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Her Medical Assistant Certificate Opened Doors to a Successful Career in the Medical Field

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Valeria Garcia earned her medical assistant certificate from our El Paso campus in 2018 and since then has gone on to have a very successful career. Here is her story.

“I was studying to be a chef when I realized it just wasn’t what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. I researched the medical field and enrolled in the Medical Assistant (MA) program at Pima Medical Institute. My instructors saw I was eager to learn and pushed me to do my best. My externship at William Beaumont Army Medical Hospital ended up being one of the best experiences of my life. I obtained a wealth of experiences working in the ER and trauma bay. During my last week, the master sergeant and staff surprised me by awarding me a Challenge Coin (the first one given to a student) for all my hard work and dedication. It was such an honor!

Since graduating from my 9-month MA program, I have had a ton of great experiences. My first job was with a podiatrist where I assisted with minor surgeries and general foot care. I later worked for a rheumatologist where I became the head MA. I spent time working in dermatology, as a traveling MA and later for a pediatric GI doctor. Throughout this whole time, I’d had my application in with the federal government and recently obtained a position as a Clinical Certified Medical Assistant working with the Customs Border Patrol Medical Unit at the Port of Entry. We treat immigrants, detainees and our own officers. We make sure they get medications and assist in everything from wound care to labor and delivery.

I love the medical field and I love to learn. I am considering continuing my education to become an RN, nurse practitioner or flight paramedic. I’m so grateful I chose Pima Medical and found my place in the medical field!”

If you are interested in a career in healthcare, our Medical Assistant program could be the perfect fit- and you could be working in the field in as little as nine months. Get started now!

July 22, 2022

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