Chester County Intermediate Unit Offers Pathway to Nursing Careers

CCIU PNP studentsCCIU PNP students learning from their instructor in a hands-on lab session, gaining practical experience through guided training to develop the skills needed for delivering exceptional patient care. /Submitted Image

DOWNINGTOWN, PA — For those aspiring to make a meaningful impact in healthcare, the Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU) Practical Nursing Program (PNP) offers a clear route to becoming a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). This program provides comprehensive training and hands-on experience, equipping students to pass the NCLEX-PN exam and secure nursing careers.

Kelsey Macedo, a current PNP student, shared her journey. “I chose the CCIU program because I had been trying to become a nurse for five years. After getting waitlisted twice, I didn’t know what to do. Friends who completed the program highly recommended it.” Macedo emphasized the support she received from instructors. “They helped me build confidence in myself and my future. They fostered my love for caring for people and seeing my community flourish.”

The program boasts impressive results. The November 2023 graduating class had a 92.8% first-attempt pass rate on the NCLEX-PN exam, while the March 2024 class achieved an 88.8% pass rate. These outcomes reflect the program’s consistent ranking as one of Pennsylvania’s top nursing schools by the Nursing Schools Almanac.

BethAnn Puckett, PNP Director, attributes this success to the dedicated faculty. “Our program offers great staff-to-student ratios, ensuring each student receives the attention needed to succeed. We provide diverse clinical rotations, preparing students for real-world nursing careers.”

Students in the PNP study a wide range of topics, including maternity, mental health, medical-surgical nursing, pediatrics, gerontology, and rehabilitation. They also learn essential communication skills, professional ethics, and teamwork. The program includes 741 hours of clinical and lab experience, which can be completed in as little as 15 months.

Kimberly Burno, another current student, praised the instructors. “The instructors at the CCIU PNP have been amazing. They always make it clear they are here to help in any way possible and maintain open communication with each student.”

The program’s benefits extend beyond education. Students gain practical experience that prepares them for their first jobs as LPNs. Burno said, “I would recommend this program to anyone looking to start a career in nursing. The classroom and clinical experience goes above and beyond in preparing you for the NCLEX and your first job.”

The CCIU PNP is now enrolling for its next full-time cohort, starting August 26, 2024, at the Downingtown campus. This program represents an opportunity for those passionate about healthcare to embark on a rewarding career path.

For more information or to apply, interested individuals can contact the CCIU at 484-593-5950 or visit their website.

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