Meet Memphis MLT PD Kevin McHugh

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Kevin McHugh loves the lab. So, it’s quite fitting that McHugh, MS, AHI(AMT)ᶜᶜᵖ,CLS(NCA), MLS (ASCP)ᶜᵐ, is Program Director of the Medical Laboratory Technician program at Concorde’s campus in Memphis, Tenn. It’s the lone Medical Laboratory Technician program in the Concorde Career Colleges, Inc. network, and McHugh makes sure the program runs smoothly and is high in quality.

Today, we’ll learn that McHugh largely found his way to Concorde by marriage (and no, not nepotism, but actually the opposite). We’ll learn that he loves working with students even more from the administrative side than teaching. And, he loves author Dan Brown’s books and new parenthood.

Let’s meet Kevin McHugh.

WHAT’S BEEN YOUR JOURNEY TO BECOMING A CONCORDE MLT PROGRAM DIRECTOR?

Shortly after graduating from Medical Laboratory Science school, I was offered a position as an adjunct professor of chemistry at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, my alma mater. I had also just started my first job in the lab at the VA in Memphis and a master’s degree in clinical laboratory science. Over the next eight years, I taught chemistry off and on while working in various labs. In 2011, the hospital I was working at created a new position called the education coordinator and promoted me to the position. As the education coordinator, I trained all clinical rotation students, trained all new employees and took care of all required employee competencies. In 2013, I became engaged to my lab director’s daughter so I had to find a new job before we got married due to nepotism. I had to find another job and fast. In 2014, a few months before we got married, I was extremely blessed when an associate of mine recommended me to Concorde for the vacant Medical Laboratory Technician Program Director position. I decided to take a leap of faith and have absolutely loved being a program director at such a wonderful college.

WHAT’S THE BEST PART ABOUT BEING A PROGRAM DIRECTOR?

I love teaching, but I would have to say I enjoy the administrative side of the job better. The best part about being a program director … is giving back to students of a low-income community and watching them succeed. Most of our students are the first in their families to go to college, much more become a certified and licensed professional with a very secure career.

IS THERE ANYTHING THAT MAKES YOUR MLT PROGRAM IN MEMPHIS STAND OUT, SEPARATES IT FROM A TYPICAL PROGRAM?

For one, we are the only Medical Laboratory Technician program that Concorde has, and it couldn’t be in a better location. The MLT program is unique in our small class sizes (we accept a maximum of 12 students twice a year). We all feel like a big family, and I treat my students like my own children. My two staff members feel the same way, and they are like siblings to me. Our students grow very close and fight for each other to succeed.

WHAT’S THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU EVER WERE GIVEN?

My parents are two of the hardest workers I have ever known. I try to follow in their footsteps and give 110 percent every day and accept nothing less than perfection. I use the same philosophy my father uses that his father told him that he used in the Marine Corps. To remain self-disciplined and give it all you have to just do it. Don’t think about it, just do it. If you think about it, you’ll talk yourself out of it.

WHAT’S A FAVORITE TV SHOW, RECENT MOVIE YOU’VE SEEN OR BOOK YOU’VE READ?

I read a lot of non-fiction, mostly world religion and global politics. I guess the most recent book I’ve read is Inferno. I have read every one of Dan Brown’s books.

WHAT IS A HIDDEN TALENT, FAVORITE HOBBY OR LITTLE-KNOWN FACT PEOPLE DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU?

I am in school working on a PhD in epidemiology. I had my first baby in April, and his name is Cash Patrick McHugh.

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