Laboratory Administration
Lab director
High complexity

Author: Stacy Olea, M.B.A, M.T. (ASCP), FACHE (see Authors page)

Revised: 25 January 2017, last major update November 2013

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General supervisor
  • Must meet one of these requirements:

  • Qualify as laboratory director of high complexity testing
  • Qualify as technical supervisor of high complexity testing
  • MD, DO, DPM with current medical license in state of lab’s location AND 1 year training in high complexity testing
  • PhD in clinical laboratory science or chemical, physical, biological science AND 1 year training/experience in high complexity testing
  • Masters in clinical laboratory science, medical technology, or chemical, physical, biological science AND 1 year training/experience in high complexity testing
  • Bachelors in medical technology or chemical, physical, biological science AND 1 year training/experience in high complexity testing
  • Associate Degree in laboratory science or medical laboratory technology AND have at least 2 years of laboratory training or experience, or both, in high complexity testing
  • Education and training equivalent to an associate degree in laboratory science or medical laboratory technology AND have at least 2 years laboratory training or experience, or both, in high complexity testing
  • Education
    • 60 semester hours including either 24 semester hours of medical laboratory courses or 24 semester hours of science courses (6 hours chemistry; 6 hours biology)
    • 12 hours in chemistry, biology, or medical laboratory technology, or any combination
  • Training
    • Either completion of an approved/accredited clinical laboratory or medical laboratory training program
    • May be included in the 60 semester hours specified above or three months of documented laboratory training in each specialty in which the individual performs high complexity testing
  • For blood gas analysis, earned an associate degree related to pulmonary function AND have at least 2 years of laboratory training or experience, or both, in blood gas analysis
Technical supervisor
  • Must meet one of these requirements:

  • MD, DO with current medical license in state of lab’s location AND certified in anatomic and/or clinical pathology by ABP, AOBP, or equivalent qualifications
  • MD, DO, DPM with current medical license in state of lab’s location AND certified in clinical pathology by ABP, AOBP, or equivalent
  • MD, DO, DPM with current medical license in state of lab’s location AND 1 year training/experience in high complexity testing in the respective specialty
  • PhD in clinical laboratory science, chemical, physical, biological science AND 1 year training/experience in high complexity testing in the respective specialty
  • Masters in medical technology, clinical laboratory science, chemical, physical, or biological science AND 2 years training/experience in high complexity testing in the respective specialty
  • Bachelors in medical technology, chemical, physical, or biological science AND 4 years training/experience in high complexity testing in the respective specialty
Clinical consultant
  • Must meet one of these requirements:

  • MD, DO with current medical license in state of lab’s location AND certified in anatomic and/or clinical pathology by ABP or AOBP or equivalent qualifications
  • MD, DO, or DPM with current medical license in state of lab’s location AND 1 year laboratory training during medical residency
  • MD, DO, DPM with current medical license in state of lab’s location AND 2 years experience in directing/supervising high complexity testing
  • PhD in chemical, physical, biological or clinical laboratory science AND certification by ABMM, ABCC, ABB, ABMLI, or other board deemed comparable by HHS
  • MD, DO, DPM with current medical license in state of lab’s location