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Pima Medical Institute Celebrates its more than 13,000 Albuquerque Alumni

Posted: September 13, 2019 by Diane Smith

Nearly 500 people gathered at our Pima Medical Institute Albuquerque campus to celebrate alumni from both the Albuquerque and Albuquerque West-Rio Rancho locations. Serving the Albuquerque community since 1985, the two campuses celebrated quite a milestone – more than 13,000 graduates!

Proud faculty, students and staff joined the graduates and their families. Recent graduates mingled with those who attended in the past, some more than 30 years ago. Patti Slone, who graduated in 1989 is now an RN Case Manager and attended the event with her son, Jesse, who is also a Pima Medical Graduate. Patti said, “I always wanted to be a nurse. Pima Medical was convenient and a good start to my career. Everyone was welcoming and my instructors encouraged me the entire way.  You’ve got to put in the time and the work, but it’s definitely worth the effort.”

Chairman of the Board, Richard Luebke Jr. was on hand to speak to the crowd. Reminding those in attendance of his father’s desire to open the Albuquerque campus as the second overall campus for Pima Medical back in 1985. “This company began as a family business,” he said.  “And now, decades after our first campus opened, we are still a family.”  

Adam Nodal, who graduated from the Dental Hygiene program in 2018 is proud of his time at Pima Medical and says anyone considering attending should absolutely do it! “My time at Pima Medical was transformative,” Adam said. “The whole process taught me about myself and what I am capable of accomplishing. If you are thinking about attending Pima Medical, you should absolutely do it. You’re worth it. Invest in yourself.”

Programs offered at our Albuquerque and Albuquerque West locations include, Dental Assistant, Dental Hygiene, Medical Assistant, Medical Administrative Assistant, Pharmacy Technician, Physical Therapist Assistant, Practical Nursing, Radiography, Respiratory Therapy, Sterile Processing Technician and Veterinary Assistant.

If you’re not located in the Albuquerque area, but are still considering a career in healthcare, take a look the other locations and programs available.

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