Growth of United’s Practical Nursing Program in Westmoreland County

At United Career Institute, we are committed to providing our local healthcare community with qualified and well-trained medical professionals.

In Westmoreland County, the need for practical nurses has been growing and is expected to continue to grow in the future. Excela Health has dominated the local area but over the last year, there have been multiple additions from other providers in Westmoreland County, which is a huge area for care centers.

Many nurses are retiring and there are not enough new nursing professionals entering the job market to fill the openings, which is also contributing to the growing need for practical nurses locally.

To meet this increasing need for practical nurses in the local healthcare community, we designed our Practical Nursing program to prepare students to excel in the healthcare field. With no other program like ours in Westmoreland County, United is here to make a difference by training qualified practical nursing professionals.

On June 29 of this year, we started our first cohort in our fast-track Practical Nursing program. Our program is direct admission, which means if you meet entrance requirements, you are immediately in the Practical Nursing program and taking nursing classes. Since this program is direct admission, students don’t waste countless years and financial resources taking general education classes.

Our unique practical nursing training program allows students to complete their nursing courses, prepare for the NCLEX-PN* exam, and graduate in only 12 months.

Practical nursing classes at United are designed to give progressive NCLEX-PN* preparation, including lecture, classroom, and clinical aspects. Students get more and more preparation for the NCLEX-PN* exam as the program progresses.

“Clinical rotations and what students focus on in the curriculum really helps them understand what they will be doing once they graduate,” says Arnold Thimons, Campus President at United Career Institute – Irwin. Practical nursing students may complete clinical rotations at local healthcare facilities like Excela Health, Allegheny Health Network, and Hempfield Manor.

For those who want to want to enroll in United’s Practical Nursing program, now is a great time! First, potential students need to request information and meet with one of our admissions advisors. Based on that interview, if it looks like the program is a good fit for the student and the school, they fill out the application and schedule a time to take the TEAS exam. Once a potential student passes the TEAS exam, they are then scheduled for an interview with the nursing director to complete the final steps in the nursing admissions process.

“Our next practical nursing start is projected to be June of 2021, however, there is such a demand for our school, that we are considering adding an additional start at the beginning of the year,” says Arnold. “With no other Practical Nursing program like ours here in Westmoreland County, students are choosing our fast-track, 12-month option, instead of taking two years of general education courses before even starting nursing classes.”

At United, we are working hard to meet the need for additional practical nursing professionals in Westmoreland County. “We will meet a good portion of the need with the classes that we have at one per year, however, if we can provide a second class, we can help fill the void of the nursing shortage in Westmoreland county,” says Arnold.

Practical nurses who graduate from United Career Institute have the opportunity to make a real difference in the local community by having a positive impact on patient care and providing an exceptional patient experience. Students take with them the knowledge, skills, and experience to be a successful practical nurse, but also soft skills like professionalism, employability, and communication.

To anyone who is thinking about enrolling in United’s Practical Nursing program, Arnold says to “just do it. We truly are a small family here with an environment that is very supportive and conducive to learning. There is a lot of instructor-to-student interaction, hands-on training, and student support.”

Do you dream of becoming a nurse? Are you looking for a career that allows you to help people on a daily basis? Do you want to truly make a difference in the lives of others? Then United Career Institute’s Practical Nursing program may be the perfect choice for you!

Learn more about our fast-track, 12-month Practical Nursing program, and request information now to get started today!

 

*Passing the NCLEX – PN exam is required to become a Practical Nurse.

Meet the Campus President – Arnold Thimons

Meet Arnold Thimons, Campus President here at United Career Institute!

Arnold Thimons

As the Campus President at UCI, Arnold is committed to student success. “Everything at a school leads to one thing and that’s student success, both in the classroom and outside the classroom,” he says.

Arnold has a great philosophy on helping students to achieve their career goals, and that is to encourage and empower them. He believes in encouraging students to reach their full potential and empowering them with the skills they need to succeed in their careers. This includes the hard skills needed to get the job done and also the soft skills that give students the confidence to graduate and succeed.

Before starting as Campus President at UCI, Arnold worked in the building materials industry and then began his career in higher education in 2008. He started at South University as an Admissions Representative and worked his way up to Campus Director. In 2014, he became the Campus Director at WyoTech, a technical school for the automotive industry.

Arnold decided to accept the position as Campus President at UCI for a few reasons. First, in Westmoreland County, where he has lived for 25 years, there is no entry-level healthcare training school like United Career Institute. He sees his role as the chance to make a positive impact in his hometown, enabling students to fast-track their careers. “That fact that I can start this campus from the ground up is awesome,” says Arnold.

The second reason is that after meeting with Chad Callen, CEO, and the Callen family, Arnold knew this was the right choice for him because they do things the right way, from managing employees to how they operate their schools.

In Westmoreland County, there is a shortage of entry-level healthcare professionals. United Career Institute programs are training students to meet the exact needs of healthcare employers in the area for trained and certified healthcare professionals. With UCI, students can fast-track their great healthcare careers.

“Career training gets you into your career quicker, gives you the opportunity to succeed and get a great job,” says Arnold. His favorite thing is to watch students grow and believe in themselves.

When asked what drives him to give his best each day, Arnold’s answer was an easy one: helping others. “Helping students cross the finish line, but not just students, also helping employees achieve their maximum potential to go above and beyond.”

Outside of work, Arnold loves going to Denver to visit his son. He also enjoys camping and fishing in local campgrounds, lakes, and streams. He loves to eat all kinds of seafood but says there’s nothing better than a good steak.

Are you ready to get on the fast-track to a great healthcare career? Request information now to get started today!