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This is technical work in directing and performing routine as well as non-standardized procedures in a clinical laboratory under general supervision.

Work includes responsibility for performing a variety of standard and specialized examinations and tests. Work is performed independently within established methods and procedures. Detailed instructions are provided. Work is reviewed through discussions of problems arising in the work and quality control programs.


Performs a variety of examinations and tests within a clinical laboratory.

Prepares a variety of culture media for the development and identification of organisms.

Participates in and/or performs chemical analyses of specimens.

Performs special tests, as required, e.g. bile tests, special protein analyses, glucose tolerance, kidney function tests, and related analytical procedures.

Participates in and performs hematological examinations, e.g. making complete blood counts, smears for differential counts, and blood grouping.

Calibrates and operates laboratory equipment such as a spectrophotometer and photoelectric colorimeter.

Assists in instructing students and other technical personnel in practical laboratory method, techniques, and interpretation of results through informal methods and demonstrations.

Performs complex research and clinical diagnostic work.

May provide limited instruction over other technical personnel.

Performs related work as required.

Graduation from a standard high school and four (4) years experience or graduation from a standard high school and completion of an approved Clinical Laboratory Assistant program; or any equivalent combination of training and experience.

Approved Clinical Laboratory Technician exam, if applicable or Clinical Laboratory Assistant (ASCP) Registered or eligible.

Considerable knowledge of the methods, materials, and techniques used in laboratory work.

Considerable knowledge of the basic principles of chemistry, biology, and bacteriology.

Considerable knowledge of the basic principles and procedures of laboratory science as applied to medical diagnostic work.

Ability to make accurate observations and reports of test results.

Ability to prepare technical reports governing procedures and results of laboratory tests and examinations.

Skill in laboratory manipulative techniques.



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