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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 297F
Category: Health Care


Prepare patients for and perform complex pulmonary function tests; record data for analysis.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Under general supervision, perform complex pulmonary function tests such as sleep studies and ventilation testing for intensive care patients.

Typical Work

Operate pulmonary function equipment while conducting tests such as sleep studies and ventilation testing on intensive care patients;

Assist physicians in highly complex procedures such as fiberoptic bronchoscopies and progressive exercise studies;

Consult with medical staff regarding testing and research procedures;

Assist higher-level technologists with equipment calibration, quality control checks, supply inventory and ordering;

Draw and analyze arterial blood gas specimens;

Screen spirometric tests in outpatient clinics or at bedside;

Administer aerosolized bronchodilators;

Administer topical or subcutaneous local anesthetics;

Collect data; calculate and report results;

Schedule patients for tests;

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

Two years of experience as a Pulmonary Function Technologist 1 or equivalent


Certification as a Pulmonary Function Technologist by the National Board for Respiratory Care.

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 adopted December 14, 1973.
Revise class, adopted October 15, 1976.
Revise class. Revises title, adopted February 22, 1988.
Revise class. Revises minimum qualifications, adopted July 2, 1990.
Revise class. Revises class code (formerly 6418), general revision; adopted May 10, 2007, effective
July 1, 2007