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LAB Specimen Prep Technician - Phoenix, AZ #7666872

Company: Sonora Quest Laboratories

Date: 10/17/2020

City: Phoenix, AZ

Employment type: Full-time

Primary City/State:

Tucson, Arizona

Department Name:

Specimen Proc-Tucson

Work Shift:


Job Category:

Lab Support


This position is responsible for the receipt of biological specimens into the department, their proper entry into the company's computer system, the preparation of samples for analytical testing, the distribution of these specimens to the proper analytical area, and archiving specimens after testing. This position reports to Specimen Processing Supervisor, and takes direction from Senior Specimen Preparation Technicians, and Specimen Preparation Coordinators.


1.Enters and verifies patient demographics, location, physician data, tests requested, time and date of collection, appropriate clinical information and all other pertinent data found on requisitions submitted. Verifies accuracy of entered information. Verifies appropriateness of specimens received. Aliquots and labels specimens according to established departmental procedures and practices; delivers specimens to the technical floor in a timely manner.

2.Focuses on quality by ensuring that all work performed is accurate and complete. Maintains familiarity with departmental procedures Meets or exceeds department quality performance metrics on all work performed. Documents performance to immediate supervisor or coordinator as required by established methods and practices. Follows established procedures and methods. Complies with all safety rules, and follows defined safety practices.

3.Participates in departmental financial monitoring and improvement. Supports waste reduction and expense reduction programs. Assists supervisor and manager in monitoring and controlling expenses throughout the year.

4.Meets departmental standards for productivity as currently defined. Provides basic technical support for less experienced Specimen Preparation Technicians, answers questions and directs them to appropriate resources. Responsible for maintaining technical competence in all assigned tasks, and verifying competence annually.

5.Communicates courteously and professionally with internal and external customers. Interacts with co-workers with an emphasis on teamwork and a focus on customer service.

6.Supports and exhibits behaviors consistent with the Company's Mission, Vision and Values. Follows the guidelines of the Code of Conduct. Performs all functions according to established policies, procedures, regulatory and accreditation requirements, as well as applicable professional standards.







Minimal; make provide bench level training and mentoring to less experienced personnel on occasion.


Departmental responsibility only. Customers are primarily internal to the organization. Does come into contact with outside vendors, couriers, and professionals who bring specimens to the laboratory.


Ability to stand, walk, bend, squat, reach, and stretch frequently. Must be able to lift up to 25 pounds. Must use standard precautions due to threat of exposure to blood and body fluids. Able to communicate effectively through reading, writing, and speaking in person or on telephone. May require periodic use of personal computer.


  • Minimum age requirement of 18.
  • Must be a high school graduate, or have achieved equivalency through GED exam or other means.
  • Good reading, writing and math abilities are required.
  • Oral and written communication skills sufficient to understand written and spoken instructions in English.
  • Good organization skills are also required.
  • Must meet all training competency qualifications for Specimen Preparation Technician within six months of hire.
  • Experience considered in lieu of education.


  • Six (6) months' experience in a laboratory or key encoding environment.
  • Some college education.
  • Typing/keyboarding skills of minimum 25 wpm, demonstrated by completion of a typing/keyboarding test.

DATE APPROVED 11/05/2019

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