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Medical & Healthcare Institute in Birmingham, AL
If you are looking for a healthcare school in Birmingham, Alabama, consider FORTIS Institute. Formerly the Tri-State Institute, FORTIS provides accredited, comprehensive education in multiple healthcare fields, as well as other skilled trades. Our campus is conveniently located in Birmingham, just a short drive from Hoover, Talladega and Alabaster, allowing you to get your education while meeting family and work responsibilities.
The data is clear: Healthcare is a growing field that can provide a range of excellent career opportunities. Many healthcare professions will be seeing strong job growth over the next decade, according to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics. Our country’s aging population, plus an increase in the number of people suffering from chronic diseases, means that there will continue to be a demand for well-trained medical and healthcare workers. FORTIS offers career training programs in several allied health, medical, and dental careers. Whether you are interested in being “hands-on” with patients as a dental hygienist or medical assistant or prefer to work as an office administrator or billing specialist, our programs can help prepare you for entry-level jobs.
Dental hygienists and dental assistants are key members of every dentist’s oral healthcare team. Demand for dental hygienists is projected to grow 19% over the next 10 years. Many hygienists work part-time so this is a very flexible and rewarding career choice.Demand for medical laboratory technicians will grow over the next 10 years as doctors have greater need for lab and blood tests to diagnose and treat illness. In addition, as medical practices continue to grow physicians and hospitals will need to hire more medical assistants, and medical billing coders.
HVAC, Welding and Electrical Trade Programs
If the medical field is not for you, FORTIS offers other career training options. In the skilled trades, there is a growing need for electricians and welders, as well as heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC) technicians who have completed formal training programs. Our HVAC, welding and electrical trades diploma programs can help prepare you for entry-level jobs in these trades. Our program includes classroom instruction as well as hands-on training. You’ll also learn how to use computer-based diagnostic programs, a skill that many employers now demand.
Interested in learning more? Our knowledgeable admission representatives look forward to talking with you. You can contact us by phone, email, or live web chat. We can answer your questions about our programs and help you find the one that best matches your interests, abilities, and career goals. We can also discuss our tuition and fees, as well as financial aid that is available to those who qualify. Finally, we can arrange for an on-campus visit so that you can see our facilities and meet with our faculty and staff.
Many of today’s exciting job opportunities have now shifted into electrical trades - where working with your hands and discovering practical solutions, is far more exciting than sitting behind a desk all day. Learn to make a difference doing something you love to do.
Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Trades
As today’s heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration systems become more complex, trained HVAC technicians are critical to maintaining healthy, comfortable environments in residential, commercial, and industrial buildings.
Many of today’s exciting job opportunities have now shifted into trades - where working with your hands and discovering practical solutions, is far more exciting than sitting behind a desk all day. Nationally, welding job prospects should be good for welders trained in the latest technologies, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Healthcare / Medical
Medical assistants fill a critical role in the healthcare system. Working directly with doctors and nurses, and often directly with patients, medical assistants can be employed in a wide variety of healthcare settings including physicians’ offices, clinics, hospitals and even rehabilitation centers and long-term care facilities.
Medical Billing and Coding
Medical Billing and Coding is a critical function in the healthcare industry today. And although Medical Billing and Coding professionals do not provide direct patient care, with billing and coding skills, you can work in a medical office alongside doctors and staff. Medical Billing and Coding professionals may also find employment in hospitals and even insurance companies.
If you enjoy touching people’s lives, making a positive impact on friends and family, love working with your community and those in need - a career in healthcare will surely bring you a great deal of satisfaction. With medical technology programs that span a range of skills, FORTIS can place you on the right path to your perfect career.
Medical Laboratory Technology
Often working behind the scenes, medical laboratory technicians perform tests and procedures that are critical for the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and other health conditions. An aging population and expanding healthcare system mean growing opportunities for medical lab technicians. As medical technology continues to advance, medical lab technicians are essential members of the healthcare team.
As technology progresses and our population grows, dentists will need to hire more hygienists to perform a wider variety of dental care. Dental hygienists rank among the fastest growing occupations nationally. This program is ideal for someone entering the field for the first time or for dental assists who are looking to advance their skills.
While specific duties may vary, dental assistants are an integral part of the dental office. The Fortis Dental Assisting program will prepare students for entry-level positions in this growing healthcare field.
