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  • Medical Office Administrator
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  • Massage Therapist
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Fortis College in Norfolk, VA | 6300 Center Drive, Suite 100 Norfolk, VA 23502 • (757) 499-5447

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Nursing, Allied Health, & Skilled Trades

Fortis College in Norfolk, Virginia, formerly Virginia Career Institute, provides career education and training to people in the greater Tidewater area. The College, originally established in 1975, offers a variety of programs in growing career fields to traditional and nontraditional students in the Hampton Roads communities, near Virginia Beach. The College currently offers programs in the nursing, medical, dental, massage, and trades fields.

Have you considered attending school to become a nurse? Do you want a nursing career in Virginia?  If so, consider completing your pre-licensure nursing education program at Fortis College in Norfolk, Virginia. The College has frequent nursing class starts throughout the year. The Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) program will train you with the knowledge and skills necessary for an entry-level career in nursing. The College’s ADN program prepares graduates to take the NCLEX-RN licensure examination upon graduation, which is a prerequisite to become a registered nurse (RN) in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Fortis College’s Practical Nursing (PN) program provides classroom, laboratory, and clinical experiences to train students for a career as a practical nurse. Practical Nursing is an exciting career path, and the College’s PN program prepares students to acquire the skills to become LPNs. Students in the PN program will complete the program prepared to sit for the NCLEX-PN licensure examination, which is a prerequisite to become a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) in the Commonwealth of Virginia. In 2016, the College’s NCLEX-PN pass rate was 91.3%, which according to data provided by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing is higher than the national average.

The allied health programs at Fortis College can help you grow professionally and personally as you train for an entry-level position in the healthcare field. These healthcare training programs include Medical Assisting, Medical Office Administration, Dental Assisting, and Massage Therapy. The U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics identifies that employment of medical assistants, dental assistants, and massage therapists is projected to grow from 2014 to 2024 at a rate much faster than the average for all occupations. Capitalize on this trend for healthcare training at Fortis College.

Finally, many recently constructed homes and commercial buildings will need replacement climate-control systems in upcoming years, spurring demand nationally for HVAC installers. The growing emphasis on energy efficiency will require more HVAC technicians, so if you are looking for an HVAC school in Norfolk, Virginia, contact Fortis College today for information on our Heating, Ventilating, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration program.

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"I chose to do medical assisting because of the length of the program; it being 9 months and me having small children; and I needed to do something quickly. I needed more stability in my career. That education has made me a better person for my family, for my children because I’m proud of myself. "

Whitney W.

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    Misty R.

    The instructors at FORTIS-ERIE helped to mold us into great nurses. They were both knowledgeable and caring. The instructors and staff were committed to our success and that made the difference.

    Misty R.

    Benita B.

    My experience with the Dental Assistant program at FORTIS College was wonderful. The instructors were friendly and knowledgeable and their open-door policy made it a very positive experience.

    Benita B.

    KaDedra R.

    I came to Fortis because I felt very welcome as I walked into the building, because I did go tour another college but I didn’t feel welcome. I chose Fortis because I felt very welcome by the staff here.

    KaDedra R.

    Brady V.

    The education that I received at Fortis has made a huge difference in my personal life. I feel a lot more confident and comfortable in my own skin. I feel knowledgeable and valuable that I have something to bring to society and offer people.

    Brady V.

    Joel P.

    I wanted to get into HVAC because my field needed that as a prerequisite for better pay, better responsibility, better positions. What I enjoy most is the troubleshooting and the traveling and that I am not sitting in front of a desk all day.

    Joel P.

     
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    Institutional Accreditation 

    Fortis College is institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools:

    Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools
    750 First Street, Suite 980
    Washington, DC 20002
    (202) 336-6780
    http://acics.org/

    State Authorization

    Fortis College holds a certificate to operate in Virginia issued by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia:

    State Council of Higher Education for Virginia
    101 N. 14th Street, 10th Floor
    James Monroe Building
    Richmond, VA 23219
    (804) 225-2600
    http://www.schev.edu/

    Fortis College operates a branch campus in Virginia at 2000 Westmoreland Street, Suite A, Richmond, VA 23230.

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