Fortis Institute Reviews - Associate in Nursing
Let me start off by saying that there are some good teachers and administrators at Fortis that really care about their students success. Then we have those who do not but are more concerned about their own success. A good teacher always insures that their students are taught to the best of their ability and then assessed fairly and accurately. The problem is some of the instructors at Fortis dont know what that entails. Changing a test in order to make it harder so that students fail is totally unacceptable in the teaching profession. They tried that with the FCAT and all it did was keep good students from getting diplomas. That is why it no longer exists. If a student can pass the HESI exam and not the teachers exams then there is a problem with the teachers ability to create a test. Not all students learn and process the same way. When a teacher creates a test that has to be considered. We take a test to determine our learning styles but then we are all taught and assessed the same way. Whats the point? Also, nursing instructors should possess the ability to mentor every student in their class regardless of whether they are struggling or not. Teachers are not only measured by their successful students but also the students that fail. I think the instructors at Fortis need to ask themselves, did they do everything they could to help that struggling student? I know students who are having emotional breakdowns because of failing a class or getting kicked out of the nursing program. A few almost to the point of suicide. These are good students who study constantly but still fail classroom exams. Whose dreams are completely crushed by this program. As a teacher you never know who is in your classroom, it could be a journalist who is in there to write an expose or someone who can pull funding at a moments notice. Thats how every student should be treated with the highest regard. It is understood that not everyone is nursing material but who makes that judgement? The NCLEX will, not the teacher. Certainly not some teacher-created test. Your only job is to teach, not judge. Having integrity should be the ultimate goal of both teachers and administrators at Fortis. As I said there are some that do and there are some that simply do not. If the level of respect for students increases then Fortis can be the kind of school that is sought after and getting the type of accreditation that transfers to any college wont be a problem. Until that happens Forts will always be the school that students go to because they have to wait to get into PSC.
Fortis College in Pensacola gave me the opportunity to discover what I was off capable of achieving. This college not only provided me with the knowledge that I needed to become a professional nurse but also gave a sense of being involved in a school in which the staff truly cares about your success. Instructors knew my name and would reach out to me if I was struggling. I have now graduated with my Master's Degree and I am able to provide for my family without worrying about the next paycheck. None of this would have been accomplished without the support and knowledge afforded to me from the staff at Fortis College in Pensacola. If you are thinking about attending a college and want to feel like you are more than just a number than you are looking in the right place.
I wish I could go back and start my education at Fortis Institute (Pensacola). After wasting a year and a half on a waiting list at a State College, taking pre-requisite courses and being deferred even though I had a 3.65gpa and passed the entrance exam, I visited with admissions at Fortis and went straight into Nursing courses within 3 months! My Associate of Science in Nursing program is hybrid so I can take classes online and on-ground, which has allowed me to work some as a student. The career services department even helped me get a nurse intern position when I completed health assessments that was 100% flexible with my school schedule. I have had clinical assignments at Sacred Heart, Baptist, and West Florida Hospitals and have had numerous RNs tell me that they prefer Fortis graduates. Fortis maintains a 88-90% pass-rate for the NCLEX-RN and is ACEN accredited! All of my gen eds were transferred into Fortis and as I am nearly a graduate (Yay!) I have already spoken to Denver College of Nursing and Chamberlin College who accept 100% of my Fortis credits to go straight into my BSN. My only regret is not calling Fortis first.
Turn away now! This school is ridiculous in its policies. Which are ever changing. You are scrutinized for trying to do the right thing and crucified. Double standards are in play with staff. I would never reccommend this to ANYONE.The instructors are ill prepared, and talk out both sides of their mouth. I truly believe the people there try to make you fail instead of succeed. Whike they preach holding themselves to a high standard... its all talk. Integrity they have none.
This program is very poorly run. The professors do not have a clue about NCLEX and often times offer input that is completely false. Very difficult to work with. It's a waste of time and money. Passing rate on NCLEX is 45 percent. It honestly seems like most of the nurses that work here couldn't make it as a real nurse.
The only reason why I am giving the instruction 5 stars is because the new instructors are amazing and they care but their hands are tied. Over half the nursing program is failing. We all spend long days and nights studying and reaching out for help. Everything is so last minute because they are so unorganized that it is just a headache. My expectations of nursing school was it would be challenging and hard. This program now is just impossible. I would never refer anyone here. When you spend 60 hours a week outside of class working on homework and studying and you are still failing that's a problem. You can answer questions all day long in class and none of it relates. some of the staff cares and the other just seem content on watching the majority of the students fail. you can start with a class of 30 and end with 2-4 students. For a change we would like to see our efforts pay off in our grades. When top students are failing there is a problem. this school is horrible save your money and go elsewhere. If you have family or a job kiss them goodbye the the length of the program. Nothing matters but the work they give and failing tests so you can repeat the class and eventually fail out of the program. Save yourself the time and money and just don't bother. The only reason I can't say this was the worst decision of my life is the few friends I will walk away with. I have never felt so lost or defeated in my life and had a school make you feel so dumb and stupid.
Attending the Nashville Campus for RN school was the worst decision I have ever made. The tuition is over priced, the education is poor, the staff lacks passion, and each day you wake up wondering if your instructor will show up for your class. I truly never felt as if my success was a priority to the majority of my instructors. Even after graduating, when I thought I would feel some relief, they have delayed me with taking the Nclex exam by failing to inform me in a timely manner that my application had gone missing. I would not recommend this school to anyone, let alone a friend.
This school is very unprofessional. They do not care about the success of students I spent 35,0000 had 5 months left and then I was dismissed from the program . Due to 3 course failures I failed with a 76.6 %. I was always at the school studying I had a 3.0 when I left. So it not like I wasn't studying they don't prepare students for HESI. Im begging you all save your money and do not attend this college. No my credits won't even transfer to a state college. I attended the psl campus in Forida
This school has teachers not professors. Some are right out of college themselves. Too much homework and not enough time to absorb the information. The hesi test is not close to what they teach. Hard to pass. Don't get me wrong but I would not recommend this school to anyone.
I took the LPN course, I went 18 months, excelled at studies and internships, at the end I failed an exit exam, could not graduate, could not take state boards, 30k I am now paying off because I couldn't pass the exit exam, I passed EVERYTHING else, also, the exit exam is NOT required by the state, this is a stipulation brought on by Fortis themselves as a money maker. SO, that being said, Do you really want to go there? there were several of us in this graduating class this was done to.