Home > Blog > March 2018 > Pima Medical Institute and East Valley Institute of Technology Forge Collaborative Partnership

Pima Medical Institute and East Valley Institute of Technology Forge Collaborative Partnership

Posted: March 22, 2018 by Diane Smith

East Valley Institute of Technology Logo
Pima Medical Institute recently unveiled a new partnership with the Health Sciences division of the East Valley Institute of Technology (EVIT), aimed at providing students with a clear pathway from high school onto higher education and into healthcare careers.

The dual/early enrollment program is a first-of-its kind for Pima Medical and will assist students currently enrolled in allied health certificate programs at EVIT to use transfer credits into several of Pima Medical Institute’s associate degree programs.

EVIT is a public education system of career training options for East Valley/Phoenix high school students and adults and is Arizona’s first Joint Technical Education District.

“This partnership creates an opportunity for EVIT students to enter several associate degree programs at Pima Medical Institute right away and with priority,” said Fred Freedman, Pima Medical Institute President and CEO. “These students have proven they are committed to a career in healthcare, and with the support of our staff at Pima Medical Institute, students can get their career on track – with incredible ease.”

Kristen Torres is a Regional Director of Operations with Pima Medical Institute and was instrumental in the creation of this partnership. She stated, “EVIT’s goal of raising the bar for career and technical education programs combined with their esteemed reputation, is a perfect match to Pima Medical Institute’s mission, philosophy, and goals.”

Pima Medical Institute is offering several concurrent courses to high school students including a computer literacy course. The long-term goal for this partnership is to prepare the current generation of high school students for careers in healthcare by starting their higher education early. The partnership will increase college persistence rates and give high school students an advantage in competitive career fields by enabling them to graduate sooner and with less debt.

Students currently enrolled in EVIT’s Emergency Medical Technology, Medical Assistant, Nurse Aide and Veterinary Assistant programs can earn transfer credits to Pima Medical Institute’s Patient Care Technician certificate program, Health Care Administration, Paramedic and Veterinary Technician associate degree Programs.  

“We hope this partnership enables students living in the Phoenix-metro area opportunities that might not have been available to them in the past,” added Freedman. “The opportunities in healthcare are immense and training people early in the process bodes well for long-term success.”

EVIT Superintendent Dr. Sally Downey said the school's new partnership with Pima Medical Institute is the perfect example of the "phenomenal opportunities that can be presented to students when institutions pool their resources and work together."

"I couldn't be happier that our students will be given credit for their learning at EVIT and the opportunity to add to that for an associate degree," Downey said. "I love the business model of Pima Medical Institute, where they follow the student all the way through to placement. They have such a wonderful reputation, not just in Arizona, but nationwide."

Creating a more seamless transition for students creates a ready work force, with quality hands-on learning throughout the entire education process.  In addition, students at EVIT will have access to a Pima Medical Institute Health Science Coordinator, right on campus. A first for Pima Medical Institute, the school has named Amber Morrow to this position. Morrow, who is onsite at EVIT’s Mesa Campus began her career at Pima Medical Institute as a lead pharmacy technician instructor and most recently served as Student Services Coordinator. In her role as HSEC, Morrow will teach general education and assist students daily to help them reach their degree goals.

For more information email Amber Morrow at amorrow@pmi.edu.

Recent Stories

Which campus would you like to attend?
Which program are you interested in?
We Value Your Privacy
By submitting this form requesting information, I give Pima Medical Institute permission to contact me via email, telephone, mobile phone or text messages. If you prefer to contact us directly please call (888) 903‑7462.