Proposed Career Pathway for Medical Laboratory Science

Levels Nomenclature in various sectors Qualification and experience
Clinical Academic Industry/ Management
Level 4 Medical Laboratory Technologist NA NA
  • BMLS – 4 year course (3.5 years didactic + 6 months internship)
  • OR

  • Diploma MLS (2 years + 6 months internship) + 2 years’ experience
Level 5 Technical Officer (MLS)

Senior Technical Officer (MLS)

Chief Technical Officer
NA NA
  • BMLS – 4 year course (3.5 years didactic + 6 months internship) + 5 years’ experience at level 4
  • OR

  • Diploma MLS ( 2 years + 6 months Internship) + 5 years’ experience at level 4
  • Further promotion suggested after every 5 years in a horizontal manner.
    1. From level 4, the professional will be promoted to Technical Officer, then Sr. Technical Officer followed by Chief Technical Officer after 5 years on previous level.
      (Cadre already functional in Central Hospitals/Institutions under MoHFW)
    2. The person will be eligible for Level 6 only if he/she increases his/her qualification to MMLS.
Level 6 Medical Laboratory Scientist (Grade-B) Clinical Laboratory Demonstrator Deputy Technical Manager
  • MMLS with respective specialization.
    (similar Scientist Cadre already exist in ICMR/DHR under MoHFW)

(25% vacancies shall be filled from existing eligible staff, fulfilling desired qualification criteria without any age bar)

Level 7 Medical Laboratory Scientist (Grade-C) Assistant Professor Technical Manager
  • For Medical Lab. Scientist Grade-C/ Technical Manager:
    MMLS with 3 years of experience at Level 6
  • For Academics: MMLS in respective specialization with 3 years of experience at Level 6 as Clinical Laboratory Demonstrator
Level 8 Medical Laboratory Scientist (Grade-D) Assistant Professor Deputy Quality Manager
  • For Medical Lab. Scientist Grade-D/Deputy Quality Manager:
    MMLS with 3 years of experience at Level 7
  • For Academics: MMLS in respective specialization with 3 years of experience at Level 7 as Asst. Professor
    OR
    Ph.D. with MMLS in the respective specialization
Level 9 Medical Laboratory Scientist (Grade-E) Additional Professor Quality Manager
  • For Medical Laboratory Scientist (Grade E)/ Quality Manager:
    MMLS with 3 years of experience at Level 8
  • For Academics: Ph.D. with MMLS and 3 years of experience at Level 8 as Assoc. Professor in respective specialization.
Level 10 Medical Laboratory Scientist (Grade-F)
Medical Laboratory Scientist (Grade-G)
Medical Laboratory Scientist (Grade-H)
Professor/Principal Director Laboratory Services/HOD
  • For Medical Laboratory Scientist(Grade F,G,H)/Director-Laboratory Services/HOD:
    MMLS with 3 year of experience at Level 9
  • For Academics: Ph.D. with MMLS and 3 years of experience at Level 9 as Professor in respective specialization.
    (Promotion after every 4 years as FCS scheme “Flexible Complementing Scheme” of ICMR)

IMPORTANT NOTES:

  • Diploma MLT, B.Sc. MLT and M.Sc. MLT completed before implementation of this scheme shall be considered at par with the current scheme of Diploma MLS, Bachelors MLS and Masters MLS respectively, irrespective of their course duration for concerned level.
  • Existing in-service Medical Laboratory staff shall be considered at par in the present scheme at their respective levels.
  • *Diploma shall be phased out in the future and the minimum required qualification should be BMLS 4 year course (3.5 years didactic + 6 months internship).

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