Clinical Laboratory Science

U.S. Air Force - Agency Wide | Charleston AFB, SC

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Posted Date 5/19/2020
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The primary purpose of this position is to perform, advise on, or supervise clinical laboratory testing of human blood, urine, and other body fluids or tissues, using manual or automated techniques.

Those individuals who previously applied under Announcement # AFPC-MEDEHA-10597127-0644, must reapply under this announcement to be considered.
Basic Requirements Education:
Bachelor's or graduate/higher level degree from a regionally accredited college/university including courses in biological science, chemistry and mathematics, AND successful completion of a Medical Laboratory Scientist/Clinical Laboratory Scientist program accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS) or an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education at the time the degree was obtained.
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A full 4-year course of study that included 12 months in a college or hospital-based medical technology program or medical technology school approved by a recognized accrediting organization. The professional medical technology curriculum may have consisted of a 1-year post- bachelor's certificate program or the last 1 or 2 years of a 4-year program of study culminating in a bachelor's in medical technology.
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A Bachelor's or graduate/higher level degree from an accredited college/university, including 16 semester hours (24 quarter hours) of biological science (with one semester in microbiology), 16 semester hours (24 quarter hours) of chemistry (with one semester in organic or biochemistry), one semester (one quarter) of mathematics, AND five years of full time acceptable clinical laboratory experience in Blood Banking, Chemistry, Hematology, microbiology, Immunology and Urinalysis/Body Fluids. This combination of education and experience must have provided knowledge of the theories, principles, and practices of medical technology equivalent to that provided by the full 4-year course of study described in A or B above. All science and mathematics courses must have been acceptable for credit toward meeting the requirements for a science major at an accredited college or university. Acceptable experience is responsible professional or technician experience in a hospital laboratory, health agency, industrial medical laboratory, or pharmaceutical house; or teaching, test development, or medical research program experience that provided an understanding of the methods and techniques applied in performing professional clinical laboratory work. Certification/licensure as a medical technologist (generalist) obtained through written examination by a nationally recognized credentialing agency or State licensing body is a good indication that the quality of experience is acceptable.
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Employees currently assigned to positions in this occupational series as of September 2017 will be considered to have met the basic requirements for the position occupied.

Click on the following link to view occupational requirements for this position: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/0600/medical-technologist-series-0644/

In addition to meeting Basic Requirements, applicants must meet Specialized Experience below.
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:
GS-05: Applicants who meet the basic requirements described in the individual occupational requirements are fully qualified for the specified entry grade (generally grade GS-5).
GS-07: Applicants must have 1 year of specialized experiences at the next lower grade GS-05 grade level, qualifying pay band or other pay systems in the Federal service which involves the particular knowledge, skills and abilities required to successfully perform the duties of the position. Specialized experience includes knowledge in professional medical technology principles, practices, and concepts to carry out routine testing in the laboratory areas of specimen procurement, transfusion, hematology, chemistry, microbiology, serology, and urinalysis; demonstrating the specificity, sensitivity, sources of error, and interpretation of results to analytical procedures performed; and identify the causes of problems(technical, instrumental, or physiological) and consults with laboratory senior staff members/managers on alternatives to determine solutions.
GS-09: Applicants must have 1 year of specialized experiences at the next lower grade GS-07 grade level, qualifying pay band or other pay systems in the Federal service which involves the particular knowledge, skills and abilities required to successfully perform the duties of the position. Specialized experience includes professional knowledge in medical technology principles, practices, and concepts sufficient to develop, evaluate and modify procedures, performing additional tests when they are needed to confirm a diagnosis or determine the appropriate treatment plan and recommend additional tests and procedures to the medical staff; and knowledge and skill to perform complex and difficult medical tests in the section.
GS-10: Applicants must have 1 year of specialized experiences at the next lower grade GS-09 grade level, qualifying pay band or other pay systems in the Federal service which involves the particular knowledge, skills and abilities required to successfully perform the duties of the position. Specialized experience includes performing work in support of the general field of medical technology; providing high quality, full clinical laboratory diagnostic testing support to health care providers to facilitate effective patient care; providing reliable referral laboratory services to other military hospitals located in the same geographic area; and providing instruction in the basic theory, technical skills, and application of laboratory test procedures.

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