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Pima Medical Institute

Specializes in Cardiac Care.

Anyone have any experience with this school. They called me today about going to an information session. Not sure I want to go spend two hours somewhere for nothing. Like somewhere with a huge waiting list and tuition?:down::up:?

cardiacRN2006, ADN, RN

Specializes in Cardiac.

http://www.ade.az.gov/arizonaheat/Courses/Program_Information.asp?ID=5289&returnP=3&category=&Ptype=Training%20Program

Tuition (in-state)$37,500.00

Books$1,985.00

Tuition (out-of-state)$37,500.00

Supplies/Materials$0.00

Uniforms$165.00 Tests/Exams$0.00

Required Medical Exams$0.00

Required FeeOther ExpensesRegistration Fee$150.00 $0.00Lab Fee$0.00 Total Tuition and Required Fees$37,650.00

Total Program Expenses$2,150.00

Total Program Cost $39,800.00

AZMOMO2

Specializes in Cardiac Care.

Thanks for the info. That is something to consider. What a difference in costs wonder if there is a big wait too?

http://www.ade.az.gov/arizonaheat/courses/program_information.asp?id=5289&returnp=3&category=&ptype=training%20program

tuition (in-state)$37,500.00

books$1,985.00

tuition (out-of-state)$37,500.00

supplies/materials$0.00

uniforms$165.00 tests/exams$0.00

required medical exams$0.00

required feeother expensesregistration fee$150.00 $0.00lab fee$0.00 total tuition and required fees$37,650.00

total program expenses$2,150.00

total program cost $39,800.00

thanks for the site. there are quite a few private nursing schools listed on there. i like the fact they have a composed schools with the bottom line, cost to attend. i was shocked to see apollo at 43k.:eek: i saw one of their students in fresh and easy, i was tempted to ask about their experience.

again thanks for the site, sometimes all you need is some quick information and not the tenth degree just for some figures.

yeah I called to ask for some info and they were acting like some timeshare place, telling me I had to come in to a info session every thursday at 3. EVERY SINGLE QUESTION I ASKED SHE JUST KEPT REFERRING TO THIS MEETING!!!

I was more than slightly annoyed, being as that as of right now I dont have a car to make it out there and even if I did I work until 430, so basically I would have to take unpaied time off work, and a bus from downtown just to find out anything about that school....:madface: What kind of school refuses to divulge any info to prospectives students..

makes me wonder,,,,

at least now I know how much of a rip this school cost. It wouldnt even be worth it if there is a wait for it as well (which I dont know if there is or not)

Community colleges cost less that 10K and there is a wait for them too..sooo whats the difference if thats the case...?

yeah i called to ask for some info and they were acting like some timeshare place, telling me i had to come in to a info session every thursday at 3. every single question i asked she just kept referring to this meeting!!!

i was more than slightly annoyed, being as that as of right now i dont have a car to make it out there and even if i did i work until 430, so basically i would have to take unpaied time off work, and a bus from downtown just to find out anything about that school....:madface: what kind of school refuses to divulge any info to prospectives students..

makes me wonder,,,,

at least now i know how much of a rip this school cost. it wouldnt even be worth it if there is a wait for it as well (which i dont know if there is or not)

community colleges cost less that 10k and there is a wait for them too..sooo whats the difference if thats the case...?

i agree. the private schools are walking a fine line with having waitlists. if you are looking at close to the same time of waiting, same duration of programs, but a difference of $20k-35k in money spent for a program? i think we know where most of us will be. i too am frustrated with the lack of information you can get on the phone from "all" the nursing schools. that's what is so wonderful about this site, we can share information that we receive through experience and it helps the person coming up next.

AZMOMO2

Specializes in Cardiac Care.

I'm goingto go down on Thursday and listen so I'll post the info for ya'all

I'm goingto go down on Thursday and listen so I'll post the info for ya'all

That would be AWESOME!!!:yeah:

Most of these tech schools are this way. Even schools like Bryman, will not give out financial info over the phone. It's just what is asked of them by their schools policy. I know it's frustrating, it was for me in the beginning, but I went to the info sessions and just did what they asked. Not that it was easy to get someone to watch my little one, and yes it was incovenient....but that's just how it is with some schools. With that being said, I spoke with several nurses that came in for make-overs last weekend. I talked to one specifically about the private school route and told her the cost. She encouraged me to go that route and by-pass the waitlists. Since I do NOT have many pre-req's done, she thought $40K was actually "Not Bad" was what she said. She happens to be a nurse manager with Banner and said she has staff twiddling their thumbs on the waitlists. She said if you can get in and out in 2 years....got for it! Of course, If I had more pre-req's done I wouldnt even consider the private route. But I don't so I think that is the way I will go.....We all have different circumstances and will each choose the route that best works with our lives. Like KnitPurl said......that's what is great about this board...we can share info and give support to whoever needs it....or wants it.

