Education Requirement: You must possess a Bachelors
degree (or higher) with a major in an academic field related to the health
sciences or allied sciences appropriate to the work of the Pathology Assistant
or an equivalent or higher degree from an approved Pathologist Assistant Training
program in which the academic or practical training consists of graduation from
a National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)
approved training program.
This education must have been obtained in an
accredited college or university. (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED) If you do not supply a
copy of your transcript, your application may not be processed.
addition to meeting the basic requirement, you must meet one of the following
to qualify for the GS 12: You must possess one
(1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the
Federal Service. Specialized experience includes: managing surgical pathology
and autopsy services; processing tissue specimens (surgical and autopsy) using
various processes and instruments; for example, a microtome, a cryostat,
cameras, or an automated tissue processor; and understanding and implementing
quality control (QC) processes.
In accordance with 38 U.S.C. 7402(d), No person shall serve in direct patient care positions unless they are proficient in basic written and spoken English. You must be proficient in basic written and spoken English in order to meet the requirements of this position.
You will be rated on the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other characteristics (KSAOs) as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position (Narrative
responses not required):
Skill in histopathology principles, concepts, and methodology
- Ability to interpret specialized tests and laboratory findings
- Ability to use, maintain, and troubleshoot equipment
- Knowledge of medical terminology, quality control procedures, and clinical laboratory operations requirements
- Ability to communicate both in person and in writing with people from a variety of backgrounds and levels of education
REQUIREMENTS: The work requires long periods of standing while performing gross
examinations and teaching others to do so, recurring bending over when performing
frozen sections and autopsies, occasional lifting of heavy items (bodies), and
above average dexterity in dissecting specimens and cutting frozen sections.
The work involves regular and recurring exposures to irritating and volatile
organic solutions and potentially infectious materials. Protective gear and
special safety precautions are required, such as a laboratory coat, gloves,
mask, and eye protective devices as necessary.
For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications.
APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE: Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Please refer to this checklist to ensure proper accreditation and for foreign education requirements.
When applying for Federal jobs, eligible veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of DD-214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.). Additionally, veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability. If the military member is within 120 days of separation and does not yet have a DD214, the member may instead submit any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.
Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, non service-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as-well-as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow or widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed " SF15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference ," (go to http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf) and required documentation with your application materials. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Applicants will be ranked based on four quality groups, as follows:
- Best qualified - applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are highly proficient in all requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position;
- Highly qualified - applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the requirements of the job;
- Well qualified - applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in some, but not all, of the requirements of the job; and
- Qualified - applicants possessing experience and/or education that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors.
After the vacancy announcement closes, reviewed applications are evaluated against the questionnaire responses and placed in the appropriate quality group. Qualified veterans will be afforded preference by being placed at the top of the appropriate quality group. The best qualified group is the first to be referred to the hiring facility for further consideration and possible interview. The remaining groups may be referred based on the number of applicants available.