Top 10 Reasons to Attend PCI | Pittsburgh Career Institute

Top 10 Reasons to Attend PCI

We take pride in what we do at Pittsburgh Career Institute. We have a passion for education and helping students become skilled professionals. Learn more about what makes PCI a great place to build your new career!

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1. Our Reputation

Pittsburgh Career Institute’s reputation has a long heritage and a rich history. In 1980, we opened as the Western School of Health and Business Careers. In 2003, Career Education Corporation acquired the school and in 2008 changed the name to Sanford Brown Institute. A private ownership group purchased the school in 2014 and change the name again, to Pittsburgh Career Institute. Though the name has changed through the years, the school’s focus has remained sharp: to prepare motivated students for successful professional careers in the healthcare field.

Explore our programs to see if we can help you build a career in an industry that excites you!

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2. PCI is the only school in the downtown Pittsburgh area to offer all of these programs:

If your goal is to work in any of these fields, contact us. We can help you get started on your journey to a new career.

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3. Hands-On Training

Students in each of our programs can take advantage of learning by doing. Our industry-standard on-campus labs can help students gain valuable skills in a setting that is designed to help prepare them for their careers. During your time in school you can get hands-on experience that can help make the transition from school to the workplace a smooth one.

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4. Dedicated Staff

Our instructors love teaching and have a passion for helping students succeed. They are here to help you learn the skills you will need to build the career of your dreams in the healthcare field. The reward of seeing students learn, grow, and succeed is what keeps our instructors and staff members energized.

To see how invested we are in the success of our students at PCI, read this message from our Director of Career Services.

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5. Industry-Current Campus Facilities

At PCI we strive to provide our students with the tools and environment that will best help them prepare for their careers. As a PCI student, you can learn hands-on in well-equipped labs and gain industry specific experience.

To learn more about our labs and how they can help you in preparing for your career, request more information.

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6. Pittsburgh

No longer the industrial steel town of old, Pittsburgh was named “America’s Most Livable City” by Places Rated Almanac. Students can enjoy the history and culture of Pittsburgh with many off-campus activities and learning opportunities.

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7. Conveniently Located Downtown for Public Transportation

Our students can travel to and from school efficiently with public transportation because our campus is located downtown. Visit the Port Authority of Allegheny County for schedules and fares.

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8. Small Class Sizes

As a PCI student, you can get the attention you need from your instructors because of our small class sizes. Our low student-to-instructor ratio allows us to provide each student with personal instruction and guidance that fits their needs and unique learning style.

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9. Career Services

Our dedicated Career Services team helps students with resume writing, interviewing, networking and more. They also provide job-placement assistance to both students and graduates. The graduate employment assistance process intensifies as students approach graduation and students typically have opportunities to interview both on and off campus. At PCI, we do everything possible to help our students find jobs in which they can excel and enjoy.

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10. Accreditation

PCI is accredited both institutionally and programmatically.

  • PCI Institutional Accreditation:
    Accrediting Council of Independent College and Schools (ACICS)
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography program:
    Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)
  • Respiratory Therapy program:
    Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC)
  • Dialysis Technology program:
    The Board of Nephrology Examiners Nursing and Technology (BONENT)
  • Medical Assistant program:
    American Medical Technologists (AMT)
  • Surgical Technology AST Degree program:
    Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES)
  • Veterinary Technology AST program:
    AVMA Committee on Veterinary Technical Education and Activities (CVTEA)

PCI is also authorized by the Pennsylvania Department of Education to confer Associate in Specialized Business and Associate in Specialized Technology degrees in certain programs.