Fortis Institute Reviews

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  • Annual Tuition: $13,047 - $28,802
32% of 134 students said this degree improved their career prospects
29% of 134 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

  • Reviewed: 6/3/2011
"Went into this school with high hopes. I'd been out of work for over a year and decided a training in something different was what I needed and at the time there were dozens of jobs listed on all the web sites I visited. The major deciding factor was when I talked to a counsolor and was told they had a job services dept that would find you a job upon graduation. "NOT" HELP YOU find a job, but "FIND" you a job. I was told that that had medical offices they worked with ALL over the local area and billing and coding was in great demand. Then a month after class starts I'm informed to start sending out resuems now not to wait. Then I'm told that they will assist you in finding work, that if they receive a call from a medical facility they'll send you out on an interview!!!! NOW I'v forgotten everything I was taught becaust I haven't been using the info I spent 9 months learning. I was called and told because of my GPA and perfect attendance that I was to be the valivictorian for the graduating class. Then I guess my questioning and complaining got to people in the office and I get a call a week later saying, "We're sorry but we made a mistake you're not the valivictorian you're going to be the salutarian. How do you make a mistake like that?!?!?!? Now, I'm still without work, no interviews to look forward to and student loan payments are due. GO TO A REGULAR COLLEGE IT MAY TAKE A MONTH OR TWO LONGER AND ITS CHEAPER !!!!!!!!!"
Miss Lead
  • Reviewed: 5/26/2011
"A waste of time, money and space. Would not recommend anyone to go there. They don't guarantee jobs."
upset student
  • Reviewed: 4/22/2011
"I am a current student in the LPN program. This past semester was hell. Not because I couldn't handle it its because the teachers have no idea how to teach and really are undeserving to be in such a position. For 15 weeks my labs consisted of doing worksheets. Now that's a learning experience. The medsurge teacher for her class focused on lab values for every chapter we went over. That's fine and dandy but she would always come up with different numbers than we had in our books. Granted if we as a class threw a big enough stink and showed her what we found in the book she would remove those answers off the test. So yes she was fair, but she couldn't teach to begin with. There was a lab instructor who literally decided to pick on or "bully" if you will ,certain students all semester long. I've witnessed her do this for 2 semesters now. The biggest problem this semester was the iv class. That was the biggest joke I've ever seen in my life. How the grading scale worked at fortis was you had to reach at least 580 pts. With your test scores alone before they would count any of your homework grades. Which in combination you have to have 780 points to pass the class. Well with the grading scale of going off of test scores alone there were only 2 people passing the class by the time 4 tests and the midterm were takin. The school knew this would look bad for their accreditation so they decided to take all the scores of the homework and tests combined so it looked like more people were passing. Still after the final was taken over half of the class failed. The teacher's name is Jicel. Her first language is spanish. You can hardley understand what she was lecturing on. She spoke to the wall instead of facing the class and talking. She was supposed to give study guides and print out her powerpoints because the administration told her she had to when they realized everyone was failing. Guess what she didn't give study guides or her powerpoints. She would show up every class 10 mins late. If you asked her questions she would roll her eyes and give you attitude and make you feel stupid for asking to begin with. Whenever she had an important announcement to make about the class she would text a random student and expect them to announce it to the rest of the class. Also a lot of times you would ask her questions and she wouldn't know how to answer them. You could read the book forwards and backwards and it still wouldn't help you for the test. It's because she would make up questions from god knows where and they wouldn't be written correctly or in proper english. Students shouldn't have to guess what the questions were asking on every single test. Sad thing is from the day of the first test we had gone to administration and continued to go everyday until the semester was over and they refused to do anything about her. She is still continuing to teach this semester. Jicel is one of the rudest people I've ever met and she is truly undeserving of being a teacher anywhere. Even the students who passed will tell you the teacher was horrible and shouldn't be teaching. And for the students who failed a lot were moving to night classes and for some strange reason administration was telling the students Jicel was moving to nights too so they wouldn't transfer to nights. Why I have no idea? They lie all the time. Administration before you enter the program tell you that the latest you would be on campus in class is 5pm. Well first semester we were there til 530 which I can live with. But this semester we were there from 8am to 630 pm with only a half hour break between. They also lie and said they were accredited. They just got it back. They were on probation for my first and most of my second semester. They lie to get you in the door just for your money and you can feel that vibe everyday that your there that they just wanted your money and don't care about the students well being. Now some teachers here are excellent, but they are far and few between. Also a lot of the "good" teachers have left, or are leaving, because they agree that the school is really bad. It is true that your credits from forts will NOT transfer anywhere else. The only thing saving you from wasted time is once you get your license other schools use that instead of classes to be accepted into an RN program. I have been to other colleges so I do have other schools to compare this place to. Over all the place is a mess and disorganized from every angle. If I could go back in time I would never have gone to fortis. My only option now is to finish or eat my money. My advice for anyone interested in this school is find another option. This school is barely good enough to be considered for a last resort. If you are willing to spend this much money on a place you should be getting a bachelors degree instead of an LPN. Please look into other schools. The thing that scares me the most about this school is that these are the nurses out there that could be working on you one day. This school doesn't teach much. And this is sad to say when I'm gonna end up being a nurse from fortis. I can tell you this much, it will be one of your BIGGEST mistakes coming to forts and when I'm done I want to forget that I went to this school."
