Opportunities at Work

Interdepartmental Promotion Examination Open To All Qualified Employees of New York State

Medical Laboratory Technician 1/2

Written Test To Be Held
June 02, 2012
Applications Must Be Submitted or Postmarked By
April 30, 2012


Exams Included on This Announcement
Exam Number Exam Title Open to Employees of Salary Salary Grade Fee
36-676 Medical Laboratory Technician 1 Multiple Agencies $32,653 G-9 $10
36-677 Medical Laboratory Technician 2 Multiple Agencies $38,612 G-12 $10

For Promotion in State Departments, Facilities, and Agencies

  1. Within Promotion Units
  2. Within Entire Departments
  3. To Other Departments

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Minimum Qualifications

On or before June 2, 2012, you must be a qualified employee of New York State and have had permanent competitive or non-competitive service* as follows:

For Number 36-676: three months as a Laboratory Worker, Senior Laboratory Worker, Laboratory Animal Caretaker, Senior Laboratory Animal Caretaker, Laboratory Aide, Laboratory Caretaker, or Phlebotomist.
For Number 36-677: three months as a Medical Laboratory Technician 1.

* In accordance with Section 52.11 of the Civil Service Law, individuals serving permanently in the non-competitive or labor class in a qualifying title (including those serving under Section 55-b/55-c) who otherwise meet the requirements for taking this examination are eligible to compete in this promotion examination.

In addition, applicants for both exams must meet one of the following requirements:

Either 1. High school graduation or the equivalent AND completion of a satisfactory combination of education and experience in an acceptable laboratory. This combination may include completion of a vocational-technical program and two years of medical laboratory experience; completion of a structured medical laboratory technology program and one year of experience; three years of experience; or completion of an official military medical laboratory procedures course of 50 weeks' duration and one year of experience;
Or 2. an associate's degree as a medical laboratory technician;
Or 3. completion of at least 45 semester credit hours of college coursework AND a six-month medical laboratory technology training course;
Or 4. an associate's degree in one of the chemical, physical, or biological sciences; AND six months of satisfactory experience in medical laboratory work;
Or 5. completion of at least 45 semester credit hours of college coursework including six hours in general chemistry, six hours in inorganic chemistry, 12 hours in biology, three hours in mathematics; AND six months of satisfactory experience in medical laboratory work.

Additional Requirement: Depending on assignment, the selected candidate may be required to be:
Either 1. Certified or eligible for certification as a Clinical Laboratory Technician as defined in Title 8, Article 165 of the New York State Education Law and Section 52.38 and Subpart 79-15 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education;
Or 2. Licensed or eligible for licensure as a Clinical Laboratory Technologist as defined in Title 8, Article 165 of the New York State Education Law and Section 52.36 and Subpart 79-13 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Educations;
Or 3. Licensed or eligible for licensure as a Cytotechnologist as defined in Title 8, Article 165 of the New York State Education Law and Section 52.37 and Subpart 79-14 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education.

Important: Loss of the required licensure or certification may result in loss of employment. For more information on Certification or licensure requirements, visit the website for the State Education Department Office of the Professions at http://www.op.nysed.gov/home.html(External Link).

Qualifying Experience for Appointment from the Eligible List

After one year of the service described in the Minimum Qualifications, successful candidates will be qualified for appointment from the eligible list.

If you were permanently appointed to a qualifying title on or before March 2, 2012, and have served continuously in this title since that date, you are eligible to file for this examination.


  1. Applications must be postmarked or submitted online by April 30, 2012. Late applications will not be accepted.
  2. Your degree or college credit must have been awarded by a regionally accredited college or university or one recognized by the NYS Education Department as following acceptable educational practices. If your degree or college credit was awarded by an educational institution outside the United States and its territories, you must provide independent verification of equivalency. You can write to the Examination Information Desk of the NYS Department of Civil Service for a list of acceptable companies who provide this service. You must pay the required evaluation fee. If you are applying on the Internet, you must mail the independent verification of equivalency to the NYS Department of Civil Service, Alfred E. Smith State Office Building, Albany, New York 12239. Attention: S5MXT.
  3. These examinations are being held on a promotion and open-competitive basis. If you are admitted to the promotion examination under anticipated eligibility (i.e., you do not have the required one year of Qualifying Experience For Appointment From The Eligible List) and if you meet the open-competitive minimum qualifications, you may also be admitted to the open-competitive examination. To be admitted, you must apply for the open-competitive examination according to the instructions given on the open-competitive announcement. Once you meet the required one year of qualifying service for appointment from the promotion list, you will not be eligible for appointment from the open competitive eligible list.
  4. These examinations have special minimum qualifications in addition to the usual "time in service requirement." If you are filing on the Internet, please list all pertinent information online. If you are applying on examination application NYS-APP form, you must list all pertinent information on the application. Attach additional sheets if needed.
  5. Appropriate part-time and volunteer experience, which can be verified, will be accepted on a prorated basis.
  6. Appointees to either title might be required to demonstrate practical proficiency in obtaining blood by venipuncture and must meet all applicable state and local requirements for qualification.
  7. If you expect to meet the education requirements by June 30, 2012, you can be admitted to the written test but you cannot be considered for appointment until you submit proof of successful completion of the education requirement to the State agency at the time of the interview.
  8. If you do not receive a confirmation number after submitting your online application, your application was NOT processed.

