Yolander Vines is a 2013 graduate of Pima Medical Institute and was able to advance her career with our Radiography bridge program while serving her country. See how her experience helped her transition to civilian life.
“I am a Staff Sergeant in the United States Army. My Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) in the Army is 68P, which is a Radiologic Specialist. I’ve served in Washington State, D.C., Korea, Colorado, Hawaii, Kentucky, Iraq, Afghanistan and now back in Washington. Army X-ray technicians cannot do their job in the civilian job market because they are not registered. It really bothered me that I could not take the boards, despite my extensive experience. I didn’t feel like a real technologist because I wasn’t registered and I couldn’t do what I loved in the civilian job market.
While deployed in Afghanistan, I did research on the internet. You should have seen my face light up when I found Pima Medical Institute had a Radiography bridge program. My experience at Pima Medical was AMAZING! I am so much more knowledgeable than I ever was before and I often find myself sharing what I learned with others. My clinical experience gave me what I needed to successfully complete my boards.
Now, endless possibilities are in my future. Pima Medical has really changed my life and I am very grateful for the opportunity I was given.”
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