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Grade: 09
Carefully read each question and all possible answers before selecting a response. Some questions will be used to screen out ineligible applicants. Applicant errors in responses will not be corrected. You are responsible for the accuracy of your application. Your application must describe your work and experience, in your own words. If you fail to provide requested information, or the information submitted is insufficient, you may lose consideration for the position.

Applicants MUST meet one of the below-listed MINIMUM qualification requirements for this position. In the event you do not meet ANY of these requirements, you will be found ineligible for the position.
  1. A degree in medical technology, chemistry, or biology that included or was supplemented by at least:
    • 16 semester hours of biological science of which one course was in microbiology and one course was in immunology.
      (NOTE: If there is no mention of immunology or immunobiology in the course title, the requirement for a course in immunology may be met by any course that covers the following topic areas: (1) definition and relationships of antigens and antibodies; (2) host-antigen interactions; (3) bursal and thymic influences on lymphoid cells; and (4) humoral and cellular response mechanisms.) The remaining biology courses must have been in general biology, zoology, or any of the areas listed below under "Evaluation of Education and Experience;
    • 16 semester hours of chemistry of which one course was in organic or biochemistry. The remaining chemistry courses must have been in general chemistry, qualitative analysis, qualitative chemistry, quantitative chemistry, physical chemistry, analytical chemistry, or any of the areas listed below under "Evaluation of Education and Experience; AND
    • 3 semester hours of college mathematics.


    OR

  2. A full 4-year course of study that included or was supplemented by at least 12 months in a college or hospital-based medical technology program or medical technology school approved by a recognized accrediting organization. The professional medical technology curriculum may have consisted of a 1-year post-baccalaureate certificate program or the last 1 or 2 years of a 4-year program of study culminating in a bachelor's in medical technology.


  3. OR

  4. A combination of (1) at least 35 semester hours of biological science, chemistry, and mathematics as described in paragraph A above and (2) additional appropriate education and/or experience totaling 4 years. This combination of education and experience must have provided knowledge of the theories, principles, and practices of medical technology equivalent to that provided by the full 4-year course of study described in A or B above. All science and mathematics courses must have been acceptable for credit toward meeting the requirements for a science major at an accredited college or university. Acceptable experience is responsible professional or technician experience in a hospital laboratory, health agency, industrial medical laboratory, or pharmaceutical house; or teaching, test development, or medical research program experience that provided an understanding of the methods and techniques applied in performing professional clinical laboratory work. Certification/ licensure as a medical technologist (generalist) obtained through written examination by a nationally recognized credentialing agency or State licensing body is a good indication that the quality of experience is acceptable.
Evaluation of Education and Experience: The four major areas of clinical laboratory science are microbiology, clinical chemistry, hematology, and immunohematology (blood banking). Qualifying course work in these areas includes bacteriology, mycology, mycobacteriology, tissue culture, virology, parasitology, endocrinology, enzymology, toxicology, urinalysis, coagulation, hemostasis, cell morphology, immunology, serology, immunoserology, immuno-deficiency, hemolysis, histocompatibility, cyto-genetics, and similar disciplines or areas of laboratory practice.

Related fields include physiology, anatomy, molecular biology, cell biology, embryology, pathology, genetics, pharmacology, histology, cytology, nuclear medicine, epidemiology, biostatistics, infection control, physics, statistics, a

* 1.Do you meet any of the minimum qualification requirements listed above?
  1. Yes, I meet the minimum qualification requirement described in A.
  2. Yes, I meet the minimum qualification requirement described in B.
  3. Yes, I meet the minimum qualification requirement described in C.
  4. No, I do not meet any of the minimum qualification requirements described in A, B, or C.


NOTE: ALL applicants MUST submit legible transcripts as verification of educational requirement.

* 2.You must have one year of specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-7 grade level, or meet the education requirements as described in the VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT. Do you meet the experience and/or education requirements for this position?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 3.Applicants applying for this position, MUST also possess the following Selective Factor. In the event you do not possess the Selective Factor, you will be found ineligible for the position.

Selective Factor:

  • Applicants must be certified by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP), National Credentialing Agency (NCA) and/or American Medical Technologist (AMT).
Do you meet the selective factor for this position?
  1. Yes, I am ASCP, NCA and/or AMT Certified.

    NOTE: If you answered yes, you MUST submit a copy of your proof of certification. This documentation MUST be received in the announcing office by the closing date of the vacancy announcement.
  2. No, I do not meet the Selective Factor for this position.


ASSESSMENT QUESTIONS

LISTED BELOW ARE GROUPED STATEMENTS RELATING TO THE ASSESSMENTS/COMPETENCIES NECESSARY FOR THE POSITION. Read each question carefully and select the answer choice that best describes your experience.

Medical Technologists must have experience testing patient samples, interpreting the results to verify accuracy and correlation with the clinical picture:
  • Hematology: performed CBCs, bleeding items, manual differentials;
  • Chemistry: performed patient testing on plasma, serum or urine samples;
  • Blood bank: performed blood types, cross matches, interpreted blood bank results;
  • Microbiology: performed Hepatitis/HIV testing.


