Britni Cox graduated from the Medical Assistant program at our Mesa Campus. Things started out smoothly, but the road to graduation became extremely bumpy. Britni says it’s thanks to the support of her Pima Medical family that she is working in a career she loves today.
“I was driving past Pima Medical Institute one day and noticed a sign for the EMT program. When I stopped in, my advisor told me about the Medical Assistant program, and I learned I could finish in nine months while still working full time. I decided it was for me. I fell in love with the MA program!
My life pretty much fell apart while I was a student at Pima Medical. My mom was diagnosed with stage 5 renal failure and was in the hospital for months. I worked a 40-hour-a-week job during the day, attended classes in the evening, and squeezed in visits with my mom. My mom and I had shared our bills and I couldn’t keep up financially without her. I received an eviction notice and eventually lost my car. I felt like I was suffocating. During all of this, my instructors and classmates supported me and Pima Medical helped me with food boxes and other resources. I came to school on the night my mom died because that’s where my support was. Emotionally, I could not have asked to be surrounded by a better group. Pima Medical’s amazing people – from instructors and student services to career services and front desk staff — are the reason I kept going and didn’t quit school.
I ended up being hired by my externship site, and I’ve now moved on to another employer, but I have to say that I just love getting up in the morning and going to work as a medical assistant. I’ve never been able to say, “I love my job!” before. I am so utterly grateful for absolutely everything Pima Medical Institute has done for me. I don’t know where I would be without them. Thanks, Pima Medical!”
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