Medical Laboratory Technician Skills & Competencies

Sample Manager's Guide: Medical Laboratory Technician

The Manager's Guide to the Medical Laboratory Technician Role

This Manager's Guide includes:

  • The complete set of 15 Competencies expected from the role
  • 69 Interview questions for determining a candidate's skill level in each of 15 Competencies
  • 69 Coaching tips for helping incumbent to advance their skills in each of the 15 Competencies
  • 70 Development goals to help measure incumbents' progress in each of the 15 Competencies
  • 144 Recommended resources for progressing education in each of the 15 Competencies
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Roles and Responsibilites

The primary responsibility of the Medical Laboratory Technician is patient clinical testing, sample and specimen collecting to aid physicians in diagnosing and monitoring patient-care.

The Medical Laboratory Technician assists in preparing specimens and performing basic clinical laboratory testing; adheres to laboratory safety standards and quality requirements throughout all procedures.

A typical job description for the Medical Laboratory Technician role may include:

  • Performs manual and automated routine blood tests.
  • Prepares specimens for microscope examination.
  • Operates laboratory equipment including centrifuges, dry bath incubators, and blood bank refrigerators.
  • Requires graduation from an accredited MLT program and passing a national exam given by the Board of Registry of the American Society for Clinical Pathology.
  • Familiar with standard concepts, practices, and procedures within a particular field.
  • Relies on experience and judgment to plan and accomplish goals.
  • Performs a variety of tasks.
  • A certain degree of creativity and latitude is expected.
  • Typically reports to supervisor or manager.

Organizational Role

The Medical Laboratory Technician typically serves as member of team leadership and is considered a technical professional within the organization. As such, the Medical Laboratory Technician provides difficult technical tasks. The organization will depend on this person's implementation experience. The Medical Laboratory Technician generally is responsible for self-sufficiency. As such, the Medical Laboratory Technician provides small project responsibility. The organization will depend on this person's technical supervision.

Medical Laboratory Technician Job Responsibilities

The Medical Laboratory Technician generally has the following responsibilities:

  • Performs basic clinical laboratory testing procedures, including manual and automated routine blood tests, in accordance with detailed instructions.
  • Utilizes relevant techniques to prepare clinical specimens for laboratory examinations, following institutional protocols and principles.
  • Operates various equipment for clinical laboratory tests. Calibrates and maintains instruments according to relevant standards.
  • Ensures all medical laboratory safety standards and quality requirements are met.

Medical Laboratory Technician Competencies

The complete Medical Laboratory Technician Manager's Guide includes the 15 key competencies expected of Medical Laboratory Technician. The report defines each Competency in detail. The report also explains what level of proficiency Medical Laboratory Technician should have in that Competency, as well as how important that Competency is to performing the role well.

Among the 15 Competencies for Medical Laboratory Technician is...

Clinical Laboratory Testing

You may observe several behaviors in a person that could be strong indicators of his or her capabilities in the Clinical Laboratory Testing competency. The Medical Laboratory Technician is expected to demonstrate Working experience in the Clinical Laboratory Testing competency. To demonstrate Working experience in the Clinical Laboratory Testing competency, one should demonstrate knowledge of and ability to use medical laboratory equipment to examine specimens according to test requests and to obtain accurate results for further disease diagnosis following laboratory policies and ethics.

  • Participates in collecting and processing specimens (e.g. blood) according to test requests.
  • Operates laboratory equipment required to examine clinical specimens.
  • Produces reports based on laboratory test results to help in further diagnosis.
  • Adheres to relevant policies and ethics for clinical laboratory testing.
  • Discusses major factors that can affect the accuracy of laboratory test results.

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