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Practical Nursing Student Highlight – Samantha Snyder

Practical Nursing student Samantha Snyder said that she decided to enroll in the Pennsylvania Institute of Health and Technology in 2010 because she knew she would get a good education. She graduated from the Medical Assisting program in 2011.

After graduation, she worked as a certified medical assistant at Westmoreland County Prison, but she had such a good experience at PIHT the first time that she decided to enroll again for a PN degree.

Samantha Snyder

Before she could return to PIHT, she had to make sure she was financially able to support herself and family.

“I am the sole provider for my grandmother, younger sister and myself so I worked as much overtime as I could to save money so that I was able to come back for the PN program,” Samantha said.

While Samantha may support her family financially, they support her decision to go back to school.

“My grandmother was a nurse and she has always pushed me to do my best and to do what I love,” Samantha said. “She is always there for me when I need her.”

Some instructors also stood out to Samantha during her time at PIHT.

Pam Hughes has always been a big help to me, she has always been there for me throughout my education as an MA and also through my process of entering in the PN program,” she said. “Lisa Janesko was wonderful at helping me understand my financial situation. She took time to explain to me how these things would affect me now and in the future and was able to answer any question that I threw at her. Everyone at PIHT has been good to me.”

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