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  • From ER Nurse to Nurse Educator


    From an early age, Katrina Maurer knew she wanted to be a nurse.

  • Fortis Cookeville Welcomes Special Guests


    Congressman John Rose and District Director Rebecca Foster

  • Landover Grad In The News!


  • Fortis College produces nurses who are helping in the fight against COVID


    First Coast News

  • Pandemic changes way nursing students prepare for workforce


    WKRG 5 News

  • Fortis Colleges and Institutes are happy to participate in the American Dental Association’s Give Kids A Smile® Program


    Each year approximately 6,500 dentists and 30,000 dental team members volunteer at local GKAS events to provide free oral health education, screenings, preventive and restorative treatment to over 300,000 children.  GKAS events kick off annually on the first Friday in February, which is Give Kids A Smile Day. GKAS events are held throughout the year.  To-date, over 6 million underserved children have received free oral health services through the GKAS program.

    Click here to learn more about our Give Kids a Smile activities.

  • Fortis College Westerville (Columbus) Drive Through Commencement


    More than 300 graduates from Fortis College-Columbus in Westerville, Ohio celebrated graduation with a drive-thru commencement ceremony!

  • Fortis College in Orange Park Announces Practical Nursing Program


    Fortis College in Orange Park, Florida recently announced a new PN program. Read the news in Clay Today.

  • WNEP Scranton - Give Kids a Smile, February 2020


    Scranton’s Fortis College dental hygiene program gives back to the community by providing free cleanings for children under the age of 18 during the ADA’s Give Kids a Smile dental care event! 

  • Fortis College in Cutler Bay Announces Practical Nursing Program


    Fortis School of Nursing at Fortis College in Cutler Bay to meet increasing demand for skilled nurses in South Florida

  • WISH-TV Indianapolis 8 Daybreak - Give Kids a Smile, February 2020


    WISH-TV Indianapolis 8 Daybreak

  • WJXT Orange Park - Give Kids A Smile, February 2020


    Did you know that 1 in 5 children under the age of five have already experienced some level of tooth decay? Hear how Fortis College Orange Park supports Give Kids A Smile.

  • Fortis Institute In Pensacola Granted ACEN Accreditation For Its Registered Nursing Program


    The Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN) program at Fortis Institute in Pensacola has been granted accreditation, with no stipulations, by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). The program's initial accreditation is effective through October 2022.

    ACEN accreditation was approved by the Board of Commissioners at its March 8-9 meeting based on findings by the ACEN site visit team last fall. In a letter notifying Dean of Nursing Dr. Lisa Carwie, PhD, MSN, RN, CNE, that the RN (Registered Nursing) program had been awarded accreditation, ACEN Chief Executive Officer Marsal P. Stoll, EdD, MSN, congratulated her on "this outstanding achievement," adding, "We thank you and your colleagues for your commitment to quality nursing education."

    ACEN accreditation is the result of an intense, two-year process that includes a self-study document, site visit, and review by a panel of experts from the accrediting agency.

    "This is a very noteworthy achievement for our nursing program and a great day for our students, graduates and staff!" Dr. Carwie said. "Accreditation reinforces that our Associate of Science in Nursing degree is on equal footing with the nation's top RN programs. We're both proud and thrilled by this achievement and what it means for our students."

    "ACEN accreditation is one of the 'gold standards' of nursing accreditations," added Fortis Vice President of Nursing Dr. Sheila Burke, DNP, MBA, MSN, RN, NEA-BC. "It enables students to do their clinical studies at a wider range of top facilities and our graduates to gain employment at a variety of major hospital networks across the region."

    Fortis Institute-Pensacola joins nursing programs at Fortis College campuses in Salt Lake City, Indianapolis and Centerville, OH, and the affiliated Denver College of Nursing in earning ACEN accreditation.

    The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) is nationally recognized as a specialized accrediting agency for post-secondary and higher degree programs in nursing education. Responsible for the specialized accreditation of nursing education programs (Clinical Doctorate, Master's Degree, Baccalaureate Degree, Associate Degree, Diploma, and Practical Nursing program), ACEN has authority and accountability for carrying out the responsibilities inherent in the application of standards and criteria, accreditation processes and policy-making, among other duties.

    The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing is located at 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326. To reach ACEN, call 404-975-500 or visit

    Fortis campuses create strong learning environments for students who will become tomorrow's nurses. One of the largest nursing education providers in the U.S., the Fortis network of nursing programs has enrolled more than 5,000 students nationwide and operates over 23 nursing programs in 13 states. Fortis Colleges and Institutes have received international recognition for their use of simulation technology to educate students who will become tomorrow's nurses.

    "The nursing team at Pensacola has done such a fabulous job that I am constantly asked to share our best practices with other campuses," Carwie noted. "I really believe in the Fortis educational process. ACEN accreditation just adds to its luster."

  • Fortis College in Orange Park to Hold Its First Nursing Pinning Ceremony


    ORANGE PARK, Fla. – Fortis College in Orange Park launched its Associate Degree in Nursing program in 2014 to help address growing demand for registered nurses (RNs). Two years later, the campus’ first class of nursing students will graduate on April 1.

    To recognize the new graduates, Fortis College will host its first Candle Lighting & Pinning Ceremony this month. Each new nursing grad will recite the Florence Nightingale Pledge, which reads in part: “With loyalty will I endeavor to aid the physician in his work, and devote myself to the welfare of those committed to my care.”

    The Nursing Pinning and Candle Lighting ceremony will take place at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 28, 2016, at the Memorial Hospital Auditorium (3625 University Boulevard S., Jacksonville, FL 32216).

    Nurses – specifically registered nurses – are in short supply.

    In its January 2016 “Demand for Nurses in Florida” report, the Florida Center for Nursing estimated the statewide shortage at nearly 12,500 RNs as of July 2015. On March 14, listed more than 1,000 RN vacancies in Jacksonville, with 345 job postings in Orange Park alone. The need is significant.