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Fortis Institute in Cookeville | 1025 Hwy. 111 Cookeville, TN 38501 • (931) 526-3660

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Medical, Healthcare, Skilled Trades & More

If you’re interested in a medical career and are looking for medical programs in Tennessee, be sure to look into the programs at FORTIS Institute in Cookeville.  The Fortis Cookeville campus was formerly known as MedVance Institute before joining the network of FORTIS Colleges and Institutes in 2013. 

Located in the beautiful foothills of the Upper Cumberland region, and is easily accessible off of Interstate 40, FORTIS Institute provides outstanding career education and training for the healthcare, medical, HVAC and CDL Commercial Driving career fields. Our Cookeville campus is just a short drive from Sparta, Livingston, and Algood. 

Healthcare Programs in Cookeville

FORTIS Institute offers several healthcare programs in Cookeville. Our accredited programs are designed to prepare students for a wide variety of entry-level positions in the healthcare, medical, and pharmacy career fields. Whether you’re pursuing a career as a surgical technologist, medical assistant, medical laboratory technician, pharmacy technician, or radiology technician, we have a program that will meet your needs. Below are brief descriptions for just a few of our programs.

Surgical Technology Program: If you dream about becoming a surgical technologist working alongside surgeons in the operating room, then our surgical technology program may be just what you’re looking for. With classroom, laboratory, and clinical experiences, our program will prepare you for an entry-level position as a surgical technologist. This is a growing career that brings personal satisfaction and offers opportunities for advancement.

Medical Assistant Program: Do you want to assist doctors and nurses in both performing office administration and providing basic patient care? Upon completion of our medical assistant program, you will be prepared for entry-level employment as a medical assistant in an office or clinic.

Pharmacy Technician Program: Does the idea of working alongside a pharmacist reading and filling prescriptions appeal to you? In our pharmacy technician program, you’ll learn basic pharmaceutical calculations, medications, complications, and side effects in order to be prepared for employment opportunities in hospitals, clinics, and retail pharmacies.

Medical Laboratory Technology Program: Medical lab technicians work at the forefront of medicine and science. The MLT program at Fortis teaches students to perform chemical and biological analyses on blood and other specimens.  These tests assist physicians in the diagnosis of illness and the treatment of patients.

Radiologic Technology Program: The mission of the Fortis Radiologic Technology program is to prepare competent, entry-level radiographers to serve public healthcare needs.  This is an associate degree program where students learn to use computers to acquire and manipulate radiographic images.  As a Rad Tech graduate, students are prepared for employment as full scope radiologic technologists in hospitals, outpatient centers, surgical centers, imaging centers and more.

Skilled Trades and CDL Programs
If you live in central Tennessee and you enjoy working with your hands, you may want to consider a career as an HVAC mechanic or installer, or as a CDL commercial driver.

HVAC Program: In the HVAC program at FORTIS Institute in Cookeville, students learn to install and repair heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVACR) systems. Tennessee is full of residential, commercial, and industrial buildings of all shapes, sizes, and ages. Sooner or later, they will all need their heating and cooling systems serviced or repaired. With training from FORTIS, you can join the HVAC industry in less time than you might think.

Advanced Tractor Trailer Driving and Class A CDL Driving Programs: These programs are designed to help students seek job opportunities in commercial driving for Over-the-Road, Regional, or Local entry-level driving positions. If you live in the Cookeville area and are interested in CDL training, then the Advanced Tractor Trailer Driving program at FORTIS Institute in Cookeville, TN can prepare you to become a commercial driver. Students will work through advanced driving and maneuvering skills in this intensive and challenging program. Upon completion, students can be prepared for a successful and long-term career in truck driving.

*Note that FORTIS Institute has an extended campus at 4550 S. Jefferson Avenue in Cookeville, Tennessee. The commercial driving programs are taught at this location.

Take the Next Step
Call us today to take the first step toward attending FORTIS Institute to begin your career path in the medical, HVAC, or commercial driving fields. Our admissions representatives are always happy to discuss which program may best match your career interests and desires.



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"Having two small children really motivated me to pursue a degree in which I can provide for them without worrying about money. I choose the Medical Assistant Program to do just that. "

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    Jarvis K.

    What made me go into HVAC was I have always been a person that liked to tinker with electronics. Even as a young child I was kind of leaning toward that type of thing, hooking up radios and whatnot, trying to figure how things worked. So when I came across this program I knew it would be perfect for my lifestyle.

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    Dominique S.

    With me I was lucky enough and blessed enough to get hired on after my extern and the pay is great to me, I love it. It was well worth going to school the ten months I went to school. To me it was worth it.

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    Katherine S.

    I gave in my graduation speech that FEAR stands for face everything and rise and even at 30 and two kids and being out of school for almost ten years I was still able to go back and I didn’t feel that I had lost that much time, I was able to get back into the groove of it and if you put your mind to something you can achieve it no matter what obstacles stand in front of you.

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    Melody N.

    One of the reasons I went back to school was so I could be a good positive role model for my son and show him that if I can do it and get good grades at my age then of course he can get good grades at his age.

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    Caitlin S.

    In the career I have chosen now I get to pay my bills on time, I get to enjoy things with my child, with my family, I get to take her places that when I was working at the local grocery store I couldn’t do those things. But now we get to take vacations, I get to enjoy things, enjoy life.

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    Institutional Accreditation:

    FORTIS Institute in Cookeville, Tennessee is accredited by Council on Occupational Education, 7840 Roswell Road, Building 300, Suite 325, Atlanta, GA 30350, Telephone: 770-396-3898 / FAX: 770-396-3790.

    Programmatic Accreditation: 

    The Medical Laboratory Technology Program has programmatic approval by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS):

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    The Surgical Technology program is programmatically accredited through the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA), 6 West Dry Creek Circle, Suite 110, Littleton, Colorado 80120 telephone number (303) 694-9262, in collaboration with the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP), 1361 Park Street, Clearwater; FL 33756 telephone number (727) 210-2350.

    The Radiologic Technology program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology 

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  • FORTIS Institute provides postsecondary career education to both traditional and nontraditional students through a variety of diploma and associate of applied science degree programs that assist adult students in enhancing their career opportunities and improving problem-solving abilities.  FORTIS Institute strives to develop within its students the desire for lifelong and continued education.

    The staff at FORTIS Institute believes that they make an important contribution to the economic growth and social well-being of the area.  FORTIS Institute 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.

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