Medical Laboratory Specialist (68K)

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

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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.