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 in AFSC 43T1A (Biomedical Laboratory Science), it is mandatory to possess a bachelor’s degree in medical technology or equivalent from an institution acceptable to the Surgeon General, HQ USAF
- For entry into AFSCs 43T1B (Microbiology)/C (Clinical Chemistry) /D (Environmental and Industrial Hygiene Chemistry) /E (Blood Band )/F (Toxicologist) /H (Hematology), a master's degree or higher, or 24 months of supervised experience is mandatory in the area of specialization identified by the suffix.
- For those without a prior military service commission, the first step is completion of Commissioned Officer Training (COT). This 5 week course at Maxwell AFB, AL will familiarize you with military life, your role as an officer and military healthcare.