Meghan Murray – Staff Highlight

Meghan Murray is the high school admissions advisor at United Career Institute. She has been with United for almost five years and loves it because it allows her to combine her medical background with her passion for helping people.

Meghan chose to pursue the medical field because, at the time, she was a single mother working in retail and needed more financial stability. A friend recommended looking into healthcare. “I initially wanted to be a nurse, but my friend recommended starting slow so I decided to pursue phlebotomy.” Meghan took a 10-week phlebotomy course and began working part-time as a phlebotomist, while doing other work on the side. After working as a phlebotomist for a while, she decided she wanted to pursue becoming an EMT. She loved her work as an EMT so much that she decided to become a paramedic. Unfortunately, Meghan had an injury that prohibited her ability to get all her truck hours needed to finish her paramedic program.

Meghan decided to continue working as a phlebotomist at The Washington Hospital and Highlands Hospital. It was during this time that she was first approached about teaching phlebotomy. She taught at National Career School, while also continuing to work as an EMT for Fayette EMS. Eventually, Meghan was approached by United Career Institute (Pennsylvania Institute of Health and Technology at the time) to lead our nighttime Cardio Phlebotomy program. Meghan ran this program for a year before transitioning to teaching day classes in some of United’s other medical programs. “I loved teaching. It was the perfect combination of helping people and utilizing my medical skills.” After teaching in the medical programs for a while, Meghan moved into high school admissions. “The environment is very welcoming and the staff is great. My favorite part of working at United is interacting with the students and helping them achieve their goals and be successful. I truly believe in our school and what it has to offer the people in our community.” Meghan went on to say, “I am motivated by the work that I do. I try really hard to work toward my goals. It makes me happy when students graduate and are successful.”

Meghan certainly has a lot to be proud of in her professional life, but she says she is most proud of her family. “I am proud to have the hard working husband and family that I do. My husband is a United States Marine. My mother is an LPN and my father works for Fayette County Behavioral Health Services. I am also the proud grandmother to the cutest little boy named Collin.”

Long term, Meghan would like to be able to finish her associate degree and officially become a nurse. She would also love to teach again. “I try to use my story to encourage my students to continue with their education and to show them how important it is. I also tell them how a background in the medical field can open many doors for them.”

Something interesting that not many people may not know about Meghan is that she is obsessed with Wonder Woman.  She has a collection of Wonder Woman items in her office and even has a sticker on her car!

To learn more about United’s medical programs and to speak with Meghan yourself, request information here!

How to Enroll for Fall Training Classes

There’s no better time than now to prepare for an exciting new career in healthcare. At United Career Institute, our career training programs are designed to give you the education, skills, and experience needed to get on the fast track to your dream healthcare career.

We’re enrolling for fall classes now, so read on to find out exactly how to get started on your path to a new career with United!

Explore Our Healthcare Training Programs

With the increasing need for essential healthcare workers, choosing a career in the medical field could be a great opportunity to build a meaningful and fulfilling career. At United Career Institute, we offer healthcare training programs in a variety of career paths, so you can choose the one that best fits your career goals.

Our Practical Nursing program allows students to earn their diploma and prepare for a new career in only 12 months. While enrolled in practical nursing classes, students will learn how to conduct physical assessments, perform IV therapy, care for wounds, perform routine lab tests, and much more. In addition to learning these procedures in the classroom, students will complete clinical rotations at local healthcare facilities. After completing their practical nursing training, students are eligible to sit for the Pennsylvania State Licensing Exam for Practical Nurses°, which qualifies students to work as an LPN in Pennsylvania upon successfully passing the exam.

In our Medical Assisting program, students prepare to work in a variety of medical facilities including hospitals, doctor’s offices, clinics, long term care facilities, and more. Healthcare training classes in this exciting program train students in a variety of hands-on medical skills, such as assisting with exams, collecting and processing medical specimens, assisting with minor surgeries, practicing phlebotomy, performing EKGs, and more. While completing their fast track medical assisting classes, students are prepared to sit for valuable healthcare industry certifications, including National Certified Clinical Medical Assistant*, Certified EKG Technician**, and Certified Phlebotomy Technician**.

Students who choose our Medical Insurance Billing and Coding program will learn the essential front office responsibilities that are necessary to keep medical facilities running smoothly. Performing basic coding, coordinating billing, processing insurance, maintaining electronic health records, and transcribing medical charts are some of the vital skills students will learn in their medical office courses. This exciting program includes preparation for numerous healthcare certifications including Certified Medical Administrative Assistant*, Certified Billing and Coding Specialist**, and Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist**.

