After receiving a bachelor degree in Clinical Laboratory Science from The University of Texas Pan American (UTPA), I became certified as a Medical Technologist with the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP), a CLS or clinical laboratory scientist from The National Credentialing Agency (NCA) for Laboratory Personnel, and obtained licensure from the state of Nevada for Clinical Laboratory Technologist. In December 2006, I finished my Masters of Business Administration (MBA) at Regis University to further expand my education.
I am currently employed in the field of public health where I am involved in molecular diagnostic testing. I continue to improve my professional development by attending conferences and training workshops across the nation. I am very grateful for the skills I gained from the Clinical Laboratory Science program at UTPA which has made me a diligent and meticulous clinical laboratory scientist. It has provided me with the foundation and principles that are needed to work in a hospital, a reference laboratory, a public health laboratory and the University setting. Ultimately, my goal is to become a well-rounded leader in healthcare and/or public health and obtain a management position in the future.
Monica De Leon
UTPA CLS Class of 2003
After receiving a degree in biology from U.T. Austin in 2002, I felt that I had attained a strong knowledge of the sciences, but I still yearned to apply this knowledge to a more hands-on level. Thus, I applied and was accepted into the UTPA Clinical Laboratory Sciences Program. I spent a year and a half in the program and graduated with a second bachelor’s degree in 2003.
Post graduation from the CLS program, I was employed at Rio Grande Regional Hospital as a Clinical Laboratory Scientist in the chemistry department. I spent three and half years working in this field. It was a very enjoyable and rewarding experience as I was able to gain much insight in the field of laboratory testing and learned how to quickly pinpoint abnormalities in patient’s blood, urine, and stool samples.
I then decided to take my CLS degree a step further and applied to the Physician Assistant Studies program at UTPA and was accepted for the class of 2009. As a student in the PA Program, I can honestly say that having a background in clinical laboratory sciences is a wonderful advantage as it has given me much exposure to the clinical aspect of medicine which is helping me a great deal with my current courses. For any and all students wanting to pursue careers in medicine, I highly recommend the CLS degree as a stepping-stone.