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Medical Technologist

Company: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
Location: Amarillo
Posted on: February 12, 2020

Job Description:

There are two vacancies for this Medical Technologist position who works in all sections of the clinical laboratory in the Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Service (P&LMS) at the Amarillo VA Health Care System.

This position has been approved for the Education Debt Reduction Program (EDRP). Please see additional information below.

This vacancy will remain open until filled. The first cut-off date is February 13, 2020. Additional applications will be referred as needed.IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

Accreditation requirements listed in the qualification section of this announcement must be met.

If your school or program has changed names, or is no longer in existence, you must provide this information in your application.

If your school or program was accredited at the time of graduation, but is no longer able to be verified, you must provide documentation of accreditation with your application packet.

Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: Schedule: Compressed Work Schedule of four - ten hour shifts per week (8:00 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.)

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

This is a drug testing position.

Incentives are not authorized.

This is a bargaining unit position.

Not a virtual or tele-work position.

This position is eligible for the EDRP, a student loan reimbursement program within VHA. If selected for this position you must meet specific individual eligibility criteria in accordance with VHA policy 1021 and apply for EDRP within four (4) months of appointment. Final award amount and program start date is determined after review of a complete EDRP application and supporting documentation by the VHA Education Loan Repayment Services office. If selected for this position, please contact the facility EDRP Coordinator.

Employees at the GS-07 level serve in an entry level MT career development position practicing under close supervision of an MT at or above the full performance level.

The GS-09 is considered the full performance level for nonsupervisory positions. A MT at this level carries out the day-to-day operations in the laboratory. This would include routine testing, quality control, routine maintenance of instrumentation and troubleshooting. The MT develops, performs, evaluates, interprets, correlates and validates the accuracy of laboratory procedures and results ensuring all laboratory regulatory requirements are met. Testing procedures are performed on a variety of biological specimens and/or environmental samples using manual or automated techniques, following practices and regulations governing biosafety and biosecurity in the workplace. These require a broad exercise of independent judgment and responsibility, including organizing and setting priorities with minimal technical supervision. The work performed is in a variety of laboratory disciplines, such as chemistry, microbiology, immunology, hematology, and immunohematology. Such positions include requirements to monitor quality control systems and measures; collaborate in the diagnosis and treatment of patients; and provide education for laboratory healthcare professionals and the public in a professional, courteous and effective manner.

Serves as a generalist MT on the night shift with responsibility for performing test procedures in the various departments of P&LMS and performing the required maintenance on all laboratory instrumentation. The night shift MT is responsible for collation and collection of laboratory orders for the night shift and early morning collections; rotates with other generalists on a regular basis through the above-mentioned areas. The incumbent works off-hour shifts, weekends, and holidays as priorities demonstrate a need.

Duties/responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Performs a broad range of laboratory procedures including all testing and tasks of the medical technology/medical laboratory science occupation. In addition, performs advanced and complex laboratory procedures; recognizes deviation from expected results; analyzes and corrects problems using scientific principles.
  • Evaluates and solves problems related to collection and processing of biological specimens for analysis, taking into account physiologic processes and requirements.
  • Maintains and documents the optimal functioning of laboratory equipment. Uses, calibrates, identifies malfunctions, repairs, and performs preventive maintenance of laboratory equipment. Diagnose deviations in test performance due to instrument malfunction.
  • Performs and documents quality control and assurance activities and corrective actions related to test performance using statistical principles and theories of performance improvement.
  • Adheres to practices and regulations governing biosafety and biosecurity in the workplace.
  • Identifies discrepancies, solves problems, and presents solutions.
  • Answers inquiries regarding test results, methodology, test specificity, test sensitivity, and specific factors, which influence test results. Interprets results and suggests follow-up test selection or procedures.
  • Evaluates and implements new techniques and procedures in the laboratory in terms of equipment, method comparison, and establishment of reference intervals using statistical methods and theoretical knowledge. Interprets findings and makes recommendations.
  • Incorporates principles of educational methodology in the instruction and training of new employees and students and in the laboratory's in-service/continuing education program.
  • Communicates effectively and courteously while working as a healthcare team member. Provides excellent service as defined by the customer (healthcare providers, patients, and others). Gives direction and guidance using underlying principles of laboratory testing.
  • Organizes work and sets priorities to meet deadlines.
  • Communicates issues and problems to management expeditiously.
  • Performs other duties as assigned based on the needs of P&LMS.To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 12/31/2020.

    Basic Requirements:

    United States Citizenship: Non-citizens may only be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

    Education and/or Experience Combination:

    • A bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited college or university in medical laboratory science, medical technology, clinical laboratory science or in a related science (e.g., laboratory sciences such as chemistry, biochemistry, biology, microbiology, immunology, etc.).


      completion of a medical technology clinical practice program. Clinical practice programs completed after 1974 must have been accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP, formerly CAHEA), or the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES). The professional curriculum may have consisted of a post-baccalaureate certificate program or be integrated into a four-year program of study that culminated in a baccalaureate degree.


