Cytogenetic Technologist

Allina Health - Minneapolis, MN (30+ days ago)3.7


Allina Health is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of illness and enhancing the greater health of individuals, families and communities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. A not-for-profit health care system, Allina Health cares for patients from beginning to end-of-life through its 90+ clinics, 12 hospitals, 16 pharmacies, specialty care centers and specialty medical services that provide home care, senior transitions, hospice care, home oxygen and medical equipment, and emergency medical transportation services. Allina Health is a vibrant, growing organization with opportunities to suit your professional skills and a diverse work environment to match your specific interests. We believe employees are our greatest asset and are dedicated to helping you develop and maximize your professional skills.

Allina Health Laboratory provides a full menu of essential and specialized laboratory services to customers in Minnesota and western Wisconsin. We provide reference laboratory services to four major metropolitan hospitals, 13 regional hospitals, including Abbott Northwestern – WestHealth (Plymouth), 59+ Allina Health clinics, 40+ hospital-based clinics and outpatient surgery centers. As a local, accessible resource, we provide clinical and anatomic pathology services that support customers diagnostic needs.


  • Performs all aspects of specimen management, including confirmation of patient identity and labeling of specimens and aliquots.•Coordinates the processing of cytogenetic specimens for send-out testing.•Assesses all pre-analytic processes and documents all sub-optimal situations. Demonstrates an ability to identify and assess unique specimen situations and react effectively.•Evaluates patient orders for completeness and follows up as needed.•Perform processing (as required) with strict adherence to the quality control and quality assurance policies of AHL in order to provide the patients and providers with the most accurate and timely test results possible•Prioritizes work assignments/tasks.•Performs analytical tests according to policy and procedures.•Prepares specimens for culture, harvest, slide preparation and staining, FISH processing, and analysis•Performs cytogenetic analysis, including digital imaging analysis, and documents results using proper International System for Human Cytogenomic Nomenclature (ISCN)•Correlates analysis results with patient’s reason-for-referral, previous studies, related family studies as applicable and additional pathology/test results as available.•Evaluates results for accuracy within set guidelines, and resolves complex test problems.•Recognizes, communicates, and documents results that require action according policy/procedures.•Communicates with cytogenetics director, genetic counselors, clinicians and pathologists regarding testing and test results. •Follows all federal regulations including CAP, OSHA, COLA, CLIA, ACMG and HIPAA.•Provides oversight as a key operator of a work area•Performs and documents required & advanced instrument maintenance, and quality control; takes appropriate remedial action. Ensures appropriate record retention.•Performs and documents required reagent preparation and quality control; takes remedial action when needed. Ensures appropriate record retention according to federal regulations.•Participates in procedure writing, validation, implementation of new methodologies.•Performs proficiency testing as assigned, per AHL policy and procedure.•May participate and assist in the direct observation of staff for the annual competency program.•Stock, rotate and request supplies (as assigned) on a regular basis to ensure proper availability in the work area. •Train others in work area and oversight of new employee and student orientation•Participates in development of technical procedures, forms, miscellaneous documents, method validation, and implementation.•Participate in AHL and/or hospital projects and committees.•Perform various clerical duties•May assist with department scheduling•Attend and participate in department and clinic staff meetings.•Complete required annual CEU for job position per AHL policy.•Complete training and competency requirements timely. •Follows and demonstrates understanding of policies & procedures in daily work.

Eligibility Routes for Technologist in Cytogenetics, CG (ASCP)To be eligible for this examination category, an applicant must satisfy the requirements of at least one of the following routes:Route 1 Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college/university

Ability to:- Utilize communication and customer service skills in order to positively impact patient experience.- Read and understand oral and written instructions and follow established written policies and procedures. - Work independently and function effectively in a team setting. - Demonstrate computer skills to navigate within information system.- Focus attention to detail - Prioritize and organize tasks/ assignments and multitask as appropriate.- Bend, stoop and stand frequently
Work Schedule

Monday through Friday 9:00am to 5:30pm and rotating weekends and holidays.
Location/Community Information

Minneapolis boasts being both cosmopolitan yet small enough that you can find a place to call home whether on a lake, golf course, or in an adjoining suburb. With the fast pace of activity there are professional sports, theater, or enough parks for a quiet walk. The area has numerous schools and colleges, both public or private, and enough teams for all weekend athletes to join.

Located in Minneapolis
Population = 380,000
Service Area = 2,882,245

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