Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Medical Technologist - Internal - Open Continuous in Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following locations:
  • Murfreesboro, TN
  • Nashville, TN
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Friday 1/1/2016 (342 day(s) ago)

** Closes Saturday 12/31/2016 (23 day(s) away)

Job Overview

OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1589785

If you are not an internal employee (i.e., VA applicant located at the facility and/or Community Based Outpatient applicant) or VA Agency Wide employee, or current Federal employee, you should apply under the announcement OCA-JK-15-BAW-1589783-BU

AMENDED: EDRP Statement removed due to funding.

As a VA professional, your opportunities are endless. With many openings in the multiple functions of VA, you will have a wide range of opportunities at your fingertips. Not only is it the largest, most technologically advanced integrated health care system in the nation, but we also provide many other services to Veterans through the Benefits Administration and National Cemeteries.

NOTE: The full performance level of this vacancy is GS-9 . The actual grade at which an applicant may be selected for this vacancy is in the range of GS-7 to GS-9. The Professional Standards Board (a peer-review group) will review the selected candidate's education and experience and recommend the grade and step at which the candidate will be placed. The salary is based on the grade and step approved for the selected candidate.

VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply. The Health related positions in VA are covered by Title 38, and are not coverd by the Schedule A excepted appointment authority.

RELOCATION EXPENSES: Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.

RECRUITMENT.ELOCATION INCENTIVE: A recruitment/relocation incentive has not been authorized for this position, and may be offered to a highly qualified applicant.

This is an Open Continuous Announcement used to establish lists of applicants interested in employment with the Department of Veteran Affairs, Tennessee Valley Healthcare System.

Cut-Off dates for qualified applicants are: 2/22/2016, 6/30/2016



The duties of the Medical Technologist include:

  • Evaluating suitability of specimens, accessions and prepares specimens for analysis.

  • Assigning priority to test requests and performs them expeditiously in critical situations.

  • Performing, recording, and maintaining quality control.

  • Reviewing and correcting out of range limits.

  • Calibrating, adjusting and maintaining instruments.

  • Verifying correct instrument operation using established procedures and quality control checks and monitoring.

  • Reviewing completed work for clerical errors, delta checks, unusual or unlikely results; checks possible sources of analytical error and related lab data or other information, and determines the course of action to be taken to verify results.

  • Performing additional tests to clarify or confirm abnormal patient results.

  • Reviews/recognizes abnormal results or critical/panic values that require immediate attention.

  • Responsibility for the generation/editing/verification of laboratory results from the work area into the hospital computer system.

PHYSICAL EFFORT: There are extensive periods of standing, walking, bending, and lifting.

WORKING CONDITIONS: Duties are performed in the clinical laboratory which require special attire with possible exposure to blood and body fluids.

WORK SCHEDULE: Full-Time, Monday - Friday, various shifts, rotating holidays, and weekends.

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • US Citizenship
  • Full unrestricted Licensure, Certificate, or Registration required
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Designated and/or Random Drug Test required
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required
  • English Language Proficiency required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1961

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


  • U.S. Citizenship (Non-citizens may be appointed only if it is not possible to recruit qualified U.S. citizens)

  • Proficient in spoken and written English as required by 38 U.S.C. 7402(d) and 7407(d).

  • Education and/or Experience Combination:(1) A bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited college or university in medical laboratory science, medical technology, clinical laboratory science or in a related science (e.g., laboratory sciences such as chemistry, biochemistry, biology, microbiology, immunology, etc.).


completion of a medical technology clinical practice program. Clinical practice programs completed after 1974 must have been accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP, formerly CAHEA), or the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES). The professional curriculum may have consisted of a post-baccalaureate certificate program or be integrated into a four-year program of study that culminated in a baccalaureate degree. * OR*(2) A bachelor's degree from an accredited college/university, including 16 semester hours of biological science (with one course in microbiology), 16 semester hours of chemistry (with one course in organic or biochemistry) and one course in mathematics,


two years of post-certification clinical laboratory experience (e.g., blood banking, chemistry, hematology, microbiology, immunology, clinical microscopy, etc.) within the last ten years as a certified Medical Laboratory Technician by the American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Certification (ASCP-BOC), American Society of Clinical Pathology Board of Registry (ASCP-BOR) or American Medical Technologists (AMT). This experience must include performing moderate and/or high complexity testing in blood banking, chemistry, hematology, microbiology immunology and clinical microscopy (or categorical experience which matches categorical certification) in a clinical laboratory.


