We are glad that you are back. At Pima Medical Institute we care about our graduates and we measure our success by their success. Did you know PMI has over 90,000 alumni? We want to help you stay connected with us, link you with employers and job opportunities, assist you in connecting with past students, and continue teaching you the skills you need in today’s market through our career services.
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Tucson - Occupational Therapy Assistant
My mother is a Developmental Specialist and Support Coordinator for the Division of Developmental Disabilities. Her role is to assess what services a child with disabilities needs; whether occupational therapy, speech therapy, physical therapy, or respite services. At a very young age, I developed a sense of compassion and love for these children she was helping. As I grew into adulthood, I had some trouble finding my way and did not make very good life choices. But, in my late 20’s when I was ready to make a change, my mother suggested the Occupational Therapy Assistant program at Pima Medical Institute. She felt I would be a good fit in that profession.
The program itself was really challenging but with the support of the instructors and my classmates, I made it. When finishing the program I really felt as though I had not only gained knowledge to be a good entry level clinician, but also gained a family in my classmates and instructors. Since graduating from PMI in 2012 I have spent my time as a COTA working in skilled nursing facilities. Less than one year after graduation, I was promoted to Rehab Coordinator where I managed and supervised a rehabilitation team in the greater Phoenix area and I have just started a new position as an Area Manager for Arizona and Nevada and Director of Rehabilitation in Sun City, AZ.
PMI gave me the tools necessary to grow professionally and to follow my dreams and I’m so grateful!
Las Vegas - Respiratory Therapy
My birth happened earlier than expected and, as a result, I spent time on a ventilator and have had lung problems all my life. Because of all the time spent around the healthcare profession, I decided to make it my career. I was looking into another four year respiratory program, but realized that although PMI might cost more upfront, I’d make more money by getting a job in just two years. To me, it was certainly worth it, so I signed up for PMI’s Respiratory Therapy program.
I had a great experience as a student. My instructor’s cared about the student’s needs and took the extra time to help us and get to know us on a personal level. After graduation, I knew I wanted to advance my career and after some research, I realized PMI’s online bachelor program was, again, the best option for me. It was a perfect fit and was an easy transition from my associate’s to my bachelor’s program. Currently, I am working as an instructor at PMI. I work at a hospital part-time and I’m able to take my experiences and help give my student’s the practical understanding they need.
I’m planning to continue my education and hope to pursue a master’s degree and possibly move into management in the future. PMI has been a very positive experience for me and has created limitless opportunities.
PMI Houston Campus - Veterinary Assistant
I came from a family where I had to take on financial responsibility quite early. I always knew I wanted to work with animals, but work always seemed to come first. I moved to Houston after high school and heard about PMI on a radio commercial and thought, "I'd love to work with animals and this may be my chance." My instructor in the Veterinary Assistant program was so knowledgeable in her field and so passionate. I really wanted to continue into the Veterinary Technician program, but it wasn't available. Luckily, I got news that the program was coming to our campus and enrollments were being accepted. I jumped at the opportunity and started the rocky road as the first student to enroll. Getting the program set up was challenging, but I had support from amazing instructors. I even got an amazing externship opportunity in a research facility!
Today, I am the very first graduate from our program and a proud veterinary technician in a respected research facility. I hope to one day become a respected doctor in veterinary medicine. I owe my success to Pima Medical Institute!
Tucson - Veterinary Assistant /Technician
I came to PMI as an older student. I had been an EMT, owned my own business, and worked for other companies. But, I just couldn’t find my niche - that one thing. I began to research schools that offered veterinary programs because I have been passionate about animals my entire life. Two of my family members had attended PMI and were thrilled with their choices, so I decided to enroll in their Veterinary Assistant program.
My first day I hesitated outside my classroom; knowing it wasn’t going to be easy. But, I decided failure was not an option. I took a deep breath, walked through the door and opened the doors to a whole new life. Shortly before graduation, I was asked to consider enrolling in their Veterinary Technician program. I was apprehensive, but knew from experience my instructors would always be available to help answer my questions and would push me to do my best. I accepted the invitation, enrolled in the VT program, and as they say, the rest is history!
I’m currently employed by the same full-service clinic where I did my externship. No two days are ever the same - I may perform a dental procedure and soon after be scrubbing for surgery. No matter what emergency situation comes through our doors, I am 100% confident with my skills. Everything I learned, I learned from the best.