Medical Laboratory Technician

OHC Laboratory · RAPID CITY, South Dakota
Department OHC Laboratory
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Experienced


Job Summary: 

This position is responsible for performing Hematology, Chemistry, Serology, Urinalysis, and Microbiology, and microscopic tests to obtain data for use in diagnosis and treatment of diseases for Oyáte Health Center (OHC) patients.  Rotating shifts with occasional on-call.

Essential Functions and Professional Behavior Expectations:

  • Performs tests in the fields of microbiology, chemistry, hematology, serology, and urinalysis.
  • Conducts analyses of body fluids and/or tissue to determine presence of normal and abnormal components.
  • Prepares reagents and primary reference materials.
  • Selects, performs, evaluates and monitors the performance of non-routine and specialized test procedures using manual and/or instrumental techniques in accordance with established protocols.  
  • Recognizes and reacts to indicators of instrument and reagent malfunctions; locates and implements corrections.
  • Obtains analytical data (e.g., color and points, digital read outs, tracing patterns, agglutinations); converts to proper units for reporting; and correlates data to verify results.
  • Prepares patient laboratory reports and provides to appropriate individuals.
  • Performs manual differentials.
  • Analyzes test results and enters findings in computer.
  • Engages in medical research under direction of Medical Technologist Supervisor.
  • Performs routine preventative maintenance on assigned instruments and equipment according to established schedule and procedure.
  • Verifies instrument functioning by checking and calibrating specific lab instruments and documents data.
  • Records on instrument logs any repairs, replacement, and maintenance needed of equipment; identifies the cause of common problems and makes simple repairs.
  • Conducts quality control procedures on equipment, reagents and products.  Maintains proper records for quality controls reports.
  • Performs phlebotomy duties to obtain blood samples.
  • Evaluates and recommends new tests.
  • Maintain effective, collaborative interdepartmental and external relations. 
  • Must comply with federal laws and regulations as required by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
  • Performs related duties.

Professional Behavior

  • Effectively plan, organize workload and schedule time to meet the demands of the position.
  • Work in a cooperative and professional manner with OHC and GPTCHB staff.
  • Treat Great Plains tribes and collaborators with dignity and respect.
  • Utilize effective verbal and written communication skills.
  • Advance personal educational development by attending training sessions and seminars as appropriate.
  • Exemplify excellent customer service with tribal stakeholders, health board colleagues, program partners, service recipients, visitors and guests. 
  • Foster a work environment of wellness, courtesy, friendliness, helpfulness and respect. 
  • Relate well and work collaboratively with coworkers and all levels of staff in a professional manner. 
  • Consistently demonstrate respect for and acceptance of differing capabilities, cultures, gender, age, sexual orientation and/or personalities.  
  • Maintain and ensure organizational privacy and confidentiality. 
  • Handle crisis and tolerate stress professionally.
  • Be self-directed and take proactive initiative to assist others. 
  • Resolve issues with other departments and coworkers without direct supervision if needed.  
  • Exercise flexibility to alter plans/routines when situations require and continue to perform without projecting stress/frustration that would adversely affect the work environment. 
  • Promote an alcohol, tobacco and drug-free lifestyle.
  • Embrace modes of appearance and attire that reflect a professional presence. 
  • Adhere to GPTCHB policies and procedures. 

Knowledge Required

  • Knowledge of federal, state, local, and accrediting agency regulations affecting areas of responsibility.
  • Knowledge of medical laboratory technician principles, concepts and methodology.
  • Knowledge of mathematical and statistical processes sufficient to calculate and convert analytical data. 
  • Knowledge and skill sufficient to use and maintain complicated laboratory equipment and instruments.
  • Knowledge and ability necessary to provide care appropriate to the age of patients served.
  • Knowledge of infection control standards and protocols.
  • Ability to identify, categorize, and perform clinical services to address each patient’s age-specific needs, i.e., infant, adolescent, or geriatric patients.
  • Skill in oral and written communication.
  • Skill in the provision of customer service.
  • Skill in use of job related equipment and tools.
  • Skill in use of personal computer and a variety of job related software applications. 

Supervisory Controls

The supervisor assigns work in terms of very general instructions.  The supervisor spot-checks completed work for compliance with procedures and the nature and propriety of the final results.   Work is reviewed through observation of interactions with OHC patients, and patient outcomes.


Guidelines include state and federal laws and regulations including: medico-legal and accrediting agency (CAP and AAAHC) regulations; GPTCHB, OHC, and department policies and procedures. These guidelines require judgment, selection and interpretation in application.  

Complexity/Scope of Work

This position consists of clinical duties. The purpose of this position is to deliver the highest quality laboratory services to OHC patients.  Successful performance helps ensure the overall effective and efficient operation of the Laboratory and OHC resulting in improved patient outcomes. 


Contacts are typically with clinical providers, patients, employees, vendors, and the general public.  Contacts are typically for exchanging and provide factual medical information, provide patient care, and provide assistance.

Work Environment/Physical Demands

The work is typically performed standing or sitting. The work is typically performed in a clinic setting which requires normal safety precaution for infection control and environmental safety measures. The work environment is usually noisy.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand and sit, talk, and hear. The employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to walk and stoop, kneel, or crouch. The employee must regularly lift and/or move light objects, and occasional lift heavier objects.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

Supervisory and Management Responsibility

This is a non-supervisory position that may provide functional direction, guidance and instruction to other employees.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Associate’s Degree from a Medical Laboratory Technician Program.
  • Valid certification by a recognized certifying agency (ASCP, AMT).
  • Valid licensure as a Medical Laboratory Technician (MLT) from any U.S. State or Territory.
  • Current BLS certification for health care providers.
  • Must successfully pass a criminal and background check and a pre-employment drug screen.

Native American/American Indian Preference in hiring will be applied as defined in title 25 usc 44-46 &474. 

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  • Location
    RAPID CITY, South Dakota
  • Department
    OHC Laboratory
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience