The Falcon Institute of Health and Science began with a beautiful dream that was result of an observation by one nurse that there was a great need to educate caring nurses in the community, and to provide quality and affordable education to anyone who desired to obtain it. The dream to help others to fulfill their dreams, to motivate them toward higher education, to produce quality health care professionals with an emphasis on compassion and caring.
The Falcon Institute of Health and Science was chartered for authorization on September 29, 2012 and started with a proposal to the PA Career Bureau of Technical Education, to obtain approval to train Nurse Aides. We completed and submitted our proposal for the Nurse Aide Training Program in 2013, and then we received approval to run the program.
Next, approval was obtained from the PA Board of Education and after completing and submitting a proposal to them.
On November 14, 2013, we received the license from the PA Board of Education.
The first location that we obtained for the school was office space in Easton, we started with only two rooms that consisted of an office and a classroom. On March 10, 2014 we opened the school, and the first class was held that day. The first graduation was held on April 2, 2014 and the graduates received a certificate of completion on that day and became eligible to take the PA State Competency Test to become registered as Nurses Aides.
In July, 2014 we moved to a much larger building. This is the building that holds the school presently, at 3045 Ave. B, Bethlehem, PA. A major goal was to start a nursing program therefore we then began working on the proposal, to submit to the PA State Board of Nursing. We obtained clinical affiliations at that time, with several health care institutions including Easton hospital, Hackettstown Hospital, Manor Care in Easton, Old Orchard inEaston, in Nazareth, Easton Nursing Home. (Since that time we have added a lot more clinical sites to our program.)
On September 8, 2014 we appeared before the PA State Board of Nursing in Harrisburg, PA, and our proposal for the Practical Nurse Education Program was approved.
A major goal of the school has been, from the beginning, to provide a caring environment for students in order to motivate them to study, and set them up to successfully achieve their highest potentials.
In January 2015, the first nursing class was held. Thirteen students graduated from that class as nurses; they received their diplomas at the graduation, and became eligible to take the National Council of LicensureExam. Twelve of the thirteen graduates obtained their licenses as nurses in our community.
Currently, we are training employees for 8 Manor Care employers in the Lehigh Valley and oneGenesis healthcare facility, to become quality and compassionate Certified Nurse Aides (CNA). We have hundreds of CNA graduates every year since opening the school. There is a great need for CNA’s in the area, and Falcon is helping to fulfill that need. We are training CNA’s in all of the Lehigh Valley plus Pottstown, Reading, West Reading, Montgomeryville and Laureldale areas.
Our location in the community that we serve is filled with nursing homes, hospitals, and home health services that are in dire need of the services of nurse aides and licensed practical nurses. These employers routinely hire our graduates.
The changes that are happening presently in the community served by Falcon Institute, is that the population is growing, living longer, and the number of healthcare facilities is growing at a tremendous rate. The need for health care workers is growing rapidly and it is anticipated to continue growing. Our goal is to grow along with the growing need in order to continually serve our community.