Skip to main content
Federal Bureau of Prisons
Vacancy Questions Preview
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Do you meet any of the minimum qualification requirements listed above?
Answer to this question is required
Yes, I meet the minimum qualification requirement described in A.
Yes, I meet the minimum qualification requirement described in B.
Yes, I meet the minimum qualification requirement described in C.
No, I do not meet any of the minimum qualification requirements described in A, B, or C.
submit legible transcripts as verification of educational requirement.
You must have one year of specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-5 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?
Answer to this question is required
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.
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?
Answer to this question is required
Yes, I am ASCP, NCA and/or AMT Certified.
If you answered yes, you
submit a copy of your proof of certification. This documentation
be received in the announcing office by the closing date of the vacancy announcement.
No, I do not meet the Selective Factor for this position.
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 completed education in all functional areas in the laboratory which includes testing patient samples, interpreting results to verify accuracy & correlation with the clinical picture:
Hematology: performed CBCs, bleeding times, 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.
From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
I have performed patient testing in at least one of the specialized categories mentioned above; and/or I have received guidance from a supervisor as testing was performed in order to resolve any problems that occurred.
I have performed patient testing in the majority 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.
I have performed patient testing in less than half of the specialized categories mentioned above; and/or I have notified a supervisor of any problems encountered during testing for resolution.
None of the above.
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.
I have communicated basic information to other staff regarding lab tests/procedures; and/or I have responded to general inquiries from other departments; and/or I have communicated information direct from patient's file via telephone to supervisor as directed.
I have provided updates/status regarding general lab tests/procedures during departmental meetings; and/or I have consulted with a 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 lab results and/or medical information to nurses, nursing assistants and other staff, etc.
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.
None of the above.
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.
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 at least two of the following areas: hematology, chemistry, or urinalysis.
I have performed 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 completed correct testing of blind samples issued by College of American Pathologists (CAP) to maintain laboratory accreditation; and/or I possess knowledge to answer questions by using laboratory manuals.
I have interpreted lab tests in hematology, chemistry, or urinalysis with assistance; and/or I have performed manual lab test result entries with guidance; and/or I have downloaded testing results into the computer with supervisory assistance.
None of the above.
Grade: All Grades
How did you hear about this employment opportunity with the Bureau of Prisons (BOP)?
Private information service
Private employment office
State Employment/Unemployment Office or Career Service Center
State or local Job Information Center
BOP Employee Services Department (bulletin board or other form announcement)
School or college counselor or other official
Agency or other Federal government recruitment at school or college
Recruitment event (other than school or college)
Friend or relative working for the BOP
Friend or relative not working for the BOP
USAJOBS, the official job site of the US Federal Government
Internet job site
Contacted the BOP on my own
Military Separation Center
Federal Job Publication (i.e., Federal Jobs Digest, etc)
Washington DC Diversity
Thank you for applying for a position with the Federal Bureau of Prisons. We appreciate you taking the time to complete this survey.
View Vacancy Details