying which they didn’t like you do do too much outside work in this class. My clinical experience consisted of being an accessory because the instructors did not find us skills or teach us much other than a med pass. That’s only if we stayed all day a lot of our day instructors would sneak us out early and that’s nice and all but what was I paying for then? Definitely not to be prepared. I could not imagine going to this school and having no prior medical background I would be so lost in my new experience as a nurse. I was actually told by one instructor not to tell anybody because they will find out and make things life harder for us at school, two instructors actually turned into very unprofessional women after finding out we were being left early. Not what I expected or needed from a nursing school. And certainly did not get my moneys worth!"
Tiffany Irving
  • Reviewed: 9/30/2022
  • Degree: Nursing
"Fortis is a great school that birth amazing nurses. If you love small classrooms and fast pace learning this is the school to attend. I love the fact that you have a lot of hands on training and instructors that goes over and beyond to help you be the best version of your authentic self!"
Jamie Southard
  • Reviewed: 9/30/2022
  • Degree: Nursing
"I have gone through fortis institute Pensacola twice. Almost 8 years ago for dental assisting & I just finished the nursing program yesterday. I can attest that I had the upper hand in the field due to my education at fortis. The opportunity’s presented to me for having this educational institute behind me are invaluable. I could not have been the professional I am today without the guidance, support & encouragement from fortis & its facility/staff!"
Roxanne Beshear
  • Reviewed: 9/30/2022
  • Degree: Nursing
"I actually transferred from another junior college to attend fortis. I had to pay more and drive an hour there and an hour back home everyday…. I’m saying this because the extra drive, time, and money was so worth it to go to fortis institute ! The faculty at fortis is 100% the reason I made it through the program. They take the time with each individual student to tackle anything that there may be problems with. There is an open door policy with all the faculty and they are all amazing. As a student I had BIG issues with my pharmacology math/conversions the teachers there didn’t give up on me and they didn’t stop until I got it ! Now I’m a pro !!! I would refer fortis 10000 times I love everything about it !"
Grad Nurse 2022
  • Reviewed: 9/30/2022
  • Degree: Nursing
"Fortis Institute of Pensacola has a lukewarm attitude when it comes to motivating their students. My time in the school required a lot of self - starting and peer motivation. The instructors, with the exception of a precious few, are mediocre. The SIM instructors are fantastic, otherwise my online classes with instructors from other states had a much greater impact. The campus administration is disorganized and apathetic, and their interest seems purely based on keeping accreditation and $$$. The resources & support are dismal. I will say that the rigorous exam curriculum did adequately prepare me for NCLEX, and I passed! I wish I had better things to say, and I’ve thought long and hard about my time there. I have been a working professional in a corporate setting for many years and was astonished at the lack of professionalism the nursing program embodies. A shining star for that school is Antonia Forney, she is wonderful & truly cares for the students."
Marysa Holder
  • Reviewed: 9/30/2022
  • Degree: Nursing
"I learned a lot in school, even though it was frustrating most days. I had to study the material and grasp the knowledge outside of school equally to the information given from the teachers. They can’t spoon feed us the answers but to be disciplined in your studies is the key to success. I was a full time student, full time mom and worked full time the ENTIRE time I was in school. I wouldn’t recommend that but if I can do it, anyone can pass as long as they stay committed. I graduated in April, studied the study plan Mrs. Salter provided and passed my NCLEX in May at 101 questions on the first try. School may be hard but it’s worth it in the end. Now I’m working at Baptist and enjoying being a Registered Nurse!"
Jennifer Straw
  • Reviewed: 9/30/2022
  • Degree: Health Sciences
"The experience I had at a fortis was wonderful! I loved all the instructors and they were extra hands on which I loved. They were detailed classes that really helped me learn what I needed to. I’m at fortis again for the ASN program and still loving it! Highly recommend!"
  • Reviewed: 4/18/2022
  • Degree: Nursing
"I went to Fortis in Westerville, they are extremely unorganized, some professors were good and cared about their students and some did not. I have received my diploma with the wrong name, still getting billed from a clinic they sent us to, to get our vaccination before clinicals when I was told it was taken care of and now I’ve been out of school for 5 months awaiting to test for my nclex and just found out that my documents were not submitted to the board of nursinfZ so that’s that."
  • Reviewed: 10/1/2021
  • Degree: Nursing
"Be careful with fortis institute College they are trying to get your money. They are not giving you proper tools for Hesi. 70% of their nursing students are failing hesi because they are not preparing those students for the hesi exam just be aware. They are scamming students."
Siera Snow
  • Reviewed: 4/25/2021
  • Degree: Cosmetology
"The Pensacola campus is not only insanely dirty, most (not all) of the staff are unprofessional and unapproachable. You're expected to basically teach yourself with YouTube videos, last I checked I could do that for free and not waste money on tuition watching YouTube. Also, the staff in the the financial aid and the campus president Kathleen Cole, yes I'm calling you out ma'am, are some of the most disrespectful, immature, and unprofessional people I have ever been in contact with. I am very disappointed to have wasted a lot of my Veterans Benefits paying for a school such as this. Disappointed is an understatement. I hope all the girl I left in my class graduated and are well, but this school was a waste of time and money. I would give it 0 stars if that was an option."
Kimberly Owen
  • Reviewed: 2/18/2020
  • Degree: Licensed Practical Nurse
"The campus in scranton is the worst nursing program. They are unorganized, midway thru classes they lost, and fired a teacher. Each mod was worst than the last I am suprised I graduated. The worst part is after officially graduating on stage Novemember 7, 2019, as of February i still dont have a diploma. I wouldnt recommend my worst enemy to go to this unorganized zoo they call a school. They harrass you about payments but dont give you your diploma you work hard for. Go anywhere else but Fortis Institute!"
  • Reviewed: 1/19/2020
  • Degree: Nursing
"This is the worst school I have ever attended! It is a waste of money, time, and effort. The selling point is how fast you will get your degree, but I wish that I would have really researched this school and stayed at PSC. I was doing great in all my classes, then life happened ( like they preach about in the beginning ), but let me finish! I lost the house I was living in because the owners filed bankruptcy. I had three days before the bank stepped in to move all my belongings and find a new home with my son (3 years old ) while working a full time position. I went straight to the director and told her exactly what was going on. I had two online classes and a class at the school. After expressing everything I asked if I could take off a semester so that I could find a place to live for me and my son. She looked at me and blankly said, “I’m sorry, but there’s nothing I can do for you.” There was no concern in her expression! Why? Because they really don’t care, all they care about is the money they will collect, because I can’t finish. I knew that nothing I was going to say would matter at that point. I will continue to tell everyone about my situation, luckily I have saved people so much money and time avoiding this SCAM of a school! Just look at the reviews! It speaks for itself."
Nyeshia Strickland
  • Reviewed: 9/3/2019
  • Degree: Dental Hygiene
"I had a great experience in hygiene school at Fortis Institute in Birmingham Al! All the instructors were very much hands on, and overall great people whom cared about the students! They work hard and diligent to make sure that all the students got what they needed all through school and to graduate."