Chester County Intermediate Unit
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Overview
Chester County Intermediate Unit is in a large suburb with more than 250,000 residents. It is in the Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington PA-NJ-DE-MD area.
Highlights
Undergraduate program with the highest reported starting salary ($43K): Practical Nursing, Vocational Nursing and Nursing Assistants
Largest undergraduate program (35): Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training
Address
443 Boot Road
Downingtown, PA 19335
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Accreditation:
good
Institutional Control
Chester County Intermediate Unit is a public organization.
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Accreditation
Accreditation provides important oversight over a school's instructional practices and institutional stability.
Chester County Intermediate Unit holds an accreditation from one of the national accreditors. Credits earned from the national accreditors are often not accepted by schools holding the more prestigious regional accreditation, and it's important to verify that your credits will transfer if you are considering an eventual switch to another school.
Accreditation History
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (Accredited June 1, 1986 - present)
  • The accreditation was recently renewed on July 10, 2018.
  • The next accreditation review is scheduled for June 30, 2026.
Undergraduate Students
Not all students attend their first college full time to completion. While some schools are focused on those that population, many schools focus on transfer and or part time students. What types of of student does this school support.
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Context: Average High School GPA
Chester County Intermediate Unit did not report the average high school GPA of it's students.
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Admissions Details
Here are some important dates and little tidbits. Please double-check this information on the Chester County Intermediate Unit's webpage for the most up-to-date and accurate answers! We update this information with each school's annual reporting, but information can change unexpectedly. Select any item to view the details.
Admissions Criteria & Qualifications
Admissions Criteria & Qualifications
Application Fee & Common App
Application Fee & Common App
Chester County Intermediate Unit has an undergraduate application fee of $78. We did not find Chester County Intermediate Unit on the Common Application site. Keep in mind that it never hurts to inquire with an Admissions office to see whether they might be willing to waive your application fee.
Credits accepted from new students
Credits accepted from new students
Chester County Intermediate Unit accepts the following credits:
  • Advanced placement (AP) credits
Percentage of applicants who are accepted
A low percentage here can indicate that a school is highly selective. We think this is one of the least important numbers for you to consider.
Selectivity can be misleading
You may have heard that a high rejection rate is an indicator of a good school. However, this number can be gamed, and some schools started gaming the system to perform better in college ratings books and sites. Ididio believes a combination of good outcomes (e.g. successful graduation rates and loan repayments) along with indicators of a well-prepared student body (e.g. test scores and high school records) are the best indicators of a good academic experience for those who attend. Our advice is that you don't pay too much attention to this number as you decide whether you might be admitted.
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Percentage of accepted students who choose to attend
This is called the yield, and it suggests whether this was a first-choice school or a back-up school for most applicants. Even the most prestigious Ivy League schools lose about a third of their accepted students come enrollment time.
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Programs
1-2 Year Certificate offerings at Chester County Intermediate Unit
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training
A program that prepares individuals to assist in providing general nursing care under the direction of a registered nurse, physician or dentist. Includes instruction in taking patient vital signs, applying sterile dressings, patient health education, and assistance with examinations and treatment
Note: The name and definition of this program are based on Department of Education CIP code descriptions, which ensures uniform reporting across schools in the US. Please check this school's website for detailed program information and their specific course descriptions._
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Completions in Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training by award level
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1-2 Year Certificate
Recently College Scorecard released data on starting salaries and cumulative federal student debt for each school/program combination with sufficient graduates to allow for privacy concerns with data releases. Shown in the box plots below are data for all schools offering practical nursing, vocational nursing and nursing assistants (which may contain several related fields) by award level. If a value is reported for Chester County Intermediate Unit, then that is shown in blue.
Starting Salaries
$42,682$0$20,000$40,000$60,000Associate'sCertificate
Cumulative Federal Student Loan Debt
$16,840$0$5,000$10,000$15,000$20,000$25,000Associate'sCertificate
What can I do if I study Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training?
Below we list the careers that the US Department of Education suggests are best fits for people who studied licensed practical/vocational nurse training. You can get an idea of salary and the level of education you'll need, as well as whether this is a growing or shrinking career field. Sometimes this list of recommended careers doesn't match what people who earned this degree are really doing. Our licensed practical/vocational nurse training program page has much more information about the interplay between study in this field and possible careers. Select any table row to learn more about listed career.
Occupation
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Salary
Salary distribution for people with this Career
Median
Middle 50%
Middle 80%
Education
No college
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Bachelor's
Master's
Doct./Prof.
Growth Rate
The projected percentage growth in employment over the next 10 years
Costs
Current Program Costs

