"...the only real measuring stick of a school's success is the achievement of its students."
|Terry Thomas • Pharmacy Technician • Colorado Springs
|Barbara Anderson-Beitia • Medical Assistant • Mesa
|Jenalysse Renaud • Health Care Administration • Online
|Mandy Berreth • Medical Assistant • Renton
|Tyrrell Beatty • Veterinary Assistant • Seattle
|Kelvinne Valenzuela • Radiography • Albuquerque
|Estrella Sandoval • Health Care Administration BS • Online
|Jason Flores • Surgical Technology • Phoenix
|Lucero Barcenas • Physical Therapist Assistant • Houston
|Mark Mastriani • Veterinary Technician • Tucson
|Cassandra Altrich • Medical Laboratory Technician • Colorado Springs
|Katiellen Romo • Health Care Administration • Online
I was in the military and later did contract work overseas. Although I had an associate degree in maintenance management and a bachelor's in business and project management, I had difficulty finding and keeping a job here in the states. I kept being laid off or let go because of contracts or downsizing. I just wanted a career that wasn't here today and gone tomorrow, so I decided to become a Pharmacy Technician. I found PMI one day, came in and registered, and I started the program the following Monday. I was the oldest student -- even older than my instructors -- and I had to relearn how to learn. My instructors helped me stay focused during the fast-paced program, though, and it was a great learning experience! Thanks to the practice I had at PMI, I caught on quickly while at my externship at the local VA Hospital. I continued to volunteer at the VA until I was hired at Primrose St. Francis Hospital where I'm currently working as a Pharmacy Tech 2. It's very fast-paced; there are 11 floors, and I walk 12-15 thousand steps a day, but I enjoy it! I'm currently working on another bachelor's in health care management. My PMI instructors always encouraged us to continue our education, so I'm keeping my doors open. PMI is a great school and it provided me my start in the medical field!
For the past 15 years I have been the Director of a Mohs Laboratory where we perform surgeries to treat skin cancer. At the age of 25, I found myself newly married with two children, working part-time and wanting to obtain a career in the medical field. I enrolled in Pima Medical Institute's nine-month Medical Assistant (MA) program where I was able to have a flexible schedule and a really good experience. My instructors were all great and encouraging and I felt very prepared for my new profession. Pima Medical placed me at a Family Practice for my externship, where I was hired, providing me with a great first job experience. Later, I was hired and trained to be a Histotechnician while on the job at the California Skin Surgery Center where I was quickly promoted. I also assisted in many surgeries in this position and helped them build their business from five surgeries a day to 15- 17 a day. Because education and teaching others has always been a passion of mine, I've been studying science and nutrition and am currently working toward earning a health coaching certification. I am thankful for my education at Pima Medical and would recommend it to anyone looking for a rewarding healthcare career.
I've been on my own since 2012 and graduated from high school as a homeless youth. When I contacted Pima Medical Institute in 2014, I was desperate and struggling to survive. My home was my car or a friend's house; I was struggling with depression and was at my wits end. I met with my admissions advisor and we connected right away. When she told me I'd passed the entry test she said, "You can do this!" For the first time in a very long time, I knew someone believed in me! It wasn't long before I started PMI's Medical Assistant program. The staff and instructors helped me with my FASFA, studying, extra tutoring and extra time. I have never felt so supported! The career services department held my hand through the resume, application and externship process. I was hired at the UW Neighborhood Clinics before I'd even graduated. Recently, I met with my advisor again. I excelled at the entry level test for the associate degree program in Health Care Administration. I am enrolled and plan to continue and have my bachelor's by February of 2018. After enrolling me, she looked at me and said "I am so proud of you, you've come so far!" I really don't know what I would have done without the personal support of everyone at PMI! I went from a struggling, confused, and anxious girl to a thriving woman in one year's time.
I used to be a real estate agent specializing in short sales and foreclosures. As much as I liked the money, I was not happy with this career path. I worked 24-7 and never got to see my family and I needed to make a change. On my way home from a chaotic day, I heard a radio commercial for PMI. I went home, talked it over with my husband, and made the decision to get more information. It all happened so fast. After I enrolled, I went to my supervisor the next day and gave my two weeks' notice. While in school, I had perfect attendance and maintained a 4.0 GPA. I loved being in school, although I did have challenges. I struggled with math but I met a lot of supportive people who helped me along the way. Some of my closest friendships were developed with people I went to PMI with. My instructors were amazing and I still have a professional relationship with some of them today. When I graduated, I had three job interviews lined up. I ended up accepting an offer at a podiatrist office where I worked for the next two years. In 2014, I accepted an offer with an internal medicine facility. I have an excellent work/life balance and I am excited to go to work every day. I want to further my education to become a physician's assistant once my son is a little older. My husband is 100% supportive and I am excited to see what the future holds. Thanks PMI!