Meet With Our Friendly Admissions Advisors

Now that you’ve explored our exciting healthcare programs, you’re ready to meet with one of our friendly and helpful admissions advisors. In this meeting, you will learn more about United Career Institute and have a chance to ask any questions you may have about the school, our career training programs, your classes, career services, and anything else. You will work with your admissions advisor to plan the best path for you to reach your career goals.

You will also get to take a tour of the United campus, meet some of your future instructors, and see our classrooms and labs. We understand that some students may not be comfortable meeting with an admissions advisor in person, so we have added virtual campus visits as an alternative to touring campus in person.

To set up a time to meet with one of our friendly admissions advisors, request information here.

Connect with a Financial Aid Representative

After meeting with your admissions advisor and creating a personal plan to help you reach your career goals, you will meet with a financial aid representative who will explain the financial aid process and help you apply for financial aid programs that you may qualify for.

Financial resources that are available to those who qualify include scholarships, federal grants, state grants, student loans, and PLUS loans. To determine your eligibility for some of these programs, you will need to fill out your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which you will learn more about when you meet with a financial aid representative.

In addition to external scholarships, United Career Institute offers students the opportunity to qualify for a variety of internal grant programs***. You will learn more about the scholarships available and how to apply for them from your financial aid representative.

Register for Classes and Get Started

The last thing you need to do to enroll is to register for your classes and ensure you have everything needed to succeed in your healthcare courses. Allocating time to do homework, ensuring you have all the necessary supplies, and talking to family members about the support you will need are all important to your success in the classroom and beyond.

Now you’re ready to start an exciting healthcare training program that will prepare you for a meaningful, fulfilling new career. Contact us now to get enrolled for fall classes!

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

*Certification is contingent on passing the corresponding certification exam. Required/included in tuition/fees.

**Certification is contingent on passing the corresponding certification exam. Optional at own expense.

***For those who qualify. See catalog for detailed eligibility requirements.

Medical Assisting Program Students Learn Hands-On Skills for Phlebotomy Blood Draws

United Career Institute Medical Assisting program students learn the proper phlebotomy technique for drawing a patient’s blood.

Phlebotomy is an essential skill for students to learn and practice in their medical assistant classes because drawing blood is a very common procedure in medical facilities. If you’ve ever had blood drawn yourself, you know how important it is to have someone skilled in phlebotomy doing the procedure.

There are a variety of reasons a patient may need to have blood drawn. Getting blood tests to check for diseases and certain conditions is a common reason, along with donating blood to help others who are in need.

Gaining the knowledge and experience for hands-on skills like phlebotomy while attending a medical assisting training program sets students up for career success after graduation. Students who practice hands-on skills can provide a better experience for patients once they are on the job.

Medical assistants are vital members of the healthcare team because of their wide-ranging knowledge and skills. In addition to drawing blood, medical assisting professionals perform many other essential tasks, such as taking vital signs, assisting with physical exams, performing certain lab tests, assisting with simple surgeries, and giving injections.

At United Career Institute, our Medical Assisting program trains students in these critical areas and more, setting them up for success in their healthcare careers.

While completing their medical assisting degree classes at United, students prepare for valuable certifications, making them more marketable to potential employers when applying for jobs.

With hands-on phlebotomy training from qualified instructors like in this video demonstration, students have the opportunity to sit for the Certified Phlebotomy Technician* certification while completing United’s Medical Assisting program.

Are you ready to jump-start your healthcare career by learning valuable hands-on skills? Explore our Medical Assisting program today to get on the fast track to an exciting new career. Request information now to get started!

*Certification is contingent on passing this certification exam. Optional at own expense.

Practical Nursing Program – Tracheostomy Suctioning Demonstration

United Career Institute School of Nursing instructors teach practical nursing program students the proper procedures for performing tracheostomy suctioning.

This critical procedure clears the tracheostomy tube and is essential for proper breathing. Sterile techniques should be used to keep the patient free of infection.

Practical nurses are essential members of the healthcare team because they perform important functions like this and others, such as conducting physical assessments, caring for wounds, performing IV therapy, monitoring vital signs, collecting medical specimens, and more.

After completing practical nursing classes and passing the state licensing exam to become a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)*, you could work in facilities like hospitals, doctor’s offices, clinics, long-term care facilities, home health agencies, and rehabilitation centers.

Completing a practical nursing program could be a great option if you’re looking for a rewarding career that allows you to help people on a daily basis.

With the continued growth of the healthcare industry, becoming a practical nurse has long-term career benefits including increased job security and higher earnings potential.

At United Career Institute, our Practical Nursing program is direct admission, meaning you don’t have to take extra classes you don’t need. You can finish your practical nursing classes in only 12 months, allowing you to get on the fast track to a successful healthcare career.

