Clinical Laboratory Technologist I – Microbiology
Conducts professional clinical laboratory testing and interprets the findings of high complexity microbiology cultures and molecular-microbiology assays leading to the identification of relevant clinical pathogens. Clinical technologists must adhere to good laboratory practices leading for accurate testing, analysis, and reporting of clinical sample results. Clinical laboratory technologists are also responsible for preventative maintenance of equipment and must adhere to established quality assurance procedures. They will be expected to keep up with current laboratory standards established by CLIA and the College of American Pathologist (CAP), and participate in continuous education opportunities.
Description of Duties
Isolates clinical laboratory pathogens obtained from various types of human specimens (e.g., wounds, body fluids, urines etc); analyzes test results; interprets results to identify which pathogens are clinically significant, perform appropriate susceptibility as needed, and reports results.
Demonstrates skills in the pre-analytical, analytical, and post-analytical testing phase and can recognize and correct errors, properly.
Performs preventive maintenance, troubleshooting and calibration procedures related to each test performed.
Acquires skills necessary to implement quality control policies and procedures of the laboratory.
Acquires skills required to assess and verify the validity of patient test results through the evaluation of quality sample values prior to reporting test results.
Maintains and organizes data; keeps accurate records of ongoing experiments and results of same for purposes of future reference.
Calibrates and QC’s equipment as needed and maintains records of reagents and stock.
Performs other duties as required or assigned which are reasonably within the scope of the duties indicated above.
Bachelor’s degree in either medical technology, clinical laboratory sciences, chemical, biological, or physical sciences from a recognized college or university. Minimum of 2 years’ experience in culture reading at a clinical microbiology laboratory.
Associates degree in a chemical, physical, or biological science or medical lab technology from an accredited college or university.
Skills and Abilities
Requires ability to follow standard scientific laboratory methods and procedures.
Requires ability to apply sterile techniques to avoid contamination of humans, the environment, and/or the specimen.
Requires ability to maintain accurate laboratory records and prepare activity reports.
Requires skill in operating laboratory equipment.
Requires ability to understand and follow oral and written directions, laboratory formulas and charts.
May require certification by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists as a Medical Technologist.
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.