Fortis Institute Reviews

  • 135 Reviews
  • Multiple Locations
  • Annual Tuition: $13,047 - $29,796
32% of 135 students said this degree improved their career prospects
29% of 135 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

Martha ruiz
  • Reviewed: 9/15/2014
  • Degree: Medical Assistant
"I think the school is great! It could make a few changes here and there but other than that it great!"
  • Reviewed: 8/30/2014
  • Degree: Licensed Practical Nurse
"When I started this program I was so excited because it was easy to get in and no down time. Wanted the transition from Lpn to RN ASAP. We started out with probably close to 50 students and second semester ended up with maybe 10 going forward. All they want is money and the teachers are focused on making it near impossible to pass any test. Not sure why they are making it this way. You would think they would take a step back and see if they have lost over 90% of the class that maybe they are the problem not the students."
  • Reviewed: 6/3/2014
  • Degree: Medical Billing & Coding
"Fortis (formerly known as MedVance Institute) was a positive experience for me, personally because going there helped me to realize that I wasn't trying hard enough, so I stepped up and I went from a C grade to A and and became not only a threat, but better than some of my peers. It helped me to better than the best students, on my last class night I remember having a mind rush, I got to school early and and began studying in the mid-day, but it wasn't until that evening that I really pushed mind to get all the answers I needed. There was this girl who was always finishing every test before everybody, but that night when she went up, after the teacher graded her paper she received a 99 and so, I kept on working on mine, finally I got the nerve to go up, keep in mind there were other students looking on, and I received a 100, that was one of my best moments. and foremost, if you learn nothing else, let them teach you how to take tests, then if you don't find a job in your field, you can seek out other areas to take tests which can further your career. It helped me, I am sales professional now. And yes, I graduated"
Tiffany Nicole Avery
  • Reviewed: 4/24/2014
  • Degree: Medical Assistant
"This school is an absolute rip off. It claims to be a college but behaves exactly like a high school. They focus more on the dress code than they do what you are actually learning. Most of the classes are irrelevant to what you need to learn but are more classes you're forced to take so that they can get more money from the student or financial aid. I have yet to meet a student that left there debt free. They never show the price of the books or the classes. You have no idea where your money is going. If the money is requested you are greeted with attitude and numbers are thrown together for you. As a person that has experienced a University and a community college, I know that I was taken for a ride. I would never recommend this school to anyone that is actually seeking any kind of career. None of the teachers are qualified or actually want to do their job. They do and say whatever they want to the students and the students are forced to not only deal with it but pay for it as well. Every student that ever attended is owed their money back but we all know we'll never get it back. The only reason I continued to attend because I was told that they had already received the money from Financial Aid and even if I leave I will owe it back. We can not even start without how often my tuition changed in the quarters. How tuition is almost as expensive as attended a 2 or 4 year college but you have absolutely none of the benefits.DO NOT ATTEND THIS SCHOOL."
Pissed Student
  • Reviewed: 2/13/2014
  • Degree: Medical Assistant
"Going to this school was the worst decision of my life. they are out for your money and offer NO clinical skills. the teachers are RUDE...Ms L. is the freakiest woman ive ever met.. i cannot believe i wasted a year of my life ans 20K on this stupid school...if anyone in new jersey is interested....TURN BACK NOW"
Disappointed Lady
  • Reviewed: 1/17/2014
  • Degree: Nursing
"This has been one expensive lesson learned for me. I was assured when I started the nursing program at this campus that they were an accredited school, NOT, they are an approved school. I started this college with the expectations that it was everything they said it be. Classes are to short, ANYONE who graduates from this school DOES NOT have the knowledge needed to be a registered nurse. Passing the nclex is one thing, because you can study for it, but actually working in the field, Fortis does not prepare you for that!!! They just want your money and that is it!!! On top of everything else, NONE of the classes taken there transfer ANYWHERE!!! They don't bother to tell you that either. Complete scam in my personal opinion because they withhold information just to get you in the school. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE stay away from this school of if you decide to go, ask the proper questions, get everything in writing, emails, whatever you need to do to have a paper trail because you will see not to long after admission exactly what I am talking about!"
Jean Gillette
  • Reviewed: 9/30/2013
  • Degree: Medical Billing & Coding
"If your interested in going to college don't go to Fortis in Houston TX. They only want your money. I went for Medical Billing and Coding. It cost me a mint to graduate and when you leave you have to go back for the certification. Other schools let you graduate with certificate in hand. It doesn't depend on the individual who graduated. This school should have hospitals that they can work with to employ their graduates. GO SOMEWHERE ELSE!!!!"
