The First Step, once you know you are interested in Lab Sciences as a career, is to find a program nearby that fits your needs and interests.
Clinical Laboratory Career Ladder
Individuals interested in a medical laboratory career may direct their goals to one of many levels of education. The entry-level position is:
Responsibilities: Draw blood for analysis in the laboratory. Assist in performing some laboratory testing.
Qualifications: High School Diploma or equivalent, train in a California approved CPT 1 program, pass a national certifying exam. For more information on California approved
CPT programs, refer to the following website: http://www.dhs.ca.gov/ps/ls/lfsb/html/phlebotomy.htm
The next step is:
Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT)
Responsibilities: Performs Moderate and waived testing in the clinical laboratory.
Qualifications: Associate's Degree from a NAACLS accredited, State approved MLT training program including 6 months training in a hospital, pass a national certification exam.
The next step is:
Clinical Laboratory Scientist (CLS)
Responsibilities: Perform all diagnostic testing in the clinical laboratory. Responsible for quality control and researching and selecting new methods of testing.
Qualifications: Bachelor's degree and 12 months training in a California approved CLS program, pass a state approved certifying exam.
Clinical Genetic Molecular Biological Scientist (CGMBS)
Responsibilities: A licensed CGMBS performs specialized molecular diagnostic tests in hospital clinical laboratories, in commercial reference laboratories, or in research and development for biotech companies.
Qualifications: Bachelor's degree and 12 months training in a California approved CGMBS program, pass the California State Licensing Exam.