I was a student at PMI. It is a pretty good school. Like all programs it has it's ups and downs. The biggest complaint in my class was that everything was not "uniform".:banghead: Some clinical groups had to do more paperwork than others, and were allowed to do more "nursing skills like start IV's while other groups were not even allowed to do blood draws, and it seemed that some of the curriculum got "watered" down because a lot of students were having a difficult time! It made those of us who worked our butts off a little frustrated to see "give me" points being handed out to boost the "not so hard working" peoples grades so everyone could pass!!:banghead::no::uhoh3::nono:

The education is there for you if you want it! The teachers in the classroom are pretty awesome. The teacher that does the lab is FABULOUS:yeah:. They were all more than willing to go the extra mile to help any of us out!!

As for the cost..... well... when you figure there is no real waiting list.. just waiting for the next class to start..... and you can be 100% done in 2 years... and WORKING as an RN.....making money.... OR.. you can sit that 2 years on a waiting list and the CC.... me... I chose to get started and have the loans.... BUT be in the work force making the money 2 years sooner!! After all... by my calculations.. you are still UP 40k by being in the field 2 years sooner!!

Overall I am satisfied with the school, and the program... and I LOVED my classmates!!!

SJ:bow:

Does anyone know if you were to get your Associates from PMI if it would transfer to ASU? For example, would you be able to apply to the RN to BSN bridge program?

AZMOMO2

Specializes in Cardiac Care.

not sure but i will ask tomorrow.

AZMOMO2

Specializes in Cardiac Care.

I just got back from the info session at PMI. Well all in all the info session is a waste of time because they give you a booklet tell you to read it. You don't get a whole lot of answers that you couldn't have found out from a post on here. They Give you about a 5 minute talk about the first couple of pages. The program fee's and then tell you about the point system for admission and the tests that they'd like you to take right then. Which is why they tell you 3-5. There is a short basic math test you can use a caculator on. You get admission points for that then there is a 50 question math/english test that you get 12 mins to take and should get at least 25 questions right. Then your admission person will call you in a few days to tell you if you met the basic requirements to take the next step. The next step is to submit your transcripts from HS and any college classes you have taken. You get some points for those etc. You need at least 30 admission points to get an interview with the nursing department. Then after the interview is an essay. OK so it does cost ALOT. They are taking about 36 people in January 09 and then there is another class starting in Sept 09. Prices are going up from the 39,000 that they charge. It does not transfer to ASU, only U of P and 11 other online format RN to BSN programs. Lets see what else? Oh they only require ENG101, PSY101 and A&PI as prereq the rest are in the curriculum. BUT... if you have a lot of your prereqs completed it does not change the cost of the program and you may be required to take the again as well. They also only transfer in 18 credits on top of your pre-req ones they require as it is only a 72 credit hour program. 96 weeks They don't keep a waiting list but if you are not one of the 30-36 they take in January then you have to reapply. You also have to take the HESI and get a 75% to pass There may be more. I haven't but thats all I can remember. So if you make the time to go down there for the infor session be prepared to take the tests to start with so as not to have wasted your time. I'd say go ONLY if you are really really tired of waiting the CC route.

I just got back from the info session at PMI. Well all in all the info session is a waste of time because they give you a booklet tell you to read it. You don't get a whole lot of answers that you couldn't have found out from a post on here. They Give you about a 5 minute talk about the first couple of pages. The program fee's and then tell you about the point system for admission and the tests that they'd like you to take right then. Which is why they tell you 3-5. There is a short basic math test you can use a caculator on. You get admission points for that then there is a 50 question math/english test that you get 12 mins to take and should get at least 25 questions right. Then your admission person will call you in a few days to tell you if you met the basic requirements to take the next step. The next step is to submit your transcripts from HS and any college classes you have taken. You get some points for those etc. You need at least 30 admission points to get an interview with the nursing department. Then after the interview is an essay. OK so it does cost ALOT. They are taking about 36 people in January 09 and then there is another class starting in Sept 09. Prices are going up from the 39,000 that they charge. It does not transfer to ASU, only U of P and 11 other online format RN to BSN programs. Lets see what else? Oh they only require ENG101, PSY101 and A&PI as prereq the rest are in the curriculum. BUT... if you have a lot of your prereqs completed it does not change the cost of the program and you may be required to take the again as well. They also only transfer in 18 credits on top of your pre-req ones they require as it is only a 72 credit hour program. 96 weeks They don't keep a waiting list but if you are not one of the 30-36 they take in January then you have to reapply. You also have to take the HESI and get a 75% to pass There may be more. I haven't but thats all I can remember. So if you make the time to go down there for the infor session be prepared to take the tests to start with so as not to have wasted your time. I'd say go ONLY if you are really really tired of waiting the CC route.

Wow...sounds like they really put you on the spot. I would have gone today, but I went to the Banner Fellows Program information session. This is really the only day I could have gone. I have CNA school starting soon, then A&P 1&2 this summer.

