Anyone have any experience with Pima Medical Institute??

  1. 0 I am attempting to get information on a couple of the private programs in the area. They are all much more expensive than the CC's, but without waiting lists, they seem a bit more appealing to me!! There is a ton on here about EBSN, and a little about Apollo, but not too much about Pima.
    I hear their NCLEX pass rates are really high, and taht impresses me!! I was wondering how difficult the classes are, if you really have NO TIME to do anything else, what the teachers are like, clinicals, schedules. Do you like the program... is it everything they promised, and is it REALLY *that* hard to get in??? Do the classes seem to work together, or does everyone have an "I am in it for me" attitude??

    Thanks!!
    T
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  4. Visit  precious_e profile page
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    I went to PIMA Medical Institute for two of their programs. I did a 35 week Medical Assistant Program with training in front and back office. I also did the CNA there as well. For the two classes I took there , I loved the program as well as the instructors. But there is an awesome school who has a 10 month LPN Program and you come out of it IV Certified. There is no wait list and the only main pre-reqs they require is to be CPR certified, CNA, and proof of Compass Exam which is your entrance exams to a community college. You go to school from Monday through friday from 3:30pm-6:30pm and when there are Clinicals they are Wednesday and Thursday from 3:30pm-9:30pm. I dont know if this helps you any.
    Last edit by precious_e on Oct 7, '07
  5. Visit  sassiebaz profile page
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    Quote from precious_e
    I went to PIMA Medical Institute for two of their programs. I did a 35 week Medical Assistant Program with training in front and back office. I also did the CNA there as well. For the two classes I took there , I loved the program as well as the instructors. But there is an awesome school who has a 10 month LPN Program and you come out of it IV Certified. There is no wait list and the only main pre-reqs they require is to be CPR certified, CNA, and proof of Compass Exam which is your entrance exams to a community college. You go to school from Monday through friday from 3:30pm-6:30pm and when there are Clinicals they are Wednesday and Thursday from 3:30pm-9:30pm. I dont know if this helps you any.

    PS That is where I am going for my LPN I am currently in their program and it is one of the best schools to go to. The teacher is amazing. They have a high pass rate, the school doesnt advertise its by word of mouth only. But the teacher ratio is 1 teacher for every 10 students. We have 2 Classes and there are only a total of 30 LPN Students. Plus they have an agreeement with all of Maricopa Community College, once you pass the N-Clex Exam the Community Colleges will allow you to apply straight into block 3 an dblock 4 of the RN program and then you have your RN in one year. I love it there everyone is amazing and nice.

    So, what is the name of this program? You left that part out. Or maybe you want to PM me with the name? I have talked to many, many nursing programs and haven't heard anything about a school having an "agreement" to let an LPN into the RN program based on passing the NCLEX-PN. Are you sure you are getting the right info? Anyways, I'd like some more info from you if you wouldn't mind...thanks!
  6. Visit  squeeek profile page
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    I was wondering what the enterance exam at P.M.I. is called? I've heard things like TEAS test? Is that it?
  7. Visit  rzyzzy profile page
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    Quote from sassiebaz
    So, what is the name of this program? You left that part out. Or maybe you want to PM me with the name? I have talked to many, many nursing programs and haven't heard anything about a school having an "agreement" to let an LPN into the RN program based on passing the NCLEX-PN. Are you sure you are getting the right info? Anyways, I'd like some more info from you if you wouldn't mind...thanks!
    I can't imagine a special "agreement" - I suspect this is just regular advanced placement - I.E., current LPN license, 850+ on Hesi PN, & pre-req's completed - so if precious_e started the LPN program with no pre-req's, there will be a break in the program while those are done - no RN in one year...

