Leslie Berg is a four-time graduate of Pima Medical Institute. Her path is not a common one. She started by earning her Phlebotomy certificate and then completed her Respiratory Therapy associate degree. Through trials, tribulations and personal tragedy, she continued to earn her Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration, and finally her Nursing associate degree.
An advocate for both education and Pima Medical Institute, Leslie is proof that with support and personal drive, fulfilling your dreams really is possible.
Here’s her story:
“My path to success began with a strong desire to become a nurse. Initially, I was completing prerequisites at a local community college, but the two-year waitlist was too long. Thankfully, I discovered Pima Medical Institute’s Phlebotomy program. It was perfect for my busy life as a mother of two. In less than three months, I graduated, secured a job in the medical field and was set up for success. Seeking more, I returned to Pima Medical and enrolled in the 22-month Respiratory Therapy (RT) program. The school’s support system, including advisors, financial aid and instructors made it an easy choice. I loved the RT program and was employed for years as a Respiratory Therapist in a hospital and sleep lab setting. I also worked as an autotransfusionist in the operating room.
Life took a difficult turn when my husband battled colon cancer, leading us to temporarily relocate to Phoenix. During that time, I pursued my dream of a bachelor’s degree in Health Care Administration (BSHCA). When things got really tough and I wanted to quit, the program director encouraged me to keep going. All of my instructors were understanding and compassionate and I am so grateful they pushed me to finish.
My husband’s health issues persisted. I knew I had to become the family’s breadwinner so I finally pursued my dream and enrolled in the nursing program. Sadly, my husband passed away a month later and I had to drop out. Nearly two years later, I returned to the program and I am now a proud registered nurse (RN) at Banner Hospital. The nursing program was very challenging, but I realize now the instructors are so tough because they truly care about putting good nurses out in the field.
I recently introduced my daughter to Pima Medical. Just like I had, she took a tour, met with an advisor, received financial aid information, completed an assessment and scheduled an interview for the Radiography program. I am excited for her and confident that Pima Medical will be an amazing experience, just as it was for me.”
Are you looking for a career in healthcare? Learn more now!