History of P.I.T.

The history of our college dates back nearly 70 years. We’re proud to say that since that time, we’ve succeeded at fulfilling our mission here at our campus in Media, Pennsylvania. Over the decades,’ students have prepared for rewarding careers here, and we’re pleased to have helped make a difference in their lives and the lives of their families. Today Pennsylvania Institute of Technology graduates are prepared to succeed in positions within the nursing, health care management, cannabis studies, and medical imaging fields and in many more in demand careers. It all started with the vision of one man, Walter R. Garrison.

In the early 1950’s, Garrison saw the need for engineers who could perform stress analysis in aircraft and civil/architectural fields. Classes began in mathematics, stress analysis, and other technical subjects at our first campus located in Upper Darby, PA. In 1976, the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDOE) granted P.I.T. approval to award specialized associate’s degrees for its technical programs. P.I.T. remained in Upper Darby for almost 30 years until 1982, when the demand for more space required a move to today’s lovely, 14 acre Rose Valley-Media campus. In 1983, P.I.T. was accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (1007 North Orange Street 4th Floor, MB #166 Wilmington, DE 19801, 267-284-5011), an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.  In 2021, the College was approved by Middle States to begin offering two Bachelor degree granting programs.

P.I.T. offers twelve two-year associate degrees, one bachelor’s degree, and two one-year career certificate programs in:

Bachelor Degree Programs:

  • Nursing ( BSN )

Associate Degree Programs:

  • Allied-Health–Clinical Medical Assistant
  • Allied-Health–Practical Nursing
  • Allied-Health–Pre-Nursing
  • Cannabis Health Therapy
  • Cannabis Business
  • Cannabis Horticulture
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography
  • General Studies
  • Health Care Management
  • Health Science
  • Physical Therapist Assistant
  • Psychology and Behavioral Health
  • Psychology and Human Services

Career Certificate Programs:

  • Clinical Medical Assistant
  • Practical Nursing

These programs prepare students for careers in their chosen fields. Additionally, students have the opportunity to transfer to a four-year college or university. Our Mission is Student Success. To accomplish this, we focus on using effective and innovative teaching methods. P.I.T.’s success is measured by the students who achieve their educational, career, and life goals. P.I.T. is a private, not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) college. For more information, please feel free to call 610.892.1500 or email us at info@PIT.edu.