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Pima Medical Institute’s Denver Campus Wins National Respiratory Care Competition

Posted: December 7, 2018 by Diane Smith
Photo of Denver's Respiratory Therapy Program Director Justin Misuraca, Julia Johansen, Heather Hurkala, Nathaniel Fisher, Tyler Tilkens, Denver Respiratory Therapy Clinical Director Nicole Bernd and CEO & President Fred Freedman.
Denver Respiratory Therapy Program Director Justin Misuraca; Denver team: Julia Johansen, Heather Hurkala, Nathaniel Fisher and Tyler Tilkens; Denver Respiratory Therapy Clinical Director Nicole Bernd and CEO & President Fred Freedman.
 


Pima Medical Institute’s Denver Campus has won the National Sputum Bowl Challenge. Part of the annual American Association for Respiratory Care’s (AARC) Congress, held this year in Las Vegas, the competition is a Jeopardy-style quiz game where students must quickly and accurately answer questions that range from anatomy and physiology to mechanical breathing and disease.
 
This is the 7th national title in 13 years for Pima Medical with wins in 2015, 2014, 2013, 2008, 2006 and 2005. This year’s teams from the Albuquerque, Denver, Las Vegas and Tucson campuses advanced through state competitions to showcase their knowledge at the competition. The Denver team topped the competition, that included 22 teams, beating out Collin College, representing Texas to take the title.
 
Photo of CEO & President, Fred Freedman with Denver CEO & President Fred Freedman with Denver's Respiratory Therapy team and instructors celebrating their victory.
“The national competition was fierce, and I am proud of the Denver team’s perseverance and competitive spirit,” said Fred Freedman, President and CEO of Pima Medical Institute. “Having four state champs and five teams in this year’s challenge is an amazing feat and testament to our respiratory therapy faculty’s commitment to achievement.”



Team Denver included Tyler Tilkens, Heather Hurkala, Julia Johansen and Nathaniel Fisher. In addition to the rigorous classroom work associated with their degree program, the students spent extra time practicing and studying for the competition.

Photo of the AARC Congress. AARC Congress event.
The AARC yearly congress features the latest in respiratory therapy technology and breakthroughs in treatment and education. Practitioners, students and instructors from across the country attend. 

Pima Medical offers the associate degree in respiratory therapy program at its Albuquerque, N.M, Chula Vista, Calif., Denver, Houston, Las Vegas, Renton, Wash., Mesa, Ariz., and Tucson, Ariz. campuses. It also offers a bachelor of science degree in respiratory therapy online.

Learn about the associate degree in respiratory therapy program and bachelor of science degree in respiratory therapy online program and how you can become a part of the Pima Medical family.





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