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The school helped me learn many of the skills. I learned many skills that helped with my externship. I can use my skills more in the medical field. The teachers helped a lot and when I had questions, they were always there. The school is great and I would have anyone go. Best experience of my life.
I actually was pregnant during my time here at Fortis and now that I have two little babies I am able to be home at night, I am able to home on weekends which I love and they love, I get more time with them.
I decided to do the Dental Assistant certificate program because I wanted the certification to go along with the work experience I already had accomplished as a Dental Assistant. I knew what I wanted because I was already in the field. I am career focused and this was to be the first of other credentials I will pursue.
The knowledge that I learned here actually helped me drastically to be able to do my job successfully, so that was actually what I needed.
I’ve been to school several times and I haven’t been able to finish. I’m just excited to say that I did finish. It’s a wonderful feeling.
Accreditation and State Authorization
Fortis Institute in Birmingham, Alabama is institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES), 7777 Leesburg Pike, Suite 314 North, Falls Church, Virginia 22043; telephone number (703) 917-9503; web address: https://www.abhes.org
Fortis Institute is licensed by the Private School Licensure Division, Alabama Community College System, P.O. Box 302130 Montgomery, AL 36130-2130; 135 South Union Street, Montgomery, Alabama 36104-4340; (334) 293-4500; http://www.accs.edu
The program in dental hygiene is accredited by the Commission on Dental Accreditation [and has been granted the accreditation status of “approval with reporting requirements”]. The Commission is a specialized accrediting body recognized by the United States Department of Education. The Commission on Dental Accreditation can be contacted at (312) 440-4653 or at 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611.
The Medical Laboratory Technology program at Fortis Institute-Birmingham, AL is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), 5600 N. River Rd. Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119, (773) 714-8880, www.naacls.org.
Mission & Objectives
FORTIS Institute provides postsecondary career education to both traditional and nontraditional students through a variety of degree and diploma programs that assist students in enhancing their career opportunities and improving problem-solving abilities. FORTIS strives to develop within its students the desire for lifelong and continued education, and believes that it makes an important contribution to the economic growth and social well-being of the Birmingham metropolitan area.
The following goals are integral to the mission of the Institute:
- To offer sound diploma and degree programs.
- To develop each student’s individual and professional growth, including written and interpersonal communication, critical thinking, and problem-solving competencies.
- To attract and retain qualified instructors who are effective in the classroom and familiar with appropriate current medical, and/or technical practices.
- To develop in students a professional attitude and an awareness of contemporary career practices through exposure to pragmatic course content and to faculty currently engaged in enterprise.
- To assist graduates in finding positions for which they are trained.
Consumer Information - Fortis Institute in Birmingham
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CARES ACT OF 2020 HIGHER EDUCATION EMERGENCY RELIEF FUND (HEERF) ALLOCATION AND SUMMARY REPORTING DISCLOSURES
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Licensure and Certification
The Dental Hygiene program meets the educational requirements to become a licensed Dental Hygienist in the state of Alabama.
We have not made a determination for the following states*: AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, DC, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV, WI, and WY.
Students graduating from the Dental Hygiene program are eligible to sit for the National Board Dental Hygiene Examination (NBDHE), the Juris Prudence written exam (Ethics), and a regional clinical examination.
To be eligible for employment as a Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH) in Alabama, a graduate must successfully pass all applicable exams, both written and clinical, and satisfy all state licensing requirements.
*If you need additional information on state eligibility or transferability requirements for these states, please contact the Campus President or Dean of Education.
Graduation does not guarantee eligibility to sit for licensure, certification, or registry exams. Please understand that licensure and certification eligibility can be affected by unlawful events that take place after acceptance into a program. As part of the licensure, certification, and registration application process, arrest and court records of final adjudication for any offense other than a minor traffic violation may be submitted to credentialing agency for review. Applicants who have been convicted of a felony and whose civil rights have not been restored may be considered incomplete by the College until documentation of restoration of civil rights is received.
Licensing and certification requirements vary by state. Students who relocate to another state during their enrollment may or may not satisfy the eligibility criteria to obtain a professional license or certification in that state.
Please contact the Campus President or Dean of Education if you have additional questions pertaining to your program of interest.