Job Description

Location: St. Joseph Medical Center
Posted Date: 1/15/2020


Under the general direction of the Manager, and according to established procedures, prepares cell samples and pap slides for microscopic examination to detect cell changes caused by disease process. Examines slides and prepares initial findings. Routes findings and slides to Pathologist for diagnosis of disease and illness.


  1. Consistently supports and communicates the Mission, Vision and Values of St. Joseph Medical Center.

2. Follows the St. Joseph Medical Center Guidelines related to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), designed to prevent or detect unauthorized disclosure of Protected Health Information (PHI).

3. Promotes a culture of safety for patients and employees through proper identification, proper reporting, documentation and prevention of medical errors in a non-punitive environment.

  1. Receives specimens and uses technical knowledge and special skills in the processing of ; cervical/vaginal smears, sputum, body cavity effusions, peritoneal washings, BALS, etc. May also assist in the collection of specimens from the patient. Identifies same according to established coding scheme and logs specimens, recording time, date, type and a variety of patient identification information.

5. Responsible for the accessioning and processing of specimens and PAP smears, as outlined in the guidelines section of the cytology manual.

6. Examines cytology prepared slides using technical as well as knowledge of cellular components to detect minute abnormalities in cellular morphologic features for evidence of cancer or other abnormal findings.

7. Reports preliminary diagnosis/ finding to the pathologist who determines the final diagnosis.

8. Records/reports findings/alerts Pathologist to any abnormal cell structures for examination.

9. Enters and records Pathology results and comments, assuring no discrepancy.

10. Prepares laboratory solutions and reagents according to established formulae in order to maintain adequate quantities to carry out assignments.

11. Maintains and or oversees QA/QC records for instrumentation used in the processing area. Maintains records of work performed, such as number of slides examined, types of specimens handled, percent of abnormal findings and so forth. Maintains files of positive and negative findings, retrieves reports and slides as requested.

12. Recognizes and resolves technical and specimen problems and communicates to the appropriate persons.

13. Maintains knowledge of current trends and developments in the field by reading appropriate books, journals and literature and attending related seminars and conferences.

14. Participates in Proficiency Testing, QA&QI activities such as chairing/participating in PI teams, giving input to resolve/improve on issues, etc.

15. Communicates/liaisons with health care providers to resolve problems, give updates on status of specimens, etc.

16. Works cooperatively with others, time permitting to accomplish other tasks as needed for the benefit of the Laboratory.

17. Volunteers to fill shift vacancies and accommodates schedule to meet department needs.

18. Supportive of the compliance program set forth by ST. JOSEPH MEDICAL CENTER and demonstrated by:

  1. Upholds the Code of Ethics and Corporate Compliance.
  2. Adheres to and helps to enforce all compliance policies relevant to his/her area.
  3. Assures timely compliance education as requested by the Compliance Officer and/or through corporate initiatives.

19. Sets an example to all staff in their daily activities.


Work Experience:

  • Prefer cytotechnologist with 1 year experience in both gynecological and non-gynecological specimens.


  • Current CT (ASCP) certification.
  • Recent graduates from approved program within the last 6 months must be certified within 6 months after employment
  • If certified after 2004 must maintain active credential status to maintain employment

Education & Training:

  • Graduate from an approved/accredited School of cytology required.
  • Graduate from an approved/accredited Bachelor’s degree program in cytology or a closely related discipline.


  • Good interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills necessary to effectively communication with the Pathologist, physicians, and staff.
  • Good technical, critical thinking, and interpersonal skills in order to coordinate lab services and effectively communicate with physicians and other health team members
  • Ability to work under stress in order to perform effectively in the position.
  • Demonstrates flexibility and initiative in workflow management.
  • Basic computer knowledge.
  • Additional languages preferred

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