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Alumni Spotlight: Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration Graduate Ivan St. Louis

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Ivan was established in his healthcare career when he decided to return to school. He was working full time and had a family to consider before enrolling in the online Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration at Pima Medical. The online class schedule offered the flexibility Ivan needed to work and still care for his family.

Ivan used what he learned during his program to turn his dream of owning a physical therapy clinic into a reality. He shares his story below about how instructor support and his capstone project set him on a path for success.

“I had been a Physical Therapist Assistant for 15 years and was very happy with my career choice, but changes in my field prompted me to go back to school. I heard about Pima Medical Institute through a coworker so I reached out. Donna, my admissions advisor, got to know me, listened to my goals and advised me to consider their Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration. I was 40+ years young with a family and I was working full time, but the bachelor’s program turned out to be a great fit for me. The flexibility of online education allowed me to continue to live my daily life, work and even travel without falling behind. I graduated with a 3.94 GPA and received my degree with high honors.

I was a little unclear about my direction after graduation. But, I remembered what my program director said after I had completed my project for my capstone. My project involved creating a business plan and he said it was so great; I should explore the idea of pursuing it. So, that’s just what I did!

I teamed up with two like-minded colleagues and a year later we are the proud owners of a brand new outpatient physical therapy clinic called In Motion Therapy in my hometown of Brooklyn, NY. The BSHCA program at Pima Medical provided me with the tools to achieve my dream.

I want to thank my family, my partners, May and Joe, and the Pima Medical staff and instructors for all their help and support. I would not be where I am today without them. I cannot tell you what it felt like to treat my very first patient in my OWN clinic. I am living my dream!”

Do you dream about growing your healthcare career? It’s never too late to get started. With online classes and instructor support, you can complete your bachelor’s degree online while you continue to work and care for your family, just like Ivan did. We’re here to help you take that next step and achieve your career goals. Learn more about how you can earn your Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Administration at Pima Medical.

 

April 16, 2021
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