Marcy Landman is the Practical Nursing Clinical Coordinator at United Career Institute near Uniontown, PA and teaches Pharmacology, Practical Vocational Nursing, and Anatomy Lab within Practical Nursing program. She earned her Associate of Science in Nursing from Penn State University. Once she completed her ASN, she entered an accelerated program to earn her BSN. She did not stop there, as she earned her Master of Science in Nursing with a minor in Family Nurse Practitioner from Carlow University.
Prior to working at United, Marcy worked as a staff nurse at Highlands Hospital and worked in home health. When she came to United-Fayette County (formerly known as PIHT), she started out as a part-time clinical instructor. As she advanced her education, she began teaching in the classroom. When asked why she chose United Marcy said “The people working at United are amazing. I wanted to work in an environment where everyone is a team player. Working in a supportive environment can make even the most difficult days go a little smoother.” Her favorite part of working for United Career Institute – Mt. Braddock is the people she gets to work with.
One of Marcy’s biggest motivators is her family. She is most proud of the fact that she never thought she would achieve the level of education she has received, and that she can be a role model for not only her children but also those whose lives she impacts within the nursing program.
When asked what is the most interesting thing about herself that no one would know, she replied, “She is one of the few that has been a part of the nursing program since the very first nursing class. She has not only been able to watch the program grow and change but has contributed to its continuing evolution.”
United Career Institute – Fayette County located in Southwestern Pennsylvania offers a direct admission Practical Nursing Program. Direct admission means that you do not have to waste time and money taking extra elective classes allowing most students to complete the program within just 12 months. Enrolling in any nursing program can be a long process. To improve your acceptance chances in a highly sought-after program, you need to be organized and attentive to deadlines.
The purpose of this blog is to help inform you of some of the steps of applying to the direct admission United Practical Nursing Program in Mt. Braddock, PA near Uniontown.
- Express your interest in the Practical Nursing Program by visiting us online, calling (724) 437-4600 or stopping by our campus.
- Attend one of our upcoming Career Planning Sessions to see if you are a good fit for our program. It is important to understand that this program requires a lot of commitment. The practical nursing program requires students to allow 50 hours per week (40 hours of instruction and 10 hours of outside study time) of time to dedicate to the program.
- Potential students will need to request OFFICIAL copies of transcripts from your high school and every college they have attended. Official Transcripts should be requested and sent directly to the admission’s office or brought in unopened. Faxed or emailed transcripts that are not in a sealed envelope from the previous institution will not be accepted.
- Schedule and study for the TEAS entrance exam.
- The exam is taken on campus and is around 3.5 hours long.
- Students must achieve passing scores (65 reading, 60 math, 60 english and 45 science) within two attempts. If you do not pass within two attempts you will need to wait six months before trying again.
- The TEAS test typically requires 2-3 weeks of preparation and study time. DO NOT WAIT…THE PROGRAM FILLS FAST!
- Remember passing the TEAS exam does not guarantee a spot in the Practical Nursing Program.
- If the student passes the TEAS exam (results are provided on the same day), an interview with the Director of Nursing will be scheduled.
- The student will need to bring their completed Practical Nursing application (which includes two professional references and an essay) to the interview.
- The Director of Nursing will then decide if the student is accepted.
- If the student is accepted into the program, the next step is to set up an appointment with financial aid to cover the financial aid process.
- Complete clearances, immunizations, and disclosure forms which are due prior to orientation.
- Attend orientation and begin classes.
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Prior to choosing United Career Institute (at the time PIHT), Mackenzie had considered attending post-secondary schools but none felt “right.” That changed when she walked through United’s doors.
At that point in time, Mackenzie worked full time at a video rental store but she wanted more. She chose United because it felt different than the other schools that she had looked into. The campus was small and didn’t overwhelm her in the way other campuses had. In her words, “It felt like home.”
Mackenzie is enrolled in United Career Institute’s Medical Assisting Program and has a 4.0 GPA. She chose the MA program because she is a very hands-on person and wishes to be in the “center of the action, doing blood draws and giving injections.”
Her favorite part of being a student at UCI is tied between her instructors and the family (her peers) that she has made during her tenure. “Everyone is kind and really cares about your success. I’ve made lifelong friends and met amazing instructors that will impact my life for years to come. I love all of my instructors, but Kelli and Roxanne have really helped me to believe in my potential.”
Mackenzie’s favorite class was Pharmacology because she enjoys learning about medicine and how it works. She is currently doing her externship at an obstetrician’s office which has helped her to realize that she would like to continue in the OBGYN field.
After graduation, she would like to enroll in UCI’s nursing program with the goal of becoming an RN within five years.
“I can wholeheartedly say that I would recommend PIHT to anyone pursuing a career in the medical field. It’s been great here and I’ll miss it dearly.”
To learn more about United Career Institute’s medical programs, click here!