Army Reserve
My work as a Medical Laboratory Specialist

Medical Laboratory Specialist (68K)

  • Enlisted
  • Officer
  • Active Duty
  • Army Reserve
  • Open to Women
  • 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.

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 experience and trained Veterans to join their organization. Find out more about the Army PaYS Program at http://www.armypays.com.

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  • Reliant Medical Group
  • Yale-New Haven Hospital
  • Baton Rouge General Medical Center

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MY WORK AS A MEDICAL LABORATORY SPECIALIST

Hi my name is Sergeant Stacey Swayze I’m a 68 Kilo medical laboratory specialist. By being a 68 Kilo I currently work at the United State Army Institute of Surgical Research in the laboratory support division. This is a little bit different from just the clinical laboratory where you work in areas such as hematology, or coagulation or microbiology. Here we have those sections but we do our work in support of the research protocols that are used to benefit the Soldiers that are currently serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. On a day to day basis we come in, we run samples from both human and animal bloods and use those results to find the different factors and the different parts that are used to stop bleeding all in support of the Soldiers.