  • Reviewed: 9/22/2012
  • Degree: Nursing
"I am currently enrolled in Salt Lake City. The courses are tough, the Professors are tough but found that I am well prepared. Many of Obama's entitled attend the school. They are always blaming someone else when things aren't peachy in their life. The school is great and have more than met my qualifications. It is a good school. I believe those that are negative would write negatively about any school and those that are negative probably aren't paying for their education."
  • Reviewed: 9/5/2012
  • Degree: Healthcare Informatics
"I'm amazed at all the negativity. I enjoyed my experience at Fortis in Erie. The instructors were awesome, although they had to teach some truely rotten people. Some students are there only for the stipend. They don't show up and when they do they are the first to complain. School is a place to learn, not play around with your friends. Obviously, a lot of people who have reviewed the school expected to have a lot of hand holding and accomplices in their excuse making. No wonder you don't have a job! Take responsibility for yourself kiddies. I had a great time and still keep in contact with some of my instructors. It has helped me network and I have a fantastic job as well."
  • Reviewed: 8/17/2012
"Please avoid this school by all means! Very unprofessional staff. They tell you things about the school that are complete lies. The computers and mostly all of the equipment is outdated and when you do get a chance to use them you only get 2 chances. They want your money and they don't even help you find a job, they are full of it! I can't even get ahold of the person who is in charge of the certification tests after a week of leaving messages. They take your money and your screwed after that. Don't go to any tech schools!"
  • Reviewed: 7/19/2012
  • Degree: Dental Assistant
"I am in my fourth module as a medical asstitant student and plan on furthering my education in Pensacola in the nursing program. But I have had the best learning experience the instructors I have at night are VERY knowledgable in their field. We have had subs come in and they are just as knowledgable. Took many years to make this career change and so HAPPY that I chose Fortis College. I LOVE IT AND WOULD NEVER CHANGE IT. My daughter also went and graduated already and she now works at Sacred Heart in Pensacola in the OB/GYN and she would tell you the same she would not change her experience at Fortis College. FORTIS COLLEGE IN FOLEY AL YOU GUYS ROCK!!! ECSPECIALLY THE NIGHT INSTRUCTORS YOU TWO ARE THE BOMB."
Moses Delaney
  • Reviewed: 7/15/2012
"I stumbled across the current 23% "Recommend" percentage and decided to add my insight as a former Campus President. Before I continue, I should add that I am no longer employed by Fortis College and will in no way receive any benefit from sharing my thoughts. Out of all the career schools I have served, Fortis stands far atop the rest. This organization spends countless hours and dollars trying to provide its students the best education possible. It holds every employee accountable and truly adopts a student-first attitude (trust me - I've been on over 100 conference calls). I have personally witnessed the executive leadership having the option to seriously increase tuition but decided it would be too much of a burden on the student. What other company would not opt to make more money even though it freely could have? I gave Fortis College an excellent rating because it simply deserves one. Those of you who rated Fortis College low should truly reconsider your evaluation. For any students considering attending Fortis - go and enjoy yourself. I am absolutely sure that if you hold you up your end of the bargain they will do the same. You will definitely be well prepared for the workforce!"
  • Reviewed: 7/13/2012
  • Degree: Medical Billing & Coding
"I'm currently attending Fortis in Grand Prairie. Must say very disappointed in the education program! Teachers are not of educated quality!! Their equipment never works! they charge you for books you never even use! Dont have enough staff! The Director of this school Will is one shady individual he runs the school as if he is buying and selling cars! These people DO NOT care about your education they just want your money!!! If you are looking into Fortis PLEASE think twice this school sucks!!!!! this coming from a current student...."
wanting to switch schools
  • Reviewed: 7/5/2012
"Fortis sucks. they dont care about their students. one whole month my classmates and i didnt have a teacher at all, because fortis "made changes". well as a result of those "changes" we recieved a crappy sub who didnt give our work to the actually teacher. Everyone got a 0 for that class. the sub was lazy and never did anything, she really should be fired. im not spending my money on rediculous crap like this. if i knew now what i didnt know then, i would have never signed on with fortis! Its completely a waste of money. i graduate this year and i have put up with so much going here. i just want it to end."
Beth Hogan
  • Reviewed: 7/1/2012
"I've read a lot of bad reviews for Fortis College, but most of them don't tell you which location they are talking about. I am thinking about going to the medical assistant program in Smyrna, GA. I know some people that went there a couple of years ago, and they thought it was good. But they said there were a lot of people let go, and that things changed a lot from when they went there (program got shorter, classes got bigger) so they weren't sure if it is a good place for me. Does anyone know about this one?"
