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Fortis College in Centerville | 555 E. Alex Bell Road Centerville, OH 45459 • (937) 433-3410

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Fortis College, formerly known as RETS College, is located in Centerville, Ohio, which is approximately eight miles south of Dayton, Ohio. The College occupies two buildings, one of which is a 56,800-square foot building on a modern, nine-acre campus and the other is a 28,000-square foot building located in the nearby Cross Pointe Shopping Center. All residential-based classes and labs are held at these locations, which include high fidelity simulation, HVACR, medical assisting, nursing, dental assisting, cyber security, and science labs. There are over 200 computer workstations and over 2,000 volumes and periodicals.

At Fortis College, we are dedicated to providing students quality, career-ready training in several of today’s emerging industries. We prepare our students not only for future careers but for individual growth as well.  Through written and interpersonal communication, critical thinking, and problem-solving competencies, Fortis College graduates are ready for whatever future opportunities they choose to pursue in their selected fields of study.

Fortis College currently offers residential, hybrid, and fully online (distance education) programs. The diploma programs in Dental Assisting, Heating, Ventilating, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration (HVACR), and Medical Assisting are offered in a fully residential format with classes taught at the campus. The diploma program in Practical Nursing is offered in a hybrid delivery format, where portions of the program are offered both on campus and online. The College also offers hybrid associate degree programs in Cyber Security, Medical Assisting, Medical Billing and Coding, and Nursing.

The Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program prepares students for entry-level positions as a registered nurse (RN). According to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (www.bls.gov), employment of RNs is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations over the next 10 years from 2014-2024. This growth trend for RNs will occur for a number of reasons, including an increased emphasis on preventive care, growing rates of chronic conditions, such as diabetes and obesity, and demand for healthcare services from the baby-boom population, as they live longer and more active lives. Medical assisting is a solid career choice for those who want to work in the healthcare field. Medical assistants work mostly in primary care, a steadily growing sector of the healthcare industry. Medical assistants perform clinical and administrative duties in doctor’s offices, group practices, clinics, and healthcare facilities. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of medical assistants is expected to grow much faster than the average for all occupations over the next 10 years. As access to healthcare expands and as the population ages, physicians will hire more assistants to perform duties, which will allow physicians to see more patients.

The Dental Assisting program at Fortis College prepares students for entry-level positions assisting dentists chair-side and in the dental office. As dental practices continue to grow, more dental assistants will be needed. Job opportunities for dental assistants nationally are expected increase over the next 10 years according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. As the large baby-boom population ages, and as people keep more of their original teeth than did previous generations, the need to maintain and treat teeth will continue to increase the need for dental care.

Job opportunities nationally for HVAC and refrigeration technicians and installers are expected to be excellent over the next 10 years according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which also indicates that a growing number of HVACR technicians are receiving postsecondary instruction from technical and trade schools, like Fortis College. The College’s HVACR program will prepare students for entry-level positions in this growing career field. The increasing emphasis on energy efficiency and pollution reduction is likely to increase the demand for HVACR installers as climate-control systems are retrofitted, upgraded, or replaced entirely.

Fortis College's newest program is Cyber Security. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of information and cyber security analysts is projected to grow 18 percent over the next 10 years, which is much faster than the average for all occupations. Demand for information security analysts is expected to be very high, as these analysts will be needed to create innovative solutions to prevent hackers from stealing critical information or causing problems for computer networks. Security for IT systems and critical data is a major concern for government, financial institutions, healthcare facilities and many other businesses. The Cyber Security program at Fortis College prepares students to support these information security needs. This curriculum will prepare students for following certifications: CompTIA A+, Network+, and Security+, and selected Microsoft certifications. Upon graduation, students will be prepared to setup, install, configure, and troubleshoot hardware/software for desktop computer systems, network infrastructure equipment, and software systems.

Through its online division, which also does business as Fortis Institute Online, Fortis College offers fully online programs in Accounting Technology, Business Management, Human Resources Management, and Internet Marketing.


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"My family is absolutely thrilled with my education, with where it brought me, everything that Fortis has done for me. They’re just very happy to see me sort of blossom and go out on my own now and start to become and adult and live real life. They are thrilled."

Danielle C.

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    Miriam S.

    I chose to come to Fortis for dental assisting because their program was accelerated and they offered an externship where I could also get some experience out in the field and their job placement through the career services were really top notch.

    Miriam S.

    Patrick D.

