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ABOLISHED 01/01/2017 PER PAY LETTER 17-04 - Senior Medical Technical Assistant (8215)

ABOLISHED 01/01/2017 PER PAY LETTER 17-04 - Senior Medical Technical Assistant

California State Personnel Board Specification

  • Schematic Code: WZ10
  • Class Code: 8215
  • Established: 06/05/1964
  • Revised: 05/08/1990
  • Title Changed: --


Under direction in a correctional facility in the Department of Corrections, Department of Mental Health unit at the California Medical Facility, or in the Department of the Youth Authority, supervises and works with a staff performing health care activities in an assigned area; or acts as an administrative assistant to the Deputy Superintendent/Warden, Clinical Services or Chief Medical Officer in the larger or more complex correctional medical programs; maintains order and supervises the conduct of inmates, youthful offenders, residents, or patients; protects and maintains the safety of persons and property; and does other related work.

Typical Tasks

Plans, assigns, directs and supervises the work of a staff of Medical Technical Assistants (Correctional Facility) during an assigned shift in a correctional facility; administratively supervises other personnel assigned to the shift, performing the more difficult health care activities to include EEG, EKG, and x-ray; plans and conducts in-service training programs for Medical Technical Assistants (Correctional Facility); reviews clinical records and charts; consults with nursing or medical staff as a member of the interdisciplinary team regarding the care and treatment of inmates, youthful offenders, residents, or patients; inspects youthful offenders for neatness and cleanliness; reviews the inventories of medical supplies and equipment and requisitions supplies; supervises the feeding of patients; assists medical and dental officers in administrative duties; supervises the work of the inmate, youthful offender, or resident; supervises staff in the medical records office; prepares reports; hires or effectively recommends the selection of subordinate employees; evaluates their work and writes performance reports; and initiates or effectively recommends appropriate corrective action when necessary; maintains order and supervises the conduct of inmates, youthful offenders, residents, or patients; protects and maintains the safety of persons and property; inspects premises and searches inmates for contraband, and replaces and/or assists custodial staff during emergency situations, such as fights, attempted escapes, or major incidents, such as riots.

Minimum Qualifications

Possession of a valid license from the State of California to practice as a Licensed Vocational Nurse or Registered Nurse; and Experience: Two years of experience in California state service performing the duties of a Medical Technical Assistant (Correctional Facility) or Medical Technical Assistant (Correctional Facility) (Hispanic).

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: Bedside nursing procedures; medical terminology, first aid procedures and therapeutic measures; the uses and effects of medicines and narcotics; principles, methods and equipment used in physical therapy, laboratory, radiology, and electrocardiography; general administrative practices and procedures; principles and techniques of effective supervision; the Department's Affirmative Action Program objectives, a supervisor's role in the Affirmative Action Program and the process available to meet affirmative action objectives; administration of collective bargaining agreements and grievance handling; the principles and practices of the Department's labor-management relations policies; and in the Department of Mental Health, psychiatric/psychosocial therapeutic measures and psychiatric terminology.


Ability to: Perform first aid procedures and therapeutic measures; act quickly in an emergency; supervise the work of others; control, direct and instruct inmates, youthful offenders, residents, or patients individually and in groups; analyze situations accurately and take effective action; keep records, prepare reports and provide statistical data; effectively represent the Department's position on collective bargaining agreements and effectively respond to employee grievances.

Special Personal Characteristics

Neat personal appearance; adaptability; free from any physical, emotional, or mental condition which might adversely affect the exercise of the powers of a peace officer; emotional maturity and stability; tact; patience; sympathetic and objective understanding of persons under restraint; leadership ability; willingness to work irregular hours; satisfactory record as a law-abiding citizen; normal or corrected to normal hearing; sound physical condition; strength, endurance, and agility; free from the use of illicit drugs; willingness to report for duty at any time due to an emergency crisis.


Assignments during a shift may include sole responsibility for the supervision of inmates, youthful offenders, residents or patients and/or the protection of personal and real property.

Felony Disqualification

Existing law provides that persons convicted of a felony are disqualified from employment as peace officers except in the Department of the Youth Authority as provided under Welfare and Institutions Code, Division 2, Chapter 3, Article 8, Section 1179(b) or Division 2.5, Chapter 1, Article 4, Section 1772(b). Unless exempted pursuant to one of the above statutes, persons convicted of a felony are not eligible to be examined for or be appointed to, positions in this class.

Background Investigation

Pursuant to Government Code Section 1031(d), all persons successful in this examination will be required to successfully complete a thorough background investigation prior to appointment.

Citizenship Requirement

Pursuant to Government Code Section 1031(a), in order to be appointed to a peace officer position, a person must be either a United States citizen or a permanent resident alien who is eligible for and has applied for United States citizenship at least one year prior to the final filing date or continuous testing cut-off date for an examination. The one-year requirement does not apply to permanent resident aliens who have applied for employment prior to their 19th birthday.

Training Requirement

Successful completion of a training course under the provisions of Penal Code Section 832 is a requirement for permanent status in this class.

Age Limitation

Minimum age for appointment: 18 years, pursuant to Government Code Section 1031(b). In the Departments of Mental Health and Corrections, the minimum age for appointment is 21 years.

Drug Testing Requirement

Applicants for positions in this class are required to pass a drug screening test. (The drug screening test will be waived for employees who are currently in a designated "Sensitive" class for which drug testing is required under State Personnel Board Rule 213.)

  Updated: 9/12/2017
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