Certified Cytogenetics Technologist
ARUP Laboratories - Utah

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General Function

Provides services of both a technical and non-technical nature in the laboratory service areas. Performs routine and complex laboratory tests in the Cytogenetics department of the clinical laboratory to provide physicians with rapid and accurate laboratory test results. Duties include preparation of specimens for processing in the laboratory; performance of waived, moderate, and highly complex analytical process; ability to recognize human chromosome banding patterns; visual acuity and analytical skill to distinguish fine detail; manual dexterity to use common laboratory equipment and perform sterile techniques as required; initial, harvest, stain, microscopically analyze, photograph, print, karyotype, and summarize analyses on blood, bone marrow, tissue, amniotic fluid, and chorionic villi specimens; establishing performing and documenting quality assurance, quality control, and equipment maintenance; recognizing problems and identifying causes; developing alternatives and determining solutions; confirming and verifying results through an in-depth knowledge of techniques, principles, and instruments; correlating and interpreting data based on knowledge of factors affecting test results; data handling and input; answering the telephone; and other duties as assigned.

Reporting Function

This position reports to the Technical Supervisor and/or the Division Manager. May also receive direction and work assignments from other designated individuals.

Essential Functions

Technical Skills

1. Performs waived, moderate, and/or highly complex analytic processes without direct supervision. Uses routine and specialized automated and non-automated laboratory procedures and/or techniques for which he/she is qualified, trained, and demonstrates competency according to established lab section operating procedures (SOPs).

2. Operates laboratory instruments and ensures proper functioning of laboratory equipment. Troubleshoots instrument malfunction(s) and performs preventive and corrective maintenance and repairs on all laboratory equipment. Uses instrument hotline(s) if available to obtain help in resolving instrument problems. Recognizes when professional service is required and requests service if instrument is covered under a service contract. Otherwise, reports service needs to supervisor for resolution. Maintains records and documentation of maintenance.

3. Calibrates applicable laboratory instruments to ensure accuracy of test results. Performs quality control procedures as specified in lab section SOPs and maintains QC records and documentation necessary to meet the standards of accrediting agencies.

4. Understands appropriate specimen collection, handling, and transport procedures. Collects samples, if required, by laboratory section. Prepares specimens for analysis and determines acceptability of samples within guidelines. Assists in developing procedures for specimen collection, handling, and transport to maintain specimen integrity and viability.

5. Processes date, verifies accuracy, and enters data in the laboratory computer system, along with appropriate explanatory or interpretive information. Meets all section turn around times.

6. Identifies the technical, instrumental, and/or physiologic causes of unexpected test results.

7. Assists in evaluation and selection of new equipment. Designs, implements, and/or evaluates new testing procedures as requested by the Group Manager and Medical Director. Validates new methods.

8. Evaluates and calculates quality control statistics to assess accuracy, reproducibility, and validity of applicable laboratory methods.

9. Monitors quality assurance and assists in data collection for QA indicators.

10. Performs internal and external proficiency testing (PT). Handles PT samples in the same manner as patient samples.

11. Maintains clean and orderly work area. Cleans bench surfaces and equipment each shift or after contamination or spill.

12. Meets output measures as defined by individual group policy. Assists with workload in any section where competency has been verified and is current.

Knowledge Base

1. Complies with safety and biohazard regulations as outlined in the Laboratory Safety Manual. Understands, maintains, and enforces safety guidelines.

2. Recognizes and reports abnormal results. Recognizes unexpected results, errors, and problems with patient tests.

3. Knows the theory of laboratory procedures. Identifies technical, instrumental, and/or physiologic causes of unexpected test results. Develops solutions to problems based on knowledge of biochemical theory/reactions, patient diagnosis, and instrument performance.

4. Correlates lab data with other clinical and laboratory data, and with pathologic states to determine validity and whether follow-up tests should be done. Evaluates and interprets test results.

