Competencies of a Clinical Laboratory Scientist/Medical Technologist

Upon graduation and initial employment, the clinical laboratory scientist/medical technologist should be able to demonstrate entry-level competencies in the following areas of professional practice: 

a. Reflecting ethical and moral attitudes and principles essential for gaining and maintaining the trust of professional associates, the support of the community, and the confidence of the patient and family; 

b. Maintaining an attitude of respect for the patient and confidentiality of patients’ records and/or diagnoses; 

c. Developing and establishing procedures for collecting, processing, and analyzing biological specimens and other substances;

d. Performing analytical tests on body fluids, cells, and other clinical substances;

e. Integrating and relating data generated by the various clinical laboratory departments while making decisions regarding possible discrepancies;

f. Confirming abnormal results, verifying quality control procedures, and developing solutions to problems concerning the generation of laboratory data;

g. Making decisions concerning the results of quality control and quality assurance measures, and instituting proper procedures to maintain accuracy and precision;

h. Establishing and performing preventive and corrective maintenance of equipment and instruments as well as identifying appropriate sources for repairs;

i. Developing, evaluating, and selecting new techniques, instruments and methods in terms of their usefulness and practicality within the context of a given laboratory’s personnel, equipment, space, and budgetary resources;

j. Demonstrating professional conduct and interpersonal skills with patients, laboratory personnel, other health care professionals, and the public;

k. Establishing and maintaining continuing education as a function of growth and maintenance of professional competence;

l. Providing leadership in educating other health personnel and the community;

m. Exercising principles of management, safety, and supervision;

n. Applying principles of educational methodology, and

o. Applying principles of current information systems.

Essential Functions

The Clinical Laboratory Science student must possess the ability to:

1. Observe laboratory demonstrations in which biologicals (i.e., body fluids, culture materials, tissue sections, and cellular specimens) are tested for their biochemical, hematological, immunological, microbiological, and histochemical components.

2. Characterize the color, odor, clarity, and viscosity of biologicals, reagents, or

chemical reaction products.

3. Employ a clinical grade binocular microscope to discriminate among fine structural and color (hue, shading, and intensity) differences of microscopic specimens.

4. Read and comprehend text, numbers, illustrations, and graphs displayed in print, on projection screen, and on a video monitor.

5. Move freely and safely about in a laboratory.

6. Reach laboratory benchtops and shelves, patients lying in hospital beds or seated in specimen collection furniture.

7. Travel to numerous clinical sites for practical experience.

8. Perform moderately taxing continuous physical work, often requiring prolonged sitting, in confined spaces, over several hours.

9. Control laboratory equipment (i.e., pipettes, inoculating loops, test tubes) and adjust instruments to perform laboratory procedures.

10. Use an electronic keyboard (i.e., 104 key IBM computer keyboard) to operate laboratory instruments and to calculate, record, evaluate, and transmit laboratory information.

11. Read and comprehend technical and professional materials (i.e., textbooks, magazines and journal articles, handbooks, and instructional manuals).

12. Follow verbal and written instructions in order to correctly perform laboratory test procedures.

13. Prepare papers, laboratory reports and take examinations within specified times.

14. Possess the emotional health necessary to effectively employ intellect and exercise appropriate judgment.

15. Be flexible, creative, and adapt to professional and technical change.

16. Recognize potentially hazardous materials, equipment, situations, and proceed safely to minimize risk of injury to self, patients and nearby individuals.