- Medical Technologist I
- What will I be doing?
- Do I qualify?
- Can I be successful?
- How do I apply?
This is beginning level professional and technical work in a medical laboratory.
An employee in this class is responsible for performing a variety of standard hematological, serological, bacteriological and chemical laboratory tests, or in a large medical laboratory having specialized units may be responsible for performing tests in a specific work area. Work requires the application of medical laboratory procedures in determining test results, and may require control of quality and quantity of production. Work normally involves training for more advanced laboratory tests. The employee is responsible for the accurate performance of assigned duties under close supervision. As the employee gains experience and technical proficiency increases, less supervision is required. Supervision is received from a higher level Medical Technologist or other designated supervisor who reviews work for adherence to established policies and procedures.
Performs hematological studies such as: hemaglobin, hematocrit, platelet count, reticulocyte, red and white blood counts, coagulation; and differentiation of white blood cells into their designated groups.
Performs blood bank studies such as: blood typing, Rh factor determination, compatibility tests and serology on all donors and patients.
Prepares and stains tissue material for microscopic examination by the pathologist or a medical technologist of higher rank.
Performs 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.
Performs microbiological studies including processing of specimens, diagnostic classification, and antibiotic susceptibility studies.
Sets up, cleans, and makes minor repairs on instruments and equipment to insure effective operation and accuracy. Records repairs and adjustments made to document equipment performance.
Prepares and stains sputum, bronchial lavages and other body fluids for cytological examination.
Performs biochemical analysis of body fluids such as blood, urine, and chest fluids. Performs serologic analysis.
Inoculates culture media with specimens in order to isolate and identify micro-organisms.
Prepares 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 medical technology, or, the successful completion of a program of study in medical technology accredited by the Committee on Allied Health Education and Accreditation (CAHEA).
One year of experience at the level of Medical Technologist Trainee; and graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with a Bachelor's degree in one of the chemical, physical or biological sciences. (Graduate work in pathology or medical technology may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for the required experience. Technical experience at the level of Medical Laboratory Technician may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for the required education.)
One year as a Medical Technologist Trainee 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?
Working knowledge of the principles, methods, materials and techniques of medical technology.
Working 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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