(3) A bachelor's degree from an accredited college/university, including 16 semester hours of biological science (with one course in microbiology), 16 semester hours of chemistry (with one course in organic or biochemistry) and one course in mathematics,


five years of clinical laboratory experience within the last ten years performing moderate and/or high complexity testing in blood banking, chemistry, hematology, microbiology, immunology and clinical microscopy (or categorical experience which matches categorical certification) in a clinical laboratory.

  • Certification:Candidates must have either:

(1) Candidates must currently possess the appropriate certification as a MT, MLS, or CLS given by the ASCP-BOC, ASCP-BOR, or AMT.


(2) For positions up to the full performance level, candidates must currently possess the categorical or specialist technologist level certification from the certification agencies listed above, such as, but not limited to, chemistry (C/SC), hematology (H/SH), microbiology (M/SM), molecular biology (MB/SMB) and blood bank (BB/SBB). Technologists with categorical or specialist certifications may only perform duties within the area of the laboratory specific to their categorical certification (e. g., an individual with a chemistry (C) certification can only perform duties in chemistry).


GS-7:Nothing beyond the Basic Minimum Qualifications outlined above.


Experience.Must have 1 year of creditable experience equivalent to the next lower grade level, which is directly related to the position to be filled.


Education.Must have Master's degree or 2 academic years of progressively higher-level graduate education in medical technology or directly related field.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:In addition to the experience or education above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

KSA 1. Comprehensive knowledge of professional MT principles, practices, concepts and theories providing for sound independent work.

KSA 2. Comprehensive knowledge of laboratory quality control and assurance procedures and principles of performance improvement in order to manage reagent and supply inventories and document control systems.

KSA 3. Knowledge of laboratory equipment and ability to maintain, troubleshoot and repair instrumentation.

KSA 4. Ability to plan, organize, set priorities, work as a team member and effectively complete assignments.

KSA 5. Ability to use independent technical judgment to analyze and interpret laboratory results.

KSA 6. Ability to read, interpret and apply complex written instructions.

KSA 7. Skilled in informatics, laboratory data flow and the understanding of laboratory processes.

KSA8. Ability to communicate, consult and interact with other members of the healthcare team, external relations, customer service and patient education.

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; religious; 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.

* APPLICANTS PLEASE NOTE:* Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications (particularly positions with a positive education requirement.) Therefore, applicants must report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S.Department of Education. Applicants can verify accreditation at the following website: All education claimed by applicants will be verified by the appointing agency accordingly. If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s ) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation.

Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit .

Security Clearance

Not Applicable

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive your complete application package (including any required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed to decide if you meet the basic requirements. If your resume/application does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).You will be notified when this decision is made. After the review is complete, a certificate is issued and all applicants will be notified of their status by email. Reffered applicants will be notified and may be contacted directly by the Selecting Official for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection has been made.

You may check the status of your application at ant time by logging into your USAJOBS account and clicking on "more information." Information regarding applicant notification points can be found in the USAJOBS Resource Center.


Working for the Department of Veterans Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits,thrift savings plan, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. In addition to traditional "dollars and cents" benefits, we offer a range of benefits to help balance work and life. For more information please visit us at .

Other Information

The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive status.

Salary Range: $39,570.00 to $56,974.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0644-07/09

Promotion Potential: 09

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: Current Federal Employees

Control Number: 426056400

Job Announcement Number: OCA-JK-16-BAW-1589785-BU