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Medical Technologist/Microbiologist

Company: CHRISTUS Health
Location: Alexandria
Posted on: August 2, 2022

Job Description:


Medical Technologist/Microbiologist will perform various medical laboratory procedures within the Microbiology Department in the laboratory for use in diagnosis, monitoring, and treatment of disease. Assist in the daily operations and maintenance of the department and perform analysis requiring a complex network of steps and variables. The Medical Technologist/Microbiologist will confirm and verify results through an in-depth professional knowledge of techniques, principles and instruments. Daily responsibilities include:

Receives and processes specimens;

Examines routine cultures, subcultures and smears;

Performs antibiotic susceptibility and identification tests;

Processes acid fast specimens for send-outs and stains;

Oxford website accessed and TSPOT resulted in timely manner;

Performs and read gram stains, and AFB stains;

Records results appropriately in LIS;

Notification of critical results, documentation in LIS.

The Medical Technologist//Microbiologist will also have the following responsibilities:

Prepares and examines wet mounts for ova, cysts and parasite examination. Performs test kits, including Wet Preps, GCA/CAO EIA Parasite Screen KIT, WBC (stool) KIT, ROTAVIRUS KIT, AND CRYPTOCOCCAL ANTIGEN KIT.

Examines and interprets fungus cultures - Fungus cultures examined weekly, identify, yeast, report correctly; Subculture isolates for Reference Lab; Prepare and examine KOH preps and Lacto Phenol Cotton Blue stain.

Performs and records Quality Control (QC) procedures - Performs QC for all tests (media, kits, stains, reagents, Vitek2, Infinity) appropriately; Maintain pure culture of all control organisms in a manner that assures ready-t-use samples; Record QC results on correct forms or in LIS; Resolve discrepancies concerning QC and document results appropriately.

Maintains departmental record keeping and clerical functions - Maintain department records, review and reconcile logs, result patient tests in a timely and accurate manner. Communicates supply needs. Check in supplies and stock upon receipt, date and store supplies according to manufacturer's guidelines.

Operates the LIS, Vitek 2 XL, BacTAlert blood culture instrument, and Previ Color Gram stainer - Utilize knowledge of maintenance schedule and troubleshooting. Document appropriately in LIS or on hardcopies.

Performs Microbiology proficiency surveys - Responsible for timely proficiency testing, assure that all tests are complete and that forms are signed. Be informed as to reporting regulations. Keep all raw data testing records in the Department.

Operates the GeneXpert Infinity - Has knowledge and perform necessary scheduled maintenance functions and troubleshooting involved in PCR testing. Document appropriately. Perform PCR test accurately.

Organisms and specimens packaged and shipped to reference labs - Ensures forms are correctly filled out; Specimen are packaged according to category as determined by IATA and DOT; Transporting dangerous goods re-certification performed every 2 years.


Bachelor of Science in clinical or medical laboratory science, medical technology or biological science or foreign equivalent.

Technologist level or national recognized certification (such as ASCP, NCA, AMT, AAB) as Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS).

Current Louisiana Board of Medical Examiners CLS certification.

Work Type:

Full Time

6am-2:30pm 40hr/week


3330 Masonic Drive, Alexandria LA 71301

Keywords: CHRISTUS Health, Alexandria , Medical Technologist/Microbiologist, Healthcare , Alexandria, Louisiana

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