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Medical laboratory careers

Job types

In a laboratory career at Allina Health, you'll join more than 700 staff members in an integrated, multi-site laboratory service. Allina Health Laboratory provides local delivery of more than 5 million laboratory services in clinics and hospitals throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin.

  • Laboratory assistant collects and processes specimens; and performs limited laboratory procedures in addition to clerical duties such as order entry, billing, and phone triage. Phlebotomists may also be called Lab Assistants at Allina Health. Salaries for laboratory assistants vary. Entry level minimum starting salary for lab assistants is $13.34 per hour.
  • Phlebotomist draws blood for analysis. Salaries for phlebotomists vary. Entry level minimum starting salary for phlebotomists is $12.79 per hour.
  • Medical lab tech (MLT) performs less complex tests than medical laboratory scientists. They perform tests critical to the detection, diagnosis and treatment of disease. They use microscopes, chemicals, laboratory equipment and computers. They report abnormal results to the medical laboratory scientist or pathologist. Salaries vary for medical lab techs. See U.S. Department of Labor Statistics.
  • Histology technician (HT)performs routine and frozen section tissue processing. Daily tasks include cutting and staining tissue specimens for microscopic examination by pathologists. Salaries vary for histology technicians. Entry level minimum starting salary for histology technicians is $19.13 per hour.
  • Pathology technician assists pathologist in specialized research and diagnostic pathological examinations. Must be able to work with human tissues and chemicals. Salaries vary for pathology technicians.
  • Medical laboratory scientist (MLS) performs tests that play a crucial role in the detection, diagnosis, and treatment of disease. They collect and process specimens and evaluate results for accuracy. They analyze results and convey them to physicians. Salaries vary for medical laboratory scientist. See U.S. Department of Labor Statistics.
  • Cytotechnologist (cytologist) performs microscopic examination of slides from different body sites for the detection and diagnosis of disease. Specimens include cervical/vaginal, body fluids, and bronchial specimens. They assist in the collection of these specimens in physician offices and radiology exam rooms. Salaries vary for cytotechnologists. Entry level minimum starting salary for cytologists is $25.88 per hour.

Education

  • Laboratory assistant: requires a high school diploma. Some science college coursework is preferred.
  • Phlebotomist requires a high school diploma and phlebotomy training course.
  • Medical lab tech requires an associate degree in a medical lab tech program.
  • Histology technician requires an associate degree in histology and HT (histology technician) certification within the first year of employment.
  • Pathology technician requires a BA or BS in a science related field, ideally pre-med. Basic knowledge of human anatomy required.
  • Medical laboratory scientist requires a bachelor's degree in a medical laboratory science and ASCP (American Society for Clinic Pathology) certification within the first year of employment.
  • Cytotechnologist requires a bachelor's degree in cytology and CT (cytotechnologist) certification within the first year of employment.

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Allina Health Laboratory

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In 2012, our 75,000 square foot Central Laboratory became fully operational, providing a full menu of essential and specialized laboratory services.

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