Ravenna – Fortis College in Ravenna will host an open house at 3 p.m. on April 24 featuring a unique attraction that has revolutionized medical education. The campus is located at 653 Enterprise Pkwy., Ravenna (330-297-7319).

As part of the event, attendees will get to see and interact with Fortis College in Ravenna’s technologically advanced METIman patient simulator. METIman is used for numerous simulated clinical nursing experiences, including chest management, asthma management, and respiratory distress. The patient simulator gives students an immersive opportunity with visual, auditory, and tactile learning experiences.

The lifelike METIman can perform eye movements, including blinking and pupil constriction, speak and respond to caregiver questions, and exhibit chest movement with breathing. Open house attendees will be able to meet METIman up close and personal by monitoring and/or listening to his pupillary changes, blood pressure, and pulse oximetry.

“I am a firm believer in the value of nursing simulation as an integral component of the classroom environment because it produces amazingly ‘real life’ situations in which students learn by doing,” notes Dr. Robert Anders, Vice President of Nursing at Fortis, who directs a 13-state Fortis network of nursing campuses encompassing more than 5,000 students and 38 nursing programs. Fortis College in Ravenna is part of the Fortis network of nursing schools – one of the largest nursing education providers in the U.S. Fortis has enrolled more than 4,000 nursing students nationwide and operates over 20 nursing campuses in 10 states. Fortis Colleges and Institutes also have received international recognition for their leadership in using simulation technology to educate nursing students.

As leading nursing education providers, Fortis campuses are creating strong learning environments for students who will become tomorrow’s nurses.

Previously Bohecker College, Fortis College has been part of the Ravenna community since 1922. One of the oldest continuously operating private colleges in Ohio, the school became Fortis College in April 2010. The Ravenna campus offers degree programs in: Managerial Accounting, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Health Information Technology, Medical Administrative Assistant, Medical Assisting, and Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration, and diploma programs in: Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration (HVAC/R), Welding Technology and Practical Nursing.  For consumer information, call 330-297-7319.