Pittsburgh Technical Institute

Pittsburgh Technical Institute

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Pittsburgh Technical Institute

Pittsburgh Technical Institute (PTI) is a private for-profit two-year institution of higher education with a primary focus of promoting the success of students. It strives to provide career-focused education that features hands-on components to enable students to develop the necessary skills sought out by potential employers. The programs are consistently updated to follow the current trends of the industry and related technologies.

PTI offers associate degrees and fast track certificate programs that are taught by instructors with extensive experience in their career fields. The learning environments encourage students to value differences and work together with other students. The institute offers fully online programs through the School of Business, School of Healthcare, and School of Criminal Justice. The programs include medical coding, business administration in management, and criminal justice-safety and security administration. The online programs are presented in the Wimba virtual classroom and students have unlimited access at any time. PTI is committed to ensuring online programs provide the same quality instruction as on-campus programs.

The Career Services Department works with all students to ensure they are prepared for graduation and have the ability to complete effective job searches. It also helps potential employers locate qualified applicants. Through the Career Services Department, PTI alumni are allowed to return to the institution to participate in refresher courses that are offered biannually.

Pittsburgh Technical Institute was founded in 1946. In the 1990s, Boyd School and Penn Technical Institute merged with PTI to offer more programs to students. It gained accreditation in 2002 and was granted college status and authorization to grant the Associate of Science degree in 2003. Also, in 2003, PTI launched its Center for Certification and Adult Learning that offered flexible course options including online studies. The first completely online program was launched in 2010.


The Middle States Commission on Higher Education accredits Pittsburgh Technical Institute.

Schools of Education

School of Building Technology: prepares students to pursue careers where they work with their hands on the latest technological equipment to assist growth of businesses and improve the lives of individuals. The curricula are constantly updated to meet the demands of the changing job market.

School of Business: enables students to acquire the necessary business understanding and knowledge to pursue careers in various areas of business and hospitality. It features four concentrations in business and three in hospitality that include internships and hands-on learning experiences.

School of Criminal Justice: prepares students to pursue careers in the private and public sectors of criminal justice. Students use the same equipment used in the field and gain an understanding of various topics including crime scene investigation and emergency planning.

School of Design: prepares individuals to become creative professionals in a constantly changing industry. Includes cutting-edge computer software and enable students to learn the skills to adapt to different types of technology. Also features real-world experiences with the incorporation of internships in the industry and development of portfolios.

School of Healthcare: prepares students for direct patient care and administrative positions in various healthcare facilities. The curricula of its allied health programs focus on prevalent procedures and technologies in the healthcare industry and skills and knowledge sought out by healthcare employers.

School of Nursing: prepares students to pursue patient care careers as practical nurses. The curriculum focuses on helping future nurses develop the necessary skills to become caring healthcare practitioners who use their knowledge and observations to make good judgments and communicate efficiently with patients and other professionals.

School of Technology: the curriculum focuses on general knowledge that can be adapted to the specifications of different employers, evaluation and troubleshooting abilities to work with various applications and tools, and modern technology for hands-on experiences.

Scholarships Offered

Pittsburgh Technical Institute offers institutional grants and scholarships based on numerous eligibility requirements. Examples of institutional funding include PTI Alumni Grant, PTI Alumni Family Member Grant, PTI Certificate Program Grant, PTI Family Grant, PTI Distressed Industry Grant, PTI Green Apples Grant, PTI JROTC Grant, PTI High School Club or Organization Grant, PTI Late PHEAA Application Grant, PTI Opportunity Grant, PTI TAA/TRA Grant, PTI Sibling Grant, and PTI Out of State Resident Grant.

Financing Options

Pittsburgh Technical Institute employs various financial planners to help students through financial aid processes. The school accepts most types of federal financial aid programs including Federal Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), Federal Direct Stafford Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans, Parent PLUS Loans, and Veterans’ Benefits. Students can also pay tuition through monthly payment plans or private alternative loans. PTI does not charge out of state tuition, all students regardless of their home state are charged the same tuition rates.

Credit Earning Options

Pittsburgh Technical Institute grants credits for transfer coursework on an individual basis. It also accepts credits from CLEP, Advanced Placement (AP), and ACE examinations. Students seeking transfer credit must submit official transcripts, course descriptions, and other supporting documents.