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Alumni Spotlight: Jessica Leyva OTA Grad

Posted: July 26, 2019 by Diane Smith
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Jessica Leyva is a 2018 graduate of the Tucson Campus Occupational Therapy Assistant Program, and this week’s Alumni Spotlight. Read on for her inspiring journey from volunteer, to occupational therapy assistant.

While on summer break in high school, my mom encouraged me to get out of the house and do some volunteering. Through a friend, I had the opportunity to work in Tucson Medical Center's Pediatric Outpatient Clinic. I got lots of great experience but found myself drawn to the Occupational Therapy area. In fact, I ended up falling in love with it and went back every summer!

After high school, I attended the University of Arizona and got my degree in psychology. While working at Encompass Health as a Rehabilitation Technician, an Occupational Therapy Assistant, who had graduated from Pima Medical Institute, encouraged me to attend their OTA Program.

Coming to Pima Medical was very different from my university experience. It was actually a million times better! I loved the small class sizes and the personal attention from the instructors. I had gotten a little lost and struggled at the university, but I did well and loved my time at Pima Medical and I felt very confident and well prepared going into my field. I currently work for the Sunnyside School District and I am an Occupational Therapy Assistant working with preschool age children with a wide range of disabilities and abilities. After I get a little more experience, I plan to go back to school to get my master's and my doctorate.

Pima Medical is a place that genuinely cares about you. They prepare you and want you to do well in the career you have chosen. I love my job!”

Jessica’s story is proof that everyone’s journey is different. Are you ready to begin your journey towards a fulfilling career in healthcare? Check out all the programs and campus locations available to you.

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