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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 297E
Category: Health Care

Class Series Concept

Perform pulmonary function tests on patients; record and report results.


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

Distinguishing Characteristics

Under direct supervision, perform routine pulmonary function tests such as spirometry and lung volume

Typical Work

Operate pulmonary function equipment while conducting tests such as spirometry, lung volume, diffusing capacity and flow volume loops;

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;

May assist physicians and/or higher-level Pulmonary Function Technologists in the performance of complex and elaborate testing;

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.

Persons legally authorized to work in the U.S. under federal law, including Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients, are eligible for employment unless prohibited by other state or federal law.

Desirable Qualifications

Completion of an accredited pulmonary function program


One year of pulmonary function technologist experience.

Class Specification History

New class adopted December 14, 1973.
Revise class. Revise title, adopted February 22, 1988.
Revise class. Revises class code (formerly 6417), general revision; adopted May 10, 2007, effective
July 1, 2007

Revised Legal Requirements; effective June 6, 2024, due to adopted legislative action.