- Medical Technologist Trainee
- What will I be doing?
- Do I qualify?
- Can I be successful?
- How do I apply?
This is sub-professional and technical work in a medical laboratory.
An employee in this class receives training in order to perform a variety of standard hematological, serological, bacteriological and chemical laboratory tests. Emphasis is on the development of an employee's ability, through intensive training, to perform procedures of a more advanced and diversified nature than those normally assigned to a Medical Laboratory Technician. Work assignments as well as assistance and advice are received from a higher level Medical Technologist or other designated supervisor who provides close supervision to insure that proper laboratory procedures are followed.
Receives training in the performance of hematological studies such as: hemaglobin, hematocrit, platelet count, reticulocyte, red and white blood cell counts, coagulation; and differentiation of white blood cells into their designated groups.
Receives training in the performance of blood bank studies such as: blood typing, Rh factor determination, compatibility tests and serology on all donors and patients.
Receives training in the preparation and staining of tissue material for microscopic examination by the pathologist or a medical technologist of higher rank.
Receives training in the performance of urinalysis including biochemical and microscopic examination of urine for color, clarity, specific gravity, albumen, glucose, ph, and occult blood.
Draws blood samples for analysis as ordered by physicians.
Receives training in the performance of microbiological studies including processing of specimens, diagnostic classification, and antibiotic susceptibility studies.
Receives training in the setting up, cleaning and repairing of instruments and equipment to insure effective operation and accuracy. Records repairs and adjustments made to document equipment performance.
Receives training in the preparation and staining of sputum, bronchial lavages and other body fluids for cytological examination.
Receives training in the performance of biochemical analysis of body fluids such as blood, urine, and chest fluids. Performs serologic analysis.
Receives training in the innoculation of culture media with specimens in order to isolate and identify microorganisms.
Receives training in the preparation of subcultures on any specimens that require further study. Reads and records results of organism classification.
Records and reviews quality control test results in order to determine that the results are within acceptable ranges.
Prepares written reports of tests completed; keeps instructional manuals current; keeps medias and reagents fresh.
Performs other related work as assigned.
(The following minimum qualifications will determine merit system eligibility. Allowable experience and education substitutions are provided in italics below the corresponding minimum qualification statement. These minimum qualifications may also be used to evaluate applicants for Missouri Uniform Classification and Pay System positions not requiring selection from merit registers.)
Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a Bachelor's degree in one of the chemical, physical or biological sciences. (Technical experience at the level of Medical Laboratory Technician may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for the required education.)
Two years as a Medical Laboratory Technician under the Missouri Merit System.
Please note that documentation that supports your eligibility (i.e. transcripts, employment records, etc.) may be required at any time during the application and hiring process. If you do not possess the minimum qualifications, please consider one of many other employment opportunities with the State of Missouri.
Do you possess the key skills which are considered essential for successful employment in this classification?
Some knowledge of the principles, methods, materials and techniques of medical technology.
Some knowledge of the basic principles of chemistry, microbiology, hematology, bacteriology, and quality control as related to medical technology.
Some knowledge of the operation, maintenance, and repair of laboratory instruments and equipment.
Some knowledge of safety precautions and first aid procedures in the laboratory.
Some knowledge of blood drawing techniques.
Some knowledge of anatomy and physiology.
Skill in laboratory manipulative techniques.
Ability to perform assigned tasks exactly according to prescribed procedures and to accurately observe and interpret the results.
Ability to prepare accurate records of laboratory tests and specimens and to prepare activity reports.
Ability to maintain effective working relationships with patients and hospital staff.
Eyesight sufficiently strong to permit extended microscopic work and normal color perception.
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