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Pima Medical Institute Medical Assistant Graduate Shares Uplifting Story

Posted: October 17, 2018 by Diane Smith
Photo of Medical Assistant Graduate, Bridgett Valenzuela
Medical Assistant Graduate, Bridgett Valenzuela

Medical assistants work side by side with doctors, nurses and others on the healthcare team, treating patients from newborns to senior citizens. They demonstrate a blend of varied skills including administrative, technical, communication and interpersonal abilities. Medical assistants are a vital member of any medical team.
So, in honor of National Medical Assistant Day, we wanted to bring you a success story from one of our recent graduates. Despite some serious struggles, Bridgett Valenzuela graduated from the program at our Mesa Campus this year. She did it and so can you! Read her inspiring story below, in her own words.
I was a single mom and was in and out of menial jobs living paycheck to paycheck for many years. Several years ago I attended my sister's graduation from Pima Medical Institute. I recall how inspired I felt watching her walk across that stage and it made me want a better life. But at the time, I just didn't believe I could do it.
Last year I finally signed up for the Medical Assistant program. I would work all night, grab a couple hours sleep, get my kids off to school and take the bus to Pima Medical. Sometimes I'd fall asleep waiting at the bus stop. There were days I didn't have money for the bus or for daycare so I would miss classes. Sometimes my budget felt so drained, I was too tired to even get up. It was a low point when I was dismissed from the program because of my absences. Life was so hard; there was even a time when we were homeless. When Pima Medical offered to give me a second chance, I just knew I was not going to let anything get in the way. I wanted a better life and I wanted a career for my children's sake. My teachers were wonderful and welcomed me back. Pima Medical totally changed my life!
Before my externship was even finished I prepared my resume and began looking for jobs. When Affiliated Dermatology called me for an interview and later offered me a position on their team, I was thrilled! I got to walk across that stage and I am so happy with my new career! One thing I learned through my journey at Pima Medical is there are going to be setbacks, but you just have to keep going. I love Pima Medical Institute!
Learn more about our Medical Assistant program and how you could take the next step in a rewarding career in healthcare.

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