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 84,000 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.
Welcome Home Alumni
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.
Seattle - Medical Assistant
I was a single mom with two children working as a clinic receptionist. While I dreamed of being a nurse, I couldn’t find a nursing school that would accommodate my work schedule. At the recommendation of a co-worker, I attended Pima Medical Institute’s evening Medical Assistant program – a challenging year of heading directly from an eight-hour work day to evening classes at PMI.
Upon graduation, my receptionist position transitioned into a full-time Medical Assistant, which, for the next ten years, afforded me a much better opportunity to provide for my children, and I obtained additional income as a part-time MA Instructor for PMI. As my family matured, I renewed my dream of becoming an RN, but one of my doctors challenged me to skip nursing and go directly into a Physician’s Assistant Program. While on a waiting list for the PA program at the University of Washington, I worked extra hours, saving enough money to accommodate making school my full-time endeavor.
I recently finished my two-year program and am working as a Physician’s Assistant for Digestive Health Specialists. I’m so thankful PMI opened doors to the medical field and propelled me to enhance my medical career – so much so that I plan to finish my Master’s degree online. Who knows? I may even get back into teaching at PMI!
Denver - Radiography/BSRS
Formerly, I worked as a quality manager in manufacturing but realized that the job was neither rewarding nor fulfilling. So, I began volunteering at a local hospital as a transporter, which is how I discovered the world of medical imaging. I chose Pima because I could start immediately. My experience as a student was tough! As a student you have to make a lot of adjustments and sometimes you have to lose in order to gain. My instructors were hard on me, but I know now that I am a much better technologist because of it.
After graduation I applied everywhere and contacted everyone I knew in the business. I was hired at Boulder Hospital. Almost a year later I was hired at Littleton Hospital where I’ve been expanding my experience. My future goal is to move into management. I recently completed PMI’s Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Sciences. It’s been a good experience. I thought I might feel isolated learning online and on my own, but I found I was always in contact with my instructors. A big piece of online learning is time management. If I can do it, others definitely can.
PMI has provided me a great education and it’s given me an opportunity for further advancement. My belief is that the combination of education and advancement leads you to a better place.
Albuquerque - MassageTherapy/Medical Assistant/HCA Administration
I initially chose Pima for their Massage Therapy program. I had a son with special needs and while a newborn we had done Infant Massage and Touch with him. Massage allowed me the opportunity to have a flexible schedule and be with my son when he needed me. As my boys grew and began school, I decided the best thing I could do for myself and my family was to continue my education. I came back to PMI and enrolled in their Medical Assistant program. Since I’ve always told my children to set goals and reach for the stars, I continued right on into the Health Care Administration associate degree program.
I was offered a job at my externship site and, although it was a great opportunity, I felt I could achieve more. I found my first job by searching for what I wanted and not expecting a job to come to me. I always felt Pima gave me every tool I needed to be a professional. As a student I felt genuinely cared for and my instructors helped me and are still available for me when I need them. They instilled in me the confidence in myself and the skills to be a great asset to any employer!