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Medical Laboratory Specialists play a crucial role as part of the Army Medical Team by collecting, processing and testing tissue, blood and the body fluids of patients.

This career field requires individuals who have met minimal education requirements in the areas of biology, chemistry and algebra.

You must have manual dexterity and no aversion to the sight of blood or needles, and an ability to precisely follow detailed procedures.

After successfully completing Army Basic Combat Training you will attend 52 weeks of Advanced Individual Training at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, to include a residency at a major military hospital laboratory, where you will perform elementary blood banking and clinical laboratory procedures in hematology, immunohematology, clinical chemistry, serology, bacteriology, parasitology and urinalysis.

You will be responsible for collecting blood specimens by venipuncture and capillary puncture, along with packing, unpacking, inspecting, storing and distributing blood and blood products, and assembling, disassembling and maintaining laboratory equipment.
Following successful completion of all required training you will be eligible for assignments at military hospitals located around the world or a military research laboratory.

As a Soldier, you will also have the opportunity to further your military and civilian education with additional specialized training or through college courses.

Your military experience can help you in your transition from the military to the civilian work force, where you may pursue a career with privately owned laboratories, hospitals, clinics or research institutions.

Aiding in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease, are the Army’s Medical Laboratory Specialists.

Medical Laboratory Specialist (68K)

  • Enlisted
  • Officer
  • Active Duty
  • Army Reserve
  • Entry Level

Overview

The medical laboratory specialist conducts tests on the tissue, blood and body fluids of patients.

Job Duties

  • Perform elementary blood banking and clinical laboratory procedures in hematology, immunohematology, clinical chemistry, serology, bacteriology, parasitology and urinalysis
  • Collect blood specimens by venipuncture and capillary puncture
  • Pack, unpack, inspect, store and distribute blood and blood products
  • Assemble, disassemble and maintain laboratory equipment

Training

Job training for a medical laboratory specialist requires 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training and 52 weeks of Advanced Individual Training, including practice-testing specimens.

Some of the skills you’ll learn are:

  • Medical laboratory procedures
  • Study of human parasites and diseases
  • Laboratory administration and record keeping

Helpful Skills

  • Interest in biology, chemistry and algebra
  • Ability to follow detailed procedures precisely

Required ASVAB Score(s)

Skilled Technical (ST): 106

Learn more about the ASVAB and see what jobs you could qualify for.

Compensation

Total compensation includes housing, medical, food, special pay, and vacation time. Learn more about total compensation.

Earn Cash For In Demand Jobs

You could earn up to $40,000 in cash bonuses just for enlisting under certain Military Occupational Specialties. Visit Jobs in Demand to see if this job qualifies for an enlistment bonus.

Future Civilian Careers

The skills you learn will help prepare you for a career with privately owned laboratories, hospitals, clinics or research institutions.

The certifications available to you after continued study and experience are medical laboratory technician, cytotechnologist and clinical laboratory technician. Specific educational criteria must be met before you can qualify for certification.

PARTNERSHIP FOR YOUTH SUCCESS (PaYS) Program

Those interested in this job may be eligible for civilian employment, after the Army, by enrolling in the Army PaYS program. The PaYS program is a recruitment option that guarantees a job interview with military friendly employers that are looking for experienced and trained Veterans to join their organization. Find out more about the Army PaYS Program at http://www.armypays.com.

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