Meet Concorde’s First Certified MLT Graduate
Nov. 21, 2016
At Concorde, we love a great student success storyâespecially when itâs one-of-a-kind and a first for our institution.
Our Memphis, Tenn. campus piloted the first of our medical laboratory technician (MLT) programs back in 2014. Since then, that campus and others across the nation have been preparing students for the more behind-the-scenes careers in medical diagnostics and testing (such as drug screening and toxicology).Â And we are now proud to say we have our first certified MLT graduate!
Meet Medical Laboratory Technician Sydney Yarbrough
Sydney Yarbrough recently achieved her certification from the American Society for Clinical Pathology
, the agency responsible for certifying laboratory professionals, and enjoys the distinction of being Concordeâs first certified MLT graduate in the nation.
âI originally came to Concorde for nursing,â she said, âbut the MLT program was new and so I did my research and learned about the behind-the-scenes nature of the field. You do a lot of it by yourself and donât deal directly with patients. So it seemed to fit me better.â
Putting her Medical Laboratory Technician training to work
Sydney has since gone to work for American Esoteric Laboratories
, a reference laboratory in Memphis, and says sheâs loving it.
âIt feels good to be working now and making moneyâespecially compared to the minimum wage job I used to have,â she said.
Yarbrough recently came back to campus to coach our latest cohort of MLT students on the best ways to approach studying for the rather formidable certification exam.
âThere is so much you have to know,â Yarbrough said. âThe exam is 100 random questions so you have to be prepared for anything. But I tell current students there are ways to study wisely and also to capitalize on their clinical experiences in order to be successful.â
Diana Grogan Riddle was Sydneyâs instructor for the Memphis program, and she beams as she reflects on Sydneyâs time as a student at the Memphis campus.
âSheâs fabulous!â she exclaims as she smiles. âAll the way through the program, she was a great student. I would employ her if I had my own lab.â
Sydney has her own praise for her instructor and for the Memphis MLT program as a whole.
âThe classes are small and intimate, and Ms. Riddle and the other instructors are totally approachable,â she said. âThey were always available for one-on-one consultation if I needed it. I would highly recommend the program!â
Itâs our pleasure to share this brief profile of Sydney with you, as well as the headline-making news about our first certified MLT graduate. If her story has intrigued you, you can read more about how to attain our associateâs degree on our website at www.concorde.edu/program/medical-laboratory-technician