Nursing, Allied Health, Cyber Security, & More
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.