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Welcome Home Alumni
Las Vegas - Respiratory Therapy
Before graduating from the Respiratory Therapy Program, Amy Dickerson, completed high school with honors, was an accomplished flutist, and worked for an attorney. She landed a job at the PMI Campus in Las Vegas as the Receptionist/ Office Assistant. Life was good and Amy’s job satisfaction was high. Until one fateful day in 2005, Amy heard the announcement about the new Respiratory Therapy Associate Degree program opening soon. After careful thought and a little persuasion from the program director, Amy took the tests and joined the program.
Sacrifices had to be made in order to be successful. She moved in with her parents to make ends meet while going to school. Long study hours interfered with social life and sleep. Yet through it all, Amy thrived as a student and as a friend to other students. Amy cheered her classmates on through the good times and the bad while maintaining an impressive GPA.
Amy graduated from the first ever Respiratory Therapy class at the Las Vegas campus. The first order of business was to take the exams and get a license. She decided to accept a job at Renown Hospital in Reno Nevada. She became a night owl working the grave yard shift. After four years of saving lives, Amy applied to a Registered Nursing program. She was one of over three hundred applicants to be accepted. After achieving her Registered Nursing credentials she plans to complete the Bachelor’s of Nursing through Pima Medical Institute’s online program.
Renton - Pharmacy Tech
PIMA has greatly enhanced my medical career. In fact, it has not only enhanced it but expanded it. Before coming to PIMA, I was laid off from work. I tried to look for more work but to no success. I decided to go into Pharmacy Technician program in January of 2010 and graduated in October of 2010. I did my externship at Valley Medical Center and they hired me in January of 2011 and I have been there since.
The staff at PIMA was great from the time that I step foot into the school until the day I graduated. Everything worked out so well that I am one of their tutors for the Pharmacy Technician program. I tutor students to take the PTCB and have had 100% success with everyone that has come to at least one of my tutoring sessions.
Thank you PIMA!
Denver - DA
My name is Jovan and I’m a PMI success story. I have a wonderful husband and two amazing boys and a great job, but it wasn’t always that way. Back in 2004 I was19, had an 18 month old, had just lost my daycare job and lived in my mother-in-laws basement. I had no idea what I wanted to do, but I knew I didn’t want to work in fast food. I saw a PMI commercial, picked up the phone, dialed the number, and set up an appointment. I walked into Pima the next day and registered for the Dental Assisting program. I was nervous and excited at the same time.
I went through the classes and, to my surprise, I did really well. I was so excited to go on my externship. I ended up getting assigned to Salud Family Health Centers in Commerce City. On my first day there, I was able to handle seeing patients on my own. I was so nervous, but I made it through and was offered a job 3 weeks into my externship. I have been there ever since.
I have never had to apply for a job, but have had multiple job offers since. I am getting ready to head to a mid-level management training to take on more responsibilities and continue to grow.
I love where I am in life and wouldn’t change it for anything. I truly think I have found my purpose in life. Pima gave me the tools to build an amazing future
Renton, Washington - Medical Assistant Program
I remember my life as a young girl, living in the terror of exploding bombs, and how I tried to help those who were dying in the streets of Saigon. After those years, I wanted to become a doctor, but the communist régime prohibited me from pursuing a medical education. Instead, I took a menial job at a local healthcare clinic, where I was determined to work my way up. After three years, government health officials finally recommended me for nursing school.
After graduation, I was placed in a burn unit at the Children’s Hospital in Saigon. For 17 years I was responsible for keeping forty patients alive on my shift. In 2006, my American military husband and I returned to the United States. I was encouraged to contact the Washington State Nursing Bar in order to explore the possibility of a RN licensure using my prior education, but I needed my transcripts to proceed. My former Vietnamese nursing school refused to release my transcripts unless I paid two thousand dollars. I didn’t have the money and I couldn’t trust them to send my transcripts anyway.
My ultimate dream was to work with the military men in hospitals, who came to Vietnam to help my country. I refused to give up my desire to practice health care in America, so in 2009 I enrolled in PMI’s Medical Assistant program in Renton, Washington. Despite the challenges of English as a second language, I graduated in 2010 earning a 3.94 GPA, a perfect attendance record, and the excellence award for my graduating class – all this while simultaneously studying to become an American citizen!
Pima Medical Institute provided the opportunity for me to finally realize my dream and I am currently employed by the Veterans Administration Hospital in Lakewood, Washington.