Schools report total costs for (up to) their six largest career-oriented programs. You can explore the costs by selecting the "+" symbol for programs that interest you. The average months to complete apply to full-time students. Additionally, if program length is reported in contact hours, then the time literally represents time with an instructor. Alternatively, credit hours approximate instructional time, but are not inclusive of total time spent by students in learning.

The cost details offer you comparisons to the costs of similar programs available in your context group. However, schools offering similar programs often have slightly different times to complete, and therefore we have grouped all programs that are 6 or fewer months, over 6 to 12 months, over 12 to 18 months, and more than 18 months. You can find the other schools offering this program using our school explorer.

You will find the most up-to-date information at this school's website for admissions.

Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training (12 Months)
This program is Chester County Intermediate Unit's 1st largest program. On average, students take 12 months of full-time study to complete the required 1635 contact hours. This program is being compared to all Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training certificate programs within the context schools that take longer than 6 months and up to a full year to complete.
Expense type
Books and supplies
Tuition and fees
Amount
$1,536
$22,320
Context: costs of similar programs
$23,856$5,000$10,000$15,000$20,000$25,000
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Area living cost estimates
The following cost of living estimates apply to this school's largest program and should reflect the cost for an academic year. We would expect that these costs of living estimates would be uniform across programs, and we additionally recommend that you double-check the estimates through a different source. We found that schools have wildly different estimates of living expenses within the same areas.
Expense type
Miscellaneous costs when living off campus with family
Miscellaneous costs when living off campus without family
Off-campus room and board
Amount
$3,675
$3,675
$17,824
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Historic Costs by Program
You can explore the programs and corresponding lengths and costs offered over the past ten years using the drop-down menu below the graph. The programs only appear if they were one of the six largest programs offered that year. All dollar amounts have been adjusted for inflation.
Program and length
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training (12 months)
$0$10,000$20,000$30,0002010201120122013201420152016201720182019
Books and supplies
Tuition and fees
Outcomes
Graduation Rate
Approximately 73% of undergraduate students are full-time. In the last reporting year, 62% of full-time first-time students received a degree within 150% of the expected time for completion.
62%
Time to complete
On time
50% more time
Context: Graduation rate
These numbers reflect the percentage of full-time first-time students who graduate with a 2-year degree or certificate within 3 years.
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Loan Status
This donut shows the percentage of students who are in good standing (green) in repaying any federal student loans five years after leaving Chester County Intermediate Unit.
Status of loans
Currently paying
Deferred for miliary or school
Suspended (usually for hardship)
Not released due to privacy
Context: Loans with good standing
This is better performance than at least 72% of its context schools, and is evidence that alumni earnings-to-debt ratios are better than for most of the context schools' alumni.
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Context and trends: Repayment Rate
How much progress do you think you'll be able to make towards paying down your college loans seven years after leaving school? In our research, we discovered that a surprisingly large number of students don't default on their loans, but also aren't making progress in paying down their principal amount. The percentages here count alumni who have decreased their loan amounts by at least $1.
Years after leaving school.
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201320142015201620%40%60%80%100%Former students with decreased loan principal
Chart explanation
Chester County Intermediate Unit
On the blue curve, we see the percentage of alumni from Chester County Intermediate Unit who have successfully reduced their federal school loans by at least $1 by the date shown, which is 7 years after leaving the school.
Context Schools
The shading shows the spread of the loan repayment rate for the context schools. The dark shading shows the middle 50% of context schools, and the light shading shows all but the smallest and largest 10%.
Customize your context group using the gear at the top of the page!
Context and trends: are the loan default rates as small as possible?
The default rate is the percentage of students who are already delinquent on their loans within three years of leaving the school. If a school has a high default rate, that sends an alarm out that the students' educations are not sufficient to earn enough to repay those loans. Read below for details on the typical loan burden, and keep in mind that a low default rate may be more important than loan amounts in predicting your future success.
201420152016201720180%5%10%15%20%25%Former students with loan payment failure
Chart explanation
Chester County Intermediate Unit
