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Alumna Finds Her Career in Medical Laboratory Science at USciences

By Katherine Tancredi

Alexandra RyanAlexandra Ryan MLS’17 has been interested in science since she participated in her first science fair in elementary school. Her science passion and desire to work in healthcare led her to enroll at University of the Sciences, where she discovered her niche in medical laboratory science.

“Many people are unaware of this field and how critical a role we play in patient care,” explained Ryan. “About 85 percent of patient diagnoses are based on laboratory results. We provide doctors with critical information they need to save lives. We are the life-saving team behind the scenes.”

Ryan currently works for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia as a medical laboratory scientist in the microbiology lab. She secured the position while she was still a student at USciences and working on her year-long rotation at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children. She feels that her education at USciences equipped her with the skills she needs for her current position.

“USciences has beyond prepared me for my career,” said Ryan. “Now that I am working in the field, I feel like I have a better understanding of the laboratory profession as a whole. The USciences degree equipped me with the knowledge and confidence needed to enter the field and to be able to hit the ground running.”

Ryan’s favorite parts about her time at USciences were her professors and the role they played in her success in the program. Her experience in class with medical laboratory science program director and senior lecturer of biological sciences Margaret A. Reinhart, MT, MMa, MS, left the biggest impression.

“She goes above and beyond for her students on a daily basis,” said Ryan. “I have never met someone more passionate about her field. With her love of science, passion and experience in the industry, it was the perfect combination for an amazing teacher. There is no question she helped ignite my passion for the field.”

One of the other qualities Ryan enjoyed about USciences was the small school size. 

“I felt the faculty and staff really cared about me as an individual,” said Ryan. “One of the academic advisors actually spent time with me on the phone over a holiday weekend once. I needed some help with a problem and we weren’t able to connect during the week, so she called me at home over Memorial Day weekend!”

For incoming students, Ryan offers some advice.

“Find your passion and do what makes you happy,” said Ryan. “The old saying goes, ‘Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.’”

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