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First Class of Mesa Firefighters Graduate from Paramedic Program

Posted: May 21, 2015 by Elizabeth Baker

MESA, Ariz. (May 21, 2015) – Pima Medical Institute’s graduation tomorrow night will send off 268 students, including 18 Mesa firefighters, who will graduate from the new paramedic program, first introduced in the fall of 2013.

Mesa Fire and Medical Department’s Assistant Fire Chief, Mary Cameli, will be the guest commencement speaker.

“The Mesa Fire and Medical Department was pleased to partner with Pima Medical Institute for our paramedic training,” said Cameli. “Pima Medical was very accommodating and flexible to the unique scheduling needs of our members and was very open to the partnership with our department. Having 18 additional paramedics added to our staffing will help to enhance the service we provide to our community, which helps to maintain the high level of service that we provide.”
IMG_4351.JPGPima Medical paramedic students study at the Mesa, Ariz., campus.

Pima Medical worked with the fire department to create the 14-month associate degree program. The cohort will see 100 percent graduation.

“We’re really proud of these firefighter students. They balanced long work hours with school and family obligations,” said Pima Medical Institute Mesa Campus Director, Kristen Torres. “The relationship Pima Medical has formed with the fire department has been invaluable. It was an honor to educate these men and women who do so much for the community.”

Another cohort of paramedic students will finish in August, and a new paramedic class just started on May 11. The first cohort consisted strictly of firefighters. The others are a mix of students who want to be paramedics and are already emergency medical technicians (EMT). Several of them earned their EMT certifications at Pima Medical.

“We’re excited to be continuing the paramedic program,” said Paramedic Program Director Mike Beilfuss. “The original partnership with the Mesa fire department has resulted in a valuable program that will serve the city and surrounding area for years to come.”

Pima Medical Mesa campus students from several other programs will also graduate tomorrow night, including those receiving associate degrees in health care administration, nursing, occupational therapy assistant, physical therapist assistant, radiography, respiratory therapy; and those receiving certificates from the dental assistant, emergency medical technician, medical assistant, nursing assistant/nurse aide and pharmacy technician programs.

Graduation will be held at 7 p.m. at the Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave., in Chandler.

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Pima Medical Institute (PMI) is a private, accredited school dedicated to provide students classroom studies paired with real-world training at medical facilities. Established in 1972, PMI helps students become career ready, focusing exclusively on health care professions, including medical, dental, veterinary and nursing fields. PMI’s curriculum includes certificate, associate degree and bachelor’s degree programs, ranging from nursing, medical assistant and radiology technician to veterinary assistant and dental hygienist.
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