Healthcare Education Providers

Training and continuous education are critical elements of the healthcare delivery system.
There are shortages in nearly every clinical discipline due predominantly to population aging
and the exponential growth in medical knowledge. Quality healthcare delivery requires a deep
understanding of body systems and how they are affected by a myriad of diseases and injuries.
The shortage of clinical personnel is a nationwide challenge. In Mesa, it is an opportunity for
education providers to work in concert with industry to meet the demands of today and the future.
Mesa has several local healthcare training facilities, most notably are:

ASU Poly campus is one of four campuses of Arizona State University and is located adjacent to
the Phoenix Mesa Gateway Airport. The campus offers bachelor's degrees, post-baccalaureate
certificates, master's degrees and doctoral degrees in 23 different programs.

A.T. Still developed osteopathic medicine in the 1870s to focus on whole body care. The University
is the oldest school of osteopathic medicine in the world and is now located in Missouri and Arizona.
The School of Health Sciences in Arizona trains physicians and allied healthcare professionals in
whole person care and is committed to preparing students to serve at the forefront of medicine.
The osteopathic philosophy of caring for the patient instead of specific symptoms is in line with the
recent Healthcare Reform Legislation passed by Congress in March 2010.

The Banner Simulation Medical Center is a 55,000-square-foot "virtual hospital" in Mesa that
Banner Health uses to help train its physicians and nurses before they treat actual patients. The Sim
Center is one of the largest centers of its kind in the world and has the potential to elevate medical
education efforts in Arizona to new levels. The Sim Center uses computerized mannequins to
simulate real life situations in Emergency Rooms, Intensive Care Units, Operating Rooms, Neonatal
Care Centers and General Medical/Surgical Units. Banner's training center is also used to test
patient flow processes, new equipment and furnishings.

Mesa Community College is the largest of the 10 community colleges in the Maricopa County Community College District. It enrolls approximately 29,000 full and part-time students and offers 150 degrees and certificates. MCC has two full-service campuses at Dobson & Southern and Red
Mountain, and branch campuses at Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport and Downtown Mesa. It also has an online program. MCC is well known for its Nursing Program, which is part of the Maricopa Community College District Nursing Program.

Pima Medical Institute has two locations in Mesa-one in East Mesa on Power Road and the other in Central Mesa on Dobson Road. PMI is in seven states and offers bachelor's degrees in Radiologic Sciences and Respiratory Therapy and associate's degrees in: Health Administration, Nursing,
Medical Assistant training, Physical Therapy, Radiography, Veterinary Medicine, Pharmacy, Phlebotomy and other areas.

CGCC is in Gilbert and Mesa, and serves the higher education needs of residents at three locations in the Southeast Valley with university transfer and workforce development programs, continuing education and more. CGCC's service area reflects a diverse multicultural environment and is
experiencing burgeoning population growth. Recent accomplishments include opening new programs in engineering, teacher education, sustainability and ecological literacy, dietetics
and nutrition, fire science, biotechnology and nursing, while expanding existing programs in healthcare, humanities, arts and sciences. CGCC currently serves more than 16,000 students annually.


Considered a model for career and technical education by the U.S. Department of Education, EVIT provides students with hands-on, advanced skills and training in over 40 occupation-specific programs which allow students to thrive in today's competitive job market. EVIT is a public school
district that serves students from 10 East Valley school districts.