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Company: Department of Veterans Affairs
Location: Bay Pines
Posted on: May 3, 2021

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The cytotechnologist independently reviews clinical data of patients and evaluates all cytology preparations. The selected candidate will review clinical data of patients and evaluate all cytology specimens to render a cytologic diagnosis prior pathologist final review. The cytotechnologist prioritizes, prepares, and processes all specimens for cytodiagnosis and immunohistochemical testing in compliance with the guidelines of regulatory agencies.

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The cytotechnologist acts as a professional resource, troubleshooting a variety of specialized lab tests, identifying suboptimal issues, and uses independent judgment and resources to resolve concerns. The cytotechnologist ensures goals are met by prioritizing work, as necessary, in times of short staffing, or heavy workload, and by performing simultaneous tasks. The work performed by cytotechnologist is vital for pathologists to interpret laboratory results and provide diagnoses and prognoses that allow for planning appropriate and life-saving treatments. Some of the duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Responsible for receiving, processing, preparing all specimens for cytologic diagnosis, special stains, immunocytochemistry, and molecular tests.
  • Process and prepare each sample independently as required by the nature of the specimen, patient's clinical history and /or physician request.
  • Familiar with the use of complex laboratory equipment including, but not limited to centrifuge, cytocentrifuge, liquid based cytology processor (Thin-prep), slide Stainer, automated cell block processor, special stain/immunohistochemistry automated system and Polymerase-chain reaction (PCR) equipment.
  • Reviews clinical data of patients and microscopically evaluates gynecologic and non-gynecologic cytology preparations by light microscopy for the presence or absence of cellular patterns, presence of micro-organisms, inflammatory reactions, endocrinopathies, benign/reactive changes, pre-malignant changes, neoplasia, and cellular responses to therapeutic agents, among others, and has the responsibility to render a preliminary cytologic diagnosis prior the final evaluation by the pathologist.
  • Issues and verifies the final diagnosis for negative gynecologic specimens.
  • Perform electronic transcription of the screened cases to the computer system, utilizing the automated voice system recognition or manually when system is down.
  • Responsible to run the molecular testing for the detection of Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) in cervical-vaginal specimens using the available modality (PCR) in the laboratory.
  • Responsible for labeling, accessioning of specimens, determines adequacy and quality of specimens prior to apply required processing techniques and prior to entry of data in appropriate computerized logbook.
  • Maintain close communication and conveys information as necessary from physicians directly responsible for patient care, in order to provide the most advantageous and accurate cytologic interpretation for each cytology sample.
  • Recognize technical limitations and various possibilities for procedural errors in cytopreparation and should have the capabilities to resolve laboratory problems following the VA regulations, as well as other federal and local agencies.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Work Schedule: Full-Time, Monday-Friday, 9am - 5:30pm

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required.

Functional Statement: Cytotechnologist, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine Service

Telework: Not available

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


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0601 General Health Science

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Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period
  • Subject to a background/security investigation
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process


To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 05/06/2021.

Basic Requirements:

  • Citizenship: Must be a citizen of the United States.
  • Education: Individuals must have successfully completed a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college/university and successfully completed a Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs accredited cytotechnology program. (NOTE: Foreign Education: To be creditable, education completed outside the U.S. must have been submitted to a private organization approved by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) that specializes in the interpretation of foreign educational credentials and such education must have been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. programs.)
  • Certification: Candidates must currently possess the Cytotechnologist (CT) (ASCP) or Specialist in Cytotechnology (SCT) (ASCP) certification given by the ASCP Board of Certification.

Physical Requirements: Must be able to pass pre-employment physical.

  • English Language Proficiency: Cytotechnologists must be proficient in spoken and written English.

Selective Placement Factor (SPF): This position includes a skill, knowledge, ability or other worker characteristic basic to -and essential for- satisfactory performance of the job. Selective Placement Factors are a prerequisite to appointment and represent minimum requirements for a position. Applicants who do not meet it are ineligible for further consideration. Evidence of the Selective Placement Factor must be reflected in your resume. The SPF for this position is: In addition to the English Language Proficiency, you must also be proficient in basic written and spoken Spanish in order to perform the duties of this position.

Grandfathering Provision: All cytotechnologists employed in VHA, in this occupational series, performing the duties as described in the qualification standard on the effective date of this qualification standard, are considered to have met all the qualification requirements for the grade held, including positive education and certification that are part of the basic requirements of the occupation. For employees who do not meet all the basic requirements of this standard, but met the qualifications applicable to the position at the time they were appointed to the position, the following provisions apply:

  • Cytotechnologists that do not meet the basic requirements for education and certification may be reassigned, promoted up to and including the full performance level, or demoted within the occupation, but may not be promoted beyond the full performance level or placed in supervisory or managerial positions.
  • Cytotechnologists appointed on a temporary basis prior to the effective date of the qualification standard may not have their temporary appointment extended, or be reappointed on a temporary or permanent basis, until they fully meet the basic requirements of the standard.
  • Cytotechnologists initially grandfathered into this occupation, who subsequently obtain education and/or certification that meets all the basic requirements of this qualification standard, must maintain the required credentials as a condition of employment in the occupation.
  • Cytotechnologists who were retained in this occupation, under this provision, and subsequently leave the occupation, lose protected status and must meet the full VA qualification standard requirements in effect at the time of reentry to the occupation.

Grade Determinations:

Cytotechnologist, GS-07 (Entry level)

Cytotechnologist, GS-09 (Full performance level): At this level, the candidate must have one year of creditable experience equivalent to the GS-7 grade level that is directly related to the position to be filled. At the journey level, the cytotechnologist independently reviews clinical data of patients and evaluates all cytology preparations by light microscopy for the presence or absence of cellular patterns, presence of micro-organisms, inflammatory reactions, endocrinopathies, benign changes, pre-malignant changes, neoplasia, and cellular responses to therapeutic agents. The cytotechnologist prioritizes, prepares, and processes all specimens for cytodiagnostic and immunohistochemical testing in compliance with the guidelines of regulatory agencies.

The 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.

References: VA Handbook 5005/126, PART II APPENDIX G61

Physical Requirements: Moderate lifting, 15-44 lbs.; Walking (4 hours); Standing (4 hours); Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable in one eye to 20/20 and to 20/40 in the other; Both eyes required; Depth perception; Ability to distinguish basic colors; Ability to distinguish shades of colors; Hearing (aid permitted).

Applicant's Note: This announcement is being used to fill various positions at facilities throughout the VISN 8: VA Sunshine Network. You must choose which facilities you want to be considered for. You may select one or more facility; but you must select at least one when you apply. You will be considered for the facilities that you select when you apply. Facilities may have positions are various duty locations covered by its facility. Note that some facilities may not have current vacancies at the time of this announcement. However, applicants may be considered for future and any additional vacancies that become available in the next 90 days.


IMPORTANT: A transcript must be submitted with your application if you are basing all or part of your qualifications on education.

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:

Keywords: Department of Veterans Affairs, Largo , Cytotechnologist, Other , Bay Pines, Florida

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