Medical Technician

US Government, Department of Veterans Affairs

The position serves as a Medical Technician located in a Community Based Outpatient Clinic within the VA Salt Lake City Health Care System. The position performs Phlebotomy, specimen testing, storage, and shipping of specimens, as well as various clerical duties for the outpatient clinic. The position performs CLIA waived point of care testing.


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Job Grade: 5
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Duties may include but are not limited to: Performs blood collection procedures by venipuncture or capillary techniques on designated hospital patients. Establishes proper identity of all patients, ensures accountability of specimens by proper and complete labeling with the patient’s full name and Social Security Number. Administers first aid, if necessary, to counteract unfavorable patient reactions. Organizes work in the collection room to ensure optimal patient flow. Keeps work area clean, organized, and well stocked with supplies. Disinfects and closes the collection area at the end of the shift. Maintains patient privacy in all matters in accordance with the Health Information Privacy and Portability Act (HIPPA). Performs special procedures to include, but not limited to, administration of oral products such as glucola for glucose tolerance testing and obtaining specimens for forensic or medico legal purpose such as blood alcohols and drug testing. Performs CLIA(Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 Act) waived complexity testing such as rapid testing for acute influenza A and B virus infection and detection of Group A Strep from throat swabs. Collects and begins PT/INR testing on the IStat Handheld Clinical point of care analyzer (for the measurement of Prothrombin Time and the International Normalized Ratio utilized for patients being monitored for the effectiveness of Coumadin) and submits it to a Medical Technologist for review and verification of results. Receives samples and specimens of tissue, blood, urine, stool, sputum, and other body fluids. Checks that all specimens are properly and completely labeled; assures the proper request, both hardcopy and VISTA computer orders and correct specimen (i.e., type, amount, etc.) are submitted with all required information. Contacts the appropriate clinic, ward, or nurse/provider when specimens are incorrectly identified or submitted. Contacts physicians for additional needed information and/or patient history in order to insure proper testing and interpretive data is received. Performs accessioning procedures using the VISTA system. Processes a wide variety of laboratory specimens for shipment to civilian or military reference laboratories using procedures and materials that conform to EPA (CFR 40) and OSHA (CFR 29) regulations. Performs all required specimen preparations prior to storage and shipment (i.e., centrifugation, serum separation, freezing, or refrigeration, etc.). Ensures all 24-hour urine collection containers are properly prepared with the appropriate preservatives and labels. Performs clerical duties related to handling of laboratory specimens, e.g. conducting order entry and patient registration in reference lab information systems, accessioning specimens, receiving test results from reference laboratories, entering results into the VISTA, verifying for completeness, and checking for pending test results. Makes distribution of reports to physician and medical records when automation is unavailable. Accurately enters results into the VISTA computer system. Immediately contacts physician of critical results. Accesses reference laboratory information system to retrieve patient results. Uses vendor-provided (commercial laboratory) computer terminals and printers to obtain test results or status. Operates and maintains the computer systems in accordance with the contractor’s recommendations and existing departmental SOPs. Troubleshoots to identify malfunctions and takes necessary actions to correct the malfunctions identified or contacts the information systems officer for support if corrective actions is beyond operator’s capability/responsibility. Work telephonically with vendor hotline personnel in an effort to correct computer/printer problems. Maintains files hard copies of laboratory reports in an organized, systematic manner, which allows easy retrieval of results. Perform other duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 7:00am to 3:30pm
Compressed/Flexible: Variable shifts available Telework: Not Available
Virtual: This is not a virtual position.
Position Description/PD#: Medical Technician/PD10390A
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
Financial Disclosure Report: Not required


To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 10/07/2022. Time-In-Grade Requirement: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement. For a GS-05 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-04. The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 that shows your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials. If the most recent SF-50 has an effective date within the past year, it may not clearly demonstrate you possess one-year time-in-grade, as required by the announcement. In this instance, you must provide an additional SF-50 that clearly demonstrates one-year time-in-grade. Note: Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to former Federal employees applying for reinstatement as well as current employees applying for Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) appointment. You may qualify based on your experience and/or education as described below: Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-04 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: knowledge of the principles, practices, and procedures of Phlebotomy (venipuncture and capillary, collection, labeling, storing, and shipping techniques and procedures), blood components, anticoagulants required tube size for the appropriate volume, and proper specimen transport. Knowledge of human anatomy and aseptic techniques, phlebotomy procedures to include the vacutainer system, the capillary puncture technique, collection with butterfly needles, and with a syringe. Experience in routine and complex test procedures and the ability to test specimen collections in accordance with the appropriate test requirements. Skills in computer keyboard, software applications sufficient to input and accurately maintain information in databases, the ability to retrieve reports, and prepare shipping lists, and have good oral communication in order to explain testing procedures to patients. OR, Education: Applicants may substitute education for the required experience. To qualify based on education for this grade level you must have successful completion of a full 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor’s degree with major study or at least 24 semester hours in subjects appropriate to the position to be filled. OR, Combination: A combination of specialized experience and post high-school education (beyond 2 years) that demonstrates your ability to perform the duties of the position is qualifying for this position. (TRANSCRIPTS REQUIRED). You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:
Computer SkillsCustomer Service (Clerical/Technical)Patient CareSpecimen Collection
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment. Physical Requirements: The work requires extensive periods of standing and walking, regular and recurring bending ,lifting (less than40 pounds), occasional patient transfer from chair to bed and bed to chair, stooping, and stretching. The work involves moderate risks and discomfort associated with working in a clinical laboratory and drawing blood specimens from patients on wards with regular and recurrent exposure to hazards such as infectious materials, needle punctures, electrical appliances, and physical abuse by patients. The Medical Technician must use protective clothing when drawing patients and handling patient specimens. For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management’s website at

Job Requirements:

You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA. Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959 You may be required to serve a probationary period Subject to background/security investigation Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process Participation in the seasonal influenza vaccination program is a requirement for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP) Participation in the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) vaccination program is a requirement for all Veterans Health Administration Health Care Personnel (HCP) – See “Additional Information” below for details.

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