Under the direction of the Pathology Department Manager, performs technological functions to ensure optimal diagnostic quality, utilizing efficient and safe processes. Stains, mounts, and studies cells of human body to detect evidence of cancer and pre-cancerous lesions, hormonal abnormalities, organisms, and other pathological conditions.
- Prepares microscopic slides from specimens of blood, scrapings, or other body fluids, including Fine Needle Aspirations.
- Prepares and stains slide to preserve specimen and enhance visibility of cells under microscope.
- Examines slide under microscope to identify abnormalities in cell structure.
- Reports negative pap smears evaluations as final diagnosis.
- Reports abnormal pap smear results to Pathologist as preliminary finding.
- Reports preliminary findings for all Non-GYN cytology results to Pathologist.
- Coordinates activities in cytology laboratory.
- Performs other related duties as necessary.
- This job has no supervisory responsibilities.
- Thirty six (36) months related experience as a Cytotechnologist plus the demonstrated ability to perform all cytology procedures in accordance with specifications set by the department head.
- Bachelor's degree in science or related fields or graduated from a committee on allied health education and accreditation (CAHEA) accredited school of cytotechnology or other organization approved by health and human services (HHS);
- Or certified in cytotechnology by a certification agency approved by HHS; (e.g., American Society of Clinical Pathologists);
- Before September 1, 1992, have successfully completed two (2) years in an accredited institution (twelve (12) hours in science, eight (8) of which are in biology) and have twelve (12) months training in an approved school of cytotechnology; or have received six (6) months formal training in an approved school and six (6) months full-time experience,
- Or before September 1, 1992, have achieved a satisfactory grade in an HHS proficiency test for cytotechnologists;
- Before September 1, 1994, have two (2) years full-time experience or equivalent within the preceding five (5) years examining slides under the supervision of a physician certified in pathology and before January 1, 1969, be a high school graduate with six (6) months cytotechnology training in a laboratory directed by a physician and completed two (2) years full-time supervised experience in cytotechnology before 1/1/69;
- Or on or before September 1, 1994, have two (2) years full-time experience or equivalent within preceding five (5) years in the U.S. and on or before September 1, 1995, have either graduated from a CAHEA-approved school or be certified as a cytotechnologist.
- Valid/Current California Cytologist license required.
- Ability to accurately describe cytologic conditions and provide appropriate differential diagnoses in writing.
- Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence, and memos.
- Must be willing to work in a Labor Management Partnership environment.
- Also refer to Position Specifications outlined in the appropriate collective bargaining agreement.