Champ Camp Helps Asthmatics Take Rocky Mountain Breather

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Children with moderate to severe asthma could breathe a little easier with 23 students from Pima Medical Institute, 1701 W. 72nd Ave. Suite 130 in Denver among the volunteers at Champ Camp, the Rocky Mountain regionÂ?s residential summer camp for children with asthma.

Children with moderate to severe asthma could breathe a little easier with 23 students from Pima Medical Institute, 1701 W. 72nd Ave. Suite 130 in Denver among the volunteers at Champ Camp, the Rocky Mountain region’s residential summer camp for children with asthma.

PMI partnered with the American Lung Association of Colorado and provided RT students as counselors in each cabin group to assist with medication, administration, asthma assessments, and ongoing asthma education. In addition to the counselor role, two students served as coordinators of the daily Discovery program, the community–supported asthma education component of camp. The PMI respiratory program also sponsored a “Day of Discovery” where they designed and implemented an asthma education activity for the campers.

“The Respiratory Therapy program at PMI incorporates an extensive community service component as part of their curriculum to foster the level of professionalism and visibility that the field warrants,” said Sue Anderson, campus director for the career college. “This increased involvement in the community has proven beneficial to the students, program and community.”

PMI recently received the Health Educator Award from the American Lung Association of Colorado. The award is given to organizations or individuals who have demonstrated techniques and ability to impart health education information effecting behavioral change to improve lung health in Colorado. Graduates of the 88 credit-hour Respiratory Therapy program receive an Associate of Occupational Science degree.

The Denver campus also has programs for Dental Assistant, Medical Assistant, Medical Administrative Assistant, Ophthalmic Medical Technician, Pharmacy Technician, Phlebotomy Technician, Physical Therapist Assistant, Radiography Technician, Respiratory Therapy and Veterinary Assistant.

PMI is one of the premier medical career colleges in the western United States. The privately owned, accredited school provides students with a well-rounded education embracing theoretical classroom studies, as well as on-site training in allied health facilities within the community. This gives the student the opportunity to function in a working environment.

PMI has been serving students since 1972, with campuses in: Albuquerque, New Mexico; Mesa and Tucson, AZ; Chula Vista, CA, Seattle and Renton, WA; Las Vegas, NV; as well as Colorado Springs and Denver. Additional information is available by calling their toll free number, 888-442-5998 or online at http://www.pmi.edu.

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