  • Reviewed: 3/30/2011
"I attended Fortis LPN program from September '09- August '10. It cost me $22,000 to enroll. I was not allowed to pay for classes as I took them nor opt out of paying for certain books I could have bought much cheaper else where. The program was mediocre at best. A lot of professors obviously did not know how to teach and most of the program was self taught. The 'labs' are a joke. Instructors would spend about 15 minutes explaining what they wanted you to work on, then the rest of the two hours was spent on your own trying to learn the skill out of a book. I became pregnant at the end of the second semester and needed to drop a class or two because the course work was too much to handle for me in that state. I was not told however, that by dropping a class, it would be considered as a 'fail'. You are only permitted to fail two classes before you are kicked out of the program. I went through to my third semester only to find out at the end that I was being kicked out of the program for failing the two classes I dropped.I am now attending a new nursing school and called the get my transcripts from Fortis. They just informed me that not only by dropping those two classes they counted as a failed course, but I was also charged $1,867.00 because I was forced to withdrawal from the program. Until I pay them this money, they are holding my transcripts hostage. Oh, and just like the dropped classed counting as failed classes, they never told me about any extra charges by letter, email, phone call, or even face to face. Even while I'm thankfully out of this horrible school, they are still trying to get all of my money. They are liars and sneaks. They with hold important information until it is too late and there's then nothing you can do about it. DO NOT GO HERE. Please, look into any other program other than fortis. Believe me, you will be so grateful that you did not waste your time or hard earned money on this joke of a school."
former fortis student
  • Reviewed: 3/14/2011
"I 2 myself am a former student @ fortis columbus campus & just as the first post "run like a bat outta hell" states it is EXACTLY the truth. Although I have never met that student I did have those same instructor and OH MY GOD!! She couldn't have said it better. #1 they charge you $22,000 to go to their school #2 they don't have all your materials ready by the start of class. #3 Pro O is a nice guy but he should not be a teacher-at all, Professor Mullins does not know how 2 teach as well..ur better off doing an independant study. #4 their credits DO NOT I repeat DO NOT transfer anywhere unlike what the admissions rep told me. Just look at it for what it is...A BUSINESS people..they just want your money and a lot of it by the way. I also researched CPS Adult Ed's PN program and it is only $11,600 for a quality let me say it again quality program. The instructors care about your education and you get your money's worth. The classes are mon-fri 8:30a-3:30p. You also have to have your stna before you begin if not they offer those classes as well. Iam just so pissed that I found out about the school after I had started attending fortis but once I researched the school which I should've done before I went to fortis I immediately withdrew from fortis and applied. And yes the CPS program is accredited. The final decision is up to you...its gonna be your time and money..decide where you want to spend it for a year. To all my fellow students at fortis..good luck with your classes, wish you all well."
