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Pima Medical Institute to Take Displaced Heritage College Students in Denver

Posted: November 2, 2016 by Elizabeth Baker

DENVER (Nov. 2, 2016) – Students who were attending various healthcare programs at Heritage College in Denver will soon have another option that will lead them to graduation through Pima Medical Institute—a healthcare career college with two campuses in the Denver area. Pima Medical has educated healthcare employees since 1972 and has several campuses across the west, as well as an online education division.

The Colorado Department of Private Occupational Schools board is reviewing the teach-out agreement between Heritage and Pima Medical. The teach-out will allow Heritage’s displaced medical assistant, medical administrative assistant, pharmacy technician and dental assistant students to complete their programs at Pima Medical. There are approximately 120 students in those programs that may need assistance in finishing their programs. Heritage College closed all 10 of its campuses, including the one in Denver, on Nov. 1, leaving students with no notice on the closure.

Pima Medical will work with the students to get them back into the classroom as quickly as possible. All Heritage students are encouraged to attend an information session on Monday, Nov. 7 at Pima Medical’s Denver campus, located at 7475 Dakin Street. Two sessions will be held at 1 and 6 p.m. To sign up, please go to https://secure.pmi.edu/heritage/.

Students will learn how they can finish their medical assistant, medical administrative assistant, pharmacy technician and dental assistant programs at the open house sessions. In addition, anyone who was attending Heritage College and chooses to enroll at Pima Medical and requires additional student loans to complete training will receive a $1,000 tuition scholarship, which will help offset Heritage tuition and student loan obligations.

“We are offering Heritage students a scholarship as a way of extending a helping hand and lessening their educational debt obligations,” said Fred Freedman, CEO of Pima Medical Institute. “These students have been through a lot. If we can help in any way, we feel it’s our responsibility step in. We hope Heritage students come to our information session and learn about all their options.”

An email has been sent to students in those programs alerting them to the Pima Medical’s information session. Pima Medical will be collecting the students’ transcripts in order to provide a smooth transition.

Completed Heritage College credits will be transferrable and applied toward Pima Medical Institute programs. During the information sessions, students will have an opportunity to speak to educational advisors and review a curriculum pathway to assist in determining educational options.

Pima Medical also offers the medical assistant and medical administrative assistant programs at its Aurora, Colo. campus, which may also take some of the displaced Heritage students, if it is a more convenient location for them. That campus is located at 13750 E. Mississippi Ave.

This is not the first time Pima Medical Institute has taken displaced students after schools have closed. It took in students from Mile High Medical Academy in Denver in 2012. It also enrolled students from Anthem College in Phoenix after it closed in September of 2014, and displaced Anamarc College students in El Paso, TX in November of 2014.
About Pima Medical Institute
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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