Laboratory Assistant I (#RH4901)
$16.68-$20.27 Hourly / $2,891.20-$3,513.47 Monthly / $34,694.40-$42,161.60 Yearly


Under immediate supervision, draws blood; performs routine laboratory assignments; and does related or other work as required in accordance with Rule 3, Section 3 of the Civil Service Rules.


This is the entry level in the Laboratory Assistant series. Employees work under the supervision of a licensed Clinical Laboratory Technologist. Working hours may vary as employees are rotated through different shifts, each starting and ending at varying times.


  • Performs venipuncture and skin puncture for the purpose of drawing blood; labels and delivers samples.
  • Administers oral test solutions to patients.
  • Inoculates test media for cultures; slides and mixes chemical reagents and other solutions.
  • Aliquots urine and blood specimens; centrifuges blood and all types of body fluids; prepares and mails specimen samples for analysis.
  • Correctly identifies patients and explains tests to patients; insures safety and welfare of patients throughout procedures using universal precautions.
  • Assembles and prepares supplies for various laboratory procedures; and maintains laboratory inventory of supplies.
  • Assists in operation of centrifuge; processes and registers specimens using the laboratory information system logs and work sheets; may perform patient registration and other incidental clerical duties.
  • Assists in maintaining laboratory records.
  • Maintains a clean and safe work environment.
  • May assist Medical Technician.

    Certification: Possession of a State of California Phlebotomy Certification as a Certified Phlebotomy Technician I.

    NOTE: Any phlebotomist who has on-the-job experience as of April 19, 2003 has until April 9, 2006 to meet the California requirements of forty (40) hours lecture/practical draws and exam for California certificate prior to hire. Current employees must meet the same criteria as of April 9, 2006 and provide evidence of Certification as a Certified Phlebotomy Technician I.


    Basic phlebotomy methods and techniques; fundamentals of physical and life sciences; universal laboratory precautions; use and care of common types of laboratory equipment; methods and materials used in a medical or science laboratory.


    Learn basic laboratory procedures; learn methods of venipuncture and skin puncture; accurately label samples and record information; understand and follow oral and written instructions; operate computer, associated software and peripheral equipment; establish and maintain effective working relationships with others; read job related material; learn general hospital procedures; maintain accurate records; maintain safe working conditions by complying to established safety policies and procedures.


    Mobility-Frequent operating keyboard, standing for long periods, walking; occasional sitting for long periods, pushing/pulling, bending/squatting, driving, climbing stairs; Lifting-Frequent lifting 5 pounds or less; occasional lifting 5 to 30 pounds; Vision-Frequent overall vision, eye/hand coordination, reading/close-up work, field of vision/peripheral; occasional color perception, depth perception; Dexterity-Frequent reaching, grasping, repetitive motion, writing; occasional holding; Hearing/Talking-Constant hearing normal speech; frequent hearing on the telephone, talking in person, talking on the telephone; occasional hearing faint sounds; Emotional/Psychological-Frequent decision-making, concentration, working alone; frequent public contact, overtime/travel; occasional exposure to trauma, grief, death, exposure to hazardous materials; Special Requirements-May require working weekends/nights or shifts; working alone; Environmental Conditions-Frequent exposure to noise; occasional exposure to dirt, dust, smoke, fumes, poor ventilation, cold, heat (indoor), hazardous materials.

    CLASS: RH4901; EST: 5/11/1976; REV: 3/9/2005;