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CLINICAL CYTOGENETIC TECHNOLOGIST
316F
Category: Health Care

Definition

Establish cultures from peripheral blood, bone marrow, amniotic fluid, and tissue biopsies, prepare stain and analyze chromosomes, and present recommended diagnosis to the attending physician for confirmation.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Under general supervision, perform cytogenetic laboratory procedures which lead to the formation of an accurate diagnostic report using the International System for Cytogenetic Nomenclature.

Typical Work

Summarize test results and write reports using correct International System for Cytogenetic Nomenclature;

Participate in the orientation and training of new laboratory staff and/or students in laboratory procedures;

Explain procedures for collecting and processing specimens to physicians, technologists, researchers or clerical staff;

Investigate problems with procedures and equipment; evaluate and troubleshoot problems of temperature, humidity, culturing or other factors affecting chromosome quality;

Participate in planning for future developments in the laboratory including changes in work-load, staffing needs, work space needs, equipment or available tests;

Review and present to peers current procedural information and advances in technology;

May act as a charge technologist for maintaining the work area including monitoring quality control records, performing preventive maintenance of equipment, maintaining supplies and reagents, cleaning hoods, incubators, etc.;

May perform method development and other research activities under the direction of the Lab Director or Supervisor;

May assist in evaluating new staff;

Perform related duties as required.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Desirable Qualifications

A Bachelor's Degree with at least fifteen credit hours in a biological or physical science

AND

Certification or eligibility for certification as a Clinical Laboratory Scientist in Cytogenetics by the National Certification Agency for Medical Laboratory Personnel

AND

Two years of progressively responsible work experience in a cytogenetics laboratory. Four additional years of related experience may substitute for the educational requirement.

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except when there are legal requirements, such as a license/certification/registration.

Class Specification History

New Class: 11-19-81
Revise Class: 4-21-86
Revise Class/Code: 3-21-88
Revise MQ: 7-2-90
Revised new class code: (formerly 6451) effective July 1, 2007

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