Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Medical Technologist in Hot Springs, South Dakota

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Hot Springs, SD
Work Schedule is Full Time - Excepted Service Permanent

Opened Thursday 10/6/2016 (18 day(s) ago)

** Closes Thursday 10/27/2016 (3 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1819484

Current VA and/or Federal employees should apply under BH-16-438R-HA-1819442-BU.


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.

The VA Black Hills Health Care System (VA BHHCS) is located in the Black Hills of Western South Dakota, where America vacations. South Dakota has No State Income Tax, is the Second Happiest and one of the Safest States in the Nation, is home to one of’s Top Ten Scenic Drives and Top Ten National Forests, features an Outdoor Life’s Top City for Outdoor Enthusiasts and hosts the legendary Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.

VA BHHCS is where we live and work in rural small town settings, only minutes from Rapid City’s shopping, dining and entertainment venues. We offer rich history, from Mammoths and Prehistoric Civilizations to the 7thCavalry, Deadwood, the Star Spangled Banner and Mount Rushmore. Wildlife abounds, sometimes in our own backyards, and rush hour may mean waiting for elk to cross the road. The Black Hills experiences more sunny days than Miami or Honolulu, ensuring year round outdoor recreation. The Black Hills includes stunning landscapes such as Harney Peak, Bear Butte, the Badlands, the Needles Highway and the Black Hills National Forest. When it’s time for civilization, you’ll find the Black Hills hosting local and national theatre groups, movie companies, national powwow competitions, international dance troupes, symphony orchestras, concerts, and a variety of entertainers. Sports enthusiasts will find auto races, college sports, semi-pro hockey, and some of the best in rodeo.

With primary campuses at Fort Meade and Hot Springs and numerous Community Based Outpatient Clinics, VA BHHCS provides primary and secondary medical and surgical care, along with Residential Rehabilitation Treatment Program services, for Veterans from North and South Dakota, Wyoming and Nebraska. VA Black Hills Health Care is part of the VA Midwest Health Care Network (VISN 23) – where we’ve been caring for America’s Heroes for over 100 years.

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

For more information on the “Who may apply” eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions document.


This position is considered as a general medical technologist with responsibilities for developing, performing and evaluating procedures, calibrating, operating, maintaining, and monitoring activities and equipment in the areas of Chemistry, Hematology/Coagulation, Urinalysis, Immunohemetology, Phlebotomy-when necessary, and Microbiology. The incumbent rotates with other Medical Technologist on a regular basis through the above mentioned areas.

Work Schedule:Applicant will work on a rotating day/evening shift schedule with call on nights, weekends and holidays on a rotational basis. Shift requirements are subject to change depending on staff requirements.

Functional Statement Title/#:Medical Technologist

Location: This announcement located in the Diagnostics Service Line, Hot Springs, SD.

Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Occational travel may be required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Must pass pre-employment examination
  • Must be proficient in written and spoken English
  • Designated and-or Random Drug Testing required
  • Background and-or Security Investigation required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.


  • U.S. Citizenship. Non-citizens may be appointed when it is not possible to recruit qualified citizens in accordance with VA Policy.

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

  • Physical Requirements. See VA Directive and Handbook 5019.

  • English Language Proficiency. MT's must be proficient in spoken and written English in accordance with VA Handbook 5005.

  • Education and/or Experience Combination

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.


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.


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.

  • Foreign Graduates. Graduates of foreign baccalaureate degree programs meet the educational and/or experience requirements if the degree is found to be equivalent to degree programs recognized by the NAACLS or clinical laboratory experience as described in paragraph 2b(2) or (3) above. This finding may be based on either of the following:

1) A letter from a college or university with a baccalaureate program recognized by the NAACLS stating that the individual’s foreign degree has been evaluated and been found to be equivalent to its bachelor of medical technology degree.

2) A letter from ASCP-BOC or AMT stating that the individual is eligible for the certification examination.

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.

Grade Determinations:

GS-07 (Entry Level)

(A) Experience. None beyond the basic requirements.

GS-09 (Full Performance Level)

(A) 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.


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

(C) Demonstrated Knowledge, Skills and Abilities.In addition to the experience or education above, the candidate must demonstrate the following KSAs:

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

  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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

References: VA Handbook 5005/72 Part II Appendix G24. This can be found in the local human resource office.

Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: 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.

Physical Requirements:Heavy Lifting (45 lbs and over); Heavy Carrying (45 lbs and over); Straight Pulling (up to 1 hour); Pushing (1 – 2 hours); Reaching above shoulder; Use of fingers; Both hands required; Walking (up to 3 hours); Standing (up to 3 hours); Repeated bending (up to 1 hour); Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously; Near vision correctable at 13" to 16"; Hearing (aid permitted).

Security Clearance


Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides is an overview of the benefits currently offered:

Other Information

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: $40,033.00 to $63,654.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0644-07/09

Promotion Potential: 09

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 452650600

Job Announcement Number: BH-16-439R-HA-1819484-BU