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Medical Laboratory Technician Duties and Responsibilities

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Purpose of Classification:

Under general supervision, performs routine tests in medical laboratory to provide data for use in diagnosis and treatment of disease, ensuring validity and accuracy of test results. Processes specimens for testing and dispatch. Maintains, operates, and troubleshoots equipment. Performs a variety of clerical duties for the laboratory staff.

Distinguishing Characteristics:

This is a specialized classification not part of a series.

Examples of Duties:

  • Performs a full range of clinical laboratory tests and examination in all sections of the laboratory; collects blood specimens from patients; evaluates specimens received for testing to determine suitability for testing; notifies physicians or nurse practitioners of rejected specimens.
  • Processes specimens into the laboratory tests and examination in all sections of the laboratory information system for testing; enters and verifies results.
  • Provides clerical support for laboratory staff including processing incoming and outgoing lab reports, making copies, maintaining and organizing filing systems, and end of the month statistical reports.
  • Follows established laboratory procedures for specimen handling, processing, test analysis, and reporting; maintains records of patient results.
  • Performs scheduled maintenance on all instruments; performs quality control and notifies Supervisor of any problems and corrective actions taken.
  • Participates in quality improvement processes/projects.
  • Assists the lead medical technologist in administration duties.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of medical terminology.
  • Knowledge of laboratory and experimental protocols and procedures.
  • Knowledge of tissue culture procedures and techniques.
  • Skill in record maintenance.
  • Skill in both verbal and written communication.
  • Ability to maintain quality, safety, and/or infection control standards.
  • Ability to prepare and process laboratory samples using established protocols.
  • Ability to perform a range of clinical lab tests, chemical analyses, and biological samples.
  • Ability to draw intravenous and peripheral blood.

Minimum Qualifications:

Associate's degree in Lab Science or Medical Lab Technology from an accredited institution; OR, Any equivalent combination of education and/or experience from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.


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