tech students they are the unsung heroes of
the medical field.
on laboratory results," said McHale, Associate
Professor and Program Coordinator of MCC's
Medical Laboratory Technician Program. "Patients
have no idea how important that is, but it's
important for our students to know it."
Phlebotomy Certificate, Clinical Laboratory
Assistant Certificate, and Medical Lab Technician
programs, McHale goes the extra mile to make
sure her students succeed.
teaching career, McHale worked in a pediatric
office lab for 24 years. "It was a highly complex
lab and we got to see the patient through
full-circle from the presentation of symptoms,
to lab testing, results and treatment."
a hematology lab class at UMass Lowell. "I had
never taught before," said McHale, "but with
guidance from a wonderful mentor, I found another
passion: teaching. Seeing those light bulbs go off
in my students' eyes and fostering their interest in
this field is exciting."
Phlebotomy Certificate Program, which recently
received a Best Phlebotomy Education Award in
Massachusetts, from PhlebotomyTrainingSpot.com.
"Our program trains students to become skilled phlebotomists,
as well as exceptional healthcare professionals. We hold our
students to the highest standards of the field."
Transformation Agenda Grant to expand its health and STEM
programs, McHale helped start two new lab tech programs: the Clinical
Lab Assistant (CLA) Certificate and the Medical Lab Technician (MLT)
Degree. The certificate program feeds into the degree program.
September with just seven students. Since then, the program has
grown and each semester approximately 18 new students enroll.
year McHale's "Intro to Clinical Lab Science" course includes students
enrolled in both the certificate and degree programs. "We bring them
together to show them that we're all working as a team," she said.
source of pride. It makes them feel they are a part of something bigger
than themselves, and it raises the level of professionalism."