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This Alumnus went from Working Hospitality Jobs to a Three-Time Pima Medical Graduate and a Rewarding Career

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Elgin Sampal, first felt that college wasn’t the right path for him, but after working in the hospitality industry for many years he was laid off and decided it was time to look for a career in the medical field. He completed the Medical Administrative Assistant certificate program (now called Health Care Administration Certificate) at the Las Vegas campus. He also went on to complete Pima Medical’s 100% online associate and bachelor’s degree programs in health care administration.

Here is his story.

“Prior to Pima Medical Institute, I attended a university for a time but just felt school wasn’t in the cards for me. I worked for a number of years in the hospitality industry in Vegas until one day I was laid off. Rather than look for another casino job, I decided I wanted to pursue a career in the medical field. After researching, I chose Pima Medical and was determined to take all the programs necessary to obtain my bachelor’s degree in Health Care Administration.

I started off in the Medical Administrative Assistant program at the Las Vegas Campus and spent my first year learning the basics of the industry and gaining confidence in what we do as health care professionals. I continued by enrolling in Pima Medical’s  online associate degree program in Health Care Administration, from which I gained even more knowledge about my field. Finally, I completed the Bachelor of Science in Health Care Administration (BSHCA) program and I just have to say that I have learned more in these last few years from Pima Medical than I ever did when I went to school previously.

Because of how intensive my programs were, I was able to parlay that education and experience into a job at a home health organization where I started off as a biller and was later promoted to the Director of the Billing Department.  I am currently enrolled in the Master of Health Administration program at A.T. Still University. My dream one day is to be an administrator of a hospital or healthcare network.

Were it not for the knowledge and level of support I received from my instructors at Pima Medical, I don’t think I would be where I am today.”

Pima Medical now offers a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership for those interested in pursuing even more education. Are you ready to take the next step? Get started today.


May 20, 2022

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