Tech Cyto Accessioning II - Schaumburg, IL req66627 in Schaumburg, IL at Quest Diagnostics

Date Posted: 7/11/2021

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Job Description

Schedule:  On call, Tuesday to Saturday 2:00 AM - 10:30 AM

Know that there are people behind the data.  Patients and Physicians rely on our diagnostic testing, information and services to help them make better healthcare decisions. These are often serious decisions with far reaching consequences, and require sensitivity, tact and a clear dedication to service. It’s about providing clarity and hope.

As a Specimen Processor you will work for the world leader in the industry, with a career where you can expand your skills and knowledge. You’ll have a role where you can act with professionalism, you can inspire colleagues, and you can care about the work we do and the people we serve.

At Quest, our Specimen Processors play an essential role in our success and provide a critical service responding to the often pressured requirements of accurate diagnoses. As a career, it offers a unique opportunity to learn and develop a profession offering long-term stability and development. You can also earn a competitive salary and great overtime, while growing your own career.


The Cytology Accessioning Technician II in Specimen Processing is responsible for knowing all of the functions of the CAT I, plus additional functions. This individual will have completed the necessary training consistent with local business unit practices for Specimen Processing and/or Cytology Accessioning. Prior to promotion to this level, the CAT II must show a strong proficiency in the following areas: Test ordering policy, specimen requirements related to test ordering. Additionally, must meet accuracy and production standards, and must meet all the job accountabilities and job requirements/environment indicated in the CAT I job description. The CAT II is involved in more complex processing which could include cross-training in Clinical Processing. Specific functions will require additional access in the laboratory computer system. Progression to this level requires that incumbent have a minimum of 1 year experience within the Specimen Processing or Cytology Accessioning department. Additionally, promotion to this level is normally given to internal candidates only.


  • All responsibilities of the CAT I.
  • Exceeds productivity and quality standards for CAT I.
  • Solves more complex problems on a routine basis.
  • Demonstrates a basic understanding of how Cytology Accessioning impacts the Cytology Processing area.
  • Identifies problems with specimen types, missing information etc. and assigns the appropriate TIQ, and in some cases resolve them.
  • Understands the complex relationship between test(s) ordered and specimens received.
  • Completes all required written documentation, legibly and within the assigned time frame.
  • Meets quality and production standards within 6 months of completing training.
  • Learn additional functions within Cytology Accessioning and or Specimen Processing to allow for timely progression to the next level.
  • Adheres to all Quest Diagnostics, Inc. policies and procedures, including safety and compliance.
  • Performs all other duties as assigned.


  • Handles multiple tasks simultaneously and works in a production environment.
  • Communicates effectively with all levels of staff.
  • Maintains composure while working under pressure.
  • Reflects good judgment at all times when determining what action to take when resolving problems.
  • Works in a biohazard environment, practicing good safety habits.
  • Keeps work area neat and clean.
  • Able to sit or stand for long periods.
  • Demonstrates strong interpersonal skills that foster a positive environment.
  • Demonstrates flexibility and is able to adapt to change

Incumbent should possess the knowledge, skills and experience usually obtained by:

  • High School or equivalent
  • Must have at least 1 years’ experience in a laboratory environment or a production setting.
  • Medical background required which includes medical terminology applicable to a clinical laboratory.
  • Position requires strong data entry experience with abilities to exceed 6000 keystrokes/hour.