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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 297V
Category: Health Care


Supervise Cytology Technologists and/or other assigned staff and direct activities in a clinical, research and educational area of cytology.

Distinguishing Characteristics

With delegated authority, interview and recommend selection of applicants, conduct training, assign and schedule work, act upon leave requests, conduct annual performance evaluations and recommend disciplinary action; 

Supervise Cytology Technologists and/or other assigned staff; direct the technical operation of a clinical laboratory, research laboratory or coordinate activities of a cytology educational program.

Typical Work

Establish and maintain laboratory procedures such as specimen collection and rejection, quality control, and safety;

Microscopically evaluate and diagnose cytology specimens, correlated findings with pertinent clinical and statistical data.

Inform physicians immediately of the final report on all suspicious and positive gynecological and surgical cases;

Review cases as requested by pathologists or when significant discrepancies in interpretation exist.

Evaluate new methodologies, reagents, and instrumentation including validation studies.

Participate in education of medical students, residents, and fellows.

Participates as a supervisory level Technologist for all cytology laboratory QA functions.

Ensure a clean, safe work environment and identify and report safety issues as required.

Perform the work of Cytology Technologist 1 and 2; 

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 of Science Degree


Graduation from an Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) accredited school of cytotechnology or other organization approved by Health and Human Services (HHS).


American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board of Registry (BOR) certification as a Cytotechnologist (CT) or Specialist in Cytotechnology (SCT).


At least 3 years full-time experience as a cytotechnologist within the preceding 10 years . Two years supervisory experience in a clinical laboratory.

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: 3-21-88
Revise MQ: 7-2-90
Revised new class code: (formerly 6337) effective July 1, 2007