5. Ensures quality and timeliness of patient test results by investigating problems involving specimen collection, result reporting, and turn around time. Interprets problems with specimens, which meet the rejection criteria for unacceptable samples. Makes the decision to reject a sample and request recollection to ensure validity of results.

6. Uses statistical methods to research and assess laboratory testing.

7. Recognizes appropriate and inappropriate selection of basic and complex lab tests.

8. Observes principles of data security and patient confidentiality. Maintains ethical standards in the performance of testing and in interactions with patients, co-workers, and other health care professionals.

Judgment/Analytical Decision Making

1. Performs analytical and decision making functions without direct supervision.

2. Prioritizes order of testing based on priority of request, workload, and testing schedules to meet turn around times. Coordinates general workflow in assigned area.

3. Differentiates technical, clerical, instrumental, and/or physiologic causes for unexpected test results.

4. Resolves and documents resolution of all QC results which fail lab criteria and institutes corrective action.

5. Evaluates instrument/method failure and determines when back-up methods must be initiated.

6. Integrates and relates lab data generated by various lab sections in making judgments regarding possible discrepancies.

7. Responds to requests for special and unusual tests.


1. Responds to technical questions consistent with level of training.

2. Participates in continuing education and staff meetings. Prepares and presents continuing education programs for department personnel as requested. Responsible for own professional development.

3. Trains new employees, including Technicians, MLTs, Technologists, and MTs. Assists in verifying competency of new employees. Instructs personnel in work team(s) on new methods and/or instruments.

4. Teaches laboratory procedures and policies, including methodology and instrument operation, to Technician, MT, and MLT students; pathology residents; and post-doctoral fellows. May be requested to lecture or provide demonstrations. May assist the education coordinator in the development of objectives, learning activities, and evaluation mechanisms.

5. Provides technical information and/or instruction to clients, new employees, medical students, residents, peers, and the public as requested and where appropriate.

6. Contributes to design, research, review, and writing of laboratory manuals. Remains informed of procedure updates and changes.


1. Maintains adequate inventory of reagents and supplies. Notes receipt date and lot number on reagents to ensure that oldest stock is used first. Discards outdated reagents according to section policy. Performs inventory counts as requested. Determines appropriate substitutes if reagents/supplies are not immediately available.

2. Suggests cost-effective laboratory procedures or protocols.

3. Applies step-by-step thinking, problem solving, and critical thinking patterns.

4. Contributes to the resolution of conflicting decisions and interpretations within the laboratory section.

5. Supervises laboratory personnel as assigned.

6. Implements changes as assigned in response to new technology and laboratory procedures.

7. Reviews daily data reports as requested.


Reports test results verbally and through laboratory computer system.

Job Qualifications

Education/Credentials required
BS in clinical laboratory science, chemistry, or biological science. Minimum curriculum for categorical applicants includes 6 semester hours of chemistry, which include at least 6 semester hours in inorganic chemistry and are acceptable toward a major in chemistry; 16 semester hours of biology which are pertinent to the medical sciences including courses in medical or pathogenic microbiology or bacteriology that are acceptable toward a major in the biological sciences; and 3 semester hours of math
· Certification as a Clinical Laboratory Specialist in Cytogenetics (CLSp(CG)) from ASCP, and recertification by continuing education
Experience/skills preferred
One to two years clinical laboratory science or equivalent
Physical and other requirements
Regular and reliable attendance
· Excellent customer service skills
· Ability to work well with others
· Ability to work all required overtime and take call as needed
· Must be able to lift 10 pounds
· Must be able to sit and/or stand for extensive periods of time
· Ability to communicate effectively in English, both written and verbal
· Fine motor coordination
· Good visual acuity including color perception
· Mobility
· Involves judgment in planning work, assessing results, solving problems, and taking or recommending action
· Ability to organize work, to meet deadlines, and to work under stressful condition
· Absolute integrity in the accurate identification of samples, test performance, and reporting of results
· Continual assessment of current literature
Rotating weekends and holidays.

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