Pima Medical Institute was founded in 1972 by Richard Luebke Sr. and his wife, JoAnn. They opened the first campus in Tucson, Arizona specifically to help students become nursing assistants. Over time the school began to introduce more programs which led to additional campus locations. Pima has several accreditations for all of their programs, and their institutional accreditation is provided by Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools.
- Graduation Rate
- Job Placement Services
- Cohort Default Rate
Graduation Rates for Pima Medical Institute was based off one of their programs, Dental Assistant. In 2014, 68% of students completed the program on time. In 2015, their completion rate increased to 73%. An increasing number is a good sign that the program is progressing. If students in all of their specialized programs averaged 73% completion rate then Pima is clearly doing something right in their curriculum. Pima has one of the best represented graduation rates among all trade colleges.
Job Placement Services
Pima Medical has multiple outlets to help their current and past students gain employment. All the options and details are outlined below:
- Adviser Support: An advisor from the Career Services Department will walk students through the different components of a job search portfolio.
- Workshops: The Career Services Department conducts a series of workshops each year on topics such as professionalism, building your cover letter, reference letters, resume, credentials, and more. They teach you how to best "brand" and sell yourself, which includes how to improve your social media presence. At these workshops, you can also find handouts on additional topics including networking tips, a job search checklist, and interviewing approaches.
- Clinical Externship: The Career Department will meet with students to determine their preferences on externships, trying to get a vast variety.
- Job Search Assistance: The representatives will begin the process of sharing available healthcare jobs and setting up job search interviews for you.
- Established Employer Contacts: Through the school's connections, they will try to match students' specific skills with employers' specific preferences and parameters.
Cohort Default Rate
It's rare to see trade colleges that openly disclose their loan repayment default rates. Pima Medial publishes a 10% cohort rate. This is a good number as it is very rare to see schools have lower than 10%. This number alone shows potential students that Pima Medial Institute is a quality trade college.
- Number of Programs
- Cost of School
Number of Programs
Pima Medical Institute obviously focuses their programs in the medical field and they offer several options to their students. However, they still have specialized medical programs that they offer. Currently, there are nine different specialized programs that requires a certificate including:
- Patient Care Technician
- Central Sterile Processing
- Phlebotomy Technician
- Medical Administrative Assistant
- Medical Assistant
- Nursing Assistant /Nurse Aide
- Dental Assistant
- Pharmacy Technician
- Veterinary Assistant
The number of certified programs will be limited if options are only in the medical field. Unfortunately, nine programs doesn't compete with colleges that offer specialized programs in multiple industries where they can offer sometimes 20-30 different programs.
Cost of School
Knowing how much attending college will cost can be a big factor in what school someone can attend. Pima Medical Institute doesn't provide an expense breakdown online which can leave a lot of potential students in the dark on how much they will need. On the bright side, Pima does qualify for federal financial aid which can assist students in any of their expenses associated with their education. However, they don't disclose if they also offer federal work-study programs which is another way students can get financial help. With so many unknowns with Pima, it's hard for a student to gauge if they can attend the school. Not knowing the cost of attendance is one of the most important factors and hurts Pima Institute's Overall Score because of the missing information.
The Bottom Line
Pima Medical Institute is a good school especially for students who are looking specifically in the medical field. They have a reputable history with multiple campus locations. Their graduation rate is impressive and their career services program is hands-on and beneficial. However, the biggest downside is that they do not publish their school costs and the number of specialized programs doesn't come near other big trade colleges. We do recommend Pima Medical for students looking to enter the medical field but encourage those same students to make sure the school's goals and necessities match their personal needs and goals.