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Specimen Processor

  • Job ID: 629692559
  • Status: Part-Time
  • Regular/Temporary: Regular
  • Hours: 7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Shift: Day Job
  • Facility: UPMC Presbyterian
  • Department: 30725 PUH Automated Testing Lab
  • Location: 3477 Euler Way, Pittsburgh PA 15213
  • Union Position: No
  • Salary Range: $15.88 to $24.90 / hour


UPMC Presbyterian is hiring a part-time Specimen Processor to support the Automated Testing Lab (ATL)! This daylight role will be scheduled from 7:00 am to 3:30 pm with rotating weekend and holiday responsibilities.

The Specimen Processor role is the gatekeeper for all specimens that come to the ATL for laboratory testing and is essential to ensuring the accuracy of patient samples for the busy, fully automated laboratory. Additionally, this role has many unique job responsibilities that make it an interesting and fantastic entry position into laboratory medicine.

Receive, sort, identify, process, and distribute specimens to all technical sections. Enter requisition information and patient results into the computer system; call statistical results, answer phone, code charge slips, train new employees and perform related clerical duties.


  • Demonstrates service orientation approach by conveying courtesy, respect, enthusiasm, and a positive attitude in work situations.
  • Shows initiative and offer assistance in the completion of the department's work.
  • Monitors pneumatic tube and courier deliveries to ensure timely processing of specimens.
  • Investigates and resolves any requesting mistakes or other specimen problems. Requests assistance when needed.
  • Completes quality forms for unacceptable specimens, requesting errors or other problems.
  • Separates by centrifugation. Labels appropriate aliquot tubes and transfer as defined by policy; store samples at the appropriate temperature.
  • Determines and enters the specimen receive time into the computer.
  • Answers all telephone inquiries concerning proper specimen collection, result, and normal range information.
  • Follows all regulations regarding health and safety concerning the handling of biohazardous patient samples or sharps to prevent exposure.
  • Verifies patient specimens such as blood, urine and other body fluids with requisitions or labels, making certain that information on the specimens match any paperwork received and correct specimen.
  • Properly requests in the Laboratory Information System laboratory information system if needed.
  • Prepares packages and sends specimens to outside locations as needed.
  • Receives, sorts and prioritizes ALL specimens according to the laboratory policies. Shares specimens as necessary. Notifies supervisor of problems and of any requests that need credited or clarified.
  • Disinfects the work area after shift and during shift, if needed.
  • Participates in the orientation and training of new laboratory specimen processors.
  • Performs routine technical and related clerical duties as directed.



  • High School diploma or equivalent
  • Three to six months of experience in a clinical laboratory, physician's office, or other medical environment preferred, including knowledge of or experience in Medical Terminology and Laboratory Information systems.
  • Good oral and written communication skills are required.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with all age groups and populations of external and internal customers (as well as co-workers) both by telephone and in person.

Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:

  • Act 34

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