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Subject of Examination

There will be a written test which you must pass in order to be considered for appointment. The written test is designed to test for knowledge, skills, and/or abilities in such areas as: For Examination Numbers
36-676 36-677
1. Clinical pathology - These questions test for knowledge of various areas of clinical pathology such as hematology, blood banking, microbiology, clinical chemistry, diagnostic immunology, and urinalysis. Questions may cover such topics as common tests and protocols; sample collection and preparation; reagents, standards, controls, stains, and media for various tests; normal and abnormal values for commonly performed tests; diagnostic tests and characteristics used to identify common microorganisms; medical and clinical terminology; reaching reasonable conclusions about test results. X X
2. General laboratory principles and practices - These questions test for knowledge of such areas as care and handling of toxic/dangerous materials; simple first aid and safety procedures; the metric system; simple laboratory calculations; care and use of laboratory glassware and equipment; and common laboratory procedures. X X
3. Record keeping - These questions test for accuracy and attention to detail in keeping laboratory test records. The candidate will be asked to transfer information from laboratory test request forms onto a test log form, and then to locate and interpret required information from the test log form. No knowledge of any particular record-keeping system is required. X X
4. Use, care and operation of laboratory instruments - These questions test for knowledge of common laboratory instruments. Questions may cover such topics as underlying principles, uses, and advantages of laboratory instrument methodologies; calibration, preventative maintenance, and corrective actions as applied to common laboratory equipment and instruments; and basic statistics as they relate to laboratory analysis and quality control.   X

If you pass, your seniority credit(s), if any, will be included in the computation of your final score. Rank on the eligible list will be determined after adding any wartime veterans' credits to your final passing score.

Credit for Seniority

Seniority is credited at the rate of one credit for each five-year period (or fraction thereof), excluding the first year of service.

The Positions

These positions exist in facilities of the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, the Office of Mental Health, the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities, and the State University of New York.

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As a Medical Laboratory Technician 1, under the direct supervision of a Medical Technologist or Pathologist, you would perform a variety of routine technical laboratory procedures in clinical laboratories or in specimen processing stations. Depending upon your specific assignment, your duties might include, but are not necessarily limited to, such functions as performing complete routine chemical, physical, and microscopic examinations: urinalyses, phlebotomies, blood counts, hemoglobin determinations, and other routine hematology tests; determination of blood sugar, creatinine and urea, and performing other tests in clinical chemistry; immunologic testing; gastric analyses and standard bacteriological examinations; preparing media, cultures, reagents stains, and solutions; assisting in autopsy procedures; keeping manual and/or computer records; and assisting in research.

As a Medical Laboratory Technician 2, you would perform more difficult laboratory procedures requiring the use of a wide variety of equipment. You would provide data to physicians and might supervise a group of lower-level staff in non-technical areas. You might also be required to perform phlebotomies.

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How To Apply

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Additional Information

New York State is an Equal Opportunity Employer

It is the policy of the State of New York to provide for and promote equal opportunity employment, compensation, and other terms and conditions of employment without discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, religion, disability, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, veteran or military service member status, marital status, domestic violence victim status, genetic predisposition or carrier status, or arrest and/or criminal conviction record unless based upon a bona fide occupational qualification or other exception.

Religious Accommodation

Most written tests are held on Saturdays. If you cannot take the test on the announced test date, due to a conflict with a religious observance or practice, check the box under “Religious Accommodation.” We will make arrangements for you to take the test on a different date (usually the following day).

Reasonable Accommodations in Testing

It is the policy of the Department of Civil Service, in accordance with the New York State Human Rights Law and the Americans with Disabilities Act, to provide qualified persons with disabilities equal employment opportunity and equal opportunity to participate in and receive the benefits, services, programs, and activities of the Department. It is the policy of the Department to provide such persons reasonable accommodations and reasonable modifications as are necessary to provide equal opportunity. Persons with disabilities who require an accommodation to participate in an examination must note this on their application. Further information is available from the Test Administration Unit of the Department of Civil Service. In the Albany area, call 518-457-2487 [press 2, then press 2]. Outside of the Albany area, call toll free at 1-877-697-5627 [press 2, then press 2]. For TDD services, call NY Relay at 711 (requires a fee) or 1-800-662-1220.

Admission to Examination

Notice to appear for the test may be conditional as review of applications may not be made until after the test. If you have not received your notice to appear for the written test three days before the date of the test, call 518-474-6470 in the Albany area or toll free at 1-877-697-5627 [press 2, then press 1].

Multiple Examinations Scheduled for the Same Day

With the exception of written tests announced by New York City, if you have applied to take a written test announced by a local jurisdiction (county, town, city) scheduled to be held on the same test date as this written test, you must call 518-474-6470 in the Albany area or toll free at 1-877-697-5627 [press 2, then press 1], no later than two weeks before the test date, to make arrangements for taking all tests at one test site. All tests will be held at the state examination center.

Eligibility for Examination

To be eligible to compete in this examination, you must be employed in the specified department or agency on a permanent or contingent permanent basis in the competitive class, or in the non-competitive class or labor class if specifically noted on this announcement (or be on an appropriate preferred list), and have the specified time in the specified title or salary grade. You may not compete in a test for a title if you are permanently employed in that title (unless you are still on probation) or in a higher direct line of promotion.

Cell Phones or Electronic/Communication Devices at the Test Site

Do not bring cell phones, beepers, headphones, or any electronic or other communication devices to the test site. The use of such devices at the test site in the test room, hallways, restrooms, building, grounds, or other areas could result in your disqualification.

S5/TC3 MXT-sac
Issued: 3/16/12

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