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Overview: Biomedical Laboratory officers serve as the Chief of Laboratory Services (or Chief of one or more areas of Laboratory Services) in hospitals or other health related facilities. Their job is a combination of supervision, management, research and teaching clinical laboratory science, an indispensable component of the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of medical conditions.
- Direct and supervise laboratory services
- Ensure that laboratory results are reported only when they conform to predetermined statistical limits and criteria
- Conduct scientific analyses
- Manage the development of new, modified and improved laboratory procedures
- Perform teaching duties for medical and related personnel
- For entry into this specialty, it is mandatory to meet one of the following requirements:
- A bachelor’s degree in medical technology or equivalent and current, valid, and unrestricted certification as a Medical Technologist or Medical Laboratory Scientist from the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP)
- A baccalaureate degree from a United States Service Academy and certification as a Medical Laboratory Technician from the ASCP
- A bachelor’s degree and certification as a Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) from ASCP. MLT’s must also possess a Specialist Certification from the ASCP.
- Commission as an officer in the Air Force Reserve
- For those without a prior military service commission, the first step is completion of Officer Training School Abbreviated. This five-week course at Maxwell AFB, AL will familiarize you with military life, your role as an officer and military healthcare.