Stay on the cutting edge of advances in medical technology throughout the world Medical Technology

Work in exciting venues such as the Caribbean, Indonesia or even Washington, D.C., with state-of-the-art medical technology equipment and practices, and on missions of critical importance at home and abroad. It's all in a day's work for a Navy Medical Technologist.

Head up laboratories in support of medical and scientific specialists. Ensure medical test accuracy for servicemembers and their families or those being treated during humanitarian assistance deployments.

In the Navy, you’ll have access to real-world, on-the-job training throughout the world and exceptional opportunities for continuing education and certification. You’ll also receive a competitive salary, long-term career advances, and the deep pride that comes from knowing you’re part of something bigger than yourself, your job and your location.

Job Description

As a Medical Technologist with a minimum of a bachelor’s degree, you will supervise the efficient operation of laboratory facilities in the United States and many foreign countries. You’ll also carry responsibility for assets and personnel, all in the pursuit of a unified mission, medical progress and maintenance of the strictest standards of scientific integrity.

You'll be an integral member of the Department of Defense (DoD) health care team, with career-long opportunities for continuing education and training. You could also become eligible for additional assignments, such as:

  • An educator at DoD training schools
  • A staff Officer with oversight of policy and practice

Navy Health Care Specialists are at the forefront of pivotal research and pioneering progress in the field each day.

Specific Responsibilities

As a Medical Technologist and Officer in the Medical Service Corps, you may:

  • Work with highly skilled members of Navy medical teams to maintain the health and readiness of our servicemembers, their dependents and those in need around the globe
  • Perform and manage a full range of laboratory services, with responsibility for ensuring the accuracy of results and compliance with the industry's highest standards
  • Provide clinical laboratory and blood bank support to deployed forces

Work Environment

As a Navy Medical Technologist, you may find yourself serving a greater good wherever the Navy has labs. Whether they’re temporary, floating or well-established on a base.

From a lab in Everett, Wash., to the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. From aboard the USNS Comfort deployed in the Caribbean to a medical lab in the Philippines. Here, the world is your laboratory.

Education Opportunities

Wherever you are in your professional career, the Navy can help ease your financial burdens and advance your career with generous scholarships, financial assistance and continuing education programs.

There's an alternative to spending years paying down the cost of your graduate education. If you're currently a practicing professional, you could potentially be eligible to receive financial assistance through the Navy Health Professions Loan Repayment Program (HPLRP). Talk to a Navy Officer Recruiter for more information.

Offers have many variables. To get information and find out which offer would benefit you most, request that a Navy Officer Recruiter contact you.


To qualify for Active Duty employment consideration as a Medical Technologist in the Navy Medical Service Corps, you must meet these basic requirements:

  • Be a U.S. citizen currently practicing in the U.S. (contact a
    Navy Medical Recruiter for details)
  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and certification of completion of a one-year course of study in medical technology, conducted by a school or program accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS)
  • Certification as a medical technologist by a national certifying agency, such as the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP) or the National Certification Agency (NCA) for Medical Laboratory Personnel
  • Two years of experience in a clinical laboratory as a medical technologist (The NAACLS program completion requirement may be waived if the applicant has at least four years of documented laboratory technician experience)
  • Be willing to serve a minimum of three years of Active Duty
  • Be between the ages of 18 and 41
  • Be in good physical condition and pass a full medical examination

You may also be expected to meet certain preferred requirements:

  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale with emphasis in major coursework
  • Supervisory experience in a hospital-based clinical laboratory
  • Clinical experience in blood banking
  • Evidence of continuing education through coursework, seminars, workshops, attendance at professional meetings, etc.


After the Navy

As a Navy Medical Technologist, you’ll find unrivaled responsibilities and on-the-job training. Incomparable opportunities for continuing education and benefits. Deeper pride and purpose. And superior career advancement opportunities that will pay off when you return to the civilian world.

Consider Your Service Options.

There are different ways that you can commit to serve in America's Navy. Besides full-time opportunities in Active Duty, part-time Reserve positions are also available in this career area.