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Pima Medical Institute’s Dillon Campus Earns Triple Crown Award

December 9, 2019

Dillon, Mont. (December 5, 2019 )– Pima Medical Institute’s Veterinary Nursing Associate Degree Program at the Dillon, Montana Campus has been awarded Triple Crown status for the 2018-2019 Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) reporting year.

The Triple Crown Award recognizes programs that have achieved retention, credentialing and placement for students at a rate of 90 percent or higher.

The prestigious award and its criteria is very difficult to achieve.  The award is a recognition of the entire program including all faculty and students. Especially notable is the work of the program director, Jan Winderl, DVM. Winderl not only manages an outstanding program but also ensures the retention, credentialing and placement outcomes at 90 percent or higher. For the 2018-2019 reporting year, the Veterinary Nursing program reached a retention rate of 97 percent, a credentialing rate of 95 percent and a placement rate of 91 percent.

“When you keep in mind that our Institutional Accreditation benchmark for retention, credentialing and placement is 70 percent, Pima Medical Institute’s outcome in this program deserves to be acknowledged and celebrated,” said Jen Spurlin, Pima Medical Institute Corporate Director of Education. “The hard work and dedication to the students is best demonstrated when students graduate, get credentialed and become employed. The Dillon campus is a wonderful example of that commitment.”

Through collaboration with the University of Montana Western, Pima Medical offers in-demand Veterinary Nursing associate degree and Veterinary Assistant certificate programs.

The Dillon campus is located on the University of Montana Western campus, offering a unique experience for students. In the spring of 2017, the Veterinary Nursing associate degree program received American Veterinary Medical Association accreditation, making it the only accredited program in the state of Montana.

Students who enroll in the Pima Medical programs have use of the University of Montana Western’s facilities, including dining, recreation, library and many campus activities.

For more information on the Dillon Montana campus and the Veterinary Assistant and Veterinary Nursing programs, go to

About Pima Medical Institute
Pima Medical Institute is an employee-owned, private, accredited school dedicated to providing students classroom studies paired with real-world training at medical facilities. Established in 1972, Pima Medical Institute helps students become career ready, focusing exclusively on health care professions, including medical, dental, veterinary and nursing fields. Curriculum includes certificate, associate degree and bachelor’s degree programs.

Pima Medical Institute operates 18 campuses as well as an extensive online curriculum. The medical career college has a presence in eight western states with the following ground locations: Albuquerque and Albuquerque West – Rio Rancho in N.M.; Tucson, Phoenix and two campuses in Mesa, Ariz.; Aurora, Denver and Colorado Springs, Colo.; Seattle and Renton, Wash.; Las Vegas, N.V.; Houston, El Paso and San Antonio, Texas; Chula Vista and San Marcos, Calif.; and Dillon, Mont. For more information and a complete list of programs offered at each campus, visit or call 1-888-442-5998.