Medical Laboratory Scientist

Definition

Medical Laboratory Scientists (“scientists”) collect, test and analyse human biological material to support patient diagnosis, management and treatment. They are skilled in the selection of appropriate samples and preparation for testing and analysis, and in the use of sophisticated laboratory equipment. Scientists analyse and interpret laboratory results and report their findings to referring clinicians. In certain circumstances they also advise of the need for further relevant testing.

While scientists typically practise in one or two of the disciplines within the medical laboratory science profession, their breadth and depth of training may allow them to practise across all disciplines (with appropriate training and demonstrated competency). This is with the exception of scientists practising embryology: Due to the specialised nature of embryology-related qualifications, scientists practising in that discipline will typically have their practice limited to embryology.

Prescribed Qualifications:   

The Council has prescribed the following qualifications for a person to be eligible for provisional registration as a medical laboratory scientist:

  • Hold a Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science from a New Zealand university accredited by the Council; or
  • Hold a Graduate Diploma in Science (Medical Laboratory Science) issued by a New Zealand university accredited by the Council; or
  • Hold a relevant New Zealand or overseas biological science postgraduate degree; or
  • Have completed a course of training, examinations and post-qualification medical laboratory experience that has been assessed by the Council as being substantially equivalent to the New Zealand Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science; or
  • Hold a relevant overseas biological science undergraduate degree that has been assessed by the Council as being substantially equivalent to the New Zealand Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science.