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This school is absolutely ridiculous. This school is the perfect example of an institute that only wants your money. They are soo helpful and tenative during the application process and even at Orientation.
However, once you sign your paperwork and begin your first day of class, it's like you walked into a completly different facility. Its administration vs student, and you're completly on your own. The staff bullies students and will talk down to you. They are not there any longer to help you to succeed. I was suspended for 2 days for an act that I was not responsible for (and I even proved it), I was also placed on probation for what would have been the up to my graduation date (a year and a half later) and they required me to call a 1-800 number and speak with an over the phone counselor and they required me to tell them I was having "behavioral issues in school", which I have NEVER had.
They also told me that I needed to not speak with any other students in school and that I needed to isolate myself from the class (this statement was made to me via the Assistant Director of Nursing). I was also told that I am offensive and I intimidate my instructors because I speak fast and clearly do not have a "southern accent", making it obvious that I'm not from the South (this statement made directly to me from the Director of Nursing). This was all in result of one "incident".
I highly recommend anyone to not attend this college because you won't be satisfied. Personally, I would rather attend a college that is more focused on my academics and helping me succeed, rather than a college that puts unneccessary stress into my already stressful nursing program. Anytime there is a "problem" in class, the teachers won't bring it to your attention but instead will run straight to the Director and "write you up", resulting in disciplinary actions and they won't allow you to defend yourself.,/p>
In addition to the turnover rate for staff being outrageous, this school is way overpriced and when you choose to leave this school to persue your education elsewhere, its highly likely that your credits won't transfer. This school is a cross between a boarding school and high school. In my experience as a college student at other schools and a degree already, I have never seen a more unprofessional school in my life. I completly regret my decision of ever attending this school and unfortunately, my 29 classmates agree.
I kept thinking positive hoping things would get better, but not. Disorganized classes and instruction poorly planned, very poor hands on training. Made me feel inadequate during my rides on the truck. Spent way too much money for this training. I wished I would have gone somewhere else like many classmates did.
I am regretting my decision of attending this school. It is very unorganized, overpriced and the way that they do things CONSTANTLY change. I am passed a little pass the midpoint of finishing and wishing I went to another college. Some people have gone on to find good jobs, but a majority have either quit or regret attending.
These tech schools are only in it for the money. They do not care about you. You're just another person making them rich. I went to Medvance in Houston which is now Fortis College. I was one of the lucky ones whom actually got a job out of school. No thanks to the school itself, but to other surgical techs I had met in the field. They do not teach you basic things to help you survive in your externship.
You must have basic knowledge of procedures, surgical technique, you must look and speak professionally. Many of the students whom come out of this school don't have a chance in the surgical setting. These schools make everyone believe it is easy and that everyone can do it. Don't be fooled. Remember there are thousands of other people competing for the same job. You have to be the one that stands out over everyone else. Get a real education, go to a community college instead.
Graduates from community colleges are more respected. It also opens doors to several other future possibilities. I graduated with 22 people only 5 of us have jobs as surgical techs. EVERYBODY in these tech schools will graduate no matter how good or bad you are. Only a couple will get jobs. Beware.
I am only in my fourth month at Fortis and have had multiple horrible experiences. Many instructors do not want to be here, do not teach, and do not help. The director of the program is not fair. They expect you to make up missed holidays on a Friday they choose and only give a short notice. For those with children or a job that cannot make it to a scheduled make-up day are given a zero for attendence which affects your overall grade. I would not recommened this school to anyone. It is not worth the $14,000, especially when you have to provide most of your supplies (phlebotomy, patient-prep).
This school really only wants the money. At the Tampa Fortis we did not have a consistent schedule, teachers were continuously laid off in the middle of semesters without warning or explanation, only about 4 students of a class of 30 got to the end because of Fortis backstabbing for one reason or another.
The few that made it to the end, hard working and struggling were not allowed to graduate! So many horror stories of them losing paper work like vital immunization records, and even rosters for attendance and blaming it on the students! This school is an outrage. Complete trash. Better off going to a school where your credits will transfer because they don't here, not even to another Fortis.
Once they have your money they dont care. They took our classroom for a meeting causing us to miss our test. They are very unorganized and waste our time. I will not be ruturning to this school after this year. The directors are the problem, admissions are good and instructors are good but the directors dont care at all and dont help. This school is expensive and they give us crappy tools and its definitely not worth it
I don't feel as though this college is worth the price it charges for tuition. I wouldn't recommend going to this school. The curriculum has potential, but everything is crammed and they should have better instructors. Every day someone complains and I seldom hear a compliment.
Fortis Institute in Erie, PA is a great disappointment. I have to admit that the education I received at this school is poor at best. Having paid greater than $30,000, I would have expected a better education. The school is extremely disorganized and makes alot of changes to your program's curriculum - and many of the adjustments are not for the better.
More money goes into the advertisements and the admissions department than goes into the actual programs themselves - and students really see this after the admissions and financial aid processes. Unfortunately, this past year there have been a significant amount of lay-offs at Fortis Institute, and it really is evident to the student base: tutoring is non-existent, financial aid department is severely understaffed, teachers are poorly qualified (if they are qualified to teach the classes they teach at all), student services is non-existent, and computer equipment is poorly maintained.
Fortunately, I was already employed while I went to school...so I just continued with my current job when I finished my program. But many of my fellow classmates that have graduated are still looking for jobs and aren't getting the assistance they need from Fortis. As a matter of fact, many of them were being recruited by the admissions department to again enroll in a second or third degree program...after graduation.
If you are looking at college after high school, or looking to find a better job, I would really think twice about Fortis Institute. There are many more reputable schools than this one...I would really look at a 4 year college than this clown college. Don't make the same mistake I made---go somewhere else.
I went to this school with high hopes of a better future all to be let down. I had several surgeries and was told the school would work with me the first surgery they did just that but upon the second they dropped me trying to say I did not hand in my paper work for a leave. I had done so directly after surgery matter of fact it was the same day of surgery. I had two weeks till I graduated and found out I was dropped. I was then told I had to do the externship over. Over all I am still waiting for my degree to arrive in the mail.
This school has no idea whats going on. Don't waste your money go to a school which is AHEMA credited.They will dance around your questions and treat you as a number not a person.The externship coordinator has had several nervous break downs and had to replace her with some one else which is not not much more competent. The school should be ashamed of them selves they are criminals taking your money and giving you a degree any one can make with the paint app on your home computer.