4.From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have performed patient testing in all of the specialized categories mentioned above; and I have interpreted laboratory tests to confirm accuracy by comparing results to the patient's physiological and clinical picture and resolved any discrepancies; and/or I have assisted physicians or medical staff regarding possible implication or diagnosis of abnormal patient results.
  2. I have performed patient testing in at least three of the specialized categories mentioned above; and/or I have notified a supervisor of any suspicious test results; and/or I have notified a supervisor of test results that did not meet the clinical picture.
  3. I have performed patient testing in at least two of the specialized categories mentioned above; and/or I have notified a supervisor of any problems encountered during testing for resolution.
  4. None of the above.


5.Medical Technologists must be experienced in all functional areas within the laboratory. This experience should include testing patient samples, evaluating results, identifying and controlling variables which may affect the validity of test results. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have ran microbiology and other quality control testing on the appropriate schedule; and/or I have evaluated quality control by using Levi-Jennings and Westgard methods to review established ranges; and/or, after receiving non-routine testing results, I have attempted resolution.
  2. I have ran microbiological testing and other quality control on the appropriate schedule; and/or I have evaluated quality control by using Levi-Jennings and Westgard methods; and/or I have recognized equipment malfunctions and performed troubleshooting; and/or I have evaluated quality control material/data/numbers; and/or after identifying problems, I have re-run quality assurance testing.
  3. I have completed testing daily excluding micro-biological testing; and/or I have, using established quality control & printed quality control ranges, without consideration for the Levy Jennings or Westgard rules, evaluated quality control material for acceptability; and/or I have recognized equipment/quality control problems existed; and/or I have contacted supervisor for assistance in resolution; and/or, under direct and specific supervision, I have followed procedures to assist in resolution.
  4. I have set up statistical analysis for standard deviation, coefficient of variation and mean for the quality control material ranges for testing verification and any other mathematical calculations needed to set up quality control tables; and/or I have accessed manufacturer's manual and independently resolved problems with testing; and/or I have contacted manufacturer's representative and independently resolved problems with testing.
  5. With assistance, I have followed manufacturer's manual and resolved testing problems; and/or I have notified supervisors of specialized or non-routine results with recommendations for resolution; and/or, with direction, I have contacted manufacturer's representative for assistance with quality assurance problem resolution.
  6. None of the above.


6.Medical Technologists must have effective communication skills to communicate with peers, supervisors, physicians, physician assistants, and nursing staff. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have provided updates/status regarding general lab tests/procedures during departmental meetings: and/or I have consulted with supervisor regarding unusual results; and/or I have provided administrative information such as certain mailing procedures, basic accounting codes, etc., to external laboratories; and/or I have provided basic medical information to nurses, medical assistants and other staff, etc.
  2. I have presented quality control information to superiors/physicians; and/or I have prepared documents or manuals outlining laboratory procedures and presented to supervisor/physician/ physician assistants; and/or I have performed in a supervisory capacity in a laboratory; and/or I have exchanged technical lab test-related information with outside laboratory staff.
  3. I have presented information either formally or informally to medical staff such as calling critical laboratory results to physicians and other medical personnel; and/or I have independently handled laboratory questions and problems; and/or I have provided information to individuals regarding general laboratory policy or procedures; and/or I have assisted less experienced technologists in determining tools for collection procedures; and/or I have coordinated external laboratory services.
  4. None of the above.


7.Medical Technologists must have the ability to work independently in a laboratory setting and be able to answer laboratory questions. They also must be able to perform administrative duties utilizing established policy to assist the laboratory in maintaining consistency in its operation. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have independently operated in a laboratory setting performing patient sample testing; and/or I have assisted in maintaining laboratory accreditation; and/or I possess technical knowledge of critical laboratory values and the processes to alert the appropriate medical staff of critical test results; and/or I have performed appropriate preventative maintenance on equipment.
  2. I have downloaded testing results into the computer; and/or I have performed manual lab test result entries; and/or I have interpreted lab tests in 2 areas of laboratory, i.e., hematology, chemistry, or urinalysis.
  3. I have independently operated in a laboratory setting by evaluating quality control material, preparation and correct testing of blind samples issued by College of American Pathologists (CAP); and/or I have possessed a high level of computer competence; and/or I have independently answered laboratory procedural questions without supervisory assistance.
  4. Only conferring with senior staff or lab manager in very unusual technical circumstances, I have performed laboratory functions such as patient sample testing; and/or I have confirmed the accuracy of patient testing; and/or I have evaluated quality control material; and/or I have corrected testing of blind samples issued by C.A.P. to maintain laboratory accreditation; and/or I possess knowledge to answer questions regarding laboratory procedures, and if necessary, use laboratory manuals.
  5. None of the above.


Grade: All Grades
1.How did you hear about this employment opportunity with the Bureau of Prisons (BOP)?
  1. Private information service
  2. Magazine
  3. Newspaper
  4. Radio
  5. Television
  6. Poster/Flyer
  7. Private employment office
  8. State Employment/Unemployment Office or Career Service Center
  9. State or local Job Information Center
  10. BOP Employee Services Department (bulletin board or other form announcement)
  11. School or college counselor or other official
  12. Agency or other Federal government recruitment at school or college
  13. Recruitment event (other than school or college)
  14. Friend or relative working for the BOP
  15. Friend or relative not working for the BOP
  16. Religious organization
  17. USAJOBS, the official job site of the US Federal Government
  18. BOP Website
  19. Internet job site
  20. Contacted the BOP on my own
  21. Military publication
  22. Military Separation Center
  23. Professional Organization
  24. Federal Job Publication (i.e., Federal Jobs Digest, etc)
  25. Discover Corrections
  26. Washington DC Diversity
  27. Other


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