Special Procedures Technician I (#RH2151)
$23.24-$28.25 Hourly / $4,028.58-$4,896.77 Monthly / $48,343.02-$58,761.24 Yearly


Under immediate supervision, uses specialized equipment to perform diagnostic tests and does related or other work as required in accordance with Rule 3, Section 3 of the Civil Service Rules.


This is the entry-level class in the Special Procedures Technician series. An employee in this class is responsible for operating equipment to perform one or more tests of cardiac or cephalic activity in addition to electrocardiograms, and learning to perform a full range of tests.* This class differs from that of Special Procedures Technician II in that employees of the latter are responsible for performing the full range of procedures* with journey person skill. This class differs from that of Licensed Vocational Nurse in that employees of the latter may perform electrocardiograms but do not perform the other specialized tests.* *The following list comprises the full range of specialized procedures performed at the present time. As hospital needs change, specific tests requiring similar skills may be added.

Holter electrocardiogram recording and scan 
Stress test 
Bundle HIS studies 
Coronary arteriogram
Inserting/replacing pacemaker/catheter 
Pulmonary arteriography 
Cardiac catheterization


  • Performs one or more specialized procedures such as phonocardiograms, echocardiograms, echoencephalograms, electroencephalograms, stress tests and others; learns to perform a full range of procedures*; operates and monitors equipment; observes patients, noting vital signs an reactions.
  • Selects the appropriate operating mode for the specific ultrasonic examinations of cardiac motions, recognizes abnormal conditions, and adjusts recording techniques to obtain appropriate display.
  • Explains procedure to patient; monitors patient during procedure; notifies physician if patient shows signs of distress; initiates appropriate action to maintain patient or correct distress.
  • Administers medication as ordered by physician.
  • Disassembles, cleans and reassembles all equipment; makes minor repairs, replaces defective parts.
  • Mounts and labels records of procedures; makes photocopies; routes to physician for review and interpretation; maintains file of reports.
  • Maintains inventory of supplies; orders as needed.


Experience: One year equivalent to Licensed Vocational Nurse in San Joaquin County and completion of training in performance of one specialized procedure* in addition to electrocardiograms.

License: Possession of a valid license as a Licensed Vocational Nurse issued by the Board of Vocational Nurse and Psychiatric Technician Examiners, State of California.


Basic anatomy and physiology; symptoms of seizures, cardiac distress, and normal vital signs; medical equipment and apparatus; sterile techniques; resuscitation techniques; basic filing systems.


Learn procedures required for performing specialized diagnostic tests; perform electrocardiogram and at least one other specialized procedure*; administer medications; develop skill in the use and maintenance of specialized equipment; maintain and establish a sterile field; explain technical procedures to patients; deal with patients sympathetically and tactfully; record information; perform accurately and quickly in stressful situations; follow verbal instructions.


San Joaquin County complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and, upon request, will consider reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

CLASS: RH2151; EST: 5/11/1976;