      • A bachelor's degree from an accredited college/university, including 16 semester hours of biological science (with one course in microbiology), 16 semester hours of chemistry (with one course in organic or biochemistry) and one course in mathematics,


        two years of post-certification clinical laboratory experience (e.g., blood banking, chemistry, hematology, microbiology, immunology, clinical microscopy, etc.) within the last ten years as a certified Medical Laboratory Technician by the American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Certification (ASCP-BOC), American Society of Clinical Pathology Board of Registry (ASCP-BOR) or American Medical Technologists (AMT). This experience must include performing moderate and/or high complexity testing in blood banking, chemistry, hematology, microbiology immunology and clinical microscopy (or categorical experience which matches categorical certification) in a clinical laboratory.


        • A bachelor's degree from an accredited college/university, including 16 semester hours of biological science (with one course in microbiology), 16 semester hours of chemistry (with one course in organic or biochemistry) and one course in mathematics,


          five years of clinical laboratory experience within the last ten years performing moderate and/or high complexity testing in blood banking, chemistry, hematology, microbiology, immunology and clinical microscopy (or categorical experience which matches categorical certification) in a clinical laboratory.

          Foreign Graduates: Graduates of foreign baccalaureate degree programs meet the educational and/or experience requirements if the degree is found to be equivalent to degree programs recognized by the NAACLS or clinical laboratory experience as described above. This finding may be based on either of the following:

          • A letter from a college or university with a baccalaureate program recognized by the NAACLS stating that the individual's foreign degree has been evaluated and been found to be equivalent to its bachelor of medical technology degree.
          • A letter from ASCP-BOC or AMT stating that the individual is eligible for the certification examination.


            Candidates must have either (1) or (2) below:

            • Candidates must currently possess the appropriate certification as a MT, MLS, or CLS given by the ASCP-BOC, ASCP-BOR, or AMT.
            • For positions up to the full performance level, candidates mustcurrently possess the categorical or specialist technologist level certification from the certification agencies listed above, such as, but not limited to, chemistry (C/SC), hematology (H/SH), microbiology (M/SM), molecular biology (MB/SMB) and blood bank (BB/SBB). Technologists with categorical or specialist certifications may only perform duties within the area of the laboratory specific to their categorical certification (e. g., an individual with a chemistry (C) certification can only perform duties in chemistry).
            • Exception: Non-certified applicants who otherwise meet the eligibility requirements for certification may be given a temporary appointment up to the full performance level not to exceed one year as a graduate medical technologist under the authority of 38 U.S.C. -- 7405(c)(2)(B). This appointment may not be extended. For grade levels above the full performance level, the candidate must be certified in accordance with (1) above.

              Preferred Experience: ACSP or AMT MT/MLS Certification; One year work experience as a generalist MT in a hospital setting; knowledge of laboratory equipment and experience in maintaining, troubleshooting, and assisting in the repair of instrumentation; experience using independent technical judgment to analyze and interpret laboratory results; experience in communicating, consulting, and interacting with other members of the healthcare team and patients utilizing excellent customer service.

              Grade Determinations:

              GS-7 (Entry Level)

              Experience: None beyond the basic requirements.

              GS-9 (Full Performance Level)

              Experience: Must have 1 year of creditable experience equivalent to the next lower grade level, which is directly related to the position to be filled.


              Education: Must have Master's degree or 2 academic years of progressively higher-level graduate education in medical technology or directly related field.

              In addition to the experience or education above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

              • Comprehensive knowledge of professional MT principles, practices, concepts and theories providing for sound independent work.
              • Comprehensive knowledge of laboratory quality control and assurance procedures and principles of performance improvement in order to manage reagent and supply inventories and document control systems.
              • Knowledge of laboratory equipment and ability to maintain, troubleshoot and repair instrumentation.
              • Ability to plan, organize, set priorities, work as a team member and effectively complete assignments.
              • Ability to use independent technical judgment to analyze and interpret laboratory results.
              • Ability to read, interpret and apply complex written instructions.
              • Skilled in informatics, laboratory data flow and the understanding of laboratory processes.
              • Ability to communicate, consult and interact with other members of the healthcare team, external relations, customer service and patient education.

                References: VA Handbook 5005/72 Part II Appendix G24 May 12, 2014The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-09. The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-07 to GS-09.

                Physical Requirements: moderate lifting (15-44 pounds); reaching above shoulder; use of fingers; both hands required; walking/standing (4-8 hours); repeated bending (2-4 hours); near vision correctable at 13" to 16" to Jaeger 1 to 4; far vision correctable in one eye to 20/50 and to 20/40 in the other; both eyes required; depth perception; ability to distinguish basic colors and shades of colors; hearing (aid permitted); emotional and mental stability; fine motor control of hands.

Keywords: Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration, Amarillo , Medical Technologist, Healthcare , Amarillo, Texas

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