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Pima Medical Institute Houston Instructors Earn Prestigious Awards from the Career Colleges and Schools of Texas (CCST) During National Conference


Pima Medical Institute’s Houston Campus recently attended the annual conference for the Career Colleges and Schools of Texas (CCST.) At the conference, Dr. John Puryear and the Dental Hygiene program walked away with prestigious honors.

Dr. John Puryear is the Pharmacy Technician Lead Instructor at the Houston campus and won Texas Instructor of the Year.

Left to right: Campus Director, Philip Heine, Professor Kimberly Peacher, Senator Ted Cruz, Dr. Tres Radford, Dr. John Puryear

“Dr. Puryear is a dedicated and highly knowledgeable instructor who cares about his students,” said Philip Heine, Pima Medical Institute Houston Campus Director. “Dr. Puryear is tremendously committed to his students’ success in the program as well as their success in earning certification and finding gainful employment in the pharmacy technician field.”

In addition, the Dental Hygiene Department won the annual CCST Innovator of the Year Award for a new education model created to accommodate a census of 80 students instead of 60 students. Dr. Kimberly Peacher was instrumental in implementing and executing on the idea.

“Dr. Peacher has shown herself and her entire department as true innovators,” added Heine. “She has done a sensational job of implementing the plan. I couldn’t be prouder of her and the entire Dental Hygiene Department.”

In addition to the awards received, Pima Medical Respiratory Therapy student Samuel James served on a panel to discuss “Why Veterans Choose Career Colleges/Schools.”

“Samuel did an outstanding job,” continued Heine. “He represented Pima Medical with pride and emphasized his appreciation for the individualized attention he has received. Samuel is a shining example of our student population.”

Awarded CCST College of the Year in 2016, the Houston campus is also celebrating the Grand Opening of its new location.

The campus opened its doors in 2009. Since then, faculty and staff have remained committed to providing the best value in allied health career education, supporting the dental, medical and veterinary employment needs of the Greater Houston area. The new campus location will provide the best educational experience possible for our students.

Pima Medical Institute opened its first campus in Tucson, Arizona in 1972. It has established itself as one of the premiere medical career colleges in the Western United States. The college has 18 ground campuses and a robust online division, focused solely on allied health education.

For more information about Pima Medical Institute go to pmi.edu.




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