I really appreciate you sharing all of this information with us. It really helps with evaluating all of our options. So are you planning on applying to the Pima program?

PMFB-RN, BSN, RN

Specializes in burn ICU, SICU, ER, Traum Rapid Response.

As for the cost..... well... when you figure there is no real waiting list.. just waiting for the next class to start..... and you can be 100% done in 2 years... and WORKING as an RN.....making money.... OR.. you can sit that 2 years on a waiting list and the CC.... me... I chose to get started and have the loans.... BUT be in the work force making the money 2 years sooner!! After all... by my calculations.. you are still UP 40k by being in the field 2 years sooner!!

Overall I am satisfied with the school, and the program... and I LOVED my classmates!!!

SJ:bow:

*** For that kind of money you could easily afford to go to a state and CC without a waitlist, pay to live there for a couple years and still be money ahead.

AZMOMO2

Specializes in Cardiac Care.

I honestly don't think so. I am not sure if 40k is worth it. How on earth can I come up with that much money? I don't think standard student loans cover it and do I really want to come out of school with only and Associate's degree owing more than a house payment? Not having much money is the MAIN reason I chose to go back to school to better myself at my age. Ya know? I think I will just wait for CAC. The next class for their program is in January too, and the costs are like what 1/4 of the amount. And if I work as a CNA I in the meantime I can qualify through an employer to pay back the smaller amt. I want to be a nurse NOW but I think its not a great Idea for me. Now if I was going on grants and scholarship I sure would.

HOW WAS THE BANNER THING?

I honestly don't think so. I am not sure if 40k is worth it. How on earth can I come up with that much money? I don't think standard student loans cover it and do I really want to come out of school with only and Associate's degree owing more than a house payment? Not having much money is the MAIN reason I chose to go back to school to better myself at my age. Ya know? I think I will just wait for CAC. The next class for their program is in January too, and the costs are like what 1/4 of the amount. And if I work as a CNA I in the meantime I can qualify through an employer to pay back the smaller amt. I want to be a nurse NOW but I think its not a great Idea for me. Now if I was going on grants and scholarship I sure would.

HOW WAS THE BANNER THING?

I agree with you...if I had $40k lying around, sure, but I already have that in student loans from my B.A. degree that I am obviously not going to use.

Is CAC, Central Arizona College? That is in Coolidge, right? Sounds like a great program...I believe I have read some posts about it.

I am planning on working as a CNA in the meantime as well. I start my CNA class on May 5th and will complete it in 3 weeks (daytime class). Then I immediately go into A&P 1 & 2 for the entire summer, then I have baby #2, and finally I start Micro in the Fall semester!! Ahhhh!! Then I will be looking for a CNA job. I am not brave enough to work and take A&P in a condensed format at the same time! :)

The Banner info. session was useful. Soo many people, standing room only!! I learned that you cannot apply to their program until you have fully completed BIO 202 and Micro. You have to be completely finished with both of these classes! Ahh!! I can understand it, but after you are completed with the class, you have to wait an entire semester for the application and interview process!! Haven't we waited long enough?? They said they were lenient with the last group (April 4 deadline) but from now on they are not making any exceptions. That is why I am planning on taking Micro in the fall. This way I can apply as soon as I get my grade in December.

Also, with the Banner app, your NET scores do not expire. So, when you turn in your NET scores for the MCCD program, that is it. If you are reapplying to Banner, you can use the same scores for every application!

Hopefully I can get in with the July cohort. I know they are not exactly the best company to work for, but I like the fact there are hospitals all around the country to choose from. I am also planning on delivering at Good Sam so it will be nice to see how the L&D department is. :) The program director seemed nice and it also seems like a good program. I live closest to CGCC but I am planning on applying for the Gateway program. I have heard (or read) soo many great things about their program.

I am also planning on trying to get a job with Scottsdale Healthcare and apply to their RN program. I know it is challenging to get on with a hospital though. We will see.

I am warming up to the idea of the Banner program...it would be nice to get in asap. Also, since I would not be paying for tuition and books, we could hire someone to stay with the kiddo's while I am at school. :)

So many options...so little time!

Keep me posted if you discover any other great programs and I will do the same!

I honestly don't think so. I am not sure if 40k is worth it. How on earth can I come up with that much money? I don't think standard student loans cover it and do I really want to come out of school with only and Associate's degree owing more than a house payment? Not having much money is the MAIN reason I chose to go back to school to better myself at my age. Ya know? I think I will just wait for CAC. The next class for their program is in January too, and the costs are like what 1/4 of the amount. And if I work as a CNA I in the meantime I can qualify through an employer to pay back the smaller amt. I want to be a nurse NOW but I think its not a great Idea for me. Now if I was going on grants and scholarship I sure would.

HOW WAS THE BANNER THING?

Is it okay of I PM you? I have a question for you...

AZMOMO2

Specializes in Cardiac Care.

Is it okay of I PM you? I have a question for you...

yes not sure how PM works but I'll find it.:nuke:

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