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#1309 - 07/12/2006 16:08 PM Reputation of a trade school.
socalmike Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 06/08/2006
Loc: Covina, CA
I have been thinking of learning a trade and recently became interested in becoming a Radiological Technologist. There are community colleges and some 4year medical universities that offer this program, but im interested more in the community college level. After researching the program at different schools, it turns out that the program is super booked up at every school in my area with at least a two and a half year waiting list to be accepted and then another two and half years to finish the program, eventually earning a A.S. degree in it. Now here is my question. After looking for more schools that offer the program I came across a medical trade school in Chula Vista, CA by the name of PIMA Medical Institute, I called and ask them a few questions, they also have a waiting list but is by far shorter then the community college waiting lists I have seen. How do I find out if this is a reputable school or if its just a joke school trying to scam money and leave you with a unaccredited education? They have 8 or 9 campuses spread out in a few states and the website kind of looks like a sales pitch. Any help would be great.

#1310 - 07/19/2006 11:59 AM Re: Reputation of a trade school.
KarryJ Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 07/19/2006
Loc: Tucson, AZ
I was an instructor at one of PMI's competitors. PMI has a very good reputation here in Tucson AZ. These types of schools serve a great purpose. They prepare one for entry level positions and they do it quickly. I do have a few suggestions for you; 1)check with ABHES or CAHEP. These are organizations that accredit these types of private schools. 2)make sure you will receive an AAS and not an AOS. This could be a problem if you want to continue school later. 3)You may also want to check out the places (offices, hospitals, clinics) where past grads are employed.


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