Excela Health – Externship Highlight

One of the core values of United Career Institute is relationships; “we build meaningful and trusted relationships at the foundation of our culture.” Through these relationships, we provide our students with a well-rounded educational experience that will give them hands-on experience in their field of study.

United accomplishes this through an externship component of the Medical Assisting and Medical Billing/Administration programs. The students’ externship allows them to go into a real-world setting and apply the knowledge and skills they have learned at the campus.

For externships to work, you have great employer partners willing to accept students to apply these skills, and we do not have a shortage of partners at the Irwin campus. One of our partners is Excela Health, and many students have performed their externship at one of the many facilities that they operate. Excela Health brought together three hospitals and other healthcare affiliates to meet the health care needs of those in Westmoreland, northern Fayette, and southern Indiana counties. We are honored to work with; Frick Hospital in Mount PleasantLatrobe Hospital in Latrobe, and Westmoreland Hospital in Greensburg. 

Students completing their externship with Excela achieve various clinical experiences, and Excela has been incredibly accommodating when it comes to United Career Institute students. We asked their representatives some key questions to explore why Excela likes to participate in these externship experiences, and they were indeed quick to answer.

When asked, “what value does a United student receive completing an externship with your organization?” Office Manager Nicole Zerone was quick to respond, saying, “We believe hands-on is so important, and we like to provide students support learning hands-on. We have all been there before and love to help students out.” When we asked the question, “What value does your organization receive having a United student complete their externship at your business?” she responded just as quickly, explaining, “It gives us an opportunity to mold someone into a good employee and give them the tools they need to succeed should they be employed by Excela.” United Career Institute could not value the relationship with Excela enough.

When it comes to giving students insight into their futures, we had to conclude with this perspective. “What advice would you give a student entering school in 2021/2022?” Zerone replied, “Take it one day at a time and learn as much as you can. Be attentive to your experiences and take constructive criticism, as all of these things can help you to become a good employee.”

To learn more about United’s externship program or if you are interested in getting the training you need to work at a place like Excela Health, request information here!

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.

The Growing Medical Industry in Westmoreland County

All across the country, the healthcare industry continues to grow, and the same is true in Westmoreland County. With an aging population and more people needing medical care, the healthcare industry is projected to continue growing.

In order to keep up with the increased demand for medical services, healthcare providers need employees and professionals at all levels, from those just starting out in their career, to those with many years of experience.

This opens up opportunities for entry-level medical professionals to get in on the ground floor and begin the journey toward a successful healthcare career.

Expanded Healthcare Providers

In 2004, Excela Health was founded when three hospitals came together to meet the healthcare needs of the local community. Excela is the largest healthcare employer in Westmoreland County with more than 4,900 employees, a medical staff of more than 735 physicians, and healthcare professionals in 35 clinical specialties.

In addition, Highmark Health and Allegheny Health Network are entering the healthcare market in Westmoreland County with the opening of a new hospital and community cancer center.

Increased Demand for Medical Professionals

With major healthcare providers expanding their operations in Westmoreland County, the demand for entry-level healthcare professionals is expected to increase. “We see this trend continuing to increase for the next 5-10 years,” said Arnold Thimons, Campus President at United Career Institute.

Hospitals, doctor’s offices, labs, clinics, and other medical facilities are actively hiring people with the right combination of hands-on skills, education, and experience, so they can provide an increased level of care and a better experience to patients.

The Growing Medical Industry

Partnerships with Local Employers

To help meet the needs of the growing medical industry in Westmoreland County, United Career Institute is working to provide trained, career ready professionals to local healthcare employers.

“We’re building partnerships with both Excela Health and Allegheny Health Network to understand their needs and incorporate those needs into our programs and training,” said Arnold.

Our Medical Assisting and Medical Office Administration healthcare training programs are designed to meet the current standards of local employers, giving United students an advantage when starting their careers.

“United has externship agreements with both Excela and Allegheny Health Network to provide opportunities for students to train there,” said Arnold. These hands-on training opportunities help students gain real-world experience and get their foot in the door with local employers.

Put Your Medical Career On The Fast Track

With the expanded healthcare services being offered in Westmoreland County and the increased need for trained medical professionals, now is the perfect time to start your path to a successful healthcare career.

“Come to United Career Institute, because in as little as 18 months, you can be in a medical career right here in Westmoreland County,” said Arnold, when asked what advice he has for someone who wants to work in the local medical industry.

At United, we strive to do more than just help people find careers. We want to make a positive impact on the growing healthcare community in Westmoreland County. To do this, we empower our students to succeed in their careers and make a difference in the lives of others every day.

Are you ready to start your medical career, make a difference, and positively impact people on a daily basis? We’re enrolling for classes now, so request information to get started today!