a. Citizenship. Citizenship of the United States. (Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with chapter 3, section A, paragraph 3g, this part.)
b. Certification. All candidates must currently possess or be eligible for and pass within one year the appropriate certification examination as a medical technologist or clinical laboratory scientist given by the American Society of Clinical Pathology Board of Registry (ASCP-BOR), the National Credentialing Agency (NCA), American Association of Clinical Chemists (AACC) or American Medical Technologists (AMT), or the American Association of Bioanalysts (AAB).
c. Minimum Requirements. Appointment or promotion to the GS-9 level requires a bachelors degree in medical technology/clinical laboratory science or in a related science and completion of a medical technology clinical practice program. Both the education and the clinical practice program must have been approved by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). 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.
d. Experience. Completion of 1 year of experience at the next lower grade level which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics related to the duties of the position to be filled.
e. Education. Must have 2 years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to a masters degree in medical technology or directly related field, or equivalent graduate degree provided the applicants total background demonstrates the core competencies for GS-9 level assignment.
DEMONSTRATED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, & ABILITIES:
In addition, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:
1. Comprehensive knowledge of professional medical technology/clinical laboratory science principles, practices, concepts, and theories providing for sound independent work.
2. Comprehensive knowledge of laboratory quality control and assurance procedures and principles of performance improvement providing for sound independent work.
3. Knowledge of laboratory equipment and ability to maintain, troubleshoot, and repair instrumentation.
4. Ability to use independent technical judgment to analyze and interpret laboratory results.
5. Ability to interpret and apply complex written instructions.
6. Ability to communicate, consult, and interact with other members of the healthcare team, external relations, customer service, and patient education.
(1) Creditable Experience
(a) Knowledge of Current Professional Laboratory Practice. To be creditable, the experience must have required the use of knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics (also referred to as core competencies) associated with active professional laboratory practice. (Active professional practice is paid/non-paid employment as a professional MT/CLS as defined by NAACLS.) This may have been evidenced by one or more of the following:
(b) Quality of Experience. Experience is only creditable if it was earned after completion of the basic requirements in paragraph 2.b. above. Qualifying experience must also be at a level comparable to laboratory experience at the next lower level.
(c) Part-time Experience. Part-time experience as a medical technologist is creditable according to its relationship to full-time workweek. For example, a MT would receive 1 week of full-time credit for each 2 weeks of half-time work.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. YOUR RESUME NEEDS TO DOCUMENT THE NUMBER OF HOURS WORKED PER WEEK FOR ALL JOBS LISTED, A DETAILED DESCRIPTOIN OF YOUR DUTIES PERFORMED, OR MONTH/YEAR TO MONTH/YEAR WORKED FOR ALL JOBS LISTED. WE MAY NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
Qualification Standard used, VA Handbook 5005, Part II, APPENDIX G24. MEDICAL TECHNOLOGIST QUALIFICATION STANDARD,GS-644.
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. Applicants must, therefore, only report attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html. All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. *** 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. ***
When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on their application or résumé. Applicants claiming preference based on service-connected disability, or based on being the spouse or mother of a disabled or deceased Veteran, must complete an SF 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference. Veterans who are still in the service may be granted tentative preference on the basis of information contained in their applications, but they must produce a DD Form 214 or other proof prior to appointment to document entitlement to preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your application, résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect consideration for employment. You may also be evaluated based upon the question responses you provide during a structured interview. In responding to structured interview questions you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did, and the outcome.