Kelly Schremser
  • Reviewed: 3/4/2011
"Seriously the worst school I have EVER been to! There are NO words to properly describe this shit hole they call a school. The nursing labs consist of building a team and doing team clinical skills. The classes are self taught,and your completely screwed if you get Pro O for Anatomy and Physiology. Professor Mullins will teach you the most boring psych class ever with lots of pointless discussion. Then on the administrative side... for 3 weeks I didn't have a nursing book, a math book, or a lab book because they "ran out" and still didn't have any books for 3 weeks!Then the accredidation I still don't know if this school is accredited, they say they are but I find it highly unlikely. Absolutely horrible! I would recommend Hondros or CPS Adult ED. Way better, more organized, and not to mention I'm actually learning something for the money I've spent and it's over $11,000 cheaper for more quality education. I feel soooo bad for my classmates that are still attending Fortis...Good Luck Guys"
current student
  • Reviewed: 2/16/2011
"The truth is, Fortis is not a good school, are very unorganized, poor management, just got creditation back a few months ago (after loosing it). Some instructors care as some do not, no one knows how to answer basic questions regarding the program of choice, most things are guessed. Little to NO structure, and yes you will spend most of your time being self taught. I too have been to other colleges and I have to admit this is by far the WORSE school I have even attended. Yes I regret enrolling however I have paid and will most likely finish. Some of the students act like children, are loud, and abnoxious. No not everyone who enrolls will make it through. Yes, this like most experiences this too will be what you make it, do not expect anything outside of the bare minimum out of the faculty. I strongly suggest looking at every and any other school before attending Fortis. Until they get rid of some of their current employees and hire in adminstrative, instructors, and management smart enough to do basic functions, this school will most definitely be a poor choice for anyone. Yes, their credits are worthless and can only be used at their school, which also means if you want to continue to RN you have to do it there. I sooo wish someone/anyone would have told me how shitty this would be, I know I would have NEVER enrolled. Be smart look elsewhere..."
Steve c
  • Reviewed: 2/4/2011
"For 10 months I dedicated all my efforts and time to learning, I participated in field trips, used our lab every day of class. I believe I had great instructors from day one. I ended school with many certifications, good tools and lots of job interviews and I chose a position with a company 3 weeks after graduating. I have been employed for almost a year, making a very good income. I would recommend this school to anyone who can learn and apply what they learn.Yes like high school there are those who are there who have no intentions of learning, but there to cause problems. I ignored them and applied myself. Thanks Fortis Ravenna HVAC instructors.."
  • Reviewed: 1/18/2011
  • Reviewed: 1/7/2011
"Im a current student graduating in may and if i was to do it all over again i wouldn't. Very UNPROFESSIONAL!!! financial aid a HOT MESS!!! the teachers the students its like a little ghetto fabolous hood. Please dont waste your money or time... Try Herzing , lawson but not tri state. Also credits DO NOT transfer out!!"
  • Reviewed: 12/30/2010
"Ok honest review. I'm a current student in the emt paramedic program so far I I loved my teachers. ms. Aubry:) but not naming names lol there really are some sweethearts and u believe fortis does know what they are doing in the staffing department by far I haven't met a teacher who is not willing to work with you and usually ( when the nursing students aren't in there) you have prettify good access to the lrc n how small the classes are! I feel very comfortable learning in that atmosphere and I like how this school works w you financially unlike brown mackie I have had and have too many girls in the Lpn program transferring to my school and loving it bc as long as you stay determined and persistent like I said you won't meet a staff member in that school unwilling to help you.. Where fasfa has held up my education in the past... Fortis worked it out so I could get in class even as it processed. And you can't say that for every school. I believe they genuinely do care about the student ... it's not their fault if you don't stat determined and on the ball, so keep your papers like anything w being an adult always make sure you save n copy documents with any institution things can be lost especially with many students it's just human error and people need to calm down. But all in all in general I love this school & the people in it... Except the woman at the front desk comes off as cold and mean I've heard a lot agree but don't let her effect your opinion... Plus when you talk to her a Lil more she actually smiles! :)"
  • Reviewed: 12/28/2010
"All of these people saying fortis is horrible is all an opinion. Yes, maybe they are disorganized. Most schools have disorganization, if you make copies of everything you give to the school nothing is ever lost. I went there and completed my LPN. I thought it was a great program I never had a teacher just not show up. I have very educated teachers some that ended up leaving to teach at major universities. You get what you put into fortis. It is a hard school its accelerated what do you expect basically a test everyday. I finished with all A's and B's. My teachers were there if I had any problems. I overall had a great experience. Do not let all of these reviews persuade you."
  • Reviewed: 12/7/2010
"When you go to speak with the admissions representatives they will lie to get you to join. This is NOT the same program as other RT programs. You can NOT work in a big hospital or image center. The equipment you learn on does NOT work but there is something to look at. The class size is so large that most of your teaching has to be done in tutoring on your own time in the day before class or you just dont get to learn it. If you mention this the director of the program will come to your class and get an attitude with you in front of everyone there. Dont bother to talk to the Dean because he will let them know it was you that voiced your concern, so you can get talked to like a small child in front of 32 of your peers. All the while being told its not their fault this class is over flowing. Dont worry about any prerequisites for any of the classes, you will have them AFTER you needed them not before( hence the reason they are called prerequisites )Then to top it off as your very last class they can suck more money from you is College success! Im so glad i get to learn how to succeed in college 3 weeks before im out!"
