Student Achievement


The mission of Pittsburgh Technical College, as a degree-granting institution, is to empower its students to succeed in today’s dynamic world by integrating general studies and professional skills into a sound career-focused education necessary for students to realize their full potential and career goals.

The faculty and staff at PTC strive every day to further the mission of PTC, and work to continuously improve each student’s learning experience and potential for success. The graduation rate is a metric used to track retention and the success of PTC students.

The metric shown below includes first-time full-time students who started at PTC in July and October 2012, and completed a program of study on or before August 2018 (which is 150% of the normal time to complete the program). This data was reported to the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) in the winter of 2018, and is updated annually. The current graduation rate metric will be updated shortly after the winter reporting is complete for the current year.


  Revised 2012 Cohort Total 2012 Completers
within 150%
of Normal Time
Total 2012 Exclusions 2012 Graduation Rate
Men 421 235   56%
Women 421 235   53%
TOTAL 715 390 0 54%

*Prior 4-year average rate 58%. Computation of percentage of students in attendance in July & October 2011 (First Time/First Year) that completed their program of study by August 2017. These calculations conform to disclosures required by the Student Right-To-Know Act. This data is taken from the winter 2018 IPEDS Web-Based Data Collection System.



The retention rate is a separate metric that tracks first-year full-time students who complete the first year of the program for which they are enrolled and return to PTC the following year to continue in the same program. Program reporters determine the cohort with enrollment any time between August 1 and October 31, 2016 and retention based on August 1, 2017.

Full-time, first-time Fall 2017 bachelor's cohort retention rate    85%



A Pell Grant is an educational grant the U.S. federal government provides for students who need it to pay for college. Federal Pell Grants are limited to students with financial need, who have not earned their first bachelor's degree, or who are enrolled in certain post-baccalaureate programs through participating institutions.

A loan that is subsidized by the federal government is provided to help out students with a financial need and usually are offered at a better rate than unsubsidized loans (which are not limited to students with a financial need).

The metric shown below details the percentage of PTC students who received a PELL Grant, subsidized loan, and/or unsubsidized loan. Students who took multiple loans may be counted in more than one metric.

  % of Total Subcohort*
PELL Grant Recipients 69%
Subsidized Student Loan Recipients (not receiving Pell Grant) 21%
Students Receiving Neither PELL Grant or Subsidized Student Loan 10%

*Subcohort of full-time, first-time students seeking other than a bachelor's degree



Please visit the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) for more PTC statistics.



PTC has a dedicated team of Career Service professionals to assist students in securing employment. The most recent graduate success information can be found on PTC’s Career Assistance page of the PTC website.



Therapeutic Massage Practitioner
PTC's pass rate for first-time Therapeutic Massage Practitioner MBLEX test takers as reported by the Federation of State Massage Therapy Boards (FSMTB) is 76.5% - 2018, and 93.8% - 2017.

Associate in Science, Nursing
National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) Pass Rate: 97% - 2017-18, 80% - 2016-17, and 38% - 2015-16.

Practical Nursing
National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) Pass Rate: 100%-2017-18, 87% - 2016-17, and 60% - 2015-16.

Surgical Technology
The Certified Surgical Technologist Examination (CST) Pass Rate: 73%, 2016-17.


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PTC can help launch your career with a hands-on, personal approach
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Pittsburgh Technical College, 1111 McKee Road, Oakdale PA, 15071
(412) 809-5100

Pittsburgh Technical College admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.