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Tucson Respiratory Therapy Student Follows in Brothers’ Footsteps

Posted: October 21, 2014 by Elizabeth Baker

Lupe Valenzuela is a Pima Medical Institute respiratory therapy student in Tucson. As part of National Respiratory Care Week, we are featuring stories of those who’ve chosen to go into the life-saving, critical field.
In his own words
Lupe Valenzuela, Pima Medical Institute respiratory therapy student.

“I chose the respiratory therapy program because it’s something I've wanted to do for a long time. I have two brothers that are respiratory therapist and they really love their jobs, one has been in NICU for 18 years and the other in ICU for about four years. 
I got out of the Army where I was a parachute rigger for four years and started school at my local junior college in Valencia, Calif., when I got out. At times it was so difficult to get the classes that I needed because they filled so quickly. If I would have stuck it out there I would not have been a registered respiratory therapist until 2016.

I chose PMI Tucson because of the positive reviews that I read and I had a cousin who graduated from PMI Tucson in 2012. She also had nothing but great things to say about the school and its instructors. My experience at PMI has been outstanding. The passion and knowledge these instructors have in the field of respiratory therapy really makes me feel ready to get out there and be a great therapist and to be, as they say, 'the patients' advocate.'
I have had nothing but great experiences with my peers and all my instructors at PMI, whether it’s in class or in a clinical setting. I graduate in February of 2015, and my plan is to move back to Valencia and to work with friends and family at the local hospital there.”

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