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Alumni Spotlight: Medical Assistant Graduate Joseph Nee

Posted: January 29, 2021 by Diane Smith
Photo of Joseph Nee, Medical Assistant Graduate at Pima Medical Institute
2020 Las Vegas Medical Assistant Graduate, Jospeh Nee
 


Joseph Nee is a 2020 graduate of the Las Vegas Medical Assistant program. After years working construction, he was ready to trade in his tools for a new career. As a seasoned professional he was a little worried about shifting gears, but is glad he did.
 
Have you considered making the move to a more fulfilling career, but nervous you might be “too old?” You just might change your mind after reading this story.
 
“I was a contractor in my 50’s with my own construction company in Las Vegas who would come home from work tired, sunburnt and with bleeding knuckles. I knew I needed a new career. So, I met with an advisor at Pima Medical Institute on a Friday and signed up for their Medical Assistant program starting the following Monday. It was a good thing I didn’t have more time to think about it or I may have backed out.

Many of my classmates were younger than I was and I wondered who would hire this old man. But, when I talked with my instructors about it, they reminded me I was bringing maturity and life experience to my new career. I had a 4.0 GPA, but I could not pass the typing test with my two-finger typing and was ready to quit. One of the instructors met me on a Saturday and told me we weren’t leaving until I passed the typing test. She wouldn’t let me quit and I did it!

Shortly after graduating and passing my licensing test, my fiancé started a master’s program on the East coast and we moved to Pennsylvania. I was concerned about finding a job, but I completed 15 applications and was offered 12 positions! I chose Doylestown Health, a primary care with a small ER; just outside of Philadelphia where I knew I would learn and be challenged.

I am 56 years old with a new career in the medical field and I know I can go anywhere in the country and get a job. The instructors are caring, passionate and so good at what they do. My boss recently asked me if Pima Medical could send them some more of their graduates!”

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