On the blue curve, we see the percentage of alumni from Chester County Intermediate Unit who have defaulted on their federal school loans within 3 years ending on the date shown.
Context Schools
The shading shows the spread of the 3-year loan default rate for the context schools. The dark shading shows the middle 50% of context schools, and the light shading shows all but the smallest and largest 10%.
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Loan burden
At Chester County Intermediate Unit, 88% of full-time degree-seeking freshmen receive federal student loans, averaging $8,181 each in just the freshman year. We have much more details about the full loan burden students experience in our Cost and Financial Aid Section.
Context: Percentage of freshmen with federal loans
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Context: Average freshman federal loan amount
$8,181$2,000$4,000$6,000$8,000$10,000
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Classroom Experience
Student attention at Chester County Intermediate Unit
Schools are required to report the ratio of students per instructor, but look for a small number of students for every full-time instructor as your best indicator of personal attention and a modern well-integrated curriculum.
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Full-time and long-term instructors at Chester County Intermediate Unit
Full-time faculty are mostly likely to be on campus and available for interaction, and to craft up-to-date courses and programs. Chester County Intermediate Unit has 46% full-time instructors, and this is near the middle of the context schools' percentages of full-time instructors. Faculty with multi-year contracts provide additional stability and commitment to the school and its students.Within the full-time instructors at Chester County Intermediate Unit, none have multi-year employment contracts. Of the context schools, only 31% have instructors with multi-year contracts.
Full-time instructors
46%
Long-term instructors
0%
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Campus Safety
Crime at Chester County Intermediate Unit
Check out the number of disciplinary actions (implemented within the school) and arrests (implemented by law enforcement external to the school)
Disciplinary Actions
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Liquor Violations
Drug Violations
Weapon Possessions
Arrests
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Context: Disciplinary Actions
Average number of disciplinary violoations at Chester County Intermediate Unit as a percentage of students compared to all of the schools in the comparison group.
0.0%0.0%0.0%0.0%0.2%0.4%0.6%0.8%1.0%Weapon PossessionsDrug ViolationsLiquor Violations
Context: Arrests
Average number of arrests at Chester County Intermediate Unit as a percentage of students compared to all of the schools in the comparison group.
0.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%0.02%0.04%0.06%0.08%0.10%0.12%Weapon PossessionsDrug ViolationsLiquor Violations
Criminal Offenses
20102012201420162018012
Burglaries/Robberies
Sex Offenses
Vehicle Thefts
Aggrevated Assaults
Context: Criminal Offenses
Average number of criminal offenses at Chester County Intermediate Unit as a percentage of students compared to all of the schools in the comparison group.
0.000%0.240%0.000%0.000%0.000%0.050%0.100%0.150%0.200%0.250%Aggrevated AssaultsVehicle TheftsSex OffensesBurglaries/Robberies
Housing
No Student Housing Available
This school does not report any housing for students.
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Activities and Services
Special academic opportunities
  • Weekend college
Undergraduate services offered
  • Remedial services
  • Academic/career counseling services
  • Employment services for current students
  • Placement services for program completers
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Student Body
Study Types
About 73% of students are full-time. No students take distance education courses.
Full-time
73%
Online classes
0%
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Context: Student body size
Chester County Intermediate Unit enrolled 149 students over the past academic year. The the student body size is smaller than 77% of the context schools.
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Undergraduate student gender
Is the gender balance of Chester County Intermediate Unit students important to you? You can see the breakdown in this donut chart.
Gender
Men
Women
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Undergraduate student race/origin
Chester County Intermediate Unit reports that 57% of students are minority, which is more than 99% of the context schools. This school's 0 of international students is near the middle proportion of international students within the context schools.
Race/Origin
White
Black
Hispanic
Asian
American Indian
Multiracial
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Context: Gender Balance
It is very difficult for many types of schools to achieve a gender balance, and this context is valuable in evaluating the balance at Chester County Intermediate Unit.
5%95%0%20%40%60%80%100%MenWomen
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Context: Percentage of women
With 95% women students, Chester County Intermediate Unit has a higher percentage of women than 86% of context schools.
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Context: Student race/origin
Here is how Chester County Intermediate Unit compares to the rest of the context group in terms of diversity in the student race and origin.
45%43%5%4%1%3%0%20%40%60%80%100%Pacific IslanderNot ReportedInternationalAmerican IndianMultiracialAsianHispanicWhiteBlack
Freshman residences