Students complete clinical rotations at local healthcare employers and are prepared to take the licensing exam to become a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN)* after graduating from the program.

If you’re ready to jump-start your successful healthcare career by becoming a practical nurse, explore our Practical Nursing program today and request information to get started!

 

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

Gabriella Sotak – Student Highlight

“We work so well together and she’s such a great support system for me…a genuinely good person with a big heart!” That is how Medical Assisting student Amanda Cluss describes her classmate and friend, Gabriella Sotak. Gabriella Sotak - Student HighlightGabby was enrolled in college at CCAC when she heard about United Career Institute opening in Irwin. She wasn’t getting everything she wanted from her education so she called the school and made an appointment to come in. Immediately after speaking with Lynda in admissions, she knew this was where she was meant to be.  “Lynda was so understanding and encouraging, really made me feel like I belonged here.” There were some aspects of a larger community college Gabby liked, but most of what she saw at UCI was what she needed; smaller classes, personalized attention and tutoring, and a family atmosphere. Gabby decided that although she didn’t have aspirations of being a nurse, she definitely wanted to work in healthcare, and United Career’s Medical Assisting program provided that start. She sees herself working in a private doctor’s office someday, in general practice.

When we asked Gabby what her favorite thing about the school was, she didn’t hesitate a bit. “I love my classmates and the girls are all so helpful. They make you feel like you’re part of the family from day 1. I also love the staff! Kelly, Bianca, and Arnold are wonderful and I talk to them or Lynda about any issues or problems I might be having, educational or personal.” She loves the way Kelly teaches Med Term 1, her favorite class so far, because she explains the subject matter in detail and makes sure you understand how it applies. When asked where she wants to be in 5 years she was quick to answer. “Out of my parent’s house and into my stable career. I love my parents deeply but I’m ready to start the next chapter.”

When asked if she would recommend United to somebody else, Gaby said, “Absolutely! The whole staff there are so helpful in every way, and they truly care about me as a student, but more importantly as a person.“

To learn more about United Career Institute’s family atmosphere and fast track training, click here!

Leah Judge – Student Highlight

United Career Institute Medical Assisting student, Leah Judge, has always had dreams of working in the medical field. “I enjoy my job waitressing at a great restaurant in Greensburg, but my passion for the medical field kept picking at my brain. It just so happened that I was talking with a customer who ran a local school and he invited me and my mother down to see it, and it was exactly what I was looking for.” United Career Institute gave Leah the opportunity to pursue her dream. Leah loves helping people, and United’s Medical Assisting program gives her the opportunity to do just that. She is an awesome addition to our student body!

Leah Judge-Student Highlight

Leah tried the traditional route of attending the local community college, but that was not her idea of learning. The campus was too large, the classes made her feel like just another number, and individual help was never available. She also disliked the idea of having to take a lot of general education courses to reach her goal.

Leah’s favorite class so far has been Medical Terminology I because she likes learning all the new concepts. Her favorite instructor, Kelly Shriver, breaks down the learning material so it’s easier to understand. After graduation, Leah sees herself working in a specialty office, possibly specializing in dermatology. Five years from now, Leah wants to be well into her career and maybe even have her boyfriend become her husband.

Leah says she wouldn’t hesitate for a second recommending United Career Institute to anyone else because it provided her everything she hoped and dreamed of in a school. Leah has the distinction of being the very first student to enroll at UCI Irwin, and we can’t wait to see all that she accomplishes on her journey toward a medical career!

4 Tips for Balancing School, Work, and Life During the Holidays

The holidays are here and with them comes office parties, family events, and tasty cookies! Spending extra time with loved ones and finding amazing gifts you know your family will love is part of the holiday fun, but it can be hard to balance these extra activities when you have a school, work, and family life.

How can you get everything done without becoming overwhelmed during this special time of year? Keep reading for our top tips to balance school, work, and life during the holiday season!

Tip #1 – Stay Organized

Our first tip for getting everything on your list completed during the holidays is to stay organized, because it will make you much more efficient. To do this, use your calendar to plan and organize everything that needs to get done during this time. With an app like Google Calendar, you can even set alerts to remind you when it’s time to complete a specific activity.

For school, add your class schedule, due dates, exam dates, and any other important tasks to your calendar. For example, if you have an exam coming up, block off time on your calendar to study. Next, add your work schedule, holiday events, and family activities to your calendar.

After adding everything to your calendar, you’ll know exactly when and how you’re going to get everything completed. You may need to reduce or change your commitments if you are overbooked.

