If you are thinking of a career in healthcare and looking for the right school to enroll in, Pima Medical Institute has a lot to offer.
Founded in 1972 in Tucson, AZ, Pima Medical Institute (PMI) has become one of the more recommended schools for those seeking a career in a variety of medical professions.
Pima is a partner with Allied Health Schools, a very respected name in the healthcare industry.
With many locations throughout the US, and some courses now being offered online, PMI is a career school that offers many options to help students get the education they need as quickly as possible so they can begin seeking employment in their field of study.
Pima Medical Institute Locations
Currently, PIMA offers courses in the following locations:
Arizona – East Valley, Mesa and Tucson
California – Chula Vista
Colorado – Colorado Springs, Denver and South Denver
Nevada – Las Vegas
New Mexico – Albuquerque and Albuquerque West
Texas – Houston
Washington – Renton and Seattle
Online – check specific programs and courses to see if they are offered online
Programs of Study Offered by PMI
At its different locations, PMI offers three different levels of education depending on the study major, those being Certificate programs, Associate’s Degree programs and Bachelor’s Degree programs:
Certificate Programs – These programs provide the basic education required in order for students to begin seeking employment in their field in the quickest time possible.
Some professions require licenses; certificate programs may or may not qualify as required education to enable a candidate to sit for their board licensing examination.
Students are recommended to check with their state’s medical licensing office before enrolling to ensure they are getting the necessary training to be able to gain employment in their state.
- Dental Assistant – Basic dental assisting education; 7 months;
- Expanded Duties Dental Assistant – Advanced dental assisting education; additional 12 weeks of training;
- Diagnostic Medical Sonography (Ultrasound) – Admission is selective, and requires prior college education; 18 months;
- Massage Therapy – Nationally accredited program recognized by NCBTMB and ABMP; 9 months;Medical Administrative Assistant – Both day and evening classes offered at some locations; 30 to 34 weeks, depending on location and schedule;
- Medical Assistant – Basic medical assisting course with no specialization; 9 months;
- Nursing Assistant / Nursing Aide – Basic level nursing assisting and patient charting assigning the title of CNA; 6 weeks;
- Pharmacy Technician – Both day and evening classes offered at some locations; 33 to 34 weeks depending on location and schedule;
- Phlebotomy – Basic venipuncture and specimen handling; 3 months;
- Veterinary Assistant – Basic small animal nursing and assisting; 9 months;
Associate’s Degree Programs – Although Certificate programs can be a great way to get a basic education and be eligible for employment, as job opportunities continue to grow, so are educational requirements.
Many facilities prefer, or demand a minimum of an Associate’s degree as well as any required licensure in order to consider someone for employment. Whenever possible, it is recommended that students try to enroll in an Associate’s degree program so they will get a much more thorough, detailed education, giving them access to many more job opportunities.
Dental Hygiene – Associate in Science, Dental Hygiene. Program prepares students for their licensure exam; 21 months;
Health Care Administration – Associate of Applied Science, Health Care Adminstration, degree to be completed online; 1 year;
Mortuary Science – Associate in Science, Mortuary Science; prepares students for licensure exam and a career in mortuary science and funeral directing; 18 months;
Nursing – Associate’s Degree of Applied Science, Registered Nursing; prepares students for licensure exam for RNs; 96 weeks;
Occupational Therapy Assistant – Associate in Science, Occupational Therapy; prepares students for licensure exam; 20 months;
Ophthalmic Medical Assistant – Associate in Science, Ophthalmic Medical Technician; prepares students for licensure exam; 20 months;
Physical Therapy Assistant – Associate in Science, Physical Therapy Assistant; currently, PIMA is NOT an accredited program, so students will not be able to gain licensure in states where it is required; 18 months;
Radiography – Associate in Science, Radiography Technician; currently, PIMA is NOT an accredited program, so students will not be able to gain licensure in states where it is required; 2 years;
Advanced Placement Radiography – Degree program for students with prior experience; 49 weeks;
Respiratory Therapy – Associate in Science, Respiratory Therapy; prepares students for licensure exam; 21 months;
Veterinary Technician – Associate in Science, Veterinary Technician; PIMA currently holds a provisional accreditation, which may affect student’s ability to sit for licensure exams; 18 months;
Bachelor’s Degree Programs – All three Bachelor’s Degree programs offered by PIMA are geared toward the working professional who is looking to elevate their education, enabling them to advance their career:
Nursing – Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN), an online degree for Registered Nurses geared toward those already employed, enabling them to increase their qualifications while still working. Program entry requirements of proof of Associate’s Degree and RN licensure and status apply; 15 months;
Radiologic Sciences – Bachelor of Science in Radiology, an online degree for radiologic technicians already holding an ARRT certification, enabling them to increase their qualifications while still working. Program entry requirements of proof of ARRT certification and current employment as a radiologic technician apply; 15 months;
Respiratory Therapy – Bachelor of Science in Respiratory Therapy, an online degree for respiratory therapists to further their education and qualifications, enabling them to advance their careers, or move into equipment sales or teaching. Must currently be a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT), as well as hold current employment as an RRT, or have graduated a respiratory program within the last 5 years; 14 months;
Additional Educational Courses Offered by PIMA – These courses are non-degree or certificate courses available to specific students to help them advance their careers:
Fluoroscopy – Online course culminating with a 1-week onsite lab course for ARRT radiology technicians, or radiology technicians registered in California (CRT); total course time 6 weeks;
Registered Respiratory Therapist Review – Online course that prepares respiratory students to gain their RRT credential; 2 weeks, online;
Although most courses are offered at most campuses, students are recommended to check PIMA’s website to confirm whether their course of interest is available at their preferred site, and which programs are offered online: http://pmi.edu