Laboratory Assistant

Job Locations US-IA-Oskaloosa
Position Type
Regular Full-Time


The Laboratory Assistant supports the laboratory by collecting and processing
specimens. The Laboratory Assistant also performs specified waived and moderate
complexity testing as trained and successfully demonstrating competency.


 Comply with regulations for all accrediting and regulatory bodies such as: Clinical
Laboratory Improvement Act (CLIA), Occupational Safety and Health Administration
(OSHA), Joint Commission (JC), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Federal
Drug Administration (FDA).
 Comply with CMS and MHP regulations and policies for ordering and billing of tests.
 Performs and reports waived and moderate complexity testing on blood, urine and
feces under supervision and direction of Laboratory Director.
 Understand, perform, analyze, and record quality control tests for each procedure
including action taken to correct problems.
 Evaluate results of testing and quality controls.
 Able to recognize deviations from expected results and alerts MLT, MT and/or
Laboratory Director to the unexpected deviation.
 Perform venipunctures and capillary blood collections using proper patient
identification, correct tubes, handling and labeling appropriately. Appropriately
processes specimens within acceptable time frames for the test(s).
 Collect and prepare non-blood specimens for testing.
 Maintain a cooperative working relationship with employees, visitors, medical staff,
and patients, keeping in mind the person’s unique needs within their age category
(refer to Mahaska Health Partnership’s Age Specific Standards of Care).
 Process specimens and reports to and from reference laboratories.
 Follow procedures and policies for handling of infectious, chemical, and electrical
hazards, including the use of personal protective equipment.
 Ability to read and understand Safety Data Sheets.
 Obtain and maintain certification and ability to perform DOT and Non-DOT
urine drug screen collections according to requesting company protocol.
 Obtain and maintain certification and ability perform DOT and Non-DOT breath
alcohol testing (BAT certification)


 High School diploma, GED, or equivalent.
 Phlebotomy or CLA certificate preferred.
 One (1) year experience in drawing blood specimens; or, any equivalent
combination of education and/or experience from which comparable
knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.
 Required to show proof of having completed Mandatory Reporter course at time
of hire or attend within 6 months of start date.
 Must show proof of current Basic Life Support (BLS) certificate or obtain within 6
months of hire.
 Must adhere to all training requirements as mandated by Federal, State, and
Professional licensure and regulatory standards.


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