Tip #2 – Use Time Management

Our second secret to balancing school, work, and family life during the holidays is to have good time management. When blocking off time on your calendar for specific things, make sure you’re realistic about the amount of time each activity will take to complete, and be sure to give yourself enough time.

As you plan your activities, ensure you have not overbooked yourself and committed to too many things, because this can leave you feeling stressed and exhausted.

Prioritize the most important things that need to get done for school, work, and family. After doing this, if you are short on time and something must be removed from your schedule, you can eliminate something with a lower priority and still complete the important stuff.

Tip #3 – Get Ahead

Try to get ahead as much as possible during this busy time of year, so you will have more time for fun holiday activities. Working ahead at your job and completing schoolwork before the deadline is great ways to get ahead.

For example, if you’re working on a project that’s due around Christmas, try to complete it early so you’re not overwhelmed while trying to finish it by the due date. Procrastinating and waiting until the last minute to complete something is a bad idea because it can lower the quality of your work and you may easily become stressed and irritated.

Tip #4 – Practice Self-Care

You’re organized, using good time management, and getting ahead for the holidays, so now it’s time for some self-care! It’s easy to feel overwhelmed during this time of year, but remember the holiday season is meant to be a cheerful time with friends and family.

Two of the most important ways to practice self-care during the holiday season is to get enough sleep and eat healthily. With so many scientific studies showing the negative effects of not sleeping enough, don’t give in to the temptation to sleep less just to get things done. We all know it can be challenging to eat healthily during the holidays when surrounded by so many delicious foods and desserts, but try to eat healthily to keep your energy levels high.

The holiday season is a busy time, but don’t forget to take time for yourself to rest and recharge. If you need to, add your self-care time to your calendar to ensure you actually relax. Doing nothing may sound counterproductive but recharging your energy will make you feel much better. Don’t forget that it’s okay to say “no” if you’re feeling overwhelmed.

Balance School, Work, and Life with United

We designed our career training programs to align with your busy schedule, so you can balance school, work, and family life. At United Career Institute, we offer fast track career training, hands-on learning, personalized attention, and small class sizes to help you begin a rewarding career in healthcare.

Learn more about our fast track Practical Nursing, Medical Assisting, and Medical Office Administration programs and request information now to start your path to a great career!

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!

How to Enroll for Fall Classes

Start your career in the thriving healthcare industry with fast track medical programs from United Career Institute!

Local medical employers need trained professionals who have the education, skills, and, certifications necessary to get the job done. At United Career Institute, we train students to meet these needs, enabling you to succeed in your healthcare career.

How to Enroll in Fall Classes

We’re now enrolling for fall classes now, so read on to find out exactly how to get started!

How to Enroll for Classes

The first step to enrolling in fall classes is to request information. Call us at 724-515-2440, or come into the United Career Institute campus at 8957 Lincoln Hwy, Irwin, PA 15642.

Then, you will talk with a UCI Admissions Advisor and they will help you complete the enrollment process. You will schedule a time to attend a Career Planning Session to discuss your career goals, take a tour of the UCI campus, and get a chance to meet faculty.

Medical Programs and Professional Certifications

We designed our medical training programs to meet the needs of local healthcare employers, enabling you to gain the skills and experience needed to succeed.

With our Medical Assisting program, you will prepare for an exciting career as a Medical Assistant and can sit for professional certifications from the National Healthcareer Association, including National Certified Clinical Medical Assistant, Certified EKG Technician, and Certified Phlebotomy Technician. You will learn valuable skills like checking vital signs, assisting doctors and nurses with exams, performing lab tests, practicing phlebotomy, assisting with minor surgeries, administering injections, and more.

Our Medical Office Administration program trains you in essential areas like performing basic coding, coordinating billing, processing insurance, maintaining electronic health records, transcribing medical charts, and more. You will prepare to sit for professional certifications including Certified Medical Administrative Assistant, Certified Billing and Coding Specialist, and Certified Electronic Health Records Specialist.

Why Choose United Career Institute

At United Career Institute, student success is our top priority. With academic advising, externships, short-term programs, career advising, personalized attention, and small class sizes, you will be ready for success in your dream healthcare career.

After completing your medical training program at UCI, you will be prepared to work in healthcare facilities like hospitals, clinics, doctor’s offices, long-term care facilities, surgical units, and more.

“With the large shortage of entry-level healthcare professionals in Westmoreland Country, there is a huge demand for trained and certified professionals. United programs are training students to meet the needs of these local healthcare employers,” says Arnold Thimons, Campus President.

Get Started Today

Are you ready to start your journey to a great medical career? Fall classes are starting soon, so request information now to get started today!