Medical Technologist - Microbiology

Common Spirit Health
Des Moines, Iowa, US
Jul 30, 2021
Aug 16, 2021
Employment Type
Full time
Salary Type
**Sign on Bonus or Loan Forgiveness Eligible**


Acts as technical information resource for MercyOne Des Moines Laboratory.

Identifies problems that may adversely affect test performance and/or results and uses knowledge, critical thinking skills, and judgment to troubleshoot and resolve them. May be assigned to assume the duties of a charge technologist. Performs tasks and procedures specific to assigned department with minimal supervision.


Uses educational and technical expertise to troubleshoot issues related to specimen quality, instrument/method performance and analytical interferences to ensure patient results match clinical status.
Assists and supports quality management systems and performance improvement initiatives.
Works independently, organizing work to meet established deadlines and records.
Maintains supply inventories.
Trains new employees and acts as a preceptor for medical laboratory science students.
Operates laboratory information systems, personal computers, and instrument-related computer software.
Provides exceptional customer service to internal and external customers.

Functions specific to West Lakes Lab, Blood Bank, Hematology, Chemistry and Microbiology Sections:

Performs complex laboratory procedures utilized for the diagnosis and treatment of disease as appropriate for patient age to include neonates, infants, children, adolescents, adults, and geriatric adults; recognizes deviation from expected results; analyzes and corrects problems using scientific principles.
Analyzes quality control data, makes judgments concerning the results, and takes appropriate action to maintain test accuracy and precision.
Performs preventive maintenance and basic troubleshooting of instrumentation and equipment.
Performs new instrument or procedure implementation and training.
May be assigned to assume duties of charge technologist in absence of supervisor/manager. #MissionCritical

Bachelor's degree in Medical Technology or in Chemistry, Biology or related field. One-year clinical internship in a National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory career path that meets certification eligibility requirements.
Science (NAACLS) accredited clinical laboratory science program or approved alternate
Certification in one of the following:
Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS) or Medical Technologist (MT) by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists (ASCP).
Medical Technologist (MT) by the American Medical Technologists (AMT).
Medical Technologist (MT) by the American Association of Bioanalysts (AAB).
A person may be hired into this position if he/she has completed the educational requirements and is eligible for the certification exam. The exam must be successfully completed within six (6) months of hire.