  • Reviewed: 10/22/2010
"Please exhaust all other possibilities before choosing Fortis College. I am currently a student in the PN program in Tampa and it is not unusual to show up for clinicals and no instructor show. Clinical sites are very far from the main campus.Very disorganized campus which adds and not aids to the stress of nursing school."
  • Reviewed: 10/20/2010
"I think the school in all, is very organized and the employees there are nice and willing to work to help you.I have looked into 3 different colleges Akron U and Kent State along with NMTA.All over priced. Longer clinicals and atleast 10 Gs more then whst i averaged the LPN courses at. I have friends from other Nursing schools that have recomended me to Fortis. Like any school there are draw backs. Look up reviews on any school there is always negative feedback"
discouraged nursing student
  • Reviewed: 9/30/2010
"Fortis College is a rip off!! I feel I wasted my time and money here and Fortis does not prepare any students for a real nursing career outside of a nursing home, because clinicals consists of CNA work!"
  • Reviewed: 9/29/2010
"I am a current nursing student at Fortis in Salt Lake City. On my first visit to view the school I did have a poor experience with one of the sales/enrollers, however it was corrected immediately. Other than that one incident, I have not had any problems what so ever. In fact, I find the staff and faculty to be completely professional and organized. My experience has been, if I've asked a question and the staff doesn't have the answer, they find the answer and get back to me. In response to the person who mentioned in their review that they were never given information about who to make payment to, I have not found that to be true. Each time money is paid to the school for my loans, I receive notification from the agency who is funding th loans. Their documentation informs me that I have 30 days in which to contest the funds they have given the school in my behalf. In conclusion,I am highly satisfied with the school and would highly recommend Forits College to any family or friends."
  • Reviewed: 9/21/2010
"Officially I have been “screwed over” by Fortis which should have been a positive impact on my life. I will be sure to share and spread my negative experience with Fortis to others. I did not find the education worth $26,000. Plus it consist of poor education and services. Not to mention the school over charges for the merchandise you receive. The merchandise is by far cheaper if you were to purchases it at a retail store. I feel the classes did not cover enough information to be confident in entering the workforce. The classes are not licensed. I find it completely wrong and miss leading to students who enter this school. The registration representatives do not tell future students the full truth on the programs. The school is not properly accredited by recognized organizations that will consider the degrees “gainful employment”! I will not be paying the $1,000 and some odd dollars you guys are charging me for my final week. I didn’t even participate in that week. A $1,000 is absurd for one week. I have found the Fortis “success” team worthless in every aspect. Not once was anyone one there for my question I’ve address while enrolled. Fortis College is nothing more than a “joke”! I feel sorry for future students wasting away all that money when they can use it for a real recognized education. Another thing, I have asked 3 times who my loans are through and no one can seem to tell me. I have not gotten any information or who I make payments to. What kind of business are you guys running there? Fortis takes out loans for people without telling them who the loans are through and who to make payments too. My attorney has told me just by the school doing so I have a case.He is currently reviewing my case. From what I have been informed I will be getting all that wasted money back. Especially once the law is passed against post secondary schools."
  • Reviewed: 8/27/2010
"Fortis, like any school, has its mishaps. some teachers suck, others are outstanding! Most of the teachers i have had, have made a genuine effort to help me get through school. You have to put in the time and effort to make it through the classes, but no one at the school seems happy when you fail, just bc they recieve the pay out. As far as the administration goes, they are having quite a few issues bc of the name change and everything that their doing to get us accedidation. But i strongly believe that they are trying hard to work their issues out for their students.Like any school, you need to do the research and check the status and background of the school. It's not the place for everyone, but if you're willing to work hard, you will come out on top and be successful in your schooling and in you possible carreer. The school is not a joke. It takes real effort to get through. I would recommemd it!!"
Esther A Ogundare
  • Reviewed: 8/25/2010
"Fortis College, Columbus is coming up very good.The reason why you see some student complaining is because the are not ready to study hard, they still feel like they are still in high school where you will not do a serious reading and still pass their exams.Girls $ Boys grow up, you need to study, before you can pass, this nursing college and not a high school people. Stop castigating the school or the teachers. There might be one or two bad teacher, but not all of them. in fact the teacher are real trying their best.Note that this school is just coming up, and they will get. Rome was not build in a day."