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Faculty Spotlight - Aimee Flynn

Date: Fri, February 21, 2020 12:00 AM

 

Aimee Flynn - Medical Laboratory Technology

Flynn.JPGGet to know our incredible faculty with this Faculty Spotlight featuring Medical Laboratory Technology Professor!

Why do you teach?

I have found that being an instructor is a rewarding career, as well as a wonderful way to give back to the health science community. Though it can be challenging, there is nothing quite like watching a student carry out their goals and becoming a confident, successful professional.

What advice would you like to give your students? 

I would advise all new students to learn the value of becoming proactive in your education. Don’t hesitate to ask a question, or pop into a professor’s office to clarify a problem. The more interaction one has with faculty and fellow students, the better chance for a successful outcome. A student will also gain valuable, long-term relationships this way, which can be carried over to the workforce.

What goals have motivated you to get where you are?

Like many, the younger me was at a loss when it came to knowing exactly what professional pathway to follow. I wanted to attend college. I knew that my academic strengths were science and math. Naturally, those interests land anyone somewhere in the field of health sciences. 

What college(s) have you attended?

  • I started out with a few dual credit courses at Lamar Community College in Lamar, Colorado
  • West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas – Majored in Medical Technology
  • Tarleton State University – Clinical Laboratory Science Program and Clinical Internship
  • University of Texas at Dallas – Masters of Science in Bioinformatics

What job opportunities are there for students in your program?

  • Employment at a diagnostic medical laboratory in either a hospital or reference laboratory such as LabCorp, Quest, ARUP, etc. The main departmental areas can be blood banking, hematology, microbiology, and chemistry.
  • Technical support or Research and Design with a major medical laboratory supplier such as Roche Diagnostics, Abbott, Siemens, Beckman, etc.
  • Molecular laboratories who specialize in genetic testing.

What are the top employers for your program?

Many of the affiliated hospitals:

  • Texoma Medical Center – Denison
  • Texoma Medical Center – Bonham
  • Wilson N. Jones o HCA
  • Texas Health Resources
  • North Texas Medical Center
  • Hunt Regional Medical Center
  • Many others

What is the average starting salary for someone graduating your program? 

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median annual wage for a Medical Laboratory Technician is $44,700.