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McLaren Health Care Laboratory Technical Assistant - McLaren Careers in Bay City, Michigan

Position Summary:

The Laboratory Assistant performs all specimen collection by phlebotomy from the correct individual at in-house or off-site locations. In addition, obtains other specimens when indicated, and instructs patients in the collection of specimens as necessary. May be required to enter Pathology specimens into various computerized information systems along with the preparation and staining of Cytology specimens. Performs tasks in all laboratory areas under the direction of the appropriate Supervisor, Clinical Laboratory Technologists, Cytotechnologists or other designated laboratory personnel and has appropriate knowledge and training of those areas so as to be able to function as necessary.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities


  1. Performs proper specimen collection [blood and non-blood], including patient preparation, labeling, handling, preservation or fixation, processing or preparation, transportation, and storage of specimens; complies with all standards for laboratory procedures.

  2. Collects, verifies, and processes patient registration data and test order/entry into hospital information system/laboratory information system, including ABN compliance.

  3. Processes specimens according to established guidelines.

  4. Maintains safe and clean working environment and protects patients and employees by adhering to infection-control, hazardous waste and other policies and protocols.

  5. Performs waived tests and assists in other testing platforms with technical oversight.

  6. Assists in quality control and performance improvement activities.

  7. Ensures standards are met (quality, timeliness, customer service, etc.).

  8. Orients and/or trains new staff.

  9. Assists in assuring compliance with all regulatory and other agency requirements, laws, and statutes pertaining to the operation of the department.

  10. Answer telephone calls, performs computer tasks, prints reports and provides test results as applicable.

  11. Performs therapeutic phlebotomies.

  12. Dispatch and manage specimens and slides for consults, referrals, and other requests. Creates appropriate transport lists for tracking.

  13. Performs other related duties as required and directed.





  • High school diploma or equivalent.


  • Certified as a phlebotomy technician.

  • Previous experience drawing blood or phlebotomy training course in approved program.

  • Previous experience in a clinical laboratory environment.