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Alumni Spotlight: Hallie Atencio

Posted: November 20, 2020 by Diane Smith
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Denver Campus Physical Therapist Assistant graduate, Hallie Atencio

Hallie Atencio had a successful career in healthcare working as an analyst. She enjoyed healthcare, but was not feeling fulfilled. She found our Physical Therapist Assistant Associate Degree program at our Denver campus and now feeling like she has found her calling.
Here is her story.
“I have a bachelor's degree in Health Management Policy and have worked in several area hospitals as an analyst, doing financial billing and credentialing work. While I enjoyed working in the healthcare field, I struggled with the day-to-day work and felt unfulfilled. I was first introduced to the possibility of a new career at an outpatient clinic where I spied a woman holding a big red ball. I followed her, asked her what she did for a living and she told me she was a Physical Therapist Assistant (PTA). Struck with curiosity, I researched schools and found Pima Medical Institute's PTA program. I had some hesitancy, but seized the opportunity and it turned out to be a game changer that provided more opportunities than I could have dreamed.
The PTA program was rigorous but relevant. Instructors were passionate about the curriculum and regularly went above and beyond. I worked hard throughout the program and eventually received the PTA accolade award at the end of the program. I have contributed to a national PT study and have had the opportunity to work as a stand-in director of rehabilitation.
I am very appreciative of the education I received at Pima Medical. This experience really opened my eyes to a meaningful career as a Physical Therapist Assistant. I tell young people all the time to get a skill that is practical and to pursue a career that makes them happy. I was pleasantly surprised with my education at Pima Medical. I am thankful every day that I went to Pima Medical and am now a lifelong advocate for vocational healthcare education.
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