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Mesa Campus Medical Assistant Program Certification Pass Rate Highest in the Nation

Posted: June 14, 2014 by Elizabeth Baker

MESA, ARIZ. (June 14, 2014) The Mesa campus of Pima Medical Institute (PMI), a private post-secondary education and training school, was recognized by the National Healthcareer Association (NHA) as having the highest national pass rate for their Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) program.
The CCMA is one of three certification programs recommended by PMI for students enrolled in the Medical Assistant program.
“The CCMA is a bit more difficult than the other two but we want to set the standards higher for our students at PMI Mesa,” said Linda Bird, AS, RMA, PMI Mesa Campus Lead Instructor. “By doing so, we provide the community a more qualified healthcare professional and the medical employers a more qualified employee.”
The first group of PMI Mesa students to take the certification exam did so in May 2013. The following chart compares the pass rates from the past 12 months for PMI Mesa, Arizona and the nation:  
  1st Quarter 2014 4th Quarter 2013 2013
PMI Mesa 91.7% 86.1% 87.6%
Arizona 82.1% 80.5% 76.6%
National 73.3% 74.1% 72.4%
NHA also recognized that in the previous three months, 92% of PMI’s candidates passed their certification exam on the first try compared to a national rate of 75%.
Bird cites a number of reasons for the increases in passing rates over the previous 12 months:
  • Increased emphasis on taking advantage of  lesson module review sheets and practice tests
  • Study group sessions focusing on course materials and exams both during class time and outside of school
  • Increased worksheets and quizzes focused on the exam information.
David Allen is one of the PMI Mesa students who recently passed the exam. “I believe the teaching methods the PMI instructors use really helped us to prepare for the exam,” said Allen. “I originally chose PMI when I decided to enter the Medical Assistant program based upon a recommendation, but they’ve exceeded my expectations,” he added.  
The CCMA program is one of several certification programs offered at Pima Medical Institute.

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Pima Medical Institute is a private, accredited school dedicated to provide students classroom studies paired with real-world training at medical facilities. Established in 1972, Pima Medical Institute helps students become career ready, focusing exclusively on health care professions, including medical, dental, veterinary and nursing fields. Curriculum includes certificate, associate degree and bachelor’s degree programs, ranging from nursing, medical assistant and radiology technician to veterinary assistant and dental hygienist.
Pima Medical Institute operates 16 campuses as well as an online division. The medical career college has a presence in eight western states with ground locations in Albuquerque, N.M.; Tucson, Phoenix and Mesa, Ariz.; Denver and Colorado Springs, Colo.; Seattle and Renton, Wash.; Las Vegas, N.V.; Houston and El Paso, Texas; Chula Vista, Calif.; and Dillon, Mont. For more information and a complete list of programs offered at each campus, visit pmi.edu or call 1-888-442-5998.

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