Clinical Laboratory Sciences Career Ladder

Phlebotomist/Laboratory Assistant
 
Entry-level career in the clinical laboratory, requires certification/ license. Collects patient blood specimens via phlebotomy and assists in collection of other non-blood specimens. Transports and prepares specimens for testing in the clinical laboratory.
 
Medical Laboratory Technician
 
Mid-level laboratory professional, requires an Associates degree or higher and a certification/ license. Performs low to moderately complex patient tests. Operates, maintains, and troubleshoots laboratory instrumentation. Performs under the supervision of the clinical laboratory scientist (CLS).
 
Clinical Laboratory Scientist
 
Requires a Bachelors degree or higher and a certification/license.  Performs high complexity patient tests. Operates, maintains, and troubleshoots laboratory instrumentation.  Supervises laboratory personnel. Obtains additional education and certification to specialize in a clinical laboratory discipline to become a technical specialist.