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GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF CLASS
The MEDICAL LABORATORY TECHNICIAN 1 provides technical support to professional medical laboratory staff by preparing samples for testing; by preparing reagents, test media, and stains used in laboratory; and by performing a limited variety of standardized laboratory tests and examination procedures. Employees in this class may assist in more complex testing procedures in a specialized area.
This is the first level of a two-level series. This class is distinguished from the higher level by performing a limited number of tests on a repetitive basis, by the detailed instructions provided and by the work being observed, checked, and verified in process and thoroughly reviewed upon completion. The tests performed by employees at this level have detailed and well defined procedures for detecting errors, are performed according to completely defined written procedures, and do not require correlation with other tests before reporting results. Employees at this level determine the accuracy of tests run but are not responsible for interpreting test results.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
RELATIONSHIPS WITH OTHERS
Depending on area of assignment, employees in this class have regular telephone contact with doctors, nurses, veterinarians, county health personnel, or personnel with the Federal Department of Agriculture, to report test results or to obtain further information about specimens which have been submitted in order to prepare specimen or to perform test. Some employees in this class have occasional in-person contact with patients to obtain blood samples.
Employees in this class work under the supervision of a medical laboratory supervisor or other professional superior. Although much of the work performed is under general supervision, the testing procedures performed by employees in this class are closely monitored, with the work being checked and verified in process and thoroughly reviewed upon completion. Work is assigned verbally by supervisor. In addition to the review of test procedures during process and upon completion, quality control, maintenance, and calibration records are reviewed monthly to assure media, reagents, and equipment functioning are within acceptable limits. Work is also reviewed through informal discussions or meetings to discuss workload and problems.
The College of American Pathologists, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, National Committee of Clinical Laboratory Standards, and State Health Department set the standards for the types of laboratory tests that can be done and how they are to be performed. These standards are used as the basis for agency laboratory policies and procedures. Laboratory manuals indicate the quality control checks to run and outline procedures for performing tests, preparing media and reagents, and preparing specimens for testing. Equipment manuals are used as guidelines in the operation and maintenance of equipment and instruments.
Positions in this class are primarily found in hospitals and health institutions. They require the willingness to work in the environment associated with the position's location and purpose.
Transcripts with qualifying courses highlighted must be submitted for all required and/or related courses.