    And FWIW, I wouldn't want to go directly into block three without the pre-req's anyway. There were several in my PN group who had those pre-req's and still had a hard time keeping up.
  8. Visit  KristeyK profile page
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    I am currently attending PMI in Tucson. Is it hard? Sure it is, but it's not social life ending hard. I have had to give up a few things like everyone else, but life is doable so far. I took the HESI to get in, and had to have a few pre-reqs done such as A&P, Psych and English. I don't know about the Mesa campus, but here in Tucson, we basically have to make APA style papers our best friend. lol. The instructos I've had so far are GREAT! They are pretty good about making the classes not only relevant to being NURSES, but also work in concert together. For instance, we'll be studying the resp. system in all our classes at the same time, so we learn not only how to care for it, but the pathophysiology of the system and related drugs to it. I just finished week 2 of second semester, but I REALLY like it. As long as you show the initiative to become a nurse and wanting to pass, the instructors will give you all the help you need to help you get through it.
    Also, Tucson just graduated the first class in November, and I think there are only two or three people who have yet to take the NCLEX, and so far the pass rate here is 100%. Another thing that made me feel like I chose the right program is the fact that I've had several ER doctors and nurses tell me that they LOOOOOOOOOOOVE having PMI students there with them, and that they think highly of our program.
    Again, I can't tell you about the Mesa program, I imagine it isn't that different than here in Tucson. There are a couple times during the program that they have intructors from Kaplan come in and teach us about how to pass the NCLEX. In fact, after our last semester of finals are over, there is a one week program (maybe two weeks, I don't remember now) of Kaplan instruction to help pass the NCLEX.
    PM me if you have any questions I can help with.
  9. Visit  Luvaddison profile page
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    KirsteyK-
    Can you share more about the application and acceptance process for Pima? Also any pre-reqs that are required. I talked to a rep on the phone who said Math, psych, bio, english and AP are required but she wasnt sure what level. Any and all info is appreciated!
  10. Visit  Cynthia Parker profile page
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    Do they take off tuition costs if you have taken some of the classes they offer?
  11. Visit  thedeazy profile page
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    this post was removed b/c i didnt know what i was doing haha... please read further down...
    Last edit by thedeazy on Oct 24, '11 : Reason: deletion
  12. Visit  thedeazy profile page
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    Quote from KristeyK
    I am currently attending PMI in Tucson. Is it hard? Sure it is, but it's not social life ending hard. I have had to give up a few things like everyone else, but life is doable so far. I took the HESI to get in, and had to have a few pre-reqs done such as A&P, Psych and English. I don't know about the Mesa campus, but here in Tucson, we basically have to make APA style papers our best friend. lol. The instructos I've had so far are GREAT! They are pretty good about making the classes not only relevant to being NURSES, but also work in concert together. For instance, we'll be studying the resp. system in all our classes at the same time, so we learn not only how to care for it, but the pathophysiology of the system and related drugs to it. I just finished week 2 of second semester, but I REALLY like it. As long as you show the initiative to become a nurse and wanting to pass, the instructors will give you all the help you need to help you get through it.
    Also, Tucson just graduated the first class in November, and I think there are only two or three people who have yet to take the NCLEX, and so far the pass rate here is 100%. Another thing that made me feel like I chose the right program is the fact that I've had several ER doctors and nurses tell me that they LOOOOOOOOOOOVE having PMI students there with them, and that they think highly of our program.
    Again, I can't tell you about the Mesa program, I imagine it isn't that different than here in Tucson. There are a couple times during the program that they have intructors from Kaplan come in and teach us about how to pass the NCLEX. In fact, after our last semester of finals are over, there is a one week program (maybe two weeks, I don't remember now) of Kaplan instruction to help pass the NCLEX.
    PM me if you have any questions I can help with.
    Kristey,

    Is there anything you can tell me about the accreditation status at PMI Tucson? I am seriously considering the school but I want to be sure that I wont come into trouble with transfering the ADN to a BSN program.

    Also, how much help was the admin. staff in helping you find any financial aid? Were you able to off-set any of the costs with financial aid or scholarships? The $45k price tag is scaring me just a bit.

    Any info is a big help. Thinking of relocating from CA to attend the school, Just want to be sure its the right fit.

    BTW, this is my first post on the website, so forgive me if i didnt do it right. I could always PM you if its easier (which i have no idea how to do...). Thanks,

    Lucas
  13. Visit  facethemusic profile page
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    thedeazy-

    I see you were interested in ADN program at Pima. I started in August at the Mesa Campus and love it. So far the program has been nothing short of wonderful. The professors are wonderful and very very educated. Classes are hard and they expect a lot from us but the professors are very helpful. My class has a little over 30 students but we have a minimum of 5 teachers with all of us in lab. We start clinicals in Jan. and I'm nervous but excited.

    As for the expensive tuition, yes it's a lot. I went back and fourth with it for a long time, but when I realized I still had at least a year to go to get into a community college the decision was easy for me. Now that I've started PIMA I'm glad because I know we as students get more one on one with the teachers than the students at community college. We also get the help from the students that are further along in the program. I have a mentor that is in block 3 (at PIMA she is called a Sophomore) and she is so helpful.

    I hope my opinion helps. If you have any questions about the program please feel free to ask!

  14. Visit  thedeazy profile page
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    Hey Face!
    Thanks so much for the reply and info on your classes! I am definitely still up in the air about the program mostly because of the cost and the chance of not finding a job right out of graduation from the program. I think I will be applying to the Northern Arizona University for their BSN program that will start fall 2012. But I haven't completely ruled out PMI just yet. It's a relief to hear that the educators are at least legit. Good luck in your future and with clinicals!


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