I grew up in a medical environment as my dad was a Navy doctor and my mom was a nurse. I ended up getting a bachelor's degree in biology and after working for a time in construction, decided my love of animals was prompting me to pursue a career in the veterinary field. I heard about Pima Medical Institute and liked the idea that I would get experience in the field through their Veterinary Assistant program. I still remember my first day of the VA program when my instructor looked at me and said, "You have a degree and are way overqualified for this." I explained I wanted to learn the basics of caring for animals and get hands-on experience. It's been over 25 years and that instructor and I are still in touch. She always told us, "I can teach you how to do a procedure correctly, but it's more important to teach you the WHY." I still emphasize this and repeat it often to my staff. While working as a VA, I applied to veterinary schools, but my bachelor's degree GPA was low and I was rejected from many vet schools. Finally, I was accepted at an offshore school in the Caribbean and later transferred to Kansas State, where I earned my Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2002. I was a Veterinarian at a couple of clinics before owning my own. Over the years, I have hired graduates from Pima Medical and have taken their externs. They still offer a very good program and teach the basics. My time at Pima Medical was an opportunity and a doorway into the veterinary world. I am a great example that it's not always about grades. If you have passion and are willing to work hard, you can accomplish your goals. My mom always told me, "As long as you are doing something you love, you'll be happy!" Down the road, I think I might enjoy returning to Pima Medical ... this time as an instructor.
I am proud to say I am a radiologic technologist at Sharps Memorial Hospital, a level two trauma center, in San Diego, CA. Because of my new career, my wife and children are well cared for and we are finally financially secure. I had to make huge sacrifices and I almost failed, but I don't regret my decision to take this journey. After being rejected by two programs, I was accepted at Pima Medical Institute's Albuquerque Campus Radiography program. The only problem was, we were living in San Diego. I quit my job, drove to Albuquerque (a place I'd never even visited) on a Saturday, got an apartment and started my classes on Monday. I am a hands-on-learner, not a book scholar, so the first couple semesters were very difficult and I was close to failing the program. My instructors were always there for me when I needed them. My classmates and instructors became my ABQ family. For over two years, I lived separate from my family, only making trips back and forth when we could. It was SO hard! I am currently working the graveyard shift. I am called upon to perform lots of COVID X-rays in the ICU, and within the entire hospital while performing different types of X-rays at the trauma room, ER, NICU, PACU and OR. I feel prepared and qualified, but no one could have prepared me for the number of code blues and deaths I am seeing right now due to COVID. I'm grateful to Pima Medical Institute and I know all the difficulties I had to overcome were worth the end result. I've improved my life and my family's life. My advice to prospective students is don't be afraid or doubt yourself and never give up!
Since starting my education at Pima Medical Institute, my career has grown from dental assistant, to office manager, to benefits coordinator, and now to my new job as a director of operations. After battling a severe eating disorder for over ten years of my life, I knew I needed a career I would enjoy. While on the road to recovery, I searched online and found Pima Medical Institute's Dental Assistant program and enrolled. I had no family support and really struggled, but I completed the program and afterwards moved to Hawaii where I worked as a dental assistant for several years. After realizing I wanted more, I enrolled in Pima Medical's online Health Care Administration associate degree program. When I completed that program, an instructor encouraged me to keep going, so I moved back to Albuquerque and completed the Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration program. Recently after finishing my professional portfolio, I was offered an amazing brand new job with a great salary, benefits and lots of paid vacation. My Pima Medical instructors valued me and helped me see a different perspective. I used to have a huge chip on my shoulder and now I just want to motivate people and keep my office a happy place. Every program and every course I've taken pertained to my career and made me a better healthcare professional. I've decided I want more, so I am currently enrolled in Pima Medical's Master of Science in Organizational Leadership. I'm not finished yet!
While working as a journeyman meat cutter, I began looking for a new career. My brother-in-law, an ER charge nurse, recommended I look into Surgical Technology. After some research, I chose Pima Medical Institute's Surgical Technology program based on their stellar reputation as an education institution. Going back to school as a 42-year-old was very challenging; I hadn't even owned a smart phone until I started my classes. Plus, going to school while continuing to work was difficult, but I had a great experience as a student and enjoyed the relationships I was able to cultivate. What I appreciated most about Pima Medical was the real world experience the instructors brought to our classes. They were always able to give real life examples to help solidify and anchor lessons in my mind. To be able to ask questions about actual cases was invaluable in preparing me for the operating room. I felt prepared to enter the field for clinicals, scared out of my mind, but prepared. I obtained a position at Banner Thunderbird Medical Center immediately, in fact I had to ask for the day off to attend my graduation. I have become an Orthopedic Scrub Tech specializing in Total Joint Replacement. I have also become a Preceptor helping to teach and train scrub tech students and orienting newly hired scrubs. I really appreciated my instructors and have stayed in touch and continue to use them as resources. I recommended Pima Medical Institute without hesitation.