Cereta varney
  • Reviewed: 6/27/2012
  • Degree: Nursing
"I love going to Fortis. Im in the nursing program and have not had any problems. This school has a 96% pass rate on the nclex exam for students taking it for the first time. The teachers are always available for extra help and they want there students to succeed!!"
  • Reviewed: 6/21/2012
"This school sucks so bad it makes me cry! They said in the begininng they would help me find a job but they havent! They dont care! I just wana cry cause Im about to be homeless cuz I have no job with a child and I gave up my old job just to go to school at Fortis College. Thanks Fortis College, you just made someone homeless!"
  • Reviewed: 6/1/2012
"Fortis is a waste of time, money, and effort. First off they give you this crappy tour around the school demonstrating these outdated equipments they have & how they experience will be great "Total lie". then they will tell you about the programs they are offering but at the same time they will try to steer you into the program that they can cash in from you. Financial aid office will try to get you to get a loan not worth taking for. The teachers are not equip for the course they provide the same old teacher for every course...GOT TO BE KIDDING ME RIGHT?... Nope. RUN as fast as possible. They do not restock on materials that the students need to help give a better learning experience. The course work has to be given within a slim time frame which is unreasonable. Teachers are always quitting b/c they know what the staffs in the school are doing is illegal. Half of the teachers in the school aren't really qualified to be teaching be truthful I don't believe they even have a degree to be teaching at the school at all. That school is a BIG JOKE! If you want to test the waters go and register and make sure you dis-enroll within 3 days or you will be screwed for the entire course period."
Holly Bement
  • Reviewed: 5/28/2012
  • Degree: Dental Assistant
"I wish I would have read this before I signed up for this "school" Fortis changed my life for the worst as soon as I stepped foot into there doors it was nothing but lies! I was told I was going to be getting all the hands on and experience I needed. I have been at this school for almost a year and it has been hell! Teachers and staff quit all the time. This is the most unprofessional school i have ever seen!!!If you are thinking about being a dental assistant all you need to do is job shadow or ask and office if you can work for free for a week or so and then start your job search. Unfortunately for me I went to Fortis and wasted 17 thousand dollars for a horrible education. All the teachers want to do is talk about things that don't apply to your goals teach you things word for word out of a book that has nothing to do with your area of study. There was no hands on. now i am on my extern ship and i have no idea what the hell im doing. I look like a fool when they ask me to do something i have never even heard of. The worst part of this horrible school is the financial aid department. They have one woman who sits on her ass all day who doesn't care about your financial needs she makes you sign a paper and bam now your in debt up to your head and you have to finish the piece of shit school or else you owe them all this money. She never once helped me when i had questions she conveniently takes her lunch right when you ask to meet with her. She even "accidentally" charged students for unnecessary items. I have been wanting to write this for a long time. i hope that you read this and DO NOT GO TO THIS SCHOOL FOR DENTAL ASSISTING!"
  • Reviewed: 5/20/2012
  • Degree: Medical Billing & Coding
"Spent too much time writting reports about people and things that had nothing to do with learning coding, billing, insurance, or office procedures. When I went to the review classes that are suggested before taking the national exam, I felt like I was in the wrong class. NOTHING that was reviewed for the exam had I had in class. I went to two of the reviews before talking to the teacher and told her what was going on. She informed me that the sylebis she drew up for the course covered everything. I informed her we followed the sylebis and we didn't have any of the codes or procedures she was reviewing as part of the classes. I even paid $50 for a one day 8 hour review class that started over an hour late, took a lunch break that we weren't susposed to have, but too many people complained that they were hungry and forgot to bring snacks. I had hired someone to sit with my mom for the 8 hours and I had to leave because my time was up and had to get home to replace them that I ended up missing almost 2 hours of class due to the teacher poor preperation. Money non refundable. Needless to say I flunked the test. Plus the papers I signed on the last day of class showing me still owing $10,000. I then received notification from Fanny Mae Student loans that I now had a loan that was a DAILY interest earning loan. Putting my bill back up over $2,000. Cashed in a CD to pay balance early and was still charged a months interest instead on interest to the day it was paid and I was told,"Thats the way we do it". Also, when I was going back to the school, teachers who had praised you while you were there and said how they wished every student they had were like you, NOW didn't have the slightest idea who you were. I was also told before signing the final admission papers that I would be sent on interviews until a job was found for me. I was sent on 2 interviews and informed that they just didn't have the job openings and that they had NEW student that they had to setup with interviews as well?!?!??! Still no job."