2015, Associate of Science, Medical Laboratory Technology, Argosy University, Twin Cities
Erin Maloney is working as a medical laboratory technician at HealthPartners St. Paul, Minnesota Wabasha clinic. She says that the clinic has a warm and inviting atmosphere that allows her to ask questions of her coworkers and learn on-the-job. Erin admits that it took her a few “false starts” before she decided what she wanted to do with her life. “I was in the pet industry for a long time and loved it, but it was very hard on the body and [there was] limited room for growth.” She also worked in finance but didn’t feel that she was making an impact in the world.
As she continued to look into career options, she decided to pursue science. Erin began searching for a program that addressed her interests and goals, and discovered the Medical Lab Technology program at Argosy University, Twin Cities. She talked with a representative from the school and enrolled. “Never once have I questioned my decision,” she says. Erin describes herself as a person who can get bored easily, but she stayed focused on the program and completed it while working full time. “I was fortunate enough to have a job that was evening shift during the time when all of my classes were only available during the day. I had a strong support network and would not have made it through my clinical internship without it.”
Erin chose Argosy University, Twin Cities over two other local universities because of its Associate’s degree program that she could complete in as little as two years. She also liked the fact that she could return to the school in the future to complete a Bachelor of Science in Medical Technology. She earned an Associate of Science in Medical Laboratory Technology from the school in 2015.
Erin recommends that current students stay focused and complete their studies. “Don't start and stop. It only hurts you in the long run. Don't give up, and build yourself a support network of friends and family.”
She credits her instructors for instilling in her a strong commitment to excellence. And she adds that the clinical internship required by the school helped her to become comfortable in a clinical setting. “I was able to experience both a hospital setting and a clinical setting, which helped me to decide what setting I would like to pursue for employment.”
After completing her clinical internship, Erin took a temporary position while she practiced for board exams. “I found I received more interest from my applications after I obtained my board certification,” she says. After her interview with HealthPartners, she knew she’d found a company where she could learn and grow. “I am just finishing my training, but it has been absolutely great so far and I look forward to many years [at the company].”
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