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
Las Vegas - Dental Assistant
My cousin had been in the Dental Assistant program at Pima Medical and that’s why I decided to come here. My experience as a student was new and was very different from high school. I had to learn to be responsible and work independently. The instructors were helpful and were willing to stay after class as long as it took for me to understand or practice the material, but they didn’t hold my hand. They taught me how to be a professional. I didn’t realize until I began working in a dental office that I had been taught everything I needed to know to work in a professional environment.
PMI helped me find a job. After graduation they would continue to contact me to get permission to send out my resume, to follow up on possibilities, and to encourage me to stay in touch if I needed help. It was clear their goal was to help me find a job and help me pursue my career. I am so happy with the job they helped me find, but I’m not finished with school. After I gain a little on-the-job experience, my goal is to become a Dental Hygienist!
Albuquerque - Pharmacy Technician
Many people in my family chose the medical profession (doctors, nurses, psychiatry) but no one had gone into Pharmacy, so I chose that. I knew it would be a stepping stone to further my career goals. PMI was very personable and I really liked the small class sizes. My instructors had excellent skill sets. Since they had been in the field, they could incorporate their work experience into our scholastic education.
Express-Scripts was so impressed with my skills, they hired me before I’d even completed my externship with them. I worked there for 13 years. During that time, I became a substitute and then a part-time instructor for PMI’s Pharmacy Technician Program. I am currently teaching for Pima and working at Molina Healthcare, which is a manage care organization. We process prior authorizations for Medicaid, a state funding program, for the whole state of New Mexico.
I had a great education at PMI. Everyone is willing to help you from the director on down. I am planning to attend PMI’s Health Care Administration bachelor program and after that I will continue to further my education goals. My ultimate goal is to become a medical examiner.
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!