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Respiratory Therapy Spotlight: Jeremy Ashcroft

Posted: October 23, 2018 by Diane Smith
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Respiratory therapy graduate, Jeremy Ashcroft.

Jeremy Ashcroft graduated from our Denver respiratory therapy program in 2006. His journey wasn’t without obstacles, or struggles, but he persevered and has thrived in his professional life. Here’s his story, in his own words.
“I was a truck driver and a blue collar worker. I went from job to job until I finally decided I needed a career. I wasn't sure what I wanted to do, but when I got to Pima Medical Institute they encouraged me to shadow someone at the hospital to learn more. One of their clinical instructors took me around the hospital and I was enamored with Respiratory Therapy and I signed up for the program.
Photo of respiratory therapy graduate, Jeremy Ashcroft. Respiratory therapy graduate, Jeremy Ashcroft.
I faced huge obstacles in school and really struggled, because I am a hands-on guy, not a book learner. Not to mention, while a student I was working four jobs and coaching my kid's sports teams. In my fourth semester we got a new clinical instructor who changed my life. If it were not for her, I would not have made it through the program. Amy Brown believed in me more than I believed in myself.  I never thought I was smart until I got into this school. She has had a huge influence on my career.
After graduation I was hired at a hospital and within six months I was named senior therapist and later became a charge therapist. I am still working at that same hospital. I'm proud to say - PMI is a leader in Respiratory Therapy in the state of Colorado. They gave me an incredible education for which I'm thankful.”

So whether you’re on the front lines of an emergency room or assisting a patient with solutions for a chronic disorder, as a respiratory therapist you will use quick problem solving combined with compassion and care to treat patients.

Our Respiratory Therapy program offers courses in advanced respiratory care techniques, including neonatal and adult special care procedures, general and advanced pharmacology, cardiopulmonary disease, patient assessment and therapeutics.

Learn more here.

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