First Class Nursing Students

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They dot the Phoenix metro area from Avondale to Gilbert, they range in age from 22 to 46 and the backgrounds of these 30 men and women vary as well, but as diverse as they may seem they share one thing in common: they comprise the first class of nursing school students at Pima Medical Institute, 957 S. Dobson Road in Mesa.

They dot the Phoenix metro area from Avondale to Gilbert, they range in age from 22 to 46 and the backgrounds of these 30 men and women vary as well, but as diverse as they may seem they share one thing in common: they comprise the first class of nursing school students at Pima Medical Institute, 957 S. Dobson Road in Mesa.

Orientation is scheduled Aug. 16th and the first class begins Aug. 22nd.

More than 400 prospective students went through the screening process. Unlike the lottery system used in most nursing schools, PMI's nursing school candidate's criteria were based on a merit-based system that utilized high school and college grades in math and science and overall GPA; healthcare certification and licensures; healthcare work experience; healthcare volunteer service; entrance math and English scores; writing, personality, and interview scores; and a national nursing entrance exam score. Those with the highest cumulative scores were ranked and offered seats in the class.

“We felt that these selection criteria will give us a more mature, well-rounded, better prepared student for the rigors of the nursing program,” said Registered Nurse, Sharon Caves, Nurse Education Coordinator for PMI's Nursing School. “With our focus on critical thinking; mind mapping to facilitate understanding of the “big picture” of patient situations; increased and continual emphasis on stress management, as well as our state-of-the-art equipment and simulation mannequins, computer lab and resource library, we feel we will graduate some of the top nurses in the country.”

PMI is one of the premier medical career colleges in the western United States. The privately owned, nationally accredited school provides students with a well-rounded education embracing theoretical classroom studies, as well as on-site training at medical facilities that mirror the working environment they will pursue after graduation.

Founded in Tucson, PMI has been educating students since 1972, with campuses in: Albuquerque, New Mexico; Chula Vista, CA; Denver and Colorado Springs, CO; Seattle and Renton, WA; Las Vegas, NV and in Tucson and Mesa. Additional information is available at http://www.pmi.edu or by calling 1-888-442-5998.

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