Job Description

Laboratory Specimen Processor
Job CategoryAllied Health
ScheduleFull time
Shift2 - Mid Shift



Specimen processors are primarily responsible for processing laboratory samples from patients as they come into the clinical lab. This includes checking a specimen's information for accuracy, entering specimen information into the computer, and ensuring the right department receives the specimen and information. Specimen processors most commonly work with blood, body samples (urine, stool, sputum, tissue, body parts, etc.), and fluid.



Receives and opens specimen bags

Enters specimen information, patient demographics, and tests codes into computer system

Prepares specimens for laboratory testing and analysis

Ensures specimens and requisitions are correctly labeled

Validates requisitions against specimens before entering or scanning into the system

Delivers specimens to different parts of the lab as needed

Labels, numbers specimens, and prepares aliquots

Centrifuges specimens and disposes of specimens

Prepares specimens to be sent to a reference laboratory

Assists clients and phlebotomists with inquiries pertaining to specimen requirements and tests turnaround times

Sets up, calibrates, cleans, and performs routine maintenance on laboratory centrifuges

Operates a personal computer, calculator, FAX machine, copy machine or related office machinery in performing assigned duties

Resolves routine problems related to specimen collection and specimen processing

Consults reference manuals to ensure specimens are properly packaged for send out.

Coordinates the dispatch log and courier requests for specimens being sent to outside laboratories.

Receives, documents, and releases expired patients to and from our morgue

Assists in training new personnel in accordance with laboratory department policies and procedures. 

Requests and orders supplies as necessary to keep materials on hand at all times.

Cleans and maintains laboratory and all equipment



 EDUCATION:  High school diploma or general education degree (GED), or an equivalent combination of relevant education and experience.

 EXPERIENCE:  None. Healthcare related experience is preferred.




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