    My education here at Fortis has been very helpful, it has been a blessing to my life and, you know, I was able to upgrade myself, you know, from where I was to where I’m at now and then to where I will be in the future.

    Patrick D.

    Christine F.

    I had a good experience with the program, challenging at time but the class I was in was very close and we pulled together and helped each other out. The instructors were very good and very patient with us. Overall it was a positive experience.

    Christine F.

    Ana Z.

    My kids have actually noticed and seen me go through this program, medical assisting, they are proud of me and I feel like I am setting up an example for them.

    Ana Z.

    Berkis S.

    Since attending Fortis and graduation, I have had great life changes. My attitude, my interpersonal skills, my sense of being and my goals have become more structured and secure.

    Berkis S.

  • Accreditation and State Authorization

    Institutional Accreditation 

    Fortis College is institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges:

    Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges
    2101 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 302
    Arlington, VA 22201
    (703) 247-4212 

    State Authorizations 

    Fortis College is authorized by the Ohio State Board of Career Colleges and Schools:

    Ohio State Board of Career Colleges and Schools
    30 East Board Street, Suite 2481
    Columbus, Ohio 43215
    (877) 275-4219

    Fortis College, which operates in Florida under the name Fortis Institute Online, is licensed by the Commission for Independent Education, Florida Department of Education:

    Commission for Independent Education
    Florida Department of Education
    325 West Gaines Street, Suite 1414, 
    Tallahassee, Florida 32399
    (888) 224-6684

    Fortis College, which operates in Colorado under the name Fortis Institute Online, is approved and regulated by the Colorado Department of Higher Education, Private Occupational School Board:

    Division of Private Occupational Schools
    Colorado Department of Higher Education
    1560 Broadway, Suite 1600
    Denver, Colorado 80202
    (303) 866-2723

    Fortis College is currently registered with the Maryland Higher Education Commission in order to enroll students in the fully online distance education programs through June 30, 2018.

    Pursuant to guidance from the Texas Workforce Commission, Fortis College is not regulated in Texas under Chapter 132 of the Texas Education Code.

    SBCCS License #05-09-1769T

    State Authorization Disclosure for Online Students

    The following information is applicable to any prospective or current online student. With the exceptions noted below, Fortis College reviews admissions applications and may enroll students from most U.S. states and territories. Fortis College does not accept international students in its online programs.

    Fortis College is not currently reviewing admissions applications or enrolling students from the following states/territories: Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Delaware, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Wisconsin, America Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, and Virgin Islands.

    If, while enrolled in a Fortis College program, a student moves to one of the above listed states/territories, he or she must contact Fortis College and the relevant state education agency. Fortis College cannot guarantee the student’s new home state/territory will allow him or her to complete his or her Fortis College program. It is the student’s responsibility to inform the College of his or her relocation as far in advance as possible.

    Any specific state requirements pertaining to school policies (e.g. refunds or student complaints) can be found within the school catalog.

    Programmatic Accreditation 

    The Associate Degree in Nursing program at Fortis College in Centerville is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN): 

    Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) 
    3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850 
    Atlanta, GA 30326 

  • Mission and Purpose:

    Fortis College provides postsecondary career education to both traditional and nontraditional students through a variety of diploma and degree programs that assist adult students in enhancing their career opportunities and improving problem-solving abilities. Fortis College strives to develop within its students the desire for lifelong and continued education. The staff at Fortis College believes that they make an important contribution to the economic growth and social well-being of the area. Fortis College educates its students to help meet the economic needs of their community in entry-level positions. The educational process is a change-oriented approach to education that provides the community with graduates who possess the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in existing and emerging career occupations.
    The following goals are integral to the mission of FORTIS College:

    • To develop each student’s individual and professional growth, including written and interpersonal communication, critical thinking, and problem-solving competencies.
    • To develop each student’s professional attitude and an awareness of contemporary career practices through exposure to pragmatic course content.
    • To promote self-discipline and motivation so that students may enjoy success in their career and in society.
    • To attract and retain effective and qualified instructors who are familiar with current medical and/or technical practices, and who motivate and develop students.
    • To offer sound diploma and associate degree programs.
    • To maintain a dynamic organization that is responsible and responsive to its constituencies.
    • To minimize economic disadvantages as a barrier to postsecondary education by providing financial aid services and by accepting students without regard to age, sex, religion, race, physical challenges, or economic or social background.
    • To assist graduates in finding positions for which they are trained.
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    Associate Degree - 96 Week Program (CIP Code: 51.3801)View Print For Gainful Employment Data:
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