I was injured while playing soccer in high school and my physical therapist said to me, "I think you'd be a really good physical therapist!" I tucked that away until I was at Texas State University heading toward becoming a nurse when I realized it just wasn't for me. I switched to Exercise Sports Science with a pre-physical therapy emphasis. After graduation, the doctorate physical therapy programs were extremely competitive and I just didn't have the confidence to apply - still a regret. Instead, I reviewed my options and began searching for a Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA) program and found Pima Medical Institute. It was a challenging, accelerated 18-month program, but my instructors were super motivating. Although they were hard on us, they gave us all the tools needed to be the best professional clinicians we could be. I was awarded the most "outstanding student" at graduation and offered a job at each of my clinical rotations. I began my therapist journey as a pediatric PTA until I found the place I really loved; working in sports medicine and rehabilitation. During my five plus years in orthopedics, I worked with multiple students as a clinical instructor. This drew my passion for education and I began my journey as a clinical director and instructor back at the same PTA program I'd attended. I tell my students I've been down their same path and I am going to give them everything they need to be a success in their clinical experience. I remind them that I am invested in their success because not only is Pima Medical's reputation on the line, so is mine as a graduate of this program. Pima Medical provided what I needed to become a great therapist and for that I am thankful. I believe I've found my place in education and I am hoping to further my education through the master's degree program in the future.
I am a Certified Veterinary Technician (CVT), employed at the University of Arizona with the Veterinary Services and Animal Behavioral Team at the Center for Innovation in Brain Science. We focus on finding cures for: Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, Multiple Sclerosis and ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease). The hands-on experience and skills I obtained from Pima Medical Institute's Veterinary Technician (VT) program has been invaluable in my new fast-paced career. After spending several years in the aviation industry, the pandemic forced an opportunity upon me that led me to pursue my passion for animal sciences as my next profession. After researching several programs, I decided Pima Medical's Veterinary Technician (VT) program was perfect for me. The curriculum has a heavy emphasis on hands-on skill development, offers year-round enrollment, includes externships with a variety of practices and quality educators (CVTs and DVMs). I was apprehensive about returning to college after graduating so many years ago and was intimidated by current educational technology. The people at Pima Medical were very accepting and supportive and the program was a great experience for me. My courses allowed me to gain both real world experience with hands-on labs and real work experience (large animal experience at ranches and rescues, microchip clinics, spay and neuter events) and were a great addition to my resume. I was offered a position at my first externship site, a busy 24-hour mixed practice emergency veterinary hospital and recently started my new exciting career at the University of Arizona. I'm thankful for Pima Medical's VT program which offered me the opportunity to pursue my goals in the veterinary field by providing the tools I needed to succeed and make a difference.
I have found a career that I love as a Medical Lab Technician! I'd attempted to find my place in the medical field once before, attending a Dental Assistant program, but it just wasn't for me. I just didn't enjoy interacting with patients. After being a stay-at-home mom for about 10 years, I returned to Pima Medical Institute, learned they had started a Medical Lab Technician (MLT) program and knew this was the program and the career for me. I chose Pima Medical because I knew how hands-on they were. Unfortunately, shortly after starting the program, the pandemic hit resulting in us having to go to online learning. But, our instructors worked really hard to get us into the lab in small groups to practice during COVID. During my program I found out I had a brain tumor requiring surgery. The instructors were very helpful and supportive during my treatment and I was able to continue my program. I am a veteran so I did my clinicals at the VA Hospital in Cheyenne, WY. It was challenging staying in Cheyenne during the week and driving back for week-ends, but I did it! I landed an MLT job at Centura Health's Penrose Hospital shortly after graduation and I love it! There is no typical day; every day is different and I learn something new almost every day. I plan to do this job until I can't do it anymore. I am preparing to start my bachelor's degree in Medical Laboratory Science. This will set me up to get my MLS certification, providing a pay increase and an opportunity for a lead position. I would definitely recommend Pima Medical's MLT program. If you like solving puzzles, this is a great career for you!
I was working as a Medical Assistant (MA) at my clinic when I learned my supervisor was retiring in a year. I really wanted her position so I began researching similar positions and realized that a degree was my best bet for being hired for the job. I found Pima Medical Institute through an online search and was impressed with the flexibility of the program. Being a mom of three and working full time, I needed that flexibility. I enrolled in the online Health Care Administration associate degree program and had a wonderful experience. It was a challenge adapting to virtual learning, as I had no previous experience, but my instructors were amazing and extremely helpful. I appreciated how thorough the courses were. Learning the differences in insurance, payers, abbreviations and legal terms totally prepared me for the supervisory position I was pursuing. I'm happy to say that I was hired as a supervisor and started my new position less than a month after graduating and, because of my education, I was able to walk in with a clear understanding of the job. My education was top notch! I recently hired an MA graduate from Pima Medical and was excited to utilize someone who had a great education just like I had. I am so glad I chose Pima Medical and I've recommended them to my coworkers who are looking to advance in their career.
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