A high proportion of international and out-of-state students speaks to reputation and offers an opportunity for diverse interactions in and out of class.

Freshman residence
In-state
Out-of-state
International
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Student age distribution
The age distribution at a school can tell you a lot about its mission. If you're looking for a traditional undergraduate experience, you may prefer to see students who are mostly younger than 25 (lighter shades), but if you want support as a returning student, a large number of students 25 and older (darker shades) may better suit your needs.
Age range
18-19
20-21
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25-29
30-34
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School Finances
Chester County Intermediate Unit: What its budget can tell you about classroom quality
Where a school spends and collects its money can suggest a lot about the educational experience it offers. The tabs below offer a look at spending that is important for the quality of your experience if you attend.
Instructional spending
Context and trends: Instructional expenditures per student
Instructional expenses are primarily the salary and benefits paid to the heart of a school: its full-time instructors. High expenditures in this area suggest care in hiring enough highly qualified full-time faculty to provide personal attention and up-to-date subject-area excellence.
200720082009201020112012201320142015201620172018$0$5,000$10,000$15,000$20,000
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Chester County Intermediate Unit
On the blue curve, we see how the instructional expenses per student at Chester County Intermediate Unit have changed over the years.
Context Schools
The shading shows the spread of the instructional expenses per student for the context schools. The dark shading shows the middle 50% of context schools, and the light shading shows all but the smallest and largest 10%.
All values have been adjusted for inflation. Customize your context group using the gear at the top of the page!
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Does incoming revenue consistently cover expenses?

Chester County Intermediate Unit is a public school. Along with private not-for-profit schools, publicly-controlled schools do not have the goal of annual profit, but they do want to have healthy finances with adequate revenue to meet all expenses. On the other hand, private for-profit schools have creating a profit for shareholders as an annual goal.

Total revenue and expenses by category
We divided revenue and expenses for Chester County Intermediate Unit into categories to give some insight to what may have influenced peaks and ditches in the chart above. The purple shades correspond most directly to student education. The blue shades, auxiliary expenses and revenue, are often related to room and board. We show investment gains and losses in apricot.
200720082009201020112012201320142015201620172018$0$1M$2M$3M$4M$5MRevenue$0$1M$2M$3M$4M$5MExpense
Investment gains
Tuition and fees revenue
Government appropriations etc.
Private and capital gifts
Other revenue
Instructional expenses
Institutional support expenses
Other expenses
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The power of a large endowment
Related to the previous question of whether the annual revenue stream is stable is the question, "How deep are this school's pockets?" For many schools, a major source of annual income is investment growth. Schools with large endowments have a built-in revenue stream, although you'll see in the accompanying graphs that this revenue stream is highly dependent on the nation's economy. You can choose how to examine the depth of Chester County Intermediate Unit's resources by selecting from the buttons below.
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Net Assets
Net Assets Per Student

Here we examine assets at Chester County Intermediate Unit in context, and it seems most fair to adjust for the size of the institution. We examine the assets per full-time-equivalent student so that we level the playing field for size.

There's a catch to these assets, though. Many gifts to a school's endowment have strings attached; the money is restricted to a specific purpose. Assets shown in green below are unrestricted, and are very important to a school's ability to meet its financial obligations. Some assets are the land and buildings that a school must have in order to function, and these may appear as green (unrestricted assets) but are nonetheless less helpful in meeting annual financial commitments. This look at assets is only a piece of the puzzle as we decide if a school is stable.

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Context: 2019 net assets per student
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