Pinnacle Career Institute Partners with Fortune 500 Company DaVita, Inc. for Student Internship Program

Kansas City, Mo. (October 18, 2010) — Pinnacle Career Institute (PCI) has partnered with Fortune Magazine Most Admired Company DaVita Inc. for a Student Internship Program (SIP). The company has partnered with Pinnacle Career Institute to provide externship opportunities for Medical Assistant students interested in pursuing careers as patient care technicians in dialysis.

DaVita Inc., a Fortune 500 company, is a leading provider of kidney care in the United States, delivering dialysis services and education to patients with chronic kidney failure and end stage renal disease. In an email to PCI, Erica Vinson, Recruiter at DaVita Inc., wrote: “[It appears that the] SIP program is extremely successful. We are happy to have this opportunity to partner with you and Pinnacle … We LOVE our Pinnacle students.”

The externship offers PCI students the chance to learn how to use state-of-the-art equipment and the opportunity to deliver patient-centered care – including management of patients with multiple organ involvement – and provide patients and families with quality healthcare and education on chronic kidney care.

To apply for an externship position at DaVita, the Medical Assistant student must provide a resume, letter of reference, current CPR certification, completion of training certificate signed off by a professor, and a copy of his/her high school diploma. Upon acceptance, DaVita interns will learn skills including, but not limited to, professional conduct, machine tear-down and disinfection, treatment documentation and complications, vascular access, and patient information documentation.

Upon graduation from PCI’s Medical Assistant program, DaVita offers a variety of career opportunities at more than 1,500 centers in 43 states. The company offers the prospect of advancement through management of clinic operations, in-center and home dialysis training, and further education, as well as competitive wages and employee benefits; tuition reimbursement; scholarships for further training; and a fun, rewarding career.

Pinnacle Career Institute is honored to partner with DaVita. “We are extremely pleased to have established this relationship with DaVita,” said Sam Varghese, Director of Pinnacle Career Institute – North Kansas City (a branch campus of Pinnacle Career Institute). “The company provides an unsurpassed level of experience for our externship students, and is a wonderful possibility for subsequent employment opportunities.”

To learn more about Pinnacle Career Institute and the Medical Assistant program, visit  To learn more about DaVita’s Student Internship Program, visit or email

About Pinnacle Career Institute
For more than 50 years, Pinnacle Career Institute has provided quality career education in fields such as Alternative Energy, Business, Health & Fitness, Medical, and Trades & Technical. Along with its online division, Pinnacle Career Institute has three convenient locations, including Kansas City and Lawrence. Pinnacle Career Institute offers flexible scheduling options and quality skills education.

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