Prepares and processes tissue specimens for histologic examination. Prepares and stains microscopic slides for subsequent evaluation by the pathologist using routine and special stains. Assists during surgical pathology consultation by preparing frozen tissue sections.
Ensures specimens are properly accessioned, labeled, and suitable for testing. Cuts quality tissue sections with proper thickness as determined by tissue type and places properly on glass slides.
Embeds tissue into paraffin blocks. Maintains a filing system for paraffin tissue blocks, slides and wet tissue.
Processes tissue using processors to ensure full preservation and infiltration by paraffin.
Performs routine and special stains, immunohistochemistry, cover slipping, verification, and distribution of slides.
Retrieves and prints computer logs. Manages daily workflow for recuts, special stains, immunohistochemistry, control slides, and send-outs according to established protocols.
Performs and documents quality control. Evaluates quality control results and takes corrective action under the guidance of key operators, technical specialists or supervisor.
Performs and documents cleaning, maintenance, troubleshooting and repair of instruments and equipment.
Assists pathologists during frozen section procedures.
Ensures compliance with all accrediting agency standards.
Provides assistance to pathologists, externs, and other caregivers.Scheduled Hours
M-F with occasional weekends and holidays. 2nd shift, start time is flexible.
Licenses & Certifications
Histotechnician (HT) certification issued by the American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Certification (ASCP BOC) needs to be obtained within 1 year.
Advanced training beyond High School that includes the completion of an accredited or approved program in Biology or related field.
Required Functional Experience
No experience required
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Knowledge of human anatomy.Must be detail oriented and have good organizational and communication skills.Must know how to safely handle sharp instruments.Proficient computer skills.Must be able to problem solve.