Before Aaron Stella graduated from the medical laboratory science program, he had more job offers than he knew what to do with. He was offered positions at Lahey Clinic, Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates, Anna Jaques Hospital and Mayo Medical Laboratories New England.
The multiple offers came as a result of a five-week clinical internship with four different institutions where he gained both real-world experience and professional contacts.
“It was like a ‘try-out’ for a sports team,” says Stella, who works at Mayo Medical Laboratories New England and is currently enrolled in the University’s biomedical engineering and biotechnology Ph.D. program. “Each student has five weeks to demonstrate his or her skills in front of potential employers. You end up getting so many career offers that you have to turn some of them down.”
The demand for medical laboratory scientists is high because 70 percent of a physician’s decisions about patient diagnosis, prognosis and treatment are based on accurate and precise medical laboratory tests. The UMass Lowell program teaches students about instrumentation and laboratory techniques, as well as how to apply a high level of interpretation, critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
Stella notes that it’s nice to know that he graduated from a school that produces a very high graduated-student employment rate.
“This means that employers trust the UMass Lowell medical laboratory science program,” he says.
The profession offers graduates flexibility in the type of institution and career they want to work in. Graduates can work in management, reference laboratories, biotechnology, research laboratories and sales and marketing.
Adds Stella: “The education I received at UMass Lowell is priceless. There are so many career options that medical laboratory scientists can choose from after graduation.”