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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 297S
Category: Health Care

Class Series Concept

Perform clinical diagnostic procedures and/or research activities in the field of cytology.


Conduct clinical diagnostic procedures and /or research activities in a clinical cytology laboratory.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Under general direction, perform complex procedures to determine appropriate processing and diagnosis of cytology samples from various body sites.

Typical Work

Sign out final negative diagnosis of gynecological slides; integrate patient information with the cellular presentation to develop preliminary diagnosis;

Microscopically evaluate slide to recognize normal cellular morphology and pathologic conditions such as inflammation, inflammatory agents, reactive changes, benign conditions, neoplastic, pre-malignant conditions, and malignant tumors; highlight any abnormality;

Screen and evaluate prepared slides of cellular samplings obtained by a variety of means from a variety of body sites such as kidney, brain, eye, thyroid, respiratory tract, GI tract and female genital tract;

Monitor and record daily workload to include the total number of slides examined and the number of hours spent examining slides.

Prepare gynecologic and non-gynecologic specimens using current technologies.

Assist in collecting specimens by specialized procedures such as fine needle aspirations, core needle biopsies, and kidney brushings; prepare material for immediate preliminary evaluation;

Rapid on-site assessments for fine needle aspirations and core needle biopsies, using tele-cytology when indicated.

Operate cytology instrumentation according to established protocols.

Comply with all applicable laboratory regulatory requirements.

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

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).

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: 1-3-73
Revise Class/Title: 3-21-88
Revise MQ: 7-2-90
Revised class series concept, definition and DCs; adopted August 13, 2015; effective August 14, 2015.