Occ. Code 6234000




New York State Department of Civil Service


Classification Standard


            Cytotechnologists perform the preparation and microscopic examination of body cell smears for detection of cancer.


CYTOTECHNOLOGIST under supervision from a scientist or medical officer, makes microscopic examinations of slides for the presence of abnormal cells; prepares smears by centrifuging fluid specimens; prepares slides for microscopic examination from smears by fixing, dehydrating, staining, counterstaining, and coverslipping; prepares necessary stains and solutions; prepares filter discs from fluids; mounts filter discs on slides for staining and coverslipping; marks areas in which abnormal cells are detected for evaluation by supervisors; sets up apparatus and equipment required for various procedures; receives smears and performs work necessary for proper labeling of specimen and recording of data; maintains equipment and instruments; makes out preliminary reports; files slides in permanent record file.  QUALIFICATIONS:  Registration as a Cytotechnologist by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists.










NOTE:  Classification Standards illustrate the nature, extent and scope of duties and responsibilities of the classes they describe.  Standards cannot and do not include all of the work that might be appropriately performed by a class.  The minimum qualifications above are those which were required for appointment at the time the Classification Standard was written.  Please contact the Division of Staffing Services for current information on minimum qualification requirements for appointment or examination.