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Medical Assistant Student Proves it’s Never too Late to Change Careers

Posted: October 23, 2014 by Elizabeth Baker


Pima Medical Institute medical assistant student John Emanual studies during class

In celebration of Medical Assistants Recognition Week, we are telling the stories of Pima Medical Institute medical assistant students—and John Emanual’s is definitely an interesting one.

Emanual, a Colorado Springs student, decided in his mid-60s that he would completely change careers, from priest to medical assistant.

“I wanted to enter a multi-skilled caring profession where I knew I could help others in a meaningful way in an ambulatory care setting. I enjoy working with others and putting patients’ well-being above everything,” he said.

Emanual chose Pima Medical because he had heard good things about the school and because he knew advisors would work with him to help him find a career after he graduates.

“I heard many positive comments from others who attended and graduated from the MA program,” Emanual said. “They were extremely satisfied with their instructors and the quality of education and clinical experience they received.”

Emanual will finish his externship next month and plans to graduate with honors.

“I’ve had the time of my life at Pima. I’m 65 years old and was once an active priest. The coursework has been demanding, but I have realized that nothing comes easy without some sacrifice.”





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