Lynn Leary is a 2012 graduate of the Denver Ophthalmic Medical Technician associate degree program. She found Pima Medical after deciding the traditional four-year university experience wasn’t what she needed.
Here’s her story.
“Upon graduating from high school, the only real option presented to me by my parents was to earn a bachelor’s degree from a four-year university. I tried, but it was a difficult time of life. I dropped out after one year and spent eight years waiting tables and attending a local community college. Then I learned about Pima Medical Institute’s Ophthalmic Medical Technician (OMT) program from one of my husband’s family members.
Hearing about a two-year program that led directly to a career in the medical field sounded amazing! I enrolled and loved the OMT program. I didn’t find the coursework difficult because I was so interested in it. I got along well with my classmates; a group of us would even arrive an hour early every day to study together. My instructors were great, and I looked forward to going to class daily!
I learned so much from my clinical experience and had the privilege of working with an amazing cornea specialist in the Denver area. At the end of my rotation, he offered me a position. I was promoted to lead technician, am currently in charge of the operating room, where I assist in surgeries, and I have recently been given the opportunity to step into the role of laser programmer. I learn something new every day and I could not be happier in my career.
Pima Medical was a perfect fit for me! I am currently serving on their advisory board, and I want people to know that a bachelor’s degree is